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The Mosquito-Repelling Orb That Saves My Outdoor Gatherings Is 30 Percent Off Today

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Spray-on mosquito repellent can really kill the summer mood. Even the best brands can feel oily or sticky on your skin, and the constant need for reapplication is annoying, especially if you’ve already spent the day slathering yourself in sunscreen. When I want to enjoy a balmy evening outdoors under the illusion that flying insects don’t exist, I prefer to use this clever USB-rechargeable repeller from Thermacell, which creates a 20-foot mosquito-safe zone. It’s 30 percent off on Amazon today, which brings the price down to $27 from the usual $40.

Perfect for patio hangs, camping trips, or whatever small outdoor gathering you’ve got going on, this odd little orb works mysteriously but effectively. Essentially, it uses low heat to distribute an odorless repellent that will create a protective field in about 15 minutes. There’s no smoke or flame, which makes it safe for kids and avoids the need to carry a lighter. One USB charge lasts around five hours, and the repeller comes with a 12-hour cartridge of repellent that’s easy to insert and relatively affordable to replace. I think of this device as a futuristic and foolproof citronella candle — while not quite so atmospheric, it’ll do a much better job of preventing bites. The brand also makes a personal repeller that can be gripped and waved around like a magic wand for extra peace of mind. And if you want to double your protection or stick to the traditional spray method, here’s an essential-oil-based option that smells good enough to eat and isn’t a pain to apply.

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Thermacell’s Mosquito-Repelling Orb Is 30 Percent Off Today