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Title: Hand-Held Bug Zapper, Fun & Effective
Post by: Ron Dittmer on July 11, 2014, 06:45:23 am
On sale at Aldi for $5.
(http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/85/39/17/00/0085391700350_500X500.jpg)

The Aldi bug zapper operates off two AA batteries and activates with a button that you must hold in to power up.  Surprising it works effectively.  It cannot handle a swarm of larger bugs, and large bugs tend to take time to zap away.  They get stuck and you have to tap the racket to clear them or they will prevent an effective "zap" for the next pest.

My wife went outside after dark to water some plants on the front porch and I went out with her.  Just moving the zapper around her lower body, it killed a minimum of 10 mosquitoes in around 5 seconds.

It's a good feeling to get even for mosquitoes are real hard on my girl.  I bought a second zapper for our PC.
Title: Re: Hand-Held Bug Zapper, Fun & Effective
Post by: Barry-Sue on July 11, 2014, 08:04:41 am
Ron,

   I bought this "Bug Gun" as a joke at a novelty shop for $2 many years ago.  I now carry it in the PC.  Works and is a whole lot of fun!!! You just pull the trigger and the swatter spring releases and hits the bug.

Sue
Title: Re: Hand-Held Bug Zapper, Fun & Effective
Post by: gradygal on July 11, 2014, 01:33:02 pm
Sue,
We always knew that you knew how to have fun!!!!!! ;)

Judi
Title: Re: Hand-Held Bug Zapper, Fun & Effective
Post by: Barry-Sue on July 11, 2014, 02:09:08 pm
Judi

Hopefully we'll be camping together at WP next winter and we'll really have some fun!!!!!
Enjoy your travels in the East.

Sue
Title: Re: Hand-Held Bug Zapper, Fun & Effective
Post by: Pax on July 12, 2014, 10:50:50 am
When an uninvited insect guest gets into our rig, it always goes for the ceiling.  First time, I squished it...which was obviously not the thing to do on the light colored ceiling material.  Ick!

Mostly we just break out the mini vac and suck 'em up...especially in areas where Mosquitos wait by the door for us to open it!

By the way, we have found that those Thermacell units really do keep the bugs away from you.  We have two now.  One is the lantern type (just an LED light) that we keep on the picnic table or chair table, and the other is the one you can wear on your belt when walking the dogs or hiking.  We leave that one by the coach door when not walking with it and it does a great job of keeping the bugs away from the entrance.

  - Mike
Title: Re: Hand-Held Bug Zapper, Fun & Effective
Post by: RichardP on July 12, 2014, 02:49:54 pm
It was fun to see that others have found and use these things.  We saw one during one of our RV club camping trips...my wife fell in love with it and wanted one.  I bought one, gave it to her as a present...she said "It is the most romantic gift I've gotten from you in our 52 years of marriage!"  Hmmmmm.  That must say something about my romantic ablilties.

She killed a couple of yellow jackets with it the other day and got really excited.  It's good to find something she really likes.   heartshower Now if I could just find one of those little bug guns we would make a real pair. 
Title: Re: Hand-Held Bug Zapper, Fun & Effective
Post by: Ron Dittmer on February 24, 2018, 11:31:49 am
Hi All,

I got a Harbor Freight sale catalog in the mail yesterday.  They have the tennis racket style bug zapper for sale for $3.99 as seen HERE (https://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result/index/?dir=asc&order=EAScore%2Cf%2CEAFeatured+Weight%2Cf%2CSale+Rank%2Cf&q=electronic+fly+swatter) on their website.
Title: Re: Hand-Held Bug Zapper, Fun & Effective
Post by: jfcaramagno on February 27, 2018, 09:51:59 pm
We have something just like that. It works great except the switch button starts to hurt my thumb after a while.
Title: Re: Hand-Held Bug Zapper, Fun & Effective
Post by: Cropduster on May 12, 2018, 09:02:44 am
Suggestions:  If you buy the Bug Zapper from Harbor Freight purchase the model which uses the "D" batteries.  This design has a much better reputation than the Zappers using the smaller "AA" batteries.

Title: Re: Hand-Held Bug Zapper, Fun & Effective
Post by: Ron Dittmer on May 24, 2018, 02:36:10 pm
Suggestions:  If you buy the Bug Zapper from Harbor Freight purchase the model which uses the "D" batteries.  This design has a much better reputation than the Zappers using the smaller "AA" batteries.
Interesting comment.

All of ours are powered with two "AA" batteries and perform well for many months....surely a full season.  I wonder if "D" cell versions offer a more powerful "Zap".
Title: Re: Hand-Held Bug Zapper, Fun & Effective
Post by: Cropduster on May 24, 2018, 06:37:56 pm
Read the DD battery suggestion on several Harbor Freight blogs/sites.  Not sure as to why, but would guess that the components may be different in the two designs.    Your Aldi bug zapper is likely a better quality model.  When one of our HF zappers takes early retirement I'll take it apart to try and get an idea as to how it was made.  Something along the lines of a transistor, transformer, capacitor, and resistor.  Off the shelf items that the builder recognized would work; components unlikely to have been made for the purpose of building a zapper.  But what the hey, they're fun.  And effective.
Title: Re: Hand-Held Bug Zapper, Fun & Effective
Post by: Ron Dittmer on September 10, 2018, 09:24:46 am
Since my initial post, we are up to 5 zappers now.  I keep two in the PC, two in the main house for use around at home, and one in inside near the garage door where many mosquitoes tend to get in and hang around.