Bedbugs and lice can surreptitiously infiltrate luggage and clothing before or after a trip. Now comes luggage that functions as an execution chamber for stowaway bugs by heating them to death. ThermalStrike Heated Luggage has a lightweight polycarbonate blend outer shell, and inside — hidden behind the lining — ultra-thin infrared heating panels. Just zip up the bag, plug the included electrical cord into the bag’s built-in socket, plug the other end into a wall socket, and slide the timer unit on the cord to 2, 4, or 8 hours. The bag’s internal heat will reach up to a bug-lethal 140 degrees. Integrated sensors automatically turn off the unit when time’s up. A blue light on the timer unit shows electricity is flowing; a green light alongside the bag’s input socket shows the heating panels are on the job. An empty bag can be de-bugged (or rather, dead-bugged) in two hours, but the company recommends a full 8-hour cycle for clothes. Other than lethal skills, the luggage provides spacious storage and internal zippered compartments, and has a built-in TSA programmable combo lock, four spinner wheels, reinforced corner guards, and sturdy telescoping pull handles. Though safe for clothing, do not subject chocolate bars, medications, cosmetics, electronics and such to the heat.
ThermalStrike Heated Luggage is $199 for 20-inch wheeled carry on; $249 for 24-inch wheeled upright; $399 for matched pair at www.thermalstrike.com.
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