Thermacell MR150 Portable Mosquito Repeller – Item of the Day — 16 Comments

  1. Thanks for posting this!  I was just thinking this morning that I needed to go back and find the episode you mentioned that in.  I just bought one and the 120 hour replacement kit.


    I assume this only works when you are somewhat stationary, so it gives time for the repellent to spread out?  Or have you used it successfully while moving around?

  2. Nope works good moving around too as long as you take it with you. Watch the video I talk about how I do it.

  3. I figured this might help. I use this thing and it’s a game changer here in FL where we have the kind of skeeters that carry the bad diseases. FWIW, on your upcoming vacation, there’s a walmart just before you get to the island and it carries the butane canisters for these things.

    • I know that exact store we usually stop there to get some odds and ends on the way in. In this case though to be safe I just ordered some and had them shipped to the hotel ahead of us. I think we are so spoiled in the world of Amazon today it is just ridiculous. I actually find myself getting mad when Amazon doesn’t have something or if it takes more that two days to get it and then I am like JACK seriously don’t you remember stuff being 6-8 weeks for delivery in the 80s at times.

  4. I have the Backpacker model and use it out on the deck or around the campfire, its very effective and uses the large stove canisters.  Never changed out the canister last year, just mats.  they are excellent for mosquito control!

  5. These do work great.

    TIP: they sell a “backpacker” version that uses backpacking butane canisters for fuel. I use this on my front porch when I’m sitting out enjoying an adult beverage in the evenings. This usually coincides with “mosquito-thirty” as I call it.


    The backpacker version works the exact same as the version Jack recommended and uses the same refill scent pads. I love it because I have a box of partially used butane canisters from past camping/backpacking trips. Not quite full, not quite empty- you get the drift.


    This is a perfect way, for me to keep the mosquitos away and find a use for the bastard, leftover butane canisters I cant take with me on a trip.

    • I’ll add my support.  One piece of advice, start this about 15 minutes before you need it.  The device takes time to heat up which is the mechanism release the vapors.

  6. Just ordered the olive green for $19.95 but notices instead of ordering the 120 hr kit, you can order two 72 hour kits for about $2 nore – that’s an extra 24 hrs of protection for almost free!

  7. Just ordered the olive green for $19.95 but noticed instead of ordering the 120 hrhr kit, you can order two 72 hour kits forr about $2 nore – that’s an extra 24 hrs of protection for almost free!


  8. I give this a HUGE thumbs up.  I posted the first question a year ago, and last year I bought two of these.  I swell up terribly when bit my mosquitoes, and typically can get 20+ bites on my ankles per evening.


    The device is super easy to use, and it is effective as heck!  Even at a cabin in the deep woods where we normally would have to go inside from about 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM I set two of these out on a 20’x10′ deck and no one ever gets bit once.


    I just bought another 120 hour replacement kit just in case they become scarce this Summer.

  9. Game changer for early bow season and turkey hunting in N Florida.  I’ve been using these for close to 20 years and the first one I bought still works great. Now I have 4 or 5 in various hunting packs, in the truck, boat, etc.  For the early season deer hunters worrying about scent, they have absolutely no effect on deer.

  10. I thought I remembered someone posting a way to refill the small butane canisters that come in the refill kits. I tried refilling them with a butane canister I have for a cigar lighter, but there must be some other trick. Maybe they called in on one of the listener call in shows. Does that ring a bell?

  11. I just returned from a week long trip from Alaska and it worked great.  We stayed on a lake and I went down to the water and was mobbed by mosquitoes.  Went back to the cabin, fired up the Thermacell and returned to the water with it.  No bugs.   We sat outside every evening and once fired up, no bugs.