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Old 05-10-2015, 16:52   #16
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Re: Solar Charge Controller and Solar Flares

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Depends on how much metal and mass is in the asteroid. If there's no significant EMP pulse from the impact explosion, the electronics will keep working just fine. Once you locate them. If they didn't spontaneously combust.
It does still worry me though.
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Re: Solar Charge Controller and Solar Flares

Yes, and unless I'm confusing my Greek poets...wasn't it Aeschulus who was killed when a passing eagle dropped a tortoise on his bald head, thinking it was a rock which the tortoise could be cracked open on?


These type of incidents (seabirds dropping hard-shelled food on "rocks") are far more likely to kill you than asteroid strikes or solar flares. The good news is, you can buy protection against that from any life assurance company. Honest.
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Depends on how much metal and mass is in the asteroid. If there's no significant EMP pulse from the impact explosion, the electronics will keep working just fine. Once you locate them. If they didn't spontaneously combust.
Also depends on weather it is a surface contact or an air burst event
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Re: Solar Charge Controller and Solar Flares

Could also point out that the farther north (or south I suppose) you sail the more giant CME's affect you -- that's why they are called the Northern Lights and why we don't see them in Florida. If we ever do, it will be a bad day for the electric grid.

On a historical note, large CME's *do* happen -- there was one just a hundred-ish years ago, which actually started fires in telegraph offices. We have not had a Carrington Event sized event in modern times, so no real gauge on what will befall Internet-age man.
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Re: Solar Charge Controller and Solar Flares

How to Protect Your Solar Gear from EMP (Part 1) | Survival skills, survival guns, survival guide
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If I may summarize:

Short of nuclear war you have nothing to worry about. Solar flares are not a problem in off grid applications like a boat.
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Re: Solar Charge Controller and Solar Flares

Which basically says you only need to protect your solar gear if you are worried about a nuclear bomb detonated at high altitude within line of sight of you. Personally the state of my solar controller would be the least of my problems in that situation.

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Which basically says you only need to protect your solar gear if you are worried about a nuclear bomb detonated at high altitude within line of sight of you. Personally the state of my solar controller would be the least of my problems in that situation.

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Yep. You would also have to protect your panels. Yeah - I'm going to worry about other stuff, like how to survive that coming tsunami.

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Re: Solar Charge Controller and Solar Flares

Actually in the event of a high altitude nuke burst ( between 40 and say 400 miles up) will cause a large em pulse of all three types however there would be little to no damage from the blast wave the heat from it.
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Yep. You would also have to protect your panels. Yeah - I'm going to worry about other stuff, like how to survive that coming tsunami.

The best way to survive a tsunami when on the ocean is to be in deep water when it passes your position
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