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Zap Lantern Review: Does it Keep Bugs Away?

Zap Lantern Review: Does it Keep Bugs Away?
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Zap Lantern is a portable bug zapper that also works as an LED lantern. Does it actually work? Read our Zap Lantern review.

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About Zap Lantern

Zap Lantern is a solar powered bug zapper that doubles as an LED lantern. The official product website is zaplantern.com, which was registered in May 2016. You can see a screenshot below of the official website taken in September 2016.

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Claims & Features

  • Attracts over 100 different types of insects
  • Uses a solar powered 300 volt electric grid
  • No sprays, chemicals, candles, or coils
  • Can be used as an LED lantern
  • Indoors or outdoors
  • Covers up to 400 square feet

Cost

You can get Zap Lantern for $19.99 + $8.99 P&H. You have the option of adding a second unit for another $8.99 P&H. A $1 “web service fee” is added to all orders. This brings your total to $29.98 for one, or $38.96 for two.

As of this writing, Zap Lantern is not available in stores. There is a 60-day money back guarantee.

Zap Lantern Review

Zap Lantern is a bug zapper that doubles as an LED lantern. In its bug zapper mode, it emits an ultra-violet light which attracts bugs that are zapped by its electric grid. There is also a feature in which you can flip a switch and turn it into a bright LED lantern.

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We like the dual purpose of Zap Lantern, and the fact that it is solar powered. It sports an attractive lantern design and a handle which makes for easy carrying or hanging.

It may not be as powerful as other types of bug zappers or lanterns, but it does provide a cord-free and battery-free solution that is excellent for campers and patios.

Perhaps a topic worthy of discussion is whether or not bug zappers actually attract and kills mosquitoes. There have been studies which indicate that bug zappers may actually lead to an increase in the number of mosquito bites by those who use them. A study from Notre Dame, for example, found that bug zappers attract mosquitoes but rarely kill them, leading to more bites, not less.

On a related note, the website shows Zap Lantern residing inches away from food on a picnic table. How Stuff Works notes, “Other research has shown that bug zappers can spread a mist containing insect parts up to about 7 feet (2 m) from the device. Urban and Bruce concluded that bug zappers pose a health risk because of the release of bacteria, viruses and potential allergens (insect parts) into the surrounding air.” In short, you may not want to place any bug zapper near your food.

The benefits of bug zappers are always a matter of debate, but this As Seen on TV dual-use zapper/lantern should please those who have seen the advertising and have realistic expectations.

Alternatives

We have reviewed three other bug zappers and traps in recent months. Below are links to those reviews.

You can also find numerous solar-powered bug zappers, ranging in price from about $20-$50, although most of these have not been met with enthusiastic reviews.

Your Zap Lantern Reviews

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