Evaluation of Alternative Power Sources for Operating CDC Mosquito Surveillance Traps

J E Cilek, J D Fajardo, J R Weston, M Sallam

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Several portable, rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-Ion) cell phone power banks were compared with standard 6-V gel lead-acid batteries as alternative power sources for operating mosquito surveillance equipment. In laboratory trials, ToughTested® (TT)16000 and 24000, Goal Zero Venture™ 70, and Griffin Survivor® units either met or exceeded that of sealed 6-V batteries when operating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suction light traps (with incandescent light on) for an average of 24 h. No significant difference was found when continually operating traps powered by either the TT16000 or Goal Zero Venture 70 units compared with 6-V batteries (at approximately 57 h). The TT24000 unit was the only Li-Ion power bank that exceeded this threshold at an average of approximately 73 h. In field studies, there was no significant difference in species diversity or abundance of mosquitoes among the above 4 power sources when operating CDC light traps for 24 h compared with 6-V batteries. Our results indicate that portable Li-Ion cell phone power banks ≥10,050 mAh may be suitable replacements for 6-V gel lead-acid batteries when operating these light traps, especially if weight and size constraints influence the extent of mosquito surveillance during deployments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-28
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Mosquito Control Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Animals
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.
  • Culicidae
  • Electric Power Supplies
  • Mosquito Control/methods
  • United States


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