I personally use the ThermaCELL and will run the unit for a short period of time and then turn it off and I do not have to change the mat when turning it back on, there is still scent left. The ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent effectively repels mosquitoes, black flies, no-see ums & sand flies with a scent that lingers continuously for up to 4 hours per mat. So weather you use it for 4 hours straight or in intervals you will still have up to 4 hours of scent repellant for each mat. Each butane cartridge last up to 12 hours. Love it!
I've got both the ThermaCell lantern and the hand-held unit and love them both! I use the lantern around our patio and in the evening the light is great to add just enough for our gathering. The hand-held unit is great to take along on the boat or when traveling. These things really work!
I have the Therma Cell Lantern, and the unit works flawlessly. I took it up to our cottage for Memorial Day weekend. Our cottage is in the woods and the mosquitoes are particularly bad this year. The instructions were easy to follow making set up a breeze. Everything fits into place quickly and easily. I took the Lantern outside where we sit and eat, and within minutes of turning on the unit we noticed a significant difference in the amount of mosquitoes in the area. Basically, while the Lantern is on there are no mosquitoes within a 20 ft. radius. It only takes one click to ignite the butane and the LED lights are extremely bright and the two light settings are very convenient. The repellant pads slide in with no trouble and the old one is pushed out. I am extremely pleased with the performance of this Lantern. I give the Therma Cell Lantern 5 stars.
I never write reviews but I wanted to say how much I love the ThermaCell Lantern. It really works. I can sit outside and enjoy my deck without wearing bug spray. We just moved into a new house and we are surrounded by woods. There are thousands of mosquitoes here in northern Michigan. We were getting bit all the time. I have a baby girl that I dont want to put bug spray chemicals on and when I have the ThermaCell lantern on we dont need it. The mat lasts about 4 hours and as soon as the time was up I started to notice the mosquitoes coming back to get me. So you do not want to be without the refills. This product is awesome and I am going to buy one for my dad on fathers day. I will be telling all my friends to buy one too. Thanks Northline Express!
I ordered this item last summer after having read the review in Consumer Report. I can now add my own rave. Living in south Texas the mosquito population is annoyingly huge. My patio remained livable and enjoyable all summer and fall and I am now a confirmed user of ThermaCELL. I have recommended the product to everyone I know. Thank you for a great product that does what it says. Patio Enjoying Anne