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Currently there are no any other products like the Invi Bracelet, so we can imagine you have some questions. Please find the answers to the most frequently asked questions below.

The Invi Bracelet is a self-defense product that can be used as a nonviolent way of self-defense. After activating the bracelet a foul-smell is released which repels an attacker and alarms people in the surroundings.

Key characteristics that make the Invi Bracelet unique:

  • Strong repellent effect from close by
  • Alarms others over a 100 meter distance
  • Nonviolent
  • Always within hand reach
  • Small and stylish Dutch design
  • Reliable patented safety mechanism
  • No power source required

The Invi Bracelet can be activated to release a repellent smell. It contains a capsule which can be broken once in case of emergency.

To unlock the bracelet from ‘safety mode’, press the safety button. Place two fingers at the back of the clasp and bend your wrist slightly inward. The capsule holder must be able to bend over the ‘bulge’ of your wrist. Then break the capsule by gradually applying more and more force with your fingers (see videomanual).

After activation the gas-like smell can be noticed within seconds, lasting up to several hours. The smell works disturbing and repellent. However, reactions differ per person. The smell can reach over 100 meters distance and can help to alert others in the surrounding.

The Invi Bracelet is designed for all.

Most people wear the Invi Bracelet to feel safer, more confident and stronger.
You can use the Bracelet for everyday wearing, for travel and for sport activities.

A minimum age of 14 is advised.

For self-defense only! Use the Invi Bracelet only as a last defense option. Try to get away, scream for help or asses other options to get into safety as quickly as possible. The product is mainly intended for, but not restricted to, self-defense in the case of sexual violence.

Please keep in mind that irresponsible use of the bracelet and the gas-like smell may have serious (financial) consequences (please also refer to the section “Are there any risks?”). The wearer is responsible for assessing the situation prior to using the bracelet. For example, do not use the Invi Bracelet in a crowded bar if there are other options to ward off a touchy drunk.

Irresponsible use of the bracelet and the gas-like smell may have serious (financial) consequences including:

  • Panic reactions of bystanders resulting in injuries
  • Evacuations (aircrafts, buildings or other public areas)
  • Loss of income (bars and restaurants)
  • Deployment of emergency services
  • Damage to clothing or other properties, including those of others.

Although use of the Bracelet is not an aggressive or violent act towards an attacker, be aware that an aggressive response can not be excluded. Please also refer to the section “How does the smell work?” and “Is the smell safe to use?”

One of the major advantages of the Invi Bracelet is that it is always within hand reach.

Nevertheless, we advise to practice using the safety button to ensure quick activation when required. By making yourself acquainted with the first two activation steps (see manual) enables you to respond more adequately in a stressful situations.

It is also advised to regularly check whether the bracelet goes quickly out of safety mode after pressing the safety button (please also refer to the section “What about maintenance?”).

Invi designed a patented safety mechanism making sure the bracelet can not be accidentally activated while in safety mode.

Sometimes the safety button can be triggered accidentally. No worries, also when the bracelet is not in safety mode, quite some force is required to activate it. Just press both sides to put the bracelet in safety mode (see manual).

Go to a safe place. Remove bracelet from wrist. Remove contaminated clothes and move to fresh air. In case of skin contact: rinse skin with water and soap for at least 15 minutes. In case of eye contact: rinse eyes with water for at least 15 minutes, occasionally lifting the upper and lower eyelids. Consult a doctor when symptoms persist. People with respiratory diseases can use their own medication.

Do not throw the Invi Bracelet away, but preserve in an empty water bottle (with closed tap) or air-sealed plastic bag, as it could be used as evidence.

Always call emergency services after use to inform about the gas-like smell. Please also inform Invi via hello@invi.world or +31 (0)26 785 50 92

For waste disposal, please consult your local waste collection point.

  • The Invi Sport has a adjustable strap that fits to wrist sizes 15 – 18,5 cm (5.9 – 7.3 inches)
  • The Invi Classic has a adjustable strap that fits to wrist sizes 15 – 19 cm (5.9 – 7.5 inches)
  • The Invi Bold currently comes in one size  15.5 – 16.5 cm (6 – 6.5 inches)

From our experience, Invi Bracelet fits perfectly on most wrists. Please send us an email if your size is not included.

To measure your wrist size you can use a piece of wire and place it over your wrist. Make a full circle and cut off where both ends meet. Now use a tapeline or straightedge to measure the length of the wire. Well done, you know your size!

Please shoot us an email whenever you have questions regarding your size.

Invi Bracelet are handmade in the Netherlands. Our interpretations of Dutch design: innovative, robust and powerful.

We collaborate with carefully selected suppliers to ensure the highest quality standards.

Each Invi Bracelet is made from medical grade metals like 316L surgical steel. The strap of the Invi Classic collection is made from top grain leather and the strap of the Invi Sport collection from high-performance waterproof TPO.

Not only are they hypoallergenic, these materials make the Invi Bracelet a highly durable piece of jewelry to sustain years of heavy use.

Until this date we haven’t had any problems when carrying the Invi Bracelet on an airplane. Dutch Airport Security advised to carry the bracelet in an air-sealed plastic bag, in a shock proof place and only in the check-in luggage compartment. Since some airliners can follow their own legislation, we do want to emphasize that carrying the Invi Bracelet on an airplane is at your own risk.

You can extend the life-span of the bracelet by treating it with gentle care. The bracelet can respond to certain environmental influences. It can oxidize and thus discolor when exposed to humidity, carbon dioxide, the sulphur content of the air or to sweat, perfume, cleaning products, acids or body lotion.

Dirt from ordinary use can sometimes jam the safety release mechanism. Therefore it is important to press the safety button once a week to see if it opens smoothly.

A cleaning tissue can be used to wipe off dirt trapped between the inner parts. If this does not help, silicone spray will do the trick. Spray one drop between the moving parts. Now press the safety button and slide both parts over one another. Repeat this a couple of times to to ensure the silicone spray spreads out evenly.

For Invi Bracelets with a leather band, avoid direct contact with water and/or detergents to maintain the quality of the leather. Even though the bracelet is shockproof, avoid dropping. Store at a cool and dry place when not wearing.

The smell is best described as an overwhelming and very disqusting gas-like smell. However, as smell is subjective every person will experience it differently.

Here you can see a genuine response of some experiencing a diluted version of the smell.

The foul-smell in the Invi Bracelet evokes a disgust reaction. This is an underestimated but very powerful human emotion as it serves to warn us for danger. For example, the smell of rotten food ensures that you will not eat something that is potentially dangerous for your health.

Next to evoking a ‘flight’ reaction, the foul smell also has a negative effect on sexual arousal. Invi initiated an academic study where this has been thoroughly researched. You can read about the study here.

Yes. According to toxicological reseach by TNO (a renowed Dutch research organization), the released dose is safe to use for self-defense. Research (read more here) shows that exposure to the smell has not led to any adverse health effects.

Nevertheless the smell may cause headaches or dizziness, can cause irritation of the skin, eyes and/or respiratory tract. Prolonged exposure to the smell in spaces less than 50m3 should be avoided. Extra caution is required when people:

  • have respiratory diseases/COPD (e.g. asthma)
  • are hypersensitive (HSP)
  • have skin diseases where the bracelet is worn
  • are highly allergic.

Yes. After activation part of the smell will remain in the capsule keeping contact with skin limited. In case of any skin contact, wash it off with water and soap. Clean contaminated clothes by hand wash or hang them outside. The smell evaporates over time.

We know about multiple cases where the Invi Bracelet prevented an attempted rape.

With the smell you can surprise, demotivate and repel an attacker without using violence. The foul smell evokes a disgust reaction which has a negative effect on sexual arousal. Furthermore, as the smell spreads easily (over 100 meters distance) this can help to alarm others in the surrounding.

Nature provides some powerful examples of the effectiveness of smell as a self-defense mechanism (e.g. the skunk). Also, repellent smells are used by the army for non-violent crowd control purposes.

Every situation is different and as with any other self-defense product, no guarantees can be made.

Here you can see a genuine response of some experiencing a diluted version of the smell of read here about how we researched its effects on humans.

Invi dreams of a world free of sexual violence. In this world everyone feels safe and can move independently.

We contribute to this world by creating impactful solutions and by spreading knowledge and awareness.

With the ambition to make these solutions accessible for all, we unite people globally in the prevention of sexual violence.

Invi builds on the Latin words ‘in’ (inner) and ‘vi’ (strength). Strong people are needed who help build a culture that promotes equality and rejects any form of sexual violence. With its products Invi empowers people and makes them feel stronger.

Feel free to contact us anytime at hello@invi.world of call us at +31 (0)85 13 01 270 

  • 1 – 2 days in NL | Free shipping 
  • 3 – 5 days in EU | Free shipping
  • 5 – 15 days outside EU | Free shipping on orders > 100€

Packages fit through a regular mailbox so no need to stay home. Orders are processed every business day.

In case the Invi Bracelet has been used for self-defense, we provide our customers with a new bracelet free of charge! We do ask for evidence (e.g. police report) in order to prevent misuse and to encourage people to file a report at relevant organizations.

The bracelet is warranted against defects in material and manufacturing of the housing for 1 year from the date of purchase. The lifespan of the smell is at least 5 years.

Not covered by warranty: the band, damage or breakage caused by accident or dropping; lack of care; water damage and normal wear and tear.

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Our dedicated support team is available for you. Please email us at hello@invi.world