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[Cabelas] Thermacell patio shield repeller

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Jun 6, 2011
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G77 wrote: Their new version is exactly that...

https://www.thermacell.com/collections/radius
I just learned this new battery operated option exists but so far it seems it's not as easy to buy cartridges in Canada. No matter, I think I'll get one and make a huge trip to the board at the beginning of every summer.
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polish_jr333 wrote: I just learned this new battery operated option exists but so far it seems it's not as easy to buy cartridges in Canada. No matter, I think I'll get one and make a huge trip to the board at the beginning of every summer.
I'm definitely curious to try it, the butane ones are definitely effective but the cartridges are a pain. I live near to the border so picking up the refills wouldn't be an issue for me.
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polish_jr333 wrote: I just learned this new battery operated option exists but so far it seems it's not as easy to buy cartridges in Canada. No matter, I think I'll get one and make a huge trip to the board at the beginning of every summer.
G77 wrote: I'm definitely curious to try it, the butane ones are definitely effective but the cartridges are a pain. I live near to the border so picking up the refills wouldn't be an issue for me.
As mentioned in my post earlier, Cabela's sells both the new battery operated Gen.2 unit (which is actually on sale right now) and 40-hr refill cartridges. No need to go across the board.

ThermaCELL® Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent - $58.99: https://www.cabelas.ca/product/119332/t ... -repellent
Refill cartridges - $29.99: https://www.cabelas.ca/product/119334/t ... l-40-hours
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.fess wrote: As mentioned in my post earlier, Cabela's sells both the new battery operated Gen.2 unit (which is actually on sale right now) and 40-hr refill cartridges. No need to go across the board.

ThermaCELL® Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent - $58.99: https://www.cabelas.ca/product/119332/t ... -repellent
Refill cartridges - $29.99: https://www.cabelas.ca/product/119334/t ... l-40-hours
How do you know this is the gen2? It doesn't mention it anywhere.
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fusack wrote: How do you know this is the gen2? It doesn't mention it anywhere.
This is how Gen2 looks like

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This is Gen 1

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Apr 11, 2006
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I'm really interested in getting one of these for my camping trip next month. Anyone know if there's a way to refill the Radius cartridges or a cheaper alternative? $30/pack seems pretty pricey....
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Jan 16, 2005
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I have had the hand held portable ones for a few years now. Work great when no wind. I have two so I put them around us when on the deck or camping. Just like a coil. Always forget to turn off and empty cell.

You can refill cell youself. Just pull hard with pliers on the brass fitting and out it comes. Pull close to plastic so it doesn't damage seal and top part. Now there is a one way valve inside just below where the brass fits in. Take a drywall screw and give it a couple of turns in. Grip the screw with pliers and pull again. Out comes valve at he end of the screw. Now press brass fitting back in. Some say to glue it in but I have never. Have a whole collection of cells I refill before going camping and bring the butane can along as well.

The butane I use is from canadian tire. It has many fittings in the cap.

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/magt ... p.html#srp

Also bought some chinese pads really cheap but never used yet.
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Apr 19, 2007
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Thanks OP,
Got the rechargeable version and two of the cartridges for the free shipping cut-off.
2% GCR as well.
Now, do I really need this (or will I even remember to use it)?
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kidd604 wrote: I'm really interested in getting one of these for my camping trip next month. Anyone know if there's a way to refill the Radius cartridges or a cheaper alternative? $30/pack seems pretty pricey....
The article linked below mentions several cheap hacks for the ThermaCELL.
Step 1 teaches how to alter the butane cartridge to make it refillable.
Step 2 teaches re-coating the spent mats with a liquid product sold as mosquito repellent for horses (the product name is Celebration Spot-On, sold at Tractor Supply Company (TSC) country hardware stores).
A friend tried re-coating with permethrin, and it worked very well, similar results as the original stuff.
https://www.instructables.com/id/Improv ... hermacell/
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Jun 6, 2011
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esq05 wrote: Question for those that have used this. So it seems you need to buy mats (which last 4 hours) and cartridges (which last 12 hours). Are they both one-time use or can I turn it off and use later? Its likely once you open the mat,it has to be used but is the cartridge the same?
It's not one time use. The units have on off switches. The pads last about 4 hours and you'll see when they're done as they change colour. The Butane stops running once you turn off the unit. Think of it like your BBQ - turn on the gas, spark it, and it goes, turn it off and it all stops.
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Nov 12, 2013
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FYI,
CanadianTire also sells Thermacell products. The 12 pack refills seem cheaper at CT $29.99 vs Cabelas $32.99
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I’ve used Off mats from their tea light mosquito things before in Thermacells. Not quite the same size but does the job.
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Dec 8, 2009
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I purchased the battery Gen 2 model yesterday from Sail and got them to price match Cabelas. I also see that Canadian Tire sells the 40hr refills for new model which is very convenient. Thanks OP for saving me a couple of bucks!!
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Apr 16, 2007
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Guys,

I’ve bought three portable Thermacell devices last year and I can confirm that they work extremely well.

I also followed the tutorials to remove the valve in the butane cartridge so I could refill for pennies.

I bought permethrin online and regularly recoat the used pads I have. Again, huge economy here.

With these two ’hacks’ you can use this incredibly efficient device for the whole season without much added cost.

Couldn’t be happier!
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Vieux wrote: Guys,

I’ve bought three portable Thermacell devices last year and I can confirm that they work extremely well.

I also followed the tutorials to remove the valve in the butane cartridge so I could refill for pennies.

I bought permethrin online and regularly recoat the used pads I have. Again, huge economy here.

With these two ’hacks’ you can use this incredibly efficient device for the whole season without much added cost.

Couldn’t be happier!
Where do you buy the permethrin online?

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