Should you turn off your phone during a thunderstorm?
Can I use my phone during a thunderstorm? Surely everyone asked himself this question when the sky overhead was covered with black clouds. Maybe you should turn it off? What if he somehow "pulls" lightning to him? What other electrical appliances cannot be used during a thunderstorm?
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In fact, there are two dangers:
- Damage to the appliance itself
When lightning strikes the ground near a power line, voltage surges appear in the wires due to strong electromagnetic fields. During a thunderstorm, it is better to refrain from charging gadgets, because not everyone has protection against power surges.
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- Electric shock to a person
By itself, a mobile phone cannot "attract" lightning in any way. Although it is a source of radio waves, they cannot affect the discharge in any way, so using the phone in a thunderstorm is absolutely safe.
There have been cases in history when they tried to pull a lightning discharge on purpose, but these experiments, apparently, were unsuccessful. Although they used radioactive elements capable of ionizing the air, they, alas, failed.
A mobile phone is able to "attract" lightning only in one case: if, during a thunderstorm, climb a lonely tall tree in an attempt to pick up a signal.