What is it?
Nomad Insect-O-Cutor LED Fly Killer Camping Lantern RRP: $44.99
- Run time: 18 hours.
- Splash proof for outdoor use.
- Electric grid– to offer protection against flying and biting insects.
- Dual green and blue UV LED technology– to attract a wider range of flying insects.
- Collapsible design– this makes the product perfect for travel and can be used as a hanging light with adjustable brightness.
- Adjustable brightness– 200 lumens lamp feature.
- USB rechargeable.
- Guaranteed for 2 years.
What we thought…
Part of me feels bad. I hate killing things, but when it comes to biting insects, there is little love lost. I attract bites like crazy, regardless of how much bug spray and how many deterrent bracelets I wear, you can guarantee I’ll still get bitten.
Suffice to say, if I can find a way of getting rid of bitey things out of my tent, I’m going to try it!
The Nomad Insect-O-Cutor helpfully provides a solution to the problem of flying biting insects inside tents. A green light acts like a lure to the little blighters before rather gruesomely electrocuting them.
You’ve got the option to use it with the green light (that attracts bugs) on, as well as the camping lantern being on at the same time (with 3 different brightness settings), or you can use them independently, with just the green bug light on, or just the regular camping lantern on.
We used it on a recent summer camping trip, being careful never to leave the tent doors unzipped from mid-afternoon onwards, to minimize the number of bugs inside the tent. Even so, by evening time we’d amassed a nice collection of bugs congregating inside the tent.
We didn’t hear any noises, but after looking inside the cage before going to bed, we could see half a dozen or so little insects inside, so it definitely does the job.
We also found that we could easily leave it on all night and it was still running in the morning – we’ve found though, that the stated usage time is a bit optimistic – we didn’t get anywhere close to the stated 18 hours.
There’s a charging indicator light that’s red when the power is low or the unit is dead, and turns green once charged. The first time we used it we left it charging for another hour after the indicator light turned green, just to be certain, then we turned on the bug light and left it on all day.
With just the bug light on, off a full charge, it provided us with 9 hours of continuous use before dying.
Having also used it at home, I’ve found that it tends to attract smaller flying insects rather than flies.
That said, for smaller bitey things, inside a tent, it works a treat. The main negatives would be that once killed, the bugs tend to drop into the bottom and it can be tricky trying to get them out.. and in practice, we didn’t get close to the stated running times.
The Nomad Insect-O-Cutor is a good little gadget with decent, but not great battery life. Despite this, we will be taking it with us on our summer camping trips from now on to help keep the tent bug-free.
Priced around $44, I’d say this is a good value for money purchase, especially if you’re in need of a rechargeable camping lantern anyway. The additional bug-killing functionality makes this a solid buy, but it is best for campers who have an EHU or solar power bank to enable daily recharging.
DISCLOSURE | The featured product was gifted to us by Nomad. All views are our own and we were not paid to write this review.