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August 1, 2011 • Reviews

Review: ThermaCELL Outdoor Lantern 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.

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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