Portable Lightning Detector 02020CA

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Have had my Portable Lightning Detector 02020CA about 2 weeks now and have found that it will not detect any lighting at all when in Outdoor mode. I tested this again during an active storm last night. While outside, set to outdoor mode, it would not detect anything. If I put it in indoor mode I would get a detection alert for about 9 out of 10 of the flashes I saw. I was at least 20 feet away from any electrical devices and I also noticed that the missed strikes often came up an interference alert. Also saw once the distance got to 1 mile it never changed even as the storm moved away Suggestions?
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Any suggestions Acurite?
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello Jim,

Does it register any strikes, and then registers an error or you don't get any registered strikes and it just shows the error when you are outside? Where was this purchased and how long have you had it? 

You want to make sure you are away from anything that can cause interference. If you have your cell phone in your pocket while with the lightning detector this can cause interference.

The detector features enhanced interference rejection capabilities to prevent false lightning detection. When the detector cannot detect lightning due to

interference from nearby equipment, the detector sounds a single audible beep and displays "UNABLE TO DETECT...PLEASE RELOCATE."

Use the detector at least 3 feet away from sources of interference, including:

• Electric motors (windshield wiper motor or fan motors in cars, hard drive and optical drive motors on your PC and AV equipment, well pumps, sump pumps)

• CRT monitors (PC monitors, TV's)

• Fluorescent light fixtures (turned off or on)

• Microwave ovens (while in use)

• PC's and mobile phones
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It only registers strikes when in the indoor mode. Doesn't matter if I'm in the house or not. I actually went outside the other night during a storm and as I watched the flashes of lightning I had no registered strikes until I switched it to indoor mode. It then registered most of the flashes but some of the flashes triggered as unable to detect/ move to another location. Cell phone was in the hose and I was at least 20 feet from anything electrical
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I purchased the unit directly from Acurite about 2 weeks ago.
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Hello Jim,

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