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Insect-O-Cutor Nomad Bug Lamp | Review

Ideal for summer camping in the UK or on holidays abroad - don’t let insect bites hold you back this year with the collapsible Insect-O-Cutor Nomad.

Why We Chose The Insect-O-Cutor Nomad Bug Lamp: collapsible, multi-functional, versatile.

Whether it’s the notorious highland midge or your average summertime mosquito; for some people, getting bitten by insects can be a real downside to camping. Indeed, more often than not, bug spray just doesn’t cut the mustard. Cue: the Insect-O-Cutor Nomad bug lamp. 

With a hanging light option as well as dual wavelength light settings to attract a whole range of insects, there’s a lot to like about this travel-sized bug lamp.

Who Is The Insect-O-Cutor Nomad For?

Everyone’s had an irritating bug bite on holiday, made all the worse by that unforgiving urge to itch. When you’re in the great outdoors, however, and there aren’t many places to hide, these experiences can be much, much worse. We’re talking bugs in your sleeping bag, bugs in your cooking equipment, and swollen ankles ruining your afternoon hike. If this sounds familiar, then the Insect-O-Cutor Nomad might be for you. 

Materials and Construction

The Insect-O-Cutor is made from a robust plastic, 200-lumen LEDs, and a high voltage electric grid. In this sense, it’s a pretty lightweight piece of kit at just 340g, so shouldn’t weigh you down too much when out in the wilderness. There’s also a little plastic handle at the top for hanging in your tent or for easy carrying around the campsite at night.  

Photos: Mike Drummond

Included in the box is the Nomad unit itself, a USB charging cable, a cleaning brush and an instruction sheet. Once fully charged – this takes 3 hours – you should have up to 18 hours of use to work with, though this will be less if you’re using the full brightness setting the whole time.


The first feature to note is the dual wavelength light technology. This basically means that the Nomad operates using both an ultraviolet (UV) light and a visible green light which, in turn, means that a wider range of bugs should be attracted to the light rather than your body. A big win for you then, but perhaps not for the bugs… (It’s worth noting that UV light can’t be seen by the human eye so the green LEDs will appear more prominent when in use.)

Another neat feature is its collapsible design mechanism. To open it up from the collapsed position, you rotate the lamp diffuser anti-clockwise, pull the diffuser down and rotate it anti-clockwise to lock it into place. The lamp diffuser can also be removed for cleaning by rotating the diffuser anticlockwise when in the open position, sliding the diffuser up slightly to disengage it from the catch, and rotating it anti-clockwise again to detach. 

“It operates using an ultraviolet light.”

In terms of the settings, there’s 3 brightness settings: the dimmest setting (click 1), mid brightness (click 2), full brightness (click 3), and the off switch (click 4). The lumen ratings here range from 40 lumens to 200. There’s also the ‘Fly Kill’ function – basically an electric zapper – which can only be used when the unit is in the open position (as opposed to its collapsed position). You simply press the fly kill button when there’s a fair amount of bugs to work with, and then press it again to switch it off.

Tester’s Verdict

Our testing of this product is still underway. We’ll post the verdict here in the coming days.

Insect-O-Cutor Nomad Bug Lamp

Selected for the Outdoor 100 2022/23
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