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Boltek LD-250-MOBILE Mobile Lightning Detection Kit

Boltek LD-250-MOBILE Mobile Lightning Detection Kit
Boltek LD-250-MOBILE Mobile Lightning Detection Kit
Boltek LD-250-MOBILE Mobile Lightning Detection Kit
Boltek LD-250-MOBILE Mobile Lightning Detection Kit
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Boltek LD-250-MOBILE Mobile Lightning Detection Kit
Boltek LD-250-MOBILE Mobile Lightning Detection Kit
Boltek LD-250-MOBILE Mobile Lightning Detection Kit
Boltek LD-250-MOBILE Mobile Lightning Detection Kit
Boltek LD-250-MOBILE Mobile Lightning Detection Kit
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Item #: BL-LD-250-MOBILE
The LDGPS receiver will adjust the heading while driving so that strikes are still plotted correctly when the vehicle is not facing north. For use on ... [Read More]
Our Price: $1,330.00

Power Supply: 

Heading Input: 

Display Software: 

For plus Map Display Software Only:
Name Place (example, Phoenix, AZ):

Longitude (example, 118.812° W):

Latitude (example, 34.165° N):
Product Description
The LDGPS receiver will adjust the heading while driving so that strikes are still plotted correctly when the vehicle is not facing north.

For use on a boat, the LDCMP (electronic compass) is required so that the heading does not change when moving laterally.

The Boltek LD-250 Lightning Detector, with the included NexStorm Lite software, will display lightning strikes according to distance and bearing relative to the antenna location on your laptop or desktop computer. To add the visual enhancement of a Map overlay to the lightning strike display select the Map options in the above Display Software drop down menu. Note- the Lightning 2000 Map has an area with 2,000 mile radius and the NexStorm Map has an area with 750 mile radius. If the location of the antenna will be moving beyond the area of the Map additional Maps can be purchased in the "You May Also Like" section below.

50' feet of antenna cable included. To order additional cable and coupler (to connect two cables together), please reference the "May we also suggest" section below.

Within milliseconds of a lightning strike the detector beeps and your computer displays the strike location. The LD-250's direction-finding antenna measures lightning strike direction while the LD-250's receiver estimates distance from received signal strength. Advanced signal processing in software improves distance accuracy, reducing the effects of strike-to-strike variations in strike energy.

The LD-250 connects to your computer's USB or RS232 (COM) port making it suitable for use with both laptop and desktop computers. The LD-250 will even detect lightning when your computer is turned off. When the LD-250 starts beeping or the Strike light starts flashing you can turn on your computer to see where the storms are located.

LD-250 Lightning Detector has two built-in alarms: a Close Storm Alarm and a Severe Storm Alarm. The Close Storm Alarm will activate if a thunderstorm is detected closer than a preset distance. The Severe Storm Alarm activates if the number of lightning strikes per minute exceeds a preset limit.

The LD-250 will sound an alarm tone when either alarm activates. Front panel push buttons allow both the Strike tone and Alarm tones to be disabled.

The computer can also be configured to sound an alarm tone and/or pop up a notification window when an alarm activates. Alarm status is indicated by the color of the Close Storm distance circle and Severe Storm status indicator in the top left corner of the map window.

Ground shipping only. Shipment comes from Canada and may be subject to Import Duties and Taxes. Generally leaves the warehouse in 3-5 business days.
Long Range detection up to 300 miles (480km) away
Designed for mobile use in a moving vehicle or boat with the GPS or Compass connected
Tracks storm movement
User set alarms for close storm or severe storm alerts
Detects lightning when not connected to a PC or Laptop
Portable and can be connected to Desktop or Laptop USB or Serial COM port
No online or recurring charges
Display software is compatible with all current Windows operating systems
Quick and easy setup
What's in the Box:
LD-250 Receiver
Lightning Antenna
ENC-2 Outdoor Antenna Enclosure
15 Feet (4.5m) of Antenna Cable
Garmin GPS or (Optional) FluxGate Compass
120V or 220V AC Power Supply
12VDC Automobile Power Cord
USB-RS232 Adapter Cable
DB9 Serial Cable
Lightning Display Software (Windows) - NexStorm Lite
User Manual

NexStorm Lite Features:
Professionally designed and intuitive graphical user interface. After installation your system will be detecting lightning within minutes!
No nonsense presentation of data - The main window displays lightning data statistics in a clear and concise manner, without irrelevant information that will clutter up the screen.
Quick access to different parts of the program through extensive use of shortcut keys and interactive (clickable) main window.

Analysis features:
TRAC (Thunderstorm Ranging and ACquisition) - Intelligent sub-process for ranging and tracking of individual storm cells. Features tagged, color coded storm cell target plots on the map and high locating accuracy of individual storm cells
A TRAC report dialog which contains detailed statistical information about each storm cell that the software is currently tracking.
Highly accurate classification of CG and IC stroke types and polarities for Boltek ISA and PCI type detectors, using signal processing algorithms based on latest research findings in the field of lightning physics science
First-rate close storm distance ranging. Average storm location accuracy inside 30 km (18 mi) distance radius for a well calibrated system is less than ±5 km (±3.1 mi), thanks to the sophisticated Noise Ranging Assist feature
First-rate overall storm distance ranging - as accurate as you will get with a single sensor lightning detection system!
A symbol generator with 27 different strike symbols which can be drawn in a multitude of colors and different sizes, provides for more flexibility than you'll ever need
Color coded display of aged data. Strikes aged up to 300 minutes can be displayed on the map and color coded in seven different colors representing time interval of occurrence
A strike history color code legend can optionally be superimposed on to the map. The legend will automatically adjust itself to reflect your current configuration settings
Optional Uncorrelated strikes filter will eliminate sporadic strike plots from the map, making the information much more readable during intense lightning activity. No data is discarded with this filter (or ever, for that matter)! Other products have degraded detection efficiency because of discarding data that doesn't fit certain parameters. NexStorm Lite will detect and track even the weakest storms!
Configurable 5 to 120 minute type differentiated strike rate trend graph, offering normal or stacked mode data presentation with optional curve smoothing
Display range up to 1200 kilometers (750 miles) radius. Actual detection efficiency at distances greater than 500 km (300 mi) will depend on antenna mounting height and location relative elevated terrain or tall buildings. May also vary with daily and seasonal variations in atmospheric conditions
Range zoom function from 1200km (750mi) down to 25km (16mi)
Special LD-250 operating mode which relays information from any NMEA compatible GPS or other device that is connected to your LD-250 lightning detector. While you are chasing storms, your current heading, speed and altitude are displayed in real time on the NexStorm Lite user interface. Also included is a resettable trip odometer and "satellites in view" indicator. LD-250 specific features have been extensively tested on the road under actual storm chasing conditions!
Optional on-map heading indicator available when an NMEA compatible GPS or compass is connected to the LD-250
Concurrently running Replay that does not affect the live lightning detection. The Replay has a continuous mode, which can replay the last 30 or 60 minutes of the current hour, or archive mode where older archives are loaded into memory and replayed within a time interval that you specify. The Replay feature is also perfectly suited for distance ranging calibrations of your system

Sound and alarm features:
Configurable, audible Close storm alarm, General severe storm alarm, and Severe storm cell alarm
Configurable strike event alert and noise event sound
Use PC speaker generated sounds (32 bit Windows only) or sampled WAVE sounds for alerts and alarms.
The strike alert sound can be set to not trigger for lightning activity occurring outside a specific range
Use any BMP or JPEG image as your background map...
...or purchase the very affordable Composite Vector Map for optimal presentation of your lightning data. Each CVM map is custom made, centered and projected on your location.
A CVM map will always cover the entire NexStorm Lite view range and can be reused in NexStorm™ standard edition if you decide to upgrade!
Each map zoom level allows the use of one custom map scaled and adapted for that particular range. By using this feature with your own background maps, you can avoid the dreaded pixelation artefacts which will normally show up when a raster based image is over-magnified
Antenna polar alignment correction, plus or minus 90° angular offset with one degree azimuthal resolution. Also includes X-Y swap for complete reversal. You can mount your Boltek™ receiver antenna pointed in any direction and compensate for the offset from North via NexStorm Lite settings. The change is instantaneous and visible on the map while you are adjusting
Three ranging calibration methods, from the instantaneous, quick-and-dirty Plot Scale Adjustment to the more complex General Ranging adjustment and the sectionalized Ranging Kernel, gives you full control over the distance ranging calibration process. Additionally, the Night time ranging upshift with its built in sunrise/sunset calculator provides a dynamic ranging adjustment method which can be used to compensate for the nightly ionospheric D-layer changes and subsequent too close ranging of distant thunderstorms during night time
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