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Offline KingJami

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Do cell phones attract lightning?
« on: 16/03/2010 13:24:31 »
Hey, is this really possible?


If yes then should I avoid using mobile phones outside or even in-car?
Seems to me that there should be some danger signs on phones then...
« Last Edit: 16/03/2010 13:27:32 by BenV »


 

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Do cell phones attract lightning?
« Reply #1 on: 16/03/2010 13:29:09 »
I've changed your subject to a question, in line with forum policy.
 

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Do cell phones attract lightning?
« Reply #2 on: 16/03/2010 14:53:51 »
I would assume that, when transmitting, the radio waves would reduce the breakdown voltage of the surrounding air. With the limited power of a mobile phone I would not expect this to be very significant, but it could increase the chance of a lightning strike, if only by a small amount. Perhaps it is equivalent to being a few feet taller. It would be worse if a long way from the cellsite and therefore using the highest power transmission from your handset.
 

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