zevo bug light trap (fail)

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zevo bug light trap (fail)

Post by JR. » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:19 pm

In a leap of optimism bought a flying bug trap to catch the random flying bugs inside my house. Image

The starter kit comes with three lights and 3 replacement bug cartridges.

The concept is simple,,, some glorified flypaper and blue leds to magically attract insects.

It works after a fashion and after say one year there were a bunch of bugs in the one trap still working, but two of the three are no longer making light. I took one apart not expecting much and was surprised to find some 20 odd components not to mention a few through hole. In addition to all the parts (maybe a half dozen diodes) there was one limit switch that turns off the light if the bug cartridge is not seated in place.

I couldn't find anything wrong with the one I took apart, so didn't bother with the second.

Their strategy was clearly to sell razor blades (replacement cartridges) but this plan won't work if the razors break after just months. My guess is they didn't make money on the base, while the replacement cartridges (mainly flypaper) would be hugely profitable. Perhaps a fair strategy as one would expect from P&G but a failure in execution.

JR

PS: It looks like the design of the cartridge has changed since I bought mine, Image
so maybe the entire design has changed, or I encountered an early production issue... I may buy some flypaper and make my own, I have some blue LEDs this isn't rocket science and I have no idea why they used so many parts.
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Re: zevo bug light trap (fail)

Post by JR. » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:41 am

My outlet tester uses a blue LED for signal present and is brighter than the bug trap, so I taped a fly paper cartridge to an outlet tester and have a DIY bug trap. I am still suspicious of the blue light mojo, by flypaper it time tested.

JR

PS: I could light 2 blue LEDs with only 3 parts, maybe 4 (instead of about 20) if we add a cap across the anti-parallel LEDs with one current limiting resistor... I cant imagine bugs preferring DC light, but we'll see. :lol:

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Re: zevo bug light trap (fail)

Post by mediatechnology » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:26 pm

I'm inspired to plug in the "old-school" blue ultraviolet florescent bug zapper I have in the garage.

It looks so cool, not as cool as a lava lamp but the bug zapper is more of a summer thing.
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