Citronella candles aren’t always effective, and neither is bug spray. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something better and more portable? Queue the Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent system from Thermacell.
It’s a relatively small, lithium-ion powered repellent system that can last for up to six hours on a single charge. You recharge the battery via USB, so you’ll want to to keep a power pack handy too.
Thermacell’s traditional system uses butane to power the device, which is not as convenient. Not to mention, butane cartridges are not allowed on flights. The new model with the rechargeable battery, can be safely stowed away in your carry-on, or packed in your luggage.
But what does it do? It creates an invisible, scent-free barrier that wards off mosquitoes and pesky bugs. It’s also silent, so you can use it anytime of the day or night without being distracted. The company has not shared the size of the protective zone, but previous models created a 15×15 foot radius shield.
The device also takes repellent refills which will last for up to 36 hours total. They’re sealed in a way that they can be turned on and off again continuously throughout that time.
Sadly, the Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent system won’t be available until early in 2018. The price should be somewhere in the vicinity of $50, though nothing is set in stone. It’s a promising little device, especially for folks that are always outdoors or camping. Candles and bug spray aren’t convenient at all, but this little guy is.