TAMPA - It seems that everywhere you go these days, everyone has a case on their smartphone to protect it from just about anything. But how about a case that protects you?
They now exist, and George Sidler is one of the first to jump on board.
“The case became very attractive because you always have your phone in your hand,” says Sidler.
He is like most husbands and fathers, worrying about his family's safety. That is why he recently ditched his entire family's old iPhone cases and replaced them with something called the Yellow Jacket.
The phone case with a catchy name is a 650,000-volt stun gun in the palm of their hands and on the tip of their iPhones. His wife Kelly just got the pink one.
“If something happens, it's readily available. I can flip the switch down and enact it,” says Kelly.
Yellow Jacket’s website shows you how to use the cutting edge cell phone case. Just flip the safety cover off, and in two seconds, you have a shocking self defense weapon with 13 times more volts than a police stun gun. It also comes with a reserve battery on the bottom that extends your phone's battery by 20 hours.
ABC15's sister station, ABC Action News got their hands on two of them, and took them to Tampa Police Corporal Mike Rivera, who's a stun gun instructor for new recruits. While he wouldn't endorse the product, he did volunteer to try the Yellow Jacket on himself.
“The concept is kind of neat but it is pain compliance and pain compliance, if you're motivated enough, you can fight through the pain,” says Rivera as he repeatedly shocks his left forearm with the blue bolt of electricity.
Even with a lower voltage, Rivera says a police stun gun packs more of a sting than the Yellow Jacket but he says Yellow Jacket's 650,000 volts can stun anyone if they are hit in the right spot. Rivera says the neck and pelvic area are the most sensitive.
Now the big question -- is the $140 price tag worth it? Rivera says it's up to the buyer.
“I think it's a huge deterrent without a doubt. I mean just hearing that arcing sound, I think that can be a deterrent in itself,” he says.
Kelly says that's all she hopes for if she ever found herself in a "shocking" situation.
“It would stun somebody enough for you to at least get away and get a head start and get out of there,” says Sidler.
Here are just some of the unique iPhone cases that also double as a self-defense weapon:
Stun Gun Case - http://www.yellowjacketcase.com
Pepper Spray Case - http://spraytect.com/products
Brass Knuckles Case - http://knucklescase.com
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