06045M Lightning Detector issues

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I have had the 06045 lighting detector for about a month. I have it paired with the HD display.  I get a warning yellow light and a warning on the HD display of interference while the red lightning banner is displayed. I have moved the sensor all over the yard, and still get the same yellow light. It is not constant, but erratic.  Maybe once every 15-30 mins.  I live in the timber, in the mountains with no "close" neighbors. I have the sensor about 25 feet outside and in clear view of the HD display through a sliding glass door.  I have also tried all 3 channels, with no improvement. I also notice the green light blinks on the 8 sec interval regardless of the outside weather. Sometimes the green light flash with be significantly dimmer than the normal flash.  During lightning yesterday, the lightning would have to be pretty close for the detector to catch it, and even then only caught about half of the flashes/thunder that I heard in person. I did get a yellow light simultaneously with the red light flash on a lightning strike. Almost like the strike caused the interference led to light up.  Not having any other experience with a lightning detector, does this sound normal or did I get a defective sensor?  I have a few days left to exchange it if it sounds goofy.
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Hello Helomech,

Please make sure you are using a high quality standard alkaline battery. Make sure the detector is placed at least 3 feet (.9 m) away from electronics that may cause interference (such as TVs, microwaves, fluorescent lights, computers, laptops, refrigerators, cordless phones, USB-powered devices like webcams & keyboards, car electronics, etc). If you have followed all of these basic troubleshooting steps please contact our AcuRite Loyalty Team at 262-249-3259. We would like to help further assist you. Thank you.
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Okay. I will. Thunder all around.. No detection.
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Notice that the lightning itself causes an interference light.
Grrrrrrr. Lol
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello HeloMech,

When you are watching the detector do you have your cell phone with you? This could cause interference as well and make that light go off.
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HeloMech,

The receiver in your sensor has maximum sensitivity at a frequency of 500 KHz. Signals at other frequencies might indeed interfere, but the sensor is most vulnerable at this low frequency. You can tune a portable AM radio to an empty channel down close to that range, and pretty much hear what your sensor hears. Noise from light dimmers, switch-mode power modules, or DSL internet could be pretty bad there.

ps: I recently acquired a portable detector (02020CA) and am delighted with it.
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HeloMech,

Sad you are having trouble with your detector. Franklin is an amazing little chip device and in my portable 02020ca it works great. 

With your sensor 80+ feet away from any possible interference, I have great difficulty believing it is suffering that.  Also, the Franklin chip has an internal voltage regulator that makes it pretty tolerant of supply voltage range, so the battery argument seems to fall flat.

As much as I'd like to see you open it and post pictures of the insides, let me urge you to try the warranty path one more time. 
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Finally had some significant lightning today again. The sensor is now 80+ feet from any signal. I have to watch the leds with binoculars. Lol. Anyway, no change. Still closest warning by sound count is about 5 miles, and several interference lights while storm storm is present overhead. Bright flash locally brings an interference light immediately and does not register with the display count. With no storm around. I still get an occasional interference light. But nothing like when a storm is present. I did call in and got the run around about spurious signal issues. Then about batteries. Apparently my Duracell quantum batteries are to strong. Seriously. That was what she stated. Should be black and copper Duracell. Sigh. Then about my cell phone. On and on. Everything except maybe this one is mal-adjusted or defective. I work avionics and am a licensed ham. I know a bit about RF interference, but to no avail on the phone. I think I will crack it open and see what makes it tick. I have nothing to lose really as it is not very useful in this state I see where the Franklin chip has board adjustments. At least on the boards I saw on the chip manufacturer website. Shot in the dark without specs. But I might learn something.
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Hello HeloMech,

If you have had the product less than one year and it's not functioning correctly we can start a warranty claim. If you do take the detector apart it would void the warranty.  How long have you had the detector? Has it always done this or did this just start? In our products we do not recommend a heavy duty or generic type of battery. The Duracell Quantum would be considered a heavy duty type of battery. This should not affect the interference light that you are getting constantly however would be a part of the troubleshooting that we would provide. Please let us know if you would like to proceed with the warranty claim. Thank you.
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Same here,lightning causes interference says cannot detect lightning
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Hello Ken,

If the detector is unable to detect lightning or experiencing interference, the detector should be relocated. Please make sure you are using a high quality standard alkaline battery. Make sure the detector is placed at least 3 feet (.9 m) away from electronics that may cause interference (such as TVs, microwaves, fluorescent lights, computers, laptops, refrigerators, cordless phones, USB-powered devices like webcams & keyboards, car electronics, etc). If this does not correct your issue please let us know. Thank you.
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I hate to dredge up old threads but it is the most pertinent to my question I think. I am still experimenting with the 06045M detector.  I have moved it all over the property to study the interference light issue, and have had little change.  Something new that just happened where I got an amazing amount of detections in the middle of the night.
That would be pretty unusual in my part of Montana, especially in the winter.  The HD display showed +300 strikes, and going backwards on the Blitzortung lighting maps, I had exactly 0 lighting strikes that night. I am "assuming" that during that snow storm there was sufficient precipitation static to trigger the sensor as a strike.  Any history of that?

So I have a couple quick questions.
Has there been any changes to the 06045M sensor in the past year?  Firmware or hardware changes?  Also, can the HD display add more than one 06045M detector at the same time?  I don't see in the specs about adding additional sensors.  I would love to be able to compare or combine two sensors.  I suspect that it cannot, but before I buy the next sensor I would like to know. 

I will likely still get a 2nd one, and compare them as to the count and interference light and it would be good to know if they have been updated/upgraded in production.  Maybe a current version number?

Thank you!  
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Hello HeloMech,
I see that above on June 6th we had discussed warranty options and other troubleshooting. Did you take the detector apart?  We have not updated this model as of yet.   How long have you had the detector? Has it always done this or did this just start? In our products we do not recommend a heavy duty or generic type of battery. The Duracell Quantum would be considered a heavy duty type of battery. What batteries are you currently using?
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Hi Rachell,
I did not open the detector, as there were already pictures available online from other folks who did open the case, and I saw no options for adjustments.  I purchased it on April 14, 2017.  It has always had issues I suppose, as that it why we discussed the troubleshooting originally.  The recording of a few hundred strikes in one night is a new issue though.  I never have been able to get it to not flash interference, even out in the middle of the field with binoculars.  :)  After our discussion I did go ahead and install duracell copper top batteries, and noticed no change.
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OK.. I have been watching it rack up a lightning count this evening again. Kinda humorous actually. Had the kids outside trying to find the lightning. We removed and re-installed the batteries and it stopped reporting strikes but still getting a regular interference light.
I think this one might be a warranty case. What's the next step Rachell?

Thanks for the help.
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