THERMACELL WITH HOLSTER
$19.95, HOLSTER $14.95; THERMACELL.COM
Thermacell introduced the first butane-powered personal bug repeller about 10 years ago. A butane cartridge ignites a small, protected heating element that in turn heats a wafer with the secret sauce touted to establish a dome of protection about 10 feet around it. As the wafer is heated, it emits gases that repel bugs. As the wafer depletes, it turns from an indigo blue to a whitish-gray color. Once it’s fully white, replace the wafer. There is also a sight glass to peek in to make sure the butane element is burning.
TIPS: Be sure to turn it off when not in use or risk fully consuming the precious butane cartridges, leaving you unprotected.
RESULTS: This and the Backpacker were our go-to gadgets for keeping bugs at bay. It takes about 15 minutes for the repellent to create a protective dome of nearly bug-free bliss.