Thermacell Review


I want to make a slight departure from my usual posts and bring your attention to a product designed to repel mosquitoes. I received a Thermacell mosquito repellent appliance about a year ago as a gift. I can tell you that this thing actually works and I have used it for many hours in some truly mosquito filled places. A few weeks ago, I found it in my basement and suddenly realized what I had been missing all summer.

Once I rediscovered my Thermacell, I brought it with me to work, and a few days ago, while using it at a customer’s pool, I was asked to explain about it. I realize that most people don’t realize the Thermacell even exists and I think everyone should have one. Upon starting to write this post, I discovered that there are a couple more designs that I didn’t even know about.

The way that it works is simple, but much different from conventional mosquito repellents. The appliance requires two things to make it work – butane cartridges and the mosquito repellent mats. To use it, you turn it on and it heats up the repellent mat. The mat discharges a vapor and mosquitoes disappear. The butane cartridges last about 12 hours each and the mats are good for about 4 hours. Thermacell claims that the device will create a zone of 15′ x 15′ that is mosquito free. I don’t know how exactly accurate that is and I am sure it varies depending on weather conditions.

Here are links to the different models on

Thermacell Standard DeviceThermacell

Thermacell LanternThermacell

Thermacell Camping LanternThermacell

An Atlanta area native, Shawn began servicing pools in 1998 and has not stopped. Years of experience have provided Shawn with a wealth of knowledge and opinions about all types and brands of pool equipment.

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