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Portable Lightning Detectors
Keep You Informed


Chaney Instrument Co., creator of the AcuRite brand, announces a new portable lightning detection device
that offers real time warnings of nearby lightning.

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin October, 2013 – Worldwide approximately 24,000 people are killed each year by lightning strikes, and another 240,000 are injured.[1] Many people, however, are unaware of the dangers posed by lighting, or that a lightning detection product is available. That lack of lightning information can now be a thing of the past: AcuRite’s new portable lightning detector provides real time information about nearby lightning and storms.

“Whether you or your family work or play outdoors, or you have safety concerns indoors due to oncoming weather, AcuRite’s portable lightning detector is designed to provide strike alert and storm information you can use to help assess your needs,” explains Jon Balicki, president of Chaney Instrument Co. “In combination with official weather data, a high quality lightning detector can help you better understand when there is threatening weather nearby, and whether you should take shelter.”

The AcuRite Lightning Detector is a high precision instrument that is pocket-sized and features a no-slip clip. The device offers valuable warnings about lightning detected within 25 miles (40 km) of the user, including cloud-to-cloud, cloud-to-ground, and intra-cloud sources.

When the Detector is operational, it provides lightning strike notification with an alarm, a red flashing light, and a text message on the backlit display. The display provides data about the lightning strike count, as well as the strike’s estimated distance. The device has a low-battery indicator and comes with a one-year limited warranty.

“A lightning detector is an investment worth making.” adds Balicki. “Whether working construction, going hiking, or watching your child’s baseball game, when storms are approaching you won’t regret having a portable lightning detector with you to keep you informed.”

The AcuRite Lightning Detector retails at $44.99 and is available at


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Lightning detectors are not a substitute for official weather forecasts or warnings and are not adequate as the sole form of protection from inclement weather. When used in combination with official reports and forecasts a lightning detector can provide valuable information about the presence of dangerous weather systems, but do not themselves dictate the proper course of action for any individual faced with storm conditions or the presence of lightning. Official warnings and forecasts should never be ignored based on the readings of a personal weather reporting device, and all use of any AcuRite product is entirely at the risk of the user. 

AcuRite is owned by the Chaney Instrument Co., a leader in time, temperature and personal weather reporting and forecasting instruments, since 1943. AcuRite products are known for ease of use and delivering accurate, reliable information, allowing you to plan your day with confidence. Chaney Instrument Co. is a family-owned business based in idyllic Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. 


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