Mosquito Magnet®
Quick-Clear Valve
How to use it and why.

Why should you use the Quick-Clear Valve?
Beginning in 2003, American Biophysics installed new a one-way Quick-Clear Valve on all Mosquito Magnet® models. It is used to clear out propane contaminants in the fuel line that may build up and can block the flow of propane from the tank into the Mosquito Magnet®. These contaminants can clog the gas line in the Mosquito Magnet® and cause trap failure.

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What are the two types of Quick Clear-Valve?

When we added the Quick-Clear Valve to the traps we used an L-Shaped adapter. There is a known issue with the L-Shaped adapter. If there is enough back pressure it can blow out the O-ring in the L-Shaped adapter.

If you have the L-Shaped adapter and it has a blown O-ring then we can send you a new Quick-Clear Valve adapter. To request a new Quick-Clear Valve adapter send a email to technical support.

Pictured below are the two types of Quick-Clear Valves.

Old New

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When should you use the Quick-Clear Valve?

It is recommended that you use the Quick-Clear Valve before and after any prolonged storage period, at least every two propane changes, and if you have problems starting your Mosquito Magnet® or keeping the Mosquito Magnet® running.

It is recommended that you use the Quick-Clear Valve after the first propane change and then every two tank changes after that in order to keep any contaminants from building up in the fuel system of the Mosquito Magnet®. These contaminants may build up over time and clog the fuel system and cause trap failure. For additional maintenance, you can use the Quick-Clear Valve after every tank change, this will help prevent problems from happening. It is also recommended to use the Quick-Clear Valve before and after any prolonged storage period so that contaminants do not build up during that time.

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Where is the Quick-Clear Valve on my Mosquito Magnet®?

Pro/Pro Plus

Liberty Plus

Commercial Pro
Freedom
Liberty
Defender
 
Pro/Pro Plus - The Quick-Clear Valve on the Pro/Pro Plus is located right on the back of the trap.

Liberty Plus- The Quick-Clear Valve on the Liberty Plus is located right on the back of the trap.
Click Here for Interactive instructions.
For the Mosquito Magnet® Pro/Pro Plus
Click Here for Interactive instructions.
For the Mosquito Magnet® Liberty Plus

Commercial Pro - The Quick-Clear Valve on the Commercial Pro is just to the left of the quick disconnect regulator valve.
 
Freedom - The Quick-Clear Valve on the Freedom is just up and to the right of the silver safety valve/gas button.
 
Click Here for Interactive instructions.
For the Mosquito Magnet® Commercial Pro
 
Click Here for Interactive instructions.
For the Mosquito Magnet® Freedom

Liberty - The Quick-Clear Valve on the Liberty is to the far right of the power cord connection and the propane hose.
  Defender- The Quick-Clear Valve on the Defender is to the left of the On/Off Power switch.
 
Click Here for Interactive instructions.
For the Mosquito Magnet® Liberty
 
Click Here for Interactive instructions.
For the Mosquito Magnet® Defender

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What size CO2 cartridge to use with the Quick-Clear Valve, when a Quick Clear cartridge is unavailable.

It is recommended that you use the Quick-Clear cartridges that are available at any retail location where the Mosquito Magnet® and it's accessories are sold or on our web site at http://www.mosquitomagnet.com. If you are unable to locate the Quick-Clear cartridges, then you can use a standard threaded CO2 cartridge.

If you are unable find them at a local Mosquito Magnet® retailer, these cartridges are also available at Bicycle stores as their typical use is for inflating bike tires. The CO2 cartridges may come in a variety of sizes. You should only use a 12 or 16 gram threaded CO2 cartridge. If you use a larger size the pressure may damage the Mosquito Magnet®. You must use a CO2 cartridge that is threaded at the end. Non-threaded CO2 cartridges will not be able to connect to the Quick-Clear Adapter. Below are examples of both threaded and non-threaded CO2 cartridges.

Threaded
Non-Threaded
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Air compressors and why you should not use them.

Air compressors can have oils, water and other impurities in the air tank that can cause other problems. Here is a comparison chart for the major differences between CO2 cartridges and Air Compressors.

Air Compressor
Quick Clear Cartridges
Output Pressure (P.S.I.)

95-125PSI constant on smaller units.
145 - 175 PSI constant larger industrial units.

Initial burst pressure of around 800 PSI and it greatly decreases quickly after that.
Gas Purity
Most air compressors are oil lubricated, belt driven and this oil can be in the tank and as the compressors tank is filled with air, water from moisture and the oil can build up in the tank.
Quick Clear Cartridges are a clean source of gas and are free of impurities
Warranty issue
The Quick-Clear Valve was not designed nor tested using air compressor. Any damage that is a result of using an air compressor will NOT be covered under warranty.
The Quick-Clear Valve was designed using a CO2 cartridge.
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Where can I get printable version of the Quick-Clear Valve usage instructions.

For a printable version of the Quick-Clear Valve instructions Click here.
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If you still need additional assistance
Please contact technical support
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