The Mosquito Magnet® uses 1lb of propane per day with normal running conditions. An average OPD tank is 85% filled and roughly has 18 + pounds of propane filled in the tank. The time frame for most tanks will be 18-22 days of use. Below are the reason why OPD tanks will last a shorter or longer of period of time.
Check propane tanks and regulator assembly with soapy water mixture . By pouring the soapy water mixture on propane tank and at joints of the regulator assembly (seen in photos), to see if small or large bubbles appear in these areas. Any sign of these bubbles please turn off machine and call technical support.
We caution against the use of propane swap programs. This is program where you take an empty tank to a dealer and they give you a different tank each time. Most swap out tank dealers do not refill the tanks themselves nor do they know anything about them. Many of the issues that are trouble shot at the Technical Support department of American Biophysics, for traps that will not start or stay running, have been linked back to the use of a swap out propane tank. Since you do not know the true history of the propane tank itself you can never be sure that the tanks has been correctly purged and there isn't any air remaining in the tank from the refill process. Having a purged tank is very important. A propane tank that is not purged may not work properly on the Mosquito Magnet®. It might cause the Mosquito Magnet® stop while running or not start at all.
For best results it is recommended that you purchase, own and refill your propane tank with a certified propane dealer for your Mosquito Magnet®. Tanks that have been used before work best. See the section on Tank Purging to know why.
We recommend the use of only 20 lb. propane tanks with Mosquito Magnet®. As there are tanks out there from 5 lb. and up. Our regulator is designed for the 20 lb. style of OPD propane tank. It was stated above the Mosquito Magnet® run 1lb of propane on average a day so smaller tanks will of course be less time and larger tanks will not only run a longer period of time but can damage the regulator on the trap.