I can’t tell you how much I wish I had been reviewing this Off Clip-On a month ago when the fam and I were on a very ambitious two night backpacking trip miles away from civilization. It turned out that our campsite just so happened to be double booked for the long weekend – our party of six and what had to be some sort of mosquito convention – and the bugs were not going to give up easily. At one point it was half-jokingly suggested that maybe this species of mosquito was actually attracted to the sticky, stinky and gooey mess we were pretty much bathing in, since the amount of spray we were using was enough to repel full-size adults, but curiously didn’t even seem to affect the swarms of bugs at our site.
The Off Clip-On is an alternative to the spray-on insect repellant and allows you to clip it onto your clothing or set near you to enjoy all the insect repellant properties without the sticky spray. When I first received the Off Clip On, I was surprised by the larger size of the unit as I had been picturing a pager or cell phone sized device. Once I realized that the Off Clip On had a fan and moveable parts, I realized the need for a slightly bigger unit was a necessary evil. A somewhat bulky unit is a small tradeoff for a product that makes the great outdoors that much more great.
How it works: The Off! Clip-On has an internal fan that is run by batteries (included) and works to circulate the scent-less insect repellant from head to toe. Each Clip-On Refill lasts for 12 hours and extra refill packs can be purchased separately (sold in packs of 2, and give you 24 hours of coverage). The Off! Clip-On has an on and off switch so you can turn it on when you need it and then store it once you come inside. They recommend that each refill be used within 14 days of opening, which means that one refill can easily last through an entire vacation or camping trip.
What I’m Raving About: Nearly all of my really, really bad bug attacks were when I was going outside “for just a minute” and therefore couldn’t be bothered with applying bug spray. The Off Clip-On solves that by offering temporary bug repellant that won’t leave you stinking like bug spray hours after you’ve come indoors. Pretty cool, really. The easy on/off makes it perfect for a quick BBQ dinner, picking squash from the garden, a 20 minute lemonade break, or for the infamous 30-minute long standing-by-the-car goodbyes my family is famous for.
What I’m Raving About, Part 2: When baby is in my arms or I am babywearing with the Off! Clip-On, there is no need to spray her with insect repellant, either. No one likes to douse a baby with bug spray, especially one that is young enough to still be in the “everything in the mouth” stage.
Suggestion to make it even more Rave-tastic: 1) The Off Clip-On should say in big BOLD letters on the package that all 12 hours of the refill do not need to be used at one time, and that you can turn the unit on an off to prolong the refill pack. I was so scared to open the refill and start it up because I mistakenly thought I needed to find a 12-hour block to use it in. I was really relieved to find that you can control the output of the Off Clip-On. 2) The Off Clip-On is not as effective while moving, as it takes a few minutes to rebuild its protection, according to the Off! Website.
Speaking of the Off! Website… Off! also has a neat tool called the Mosquit-O-Meter which is an interactive quiz that shows you how attractive you are to mosquitoes (extremely, as it turns out). I guess mosquitoes enjoy fruity lotions and bath products as much as I do!
Price: $12.99 for the Off! Clip-On and $8.49 for refills
This post was written for the Family Review Network as part of a program by SC Johnson and Off!, who also supplied the product for review.