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Thermacell Patio Shield $28.99 (reg. $34.99), MR-450 $41.99 (reg. $49.99) and Mega Pack Refill $58.99 (reg. $69.99)

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[Cabelas] Thermacell Patio Shield $28.99 (reg. $34.99), MR-450 $41.99 (reg. $49.99) and Mega Pack Refill $58.99 (reg. $69.99)

Thermacell is the best mosquito repeller on the market IMO. The Patio Shield, MR-450 and Mega Pack are on sale right now at Cabela's (possible PM with HD though you might get some pushback on shipping as Cabelas is only free after $149).

I personally love these for my deck and camping. Both give a 15'x15' cover zone and work incredibly well. I own multiple patio shield repellers (deck and trailer) and a couple MR-450s for the kids to use (the 450 is the model up from the 300 and has a quieter ignitor and larger cover area).

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ThermaCELL® Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller (red, blue or green) - $28.99 (reg. $34.99)

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ThermaCELL® MR-450 Mosquito Repeller Appliance - $41.99 (reg. $49.99)

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ThermaCELL® Mosquito Repellent Value Pack Refill - $58.99 (reg. $69.99) - This should last the summer for casual users.
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Can anyone comment if the refill pack is worth $60? Seems high for a $40 product (mr450). Reminds me of printer ink.

Are there good substitutes for those butane cartridges?
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Keith1411 wrote: Can anyone comment if the refill pack is worth $60? Seems high for a $40 product (mr450). Reminds me of printer ink.

Are there good substitutes for those butane cartridges?
I wasn't keen on the butane cartridges, so I bought Thermacell's newer radius models. Those are USB rechargeable (ie. electric heating). Cabela's has the two radius models, but they are more expensive and not on sale. Price is $69.99 at Cabelas, which is the same as Canadian Tire. I used a $10 off $50 in-app promotion to purchase it at Canadian Tire.

This is the newest one that came out this year and supposed to be better than the previous radius, but only one review and it is a complaint:
https://www.cabelas.ca/product/144392/t ... o-repeller

This is the previous model, which has many strong reviews on the website (and by third party review sites):
https://www.cabelas.ca/product/119332/t ... -repellent

I have not opened it yet, so I can't speak to how well it works yet.
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Keith1411 wrote: Can anyone comment if the refill pack is worth $60? Seems high for a $40 product (mr450). Reminds me of printer ink.

Are there good substitutes for those butane cartridges?
Can't speak to substitutes, however I can say I've found these pads to last quite a while. I only pull mine out for the odd fire pit or when fishing but this price seems fair for the quantity you get IMO. One refill pack would likely do me a couple years of use.
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I bought the MR450 and it's okay but you definitely can't walk around with it. You can put it on a table and it'll work for that area but as soon as you try and move it the "zone" takes a while to establish. Was hoping to have a little bit of mobility with it.
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Do these accidentally kill other beneficial insects like ladybugs?
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thx OP, def gonna price match the refill value pack at HD for the 10% price beat. Thumbs Up Sign
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For those looking for the battery powered unit, Sportchek has the new model listed. You can wait for a friends and family event like I did or a CT money event or a discount gift card situation. Or the ultimate RFDer will likely combine all three.

https://www.sportchek.ca/categories/sho ... =333409730

https://www.sportchek.ca/categories/sho ... =332933037
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how does this compare to radius zone mosquito 2.0?
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absolutcamper wrote: For those looking for the battery powered unit, Sportchek has the new model listed. You can wait for a friends and family event like I did or a CT money event or a discount gift card situation. Or the ultimate RFDer will likely combine all three.

Update: Jun 2021 starting 28th-two days: Canadian Tire is running the spend 150 get 30CTM, Buy two rechargeable Radius 2.0 70 each get a filler item to cross over $150 spend.
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/ther ... 1286p.html

https://www.sportchek.ca/product/therma ... =332933037
This week Sportchek has the 40hr refill containers for 25% off. $22.50 vs $30 reg price. There's a hack to refill these liquid refills by pulling off the wicks , on YOUTUBE. Once the border reopens order from eBay the Permitherin solution 32% to crossborder dropship. For pickup.

https://www.sportchek.ca/categories/sho ... =333409730

https://www.sportchek.ca/categories/sho ... =332933037
Yes, agreed wait for the family friends sale 25% off,
1) buy sportchek gift cards 15% when they go on sale, several times a year
2l) Or if you are a triangle member , 30x camping offer bonus offer
3) The cheapest Thermocell to operate is the Backpacker 49.99 (reg price less Sportchek discount 25%, and use 15% gift card, or 30x camping triangle rewards offer for best deals
https://www.sportchek.ca/categories/sho ... =332923384
4) Thermocell replacement pads
https://www.sportchek.ca/product/therma ... =332923330
3) using the Isobutane canisters- $8
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/isob ... 2010p.html
which can be hacked to use even cheaper butane refill bottles to refill



https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08CBGXQQK/ref ... UTF8&psc=1

5) Aliexpress Adapter - order the two pieces set- not one piece see pics.
C$ 8.91 29%OFF | Widesea Camping Stove Propane Refill Adapter Gas Burner Gas Filling Butane Cylinder Tank LPG Saver Camping Equipment
https://a.aliexpress.com/_mLNv6b7



4) Replacement pads are cheaper on ebay
Whole discussion on Thermocells in previous threads
thermacell-thread-alternate-refill-discussion-2299387/
5) or recycle the Thermocell pads- by resoaking them yourself
With permitherin
https://www.ebay.com/itm/333101433639
I'd probably wait til us border opens and pickup
6) The science behind this....
https://entomologytoday.org/2017/08/03/ ... potential/

By Leslie Mertz

Step 1: Complain about how bad the mosquitoes are this year.
Step 2: Purchase a can of bug spray to keep mosquitoes away.
Step 3: Use it once and be disgusted by the greasy feel and weird smell.
Step 4: Put the can in a closet, never to be used again.
Step 5: Complain about how bad the mosquitoes are this year.

Florida entomologist Christopher Bibbs has a better idea. He recommends using spatial repellents—candles and other devices—that emit highly effective compounds, such as volatile pyrethroids, to keep mosquitoes away. He reviews this group of repellents in a new paper published this week in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM).

Leslie Mertz, Ph.D. " data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/entomologytoday.org/w ... C175&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/entomologytoday.org/w ... C175&ssl=1" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-4052 size-full" src="https://i2.wp.com/entomologytoday.org/w ... C175&ssl=1" alt="Leslie Mertz" width="125" height="175" style="border: 0px; max-width: 100%; height: auto; float: none; margin: 0px;">

Leslie Mertz

Pyrethroids are synthetic organic compounds based on a substance (pyrethrum) discovered in chrysanthemums, and they offer good alternatives to botanical options, such as citronella and clove oil, according to Bibbs. “While many botanicals have been shown to repel mosquitoes, they are not easy to work with and are often very unstable, breaking down almost immediately in sun or warm temperatures,” he says. “To make more-effective green repellents available, there have to be chemists involved, because botanicals are chemicals, and at present, that’s a bottleneck. We just don’t have people who know how to do it.” Volatile pyrethroids, on the other hand, work very well and are available today to reduce exposure to disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Bibbs is all too familiar with mosquitoes and the pathogens they transmit, including Zika, chikungunya and dengue viruses. Not only does he live in a state where the mosquito is jokingly called the “state bird,” but he is also a biologist at the Anastasia Mosquito Control District of St. Johns County as well as a doctoral student in the University of Florida’s Entomology and Nematology Department. “One of the fundamental things that makes spatial repellents different from topical repellents is that one person can use the spatial repellent and it can actually create a zone of protection to safeguard multiple people,” he says. “On top of that, they are simple to use. You set them down, you turn them on—or, in some cases, you light them—and then you just hang out in the area.”
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I had 3 of the butane packs in storage and they no longer work after 1 year, the unit seems a bit poorly made.

There are chemicals you can drip on the pads to "refill" them for pennies. I like the idea of the rechargable.
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Honestly, I am having a really hard time with these products. Reviews are all over the place.

I want the battery operated one for convenience and operating costs but I just cant seem to find any good reviews after one year and that BUGS me.

Is there a better/more robust brand for the battery operated type?
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fsteiner wrote: Yes, agreed wait for the family friends sale 25% off,
1) buy sportchek gift cards 15% when they go on sale, several times a year
2l) Or if you are a triangle member , 30x camping offer bonus offer
3) The cheapest Thermocell to operate is the Backpacker 49.99 (reg price less Sportchek discount 25%, and use 15% gift card, or 30x camping triangle rewards offer for best deals
https://www.sportchek.ca/categories/sho ... =332923384
4) Thermocell replacement pads
https://www.sportchek.ca/product/therma ... =332923330
3) using the Isobutane canisters- $8
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/isob ... 2010p.html
which can be hacked to use even cheaper butane refill bottles to refill



https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08CBGXQQK/ref ... UTF8&psc=1




4) Replacement pads are cheaper on ebay
Whole discussion on Thermocells in previous threads
thermacell-thread-alternate-refill-discussion-2299387/
5) or recycle the Thermocell pads- by resoaking them yourself
With permitherin
https://www.ebay.com/itm/333101433639
I'd probably wait til us border opens and pickup
Great post, just to add more info ...there's a gen2 model of the backpacker (the gen1 version had some ignition problem and also gen2 has a less tolerant valve threading).I asked a rep from thermacell a way to differentiate gen1 from gen2 and here's what he said "The Gen2 have a batch code number on the valve stem that starts with the letter B####.The gen2 will also have the following identifiers: a yellow bar across the front that reads 16 hour protection and the SKU may be listed as MRBPR."

I tried finding some at CanadianTire but no luck yet...

And regarding the radius and the reviews if you let the battery discharge after a long period of time it may not recharge again...I guess with termacell it's better to wait then buy the first year model
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Old thread I created a couple of years ago about refills:
thermacell-thread-alternate-refill-disc ... #p31185211

I'm still using the butane hack (still even on the same can of butane!) 2 years later. Very easy and quick to refill the thermacell cartridges.

The ARS-12 pads have worked great, just the fitment isn't as easy.

Overall we love our thermacell and use it frequently.
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Nitecrawller wrote: Great post, just to add more info ...there's a gen2 model of the backpacker (the gen1 version had some ignition problem and also gen2 has a less tolerant valve threading).I asked a rep from thermacell a way to differentiate gen1 from gen2 and here's what he said "The Gen2 have a batch code number on the valve stem that starts with the letter B####.The gen2 will also have the following identifiers: a yellow bar across the front that reads 16 hour protection and the SKU may be listed as MRBPR."

I tried finding some at CanadianTire but no luck yet...

And regarding the radius and the reviews if you let the battery discharge after a long period of time it may not recharge again...I guess with termacell it's better to wait then buy the first year model
Thanks I was not aware of a Gen 2.0, I found the new box on Thermacell website showing the yellow bar "16 hour pack". Seems to be out since many years so I'm surprise you can't find it now :S
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MadCanadian wrote: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/114336462460
Make your one time use butane canister's refillable.

And for the pads you can use this.
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/154017267266

I have the older MR models that I use with these.
I am going to just do the butane hack because it looks easy enough to do, but for the Mats link you posted they don't ship to Canada. Do you have another source? Thanks
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bpcrally wrote: Old thread I created a couple of years ago about refills:
thermacell-thread-alternate-refill-disc ... #p31185211

I'm still using the butane hack (still even on the same can of butane!) 2 years later. Very easy and quick to refill the thermacell cartridges.

The ARS-12 pads have worked great, just the fitment isn't as easy.

Overall we love our thermacell and use it frequently.
Which butane are you using as I heard not all the nozzles fit and you have to file it? Also, can you post a link to ARS-12 pads that would work, when you say they don't fit easy do you have to cut them?
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is it just me or this is huge marketing for what is a gimmick? reviews are all over the place
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