ThermaCELL Outdoor Lantern Review: Helps You Take Back the Outdoors

ThermaCELL Outdoor Lantern Review: Helps You Take Back the Outdoors

Vacation, staycation or no-cation, no matter what your outdoor plans are during the summer months it seems mosquitoes and other flying, biting pests always seem to find us.

ThermaCELL wants to help you take back the outdoors.

First introduced in 2000, ThermaCELL mosquito repellent works to discourage up to 98 percent of mosquitoes, black flies and “no-see-ums” by providing a 15×15-foot barrier around us in silent, odorless and portable fashion with no sprays, fogs or flames.

Recently ThermaCELL sent me their latest outdoor lantern model to test. We have been busy working on our back deck and spend a lot of time out there in the evenings – that is until those pesky bugs find us.

The new lantern is optimized for camping, hunting, gardening, spectator sports or just plain relaxing. It features a lightweight plastic housing with a handle for easy carrying or hanging and offers a light source with dual brightness settings in addition to the repellent action.

The kit comes with a butane cartridge and three EPA-registered repellent refills. Just drop in four AA batteries, screw in the butane cartridge and slip a repellent mat in the slot on top and you’re ready to fend off those summer evening pests.

The ThermaCELL lantern works incredibly well against the insect invaders while also offering the convenience of the light source. I never thought I could be “bug-free” without using a toxic-smelling, tear-inducing spray or lotion.

ThermaCELL Outdoor Lantern Review: Helps You Take Back the Outdoors

Availability: or home improvement and sporting goods stores.

MSRP: $31.99

What I Like: Works surprisingly well; no mess, no smell

What Needs Improvement: Batteries not included

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About the Author

David Goodspeed
David was editor of AutoworldToday at Today Newspapers in the Dallas suburbs until its closing in 2009. He was also webmaster and photographer/videographer. He got started doing photography for the newspaper while working as a firefighter/paramedic in one of his towns, and began working for the newspaper group full-time in 1992. David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. On the average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.