UDAP Commander Pepper Spray Review
The UDAP Commander is one of the best pepper spray to buy if you’re looking for strength. The unit’s formula contains 3% capsaicin and related capsaicinoids, known as CRC (or MC). Most pepper sprays contain 1-2% CRC, and that extra amount makes a big difference.
A spray’s CRC is the best indicator of its strength. A tiny drop of this substance in its pure form will cause immediate blistering of the skin. It is the material in a chile pepper that causes your mouth to burn when even a small amount is added to food. Pepper spray with 3% CRC is a powerful self-defense weapon.
The UDAP Commander is an oil-based spray, measures 4.5 x 1.4 inches and can be clipped to a belt or fastened to a keychain. It is activated with a thumb trigger and has a range of up to 8 feet. The unit contains .7 ounces of material, has 18 charges and deploys a fog spray pattern.
The spray contains 15% Oleoresin Capsicum (OC), and has a Scoville heat unit (SHU) rating of 3 million. The OC tells you the amount of peppers in the spray, and the SHU measures the hotness of the CRCs. The material expires after 3 years and is priced at 22.99.
Ease of Use
The canister has a good ergonomic design that is easy to grip. You can attach it to your keychain or to a belt, which makes it easily accessible in the event of an emergency. It can be carried in the palm of your hand if you’re walking in an empty parking lot or dark street.
Unlike stream style pepper sprays, the Commander doesn’t need to be aimed precisely at the attacker’s eyes or nostrils. This device deploys a blast of fog that quickly spreads, causing the assailant to become incapacitated. The 8 foot range is sufficient to reach an attacker in most cases. For maximum effectiveness, the spray should be deployed at a range of 4 to 6 feet.
It is helpful to practice using the device (without actually spraying the material) so that gripping the canister and aiming in the direction away from you becomes routine. In a high-stress situation, it is easy to freeze. You will not want to waste time figuring out how to properly deploy the spray.
Pros and Cons
The biggest advantage to the UDAP Commander is its strength. It is one of the strongest sprays on the market. Once an assailant breaths the fog, they will have severe respiratory distress and temporary blindness. The manufacturer, UDAP, is known for their potent bear deterrent pepper spray products, which also use a fog spray pattern.
The disadvantage to this product is that the fog delivery system can result in the material blowing back on the user, especially on a windy day. The fog is highly visible, however, so that you can get out of the way and avoid breathing the spray. It should also be noted that while incapacitating, the effects of pepper spray are temporary and for most people, do not cause long-term damage.
At 3% CRC, the UDAP Commander will deploy fiery fog that quickly spreads and immediately causes severe inflammation to an assailant’s eyes, nose and throat. It is important to remember that the CRC rating, not the OC or SHU, is what truly determines a pepper spray’s strength. This model of pepper spray deploys with a forceful blast of fog and is a highly effective self-defense tool.