Your own personal lightning detector

by David

strike alert

There is no end to the marvels of technology, we all love it, otherwise we would not be here. Yet there are times when something comes along that pushes the boundaries, but not always for the good, pushing the boundaries can work in the wrong direction too. Take the personal lightning detector from Strike Alert; this pager sized device warns you when there is a thunderstorm heading in your direction, now how handy is that going to be?

Strike alert is proud to claim that it can detect an electrical storm up to forty miles away, it has sensitive sensors that are able to determine the distance that the storm is away from you, somehow this is achieved by the decibel level of the thunder, the distance is indicated by a series of LED lights in the top of the device, but they do not look like they are all that accurate because there are only four lights, 0-6, 6-12, 12-24 and 24-40, the spread gets larger the further away the sound is, So in the distance there may be a storm, but you may not know how far away it really is.

Is there a market for this? There is more or less always a marketplace for any gadget, but this one is priced at around $80 (£40) so do we really need help in knowing that there is thunder storm heading in our direction, maybe not, normally the fact that the sky goes black, followed by lighting strikes and pouring rain does it for me. Although there probably are uses for it, like when out sailing, playing golf or for the hard at hearing, so as I said there is always a market for a gadget, no matter how silly it may appear to us.

The Strike Alert, the original personal lightning detector costs around $80 (£40), requires two AAA batteries.

Product Page [Strike Alert]

Source [Crave]

3 reviews or comments

MIke Says: May 17, 2007 at 3:11 pm

Fire one up next to a Bug zapper and see how good it works
Piece of junk.

Ulrik Says: May 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm

This lightning detektor does NOT(!) determine the distance of the storm by the decibel level of the thunder…. Tsk!

It uses the EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse) generated by the lightning, to determine the distance to the lightningstrike/storm.


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