I’m proud to say I made my first purchase from a Luanda street vendor the other day. Well, OK, I sat in the passenger seat pointing and saying what I wanted to buy loudly in English and waving two 500 Kwanza notes about, and Dino made the purchase on my behalf.
I am now the proud owner of a Family Helper electronic mosquito swatting bat. Simply charge it up, switch it on, hold down the “kill” button and then waft it about as if trying to hit an invisible tennis ball with a will of its own. Each kill is announced by a spark and a loud “SNAP!”. Getting a combo of three or more in one swish is most satisfying.
Unsurprisingly the device was Made in China, and the “Chinglish” instructions on the packet are so amusing they’re worth quoting here…
- Rechargeable Type: it furnishes 2 pcs of 1.2V high quality rechargeable batteries which can by recharged in recycle for more than 600 times. It is quite practical and economic.
- Twice-speed discharge: It adopts an innovative twice-speed discharge circuit which output 2500V in a moment. So, it has the best result for result forhitting mosquito.
- Electric Shockproof Net: It can kill mosquito which is sucking blood on human bodies but it is harmless to human, when touching the net on flat surface, without any feeling of electric shock, so it is safe for use.
- leakproof Net: It consists on a special 3-layer net which can easily catch insect and never leak ont.
- When charging, please use AC 100-240V 50HZ power source.
- Before using, please charge the batteries for 8-15 hours. They can be recharged in recycle for 600 times.
- When hitting insect, you can easily kill them just by pressing it’s switch.
- When the indicator twinkle, it indicate that the batteries run out. Then the swatter should be recharged for 8-15 hours.
- For more safety, do not press the switch or touch the ourface of net when swatter is in charge.
- Please do not finger the medium-layer net.
- Please shake swatter for cleaning off insect carcasses which remain in net. Be sure don’t wash it with water, so as to avoid shortcircuit.
- The swatter may become without high-voltage or in low-voltage conditions when it absorbe damp in wet weather, the effect will be declined. Then it can be dried by blowing with electric blower or shining with sunshine. The effect will be recovered soon.
- Children must instruce under adult when use it.
Those tiny flying leg-biting so-and-so’s have met their match in me…