LED flashlights and an EMP strike

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    LED flashlights and an EMP strike

    Just occurred to me. LED flashlights are run on tiny circuit boards. I guess an EMP strike would kill your LED flashlight as well. Eh?

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    Unless it's effectively shielded, probably.
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    Quote Originally Posted by surefire7 View Post
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    In an EMP strike we will all have more to worry over then a flashlight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard58 View Post
    In an EMP strike we will all have more to worry over then a flashlight.
    Well yeah, but I think his point is he'd rather not worry about those things in the dark.
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    Re: LED flashlights and an EMP strike

    Things that make you go hum. I hadn't thought about my flashlight.

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    If you give it a tinfoil hat, that should function as a Faraday Cage and protect it. if it doesn't in the event of a nationwide EMP attack, i'll buy you a new one.
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    Just go with matches and kerosene lamp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkruf View Post
    Just occurred to me. LED flashlights are run on tiny circuit boards. I guess an EMP strike would kill your LED flashlight as well. Eh?
    Since even small static discharges 15-20 kV will "kill" the "solid state" circuitry that is used in electronic devices, they will fry under the voltage gradients of EMP- that's millions of volts per meter.
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    I think they'll be just fine. No outside connections to act as antennas and a metal housing around most of it.

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    If there's an EMP/Solar Storm it's best to plan on living like its 1813 not 2013. Faraday cages sound nice if you can build one correctly which is much more than a tinfoil hat. I was thinking a buying electronics with solar powered chargers and such but who knows if the faraday cage you built would work. Stick to the tried and true 1800's technology. I just had two 55 gallon drums of kerosene deliver for lighting. Found some nice antique oil lamps locally.
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    The LED's in flashlights are fairly large and rugged as electronic components go, thus should not be all that sensitive. The real problem is what would happen to batteries? It is recommended to store batteries up off of the ground and away from grounded metal containers or structures as much as possible to avoid losing their charge quickly via earth ground field effects. A Faraday Cage is supposed to be grounded... hm-m...
    Like some of you mentioned, I also have some oil lamps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkruf View Post
    Just occurred to me. LED flashlights are run on tiny circuit boards. I guess an EMP strike would kill your LED flashlight as well. Eh?

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    Check this out, it is no longer just EMP, but directed or targeted electronic failures.

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    Never thought about EMP, now I got another thing to worry about. I plan on no water or electric, now my battery stuff goes dead.
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