Flextail Tiny Repel :: Field Tested

Photography by Jason Spafford

Outdoor endeavors should be about embracing nature, not battling mosquitoes. Enter the Tiny Repel. Designed by the Shenzhen-based company Flextail—increasingly known for their multifunctional outdoor gear since 2015—this compact device serves as a mosquito repellent, light, and power bank.

Using DualRepel technology quickly creates a 30-foot mosquito-free zone (including horseflies), with an intelligent thermostat and auto shut-off for added safety. It operates in two modes: 10-hour protection in a 10-foot zone (Camp mode) and 7 hours in a 30-foot radius (Outdoor mode). The LED lantern provides adaptable lighting, and its 4,800 milliampere-hour battery functions as a power bank, boosting your phone. Portable, it weighs 5.2 ounces and measures 1.4 x 1.4 x 5.7 inches, attaching to ferromagnetic surfaces with its powerful magnet.

The Tiny Repel excels as a DEET-free mosquito repellent, lamp, and power bank, streamlining your outdoor gear. Its unobtrusive repellent technology emits vapors of prallethrin and meperfluthrin through heat-activated mats—odorless chemicals deemed safe for humans. Use a multi-tool or stick for mat removal. Using the light and repellent concurrently can slightly reduce usage time, a potential concern for longer journeys. When the battery runs low, the anti-mosquito function is prioritized, disabling the light.

$76 (includes 10 mats) | flextail.com

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Summer 2024 Issue.

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British born and location independent, Four Wheeled Nomad is Lisa Morris and Jason Spafford. Remote wilderness exploration is the couple’s driving force, enabling their skillset as content creators. Previously, they co-ran scuba diving trips. Having hung up the fins, they motorcycled the Americas—an almost five-year, 80,000-mile jaunt taking in Antarctica to the Arctic. Jason is a photographer who dabbles in filmmaking. His internationally published portfolio is layered in two decades of adventure travel, landscape, and commercial, and his beautiful captures can be found on Instagram. Lisa freelances for publications worldwide in the hopes of inspiring people to consider their relationship with nature. Currently, a photographic expedition sees them in a Toyota Hilux, roaming Nordic countries and beyond as borders reopen.