If you live in one of the “buggier” of these United States (like I do), having a well-functioning, effective, and safe electric fly swatter is a must. And it would seem (with their rather singular function) that there’s really not much distinction from one fly swatter to the other. However, this is not the case. Things to look for in a great fly swatter include long battery life, a high voltage, and safety screens (among other features): good fly swatters will offer all at a competitive price point. Having reviewed the top electric fly swatters on the market today, I can confidently say that The Zap It! Bug Zapper Racket, 4000V, USB Rechargeable is the best available fly swatter for the money, with all of the necessary features, and no unnecessary “frills.”
With tons of power at a whopping 4000 volts, this incredibly powerful zapper offers users a touch more bug-killing “gusto” than others on the marketplace. Two key features set the Zap It! Bug Zapper Racquet apart from competitors. First, it has a triple layer of safety mesh on both sides of the racquet. Should you or someone near you touch the racquet, even with electricity flowing, you’ll be perfectly safe. Second, it is one of the only electric fly swatters at this high voltage that’s rechargeable. Again, for users in bug-heavy areas, the rechargeability of this racquet is highly important and a great feature to have. A few reviewers have commented that the racquet dies after a year or so of use. Even if that’s the case, the incredible power of this fly swatter, with its recharging capabilities and its competitive price point make the Zap It! our swatter of choice.
So the well-known pest control company Black Flag decided to get in on the electric fly swatter craze with the Black Flag Handheld Fly Zapper. It’s our runner-up because while it does work well, it isn’t as powerful as the Zap-It and it isn’t rechargeable.
Not being rechargeable isn’t necessarily bad depending on your preferences. It runs off of 2 AA batteries and produces 2750 volts.
With less power, you may find that it occasionally stuns a fly instead of outright killing it. Just make sure you zap it good or step on it if the zapper doesn’t do the job completely.
At 2500 volts, the Kormazi F-4 Best Electric Mosquito Swatter would seem underpowered compared to competitors, yet reviewers have remarked that, for the most part, it’s a highly effective tool in killing all types of bugs of varying shapes and sizes. The racquet is triple-layered, but outer mesh layers have larger holes to encase and entrap larger insects. Safety features on the Koramzi are minimal, and a few reviewers have reported being shocked by the racquet. Some also report that the racquet becomes temperamental as it gets older (not always responding to button-pushes on the first press), but due to a low price point, this product is still worth the buy. It runs on AA batteries (like the PreciShock) and comes in two colors.
No matter which electric bug zapper seems right for you, there are a few key things to keep in mind. First, know that a high voltage and long battery life definitely do not go hand-in-hand. Often, the run time for a quality, high-voltage swatter does not exceed an hour (that is, if you were to continue holding the button for the entirety of the hour it would likely die soon thereafter). It is for this reason that I highly recommend a rechargeable option. Also, from a safety perspective, having a three-layer swatter with its charged metal lattice in the center is ideal, but can prevent you from being able to swat and kill larger bugs. Products like the PreciShock and Koramzi prioritize the ability to kill large bugs and forgo multi-layer safety: that’s not to say that they are not safe products. But ultimately, the Zap It! Bug Zapper appropriately prioritizes safety with its multi-layers, and retains solid efficacy. So if you’re looking to save a little money on what is an effective and highly safe option, AND have the ability to recharge your swatter (and not have to buy countless AA batteries just to keep those darn mosquitos at bay), then the Zap It! Bug Zapper is the product for you!
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