This is a very simple and affordable item. It's a good choice for those who for various reasons, want to avoid "gun-shaped things." The Mace Night Defender has the shape and handling characteristics of the common thumb-actuated pepper spray canister but adds a bright LED light above the spray emitter. I like that for much of the same reasons I like the LED on the pepper gun. The Night Defender can be palmed and carried without causing a general stampede and brought into use quickly. Flipping up the thumb trigger cover activates the light. Good deal on a good tool from a great company. It offers an18 foot range without being too large and bulky.