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In our last thunderstorm, the worst thing was actually the ice falling out of the sky Neither hail nor rain, but the temperature dropped from cold to f..... cold in a second, so cold my head was hurting from it. But this June has been very strange anyways.
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Another safe place for portable electronics is the inside of a pressure cooker. The steel or aluminum shell acts as a very good faraday cage. And most have very good metal to metal contact between the lid and the bottom.

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That's a good tip I had forgotten about - placing portable electronics in the oven.

I can see us now at the first threat of a Tstorm, gathering the (2) cell phones, laptop computer, LCD DVD player, handheld VHF and GPS units, AutoHelm remote, digital cameras, electronic range finder binoculars, handheld wind speed/temp unit . . . good grief!

We're gonna need a bigger oven.

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Saurav...drop your sails and turn the motor on & head into the wind.It'll all be over in 20 minutes.

That's cool IF ya have one. I didn't at the time but do now.
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Ummm.. CharlieCobra, I believe that's normally called heaving to.

That's what I was trying to do but the forward movement was a surprise that I took advantage of.
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What does placing the porable electronics in the oven do?
Is that to protect the electronics?
Certainly it isn't going to save you from a lightning strike?

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What does placing the porable electronics in the oven do?
Is that to protect the electronics?
Certainly it isn't going to save you from a lightning strike?


A Faraday cage, as illustrated above, forms a hollow conductor. An external electrical field causes the charges to rearrange which cancels the field inside. Portable electronics inside, in theory, would be protected during an electrical storm, or lightning strike.

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do the portable devices need to be insulated from the oven sidewalls and grills?
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I would put them on the center rack . . . for even cooking.

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do the portable devices need to be insulated from the oven sidewalls and grills?
Nope... just inside the sealed oven or pressure cooker.

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