We recommend conducting a spark test every 24 hours or prior to the start of your shift for your individually issued X26 ECD.
It is not necessary to use an extended duration. As long you see a visible spark between the electrodes (one second), the X26 ECD is functional.
The reasons for the spark test include:
- To verify the X26 ECD is working.
- To verify that the DPM battery pack is adequately charged.
- To energize the components in the high voltage section of the X26 ECD on a regular basis.
Spark Test Instructions
- Point the ECD in a safe direction.
- Ensure that the safety switch is in the down (SAFE) position.
- Ensure that the TASER cartridge is removed. A spark test should never be conducted with a TASER cartridge in the ECD.
- Ensure that no part of your body, including your fingers, is in front of the X26 ECD.
- Shift the safety switch to the up (ARMED) position.
- Pull the trigger and visually confirm sparking across the electrodes.
View the arc from the top or side of the ECD. Do not point the ECD at your face.
- Shift the safety switch to the down (SAFE) position.