Over the past few weeks, my kids and I have had a lot of fun testing the Illuminet. What is an Illuminet (you ask)? Well, it’s a gadget-studded bug net that’s built to withstand the great outdoors. If your next adventure is taking you to a beach, campground, mountains, or lakes – this handy toy is versatile enough to keep all of your campers busy. And it’s durable enough to last for many more adventures down the road.
The cool gadget is approximately 24” long (60 cm), which includes the 18” sturdy plastic handle and the metal hoop net at the end. The net is sturdy enough to withstand anything from a grasshopper to a large bullfrog! The net is attached to a chrome-plated metal hoop that could probably withstand your car driving over it. The total area of the net is approximately 8” x 6” (20cm x 15cm).
Attached to the end of the handle is a water-proof, 9-LED flashlight that can be maneuvered and positioned to light up the net area and beyond for your outdoor ‘critter hunts’. You can easily remove the flashlight by undoing the Velcro strap and using it separately, if you choose.
The 7-in-1 survival tool is a nice add-on and can be used separately from the net. It has a whistle, led light, compass, thermometer, signal mirror, and storage case. It comes with a nice lanyard and can help “keep the peace” if your campers are taking turns with the bug net. The thermometer reads in degrees-Celsius, but it’s a bonus device when it comes to the Illuminet so I didn’t mind (besides it’s a good learning opportunity for my kids who will need to convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit in high school science!).
As a father of 4 boys, one of my biggest criteria for outdoor toys is durability. I can tell you that this toy passes with flying colors. Its sturdy molded plastic will withstand whatever your crew has to throw at it. Not only is it durable, but its bright orange which makes it easy to find, and the hollow-handle will help it float along the creek or river instead of sink to the bottom!
The Illuminet is a fun toy that is versatile enough to play a role on almost any family adventure. Out of the package, you have everything that you need to get started – batteries & all. I feel that the price of $20-$25 is a fair price for all that you get. This is not a disposable camping toy, but rather one that should last for several adventures.