THERMACELL BACK­PACKER

$36.49, FUEL CANISTER $5; THERMACELL.COM

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The suc­cess of the Thermacell per­sonal de­vice led the mak­ers to in­tro­duce the Back­packer re­peller. It uses a sim­i­lar pro­tected bu­tane-fired el­e­ment to heat the re­pel­lant wafer. It is fu­eled by a large camp-stove bu­tane tank, giv­ing cov­er­age for days, not hours, which is a pri­mary ad­van­tage over the per­sonal de­vice be­cause it pro­vides com­pa­ra­ble cov­er­age with­out chang­ing bu­tane car­tridges.

TIPS: You will be cov­er­ing the camp­site with this gad­get, so take plenty of re­place­ment wafers. One tank should of­fer pro­tec­tion for sev­eral days.

RE­SULTS: The Back­packer’s larger fuel source is a great ben­e­fit. We had com­pa­ra­bly good re­sults with it, en­joyed the abil­ity to burn it longer and weren’t as con­cerned about shut­ting it off when we went in­side.

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