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Portable Lightning Detector

Model: 02020, 06032RM

Availability: In stock

MSRP: $44.99


The AcuRite Lightning Detector provides lightning protection with warnings for cloud-to-ground, cloud-to-cloud and intra-cloud lightning strikes within a 25 mile range. The lightning tracker notifies you with a loud alarm, flashing red LED light and text message on the backlit display when storms or lightning are within range. Pocket-sized with no-slip clip for portability. The lightning detector features enhanced interference rejection capabilities to prevent false lightning detection. Outdoor and indoor operation modes. One-year limited warranty. It's more than accurate, it's AcuRite.


Portable Lightning Detector

  • Detects lightning bolts and storms within 25 miles
  • Get alerted to lightning strikes with a warning light, audible alarm and an on-screen alert
  • Lightning strike counter displays running total of lightning strikes detected
  • Provides an estimated distance to lightning-producing storm
  • Weather-resistant for outdoor or indoor lightning detection
  • Momentary backlight for low-light viewing

Lightning Detector Includes: Lightning detector, instruction manual

Warranty: Limited 1 year warranty


Dimensions with Clip: 2.8" H x 2.5" W x 1.27" D

Dimensions without Clip: 2.8" H x 2.5" W x 0.84" D

Lightning Detection Range: Up to 25 Miles

Lightning Strike Counter: Counts up to 99 lightning strikes

Audible Alarm Tone: 85 decibels

Power: 2 AAA alkaline batteries (not included)

Battery Life Expectancy: 8-10 months - based on an average of 3 lightning strikes per day

Customer Reviews

really works!!! Review by Zee
This is terrific, works as advertised, love it. (Posted on 8/1/15)
It works! Review by Jeff
Unboxed it and 24 hours later we had severe storms and tornados in the area. Used the new detector as the system approached and passed...worked great. I do agree with other reviews that after a brief period you get saturated with warnings and it kind of loses its affect. Think it would be better if the warnings were based on distance change...maybe a different tone or color of led flash at 20 miles, 10 miles and 5 miles. Just a thought. Thanks! (Posted on 5/21/15)
LOVE IT!!!!!! Review by Marc
I fly alot when i take my Drone out to fly the Lighning Detector goes with me i was were it yesterday and it went off saying the lightning was about 15 miles away then it did it again saying it was 9 miles away then i hurd thunder so ya it works great i also have a 5N1 Weather Station from ACURITE ALL OF THERE WEATHER PRODUCTS ARE A GREAT TOOL TO HAVE I LOVE THEM ALL and this little lighning Detector works great even if you are sitting at home turn it on you can use it indoors too and it works i always have this on 24 hours 7 days a week so get one it may save your life one day!!!!!!! thanks ACURITE KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!! Marc Nichols Birmingham Alabama (Posted on 3/14/15)
Tested it on the first pending strom to see it in action. Review by MikeS
Thought this device would be good to have for my early evening kayaking out on the lake this summer.

I had the opportunity to test it out on a pending storm. I turn it on that night before I went to bed. Sometime after 2am the alarm sound on it. I detect the storm coming before I could even here it. About 6-10 minutes later the storm was close enough to here it by ear. It definitely work even indoors under indoor mode.

I would recommend it to my follow outdoors people.
(Posted on 6/23/14)
Great Product Review by Deauxboy
Two days after we got it a storm was moving our direction. We turned it on and we got an alert. Nice.

I agree with another reviewer that some configuration capability/filtering would make it much more useful. For example, we had a storm come through over night. This morning I took a look. It shows 49 strikes with a distance of 17 miles. So the last strike was 17 miles away, what was the closest?

Too bad I can't link it to our Acu-Link bridge, where that info might be available. (Posted on 6/14/14)
Too many warnings decreases its usefulness. Review by Temporal
If you need an inexpensive device that you can toss into your golf bag or tackle box in order to keep you from being caught unawares by a surprise storm, this is the unit for you!

But like the old style storm radios that alerted for everything, its usefulness is compromised by its lack of settings which causes too many warnings. This in turn either desensitizes the user to the warnings or prompts them to turn it off altogether, thereby defeating the purpose.

Although it might require a few more buttons, the utility of this unit would be greatly enhanced if it had more user-configurable settings that would permit its operation to be tailored to the user's needs.

Even some simple filtering logic such as an alert range selector or a setting that would suppress alerts unless the strikes are getting closer would be a big help (why alert for lightning that's moving away?)

With GPS circuitry becoming so inexpensive, other enhancements that would increase its utility would be the ability to display bearing and trend information such as "Multiple strikes 5 miles west, range decreasing." A simple text display would suffice but a graphical display would be even better.

(Posted on 3/1/14)
Works great Review by RayTrey
A must have device for anyone who participates in outdoor activities. I had it on this morning and it detected lightning strikes heading in my direction about 40 minutes before the storm hit--a rare February morning thunderstorm. (Posted on 2/19/14)
A must have for any outdoor enthusiast Review by Larry
I'll be using this for camping, kayaking and visits to the beach.

Everyone who spends any time outdoors, either playing sports or recreation activity should carry one. (Posted on 1/21/14)
Every Coach Should Have A Lightning Detector Review by little-league
Calling all coaches for little league, baseball, whiffle ball! You can't afford NOT to have this wonderful lightning detection device! This lightning detector not only helps me make the call when it's time to call off the game, but it also helps keep the parents calm and feel safe knowing I have lightning storm information clipped right to my board during game time. The kids on the team think its cool..fwiw (Posted on 10/1/13)
Perfect Golf Lightning Detector Review by Ken0479
I got this as a gift - I keep this lightning device clipped onto my golf bag during my golf game for lightning detection. It's perfect for golfing! Helps me know when it's REALLY time to get off the golf course, so I can play until the last minute and I know exactly how close the lightning strikes storm is getting. (Posted on 10/1/13)
Very Nice Lightning Detector Review by Kaw900
This Lightning Detector feels solid and is easy to use. When lightning was detected, I compared it the Android app Weather Bug and they were very close with the data they provided. Because this unit is weather resistant I can use it indoors as well as outdoors. (Posted on 9/11/13)
A top product for the money Review by Kc4sbd
As a storm chaser as a hobby this lightning detector monitor is worth every penny and for the features it has more than competitors would recommend the purchase (Posted on 9/4/13)

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