Pros: This durable flyswatter doesn't warp or fall apart and kills bugs dead.
Cons: Not 25% larger like they claim.
A flyswatter is a tool with a handle and a face. The handle provides a surface to grip and gain leverage when swinging the tool, while the face is a flat square of some type of light vented material used to smash insects when they land on a hard surface.
Most of the flyswatters I've purchased have been the two for a dollar variety from Wal-Mart or the grocery store. While they're usable, they really aren't very good and often times the handles on them bend just swinging the thing through the air, let alone striking a surface with it. Sometimes the handles become detached from the face of the flyswatter, or sometimes the face becomes warped and is no longer effective at achieving full contact with the surface you strike. Tired of broken and useless flyswatters, I picked up a couple of these Black Flag Super Swatters for 98 cents each at Wal-Mart the last time I needed one.
The Black Flag Super Swatter is nice for a number of reasons. First of all, the metal handle is much thicker than the generic flyswatters I had used previously. Like most flyswatters, the handle is a single piece that attaches to the bottom of the face at both ends, loops down to the bottom for you to hold onto and is twisted a few times in the middle. Swinging the Super Swatter through the air causes a little bit of flexing, but it doesn't bend in half and at the end of the swing; the handle shape remains the same as at the beginning. The face of the flyswatter is also thicker than generic flyswatters. It gets good surface contact when striking insects and doesn't roll up or warp and it seems to be firmly attached to the handle.
Now Black Flag claims the Super Swatter is "25% Larger than any other fly swatter", but that did not prove to be the case. The head of the Super Swatter measures 4.75 inches wide by 5.5 inches tall, while the head of this 50 cent generic flyswatter I have is 4.25 inches wide by 5.5 inches. That's not 25% in either single direction, and totals just under 12% difference in total surface area. Both flyswatters are about 20.5 inches long from the bottom of the handle to the top of the face.
These Super Swatters seem to work well. I've killed many flies, spiders, moths, bees and other miscellaneous insects with them and am pretty happy with their performance and durability -- especially compared to the generic flyswatters I've used in the past.
The handle and the face are both black in color. The mesh face has a flag pattern in the middle of it, roughly corresponding to Black Flag's company logo. The Black Flag Super Swatter is for indoor or outdoor use, and is backed by an unconditional lifetime warranty.