How’s the serenity?

Author: Peta Stavelli   Date Posted: 2 October 2018

Anyone who has seen the cult Australian movie The Castle will already be predisposed to the joys of a bug zapper.

For those who have not seen this brilliant celebration of the underdog, an explanation may be in order about the heroic cinematic role played by the family’s bug zapper. But you really should see this Aussie classic for yourself.

For while the themes of The Castle are universal, bug zappers have come a long way since the 1980s when the movie was made. Back then when one of Aussie’s favourite fictional families sat in darkness on the deck of the holiday home at Bonnie Doon enjoying the serenity, the silence was only punctuated by the buzzing of the enormous and hostile bug zapper above their heads.

Advances in technology have brought us bug zappers which are progressively smaller and quieter. But none in my books has so far been quite as impressive as the new Techlight LED Lantern which doubles as a bug zapper.

This clever little invention is compact: just 130mm high. It’s also light, weighing in at just 200g. And, because it comes with its own handy hook, you can position it wherever it is needed. The lantern emits a soft white light which offers three different light levels. But if the thought of an eternal glow throughout the night disturbs you as much as it would me, don’t worry; the zapper feature can work even without the light turned on. And when the zapper is on the UV-style light it emits is unobtrusive.

Here’s how it works: bugs attracted by the gentle UV light fly through the finger guard where a high voltage grid lies in wait to stun or kill them instantly. Zap! No more buzzing around your ears in the wee small hours of the morning.

The Techlight LED Lantern with Bug Zapper is charged by USB. Depending on the chosen light level (Lumens used) and the insect kill rate – ie how many bugs this clever little zapper has zapped – a single charge can last for up to eight hours.

The lantern is suitable for use at home as well as for travellers. So no matter where you are, you can have the Techlight LED Lantern with Bug Zapper at hand. How’s the serenity?

At a glance: Techlight LED Lantern with Bug Zapper

  • Compact light and portable design
  • Handy double hook
  • Three light levels: Low: 30 lumens. Medium: 90 lumens. High: 180 lumens
  • Long lasting 3.7V battery
  • Soft UV LED light
  • Charge time 3-4 hours
  • Safety finger grid
  • Dimensions: 130x90mm (HxW)
  • Weight: 204g
  • Available from RV Centres nationwide
  • $30-39 NZD


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