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Re: What would happen if a bug zapper was on during a rain storm? « Reply #15 on: February 23, 2019, 11:43:03 AM » Author: Lumex120
You might just have a very shocking experiance! :o
Make sure to post the video...on pornhub (or something like that) LOL

Oh dear... but then again I'm sure there are people who would watch that.
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Re: What would happen if a bug zapper was on during a rain storm? « Reply #16 on: February 23, 2019, 09:31:01 PM » Author: xmaslightguy
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Oh dear... but then again I'm sure there are people who would watch that.
Probably so.
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Re: What would happen if a bug zapper was on during a rain storm? « Reply #17 on: February 24, 2019, 12:26:28 AM » Author: lightinglover8902
Messing with bug zappers while the grid is live is NO JOKE! You could get a pretty bad shock from 5.2kV. Its dangerous, especially putting a piece of metal on the grid.

Seriously, don't do that!
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Re: What would happen if a bug zapper was on during a rain storm? « Reply #18 on: February 24, 2019, 12:07:00 PM » Author: xmaslightguy
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Messing with bug zappers while the grid is live is NO JOKE! You could get a pretty bad shock from 5.2kV. Its dangerous, especially putting a piece of metal on the grid.
I was going to reply with "nobody would be crazy enough to mess with a live bugzapper - especially something like putting metal to the grid" ... but then I thought, well there are people out there eating those Tide laundry detergent pods...or driving (and crashing) with their eyes blindfolded :o
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Re: What would happen if a bug zapper was on during a rain storm? « Reply #19 on: February 24, 2019, 09:24:01 PM » Author: lightinglover8902
I was going to reply with "nobody would be crazy enough to mess with a live bugzapper - especially something like putting metal to the grid" ... but then I thought, well there are people out there eating those Tide laundry detergent pods...or driving (and crashing) with their eyes blindfolded :o

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Re: What would happen if a bug zapper was on during a rain storm? « Reply #20 on: February 24, 2019, 09:25:15 PM » Author: lightinglover8902
Lets stop before the admins find out.  ;)
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Re: What would happen if a bug zapper was on during a rain storm? « Reply #21 on: February 24, 2019, 10:35:41 PM » Author: wide-lite 1000
Hey HomeBrew, if you want to try it , knock yourself out! (just please try it in private!) ::) Now back on topic, my bug Zapper runs 24/7 during the summer with no problems, it's hanging from a bracket on my fence year 'round i only un-plug it to occasionally clean it and when it gets past bug season, as a matter of fact it's hanging out there right now !
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Re: What would happen if a bug zapper was on during a rain storm? « Reply #22 on: February 24, 2019, 10:56:02 PM » Author: xmaslightguy
I only put my bugzappers out for summer plus part of spring & fall (then they go in the shed for the cold seasons)
I used to leave them on 24/7 in when they were up (and yeah they got  rained on more than once, though if I was home & awake I'd unplug).
Now they're only on if I'm actually out in  the yard/patio/etc in the evening/night...so they get very little use.
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Re: What would happen if a bug zapper was on during a rain storm? « Reply #23 on: February 25, 2019, 12:19:08 AM » Author: lightinglover8902
Hey HomeBrew, if you want to try it , knock yourself out! (just please try it in private!) ::) Now back on topic, my bug Zapper runs 24/7 during the summer with no problems, it's hanging from a bracket on my fence year 'round i only un-plug it to occasionally clean it and when it gets past bug season, as a matter of fact it's hanging out there right now !

Huh, is it a Flowtron, or a Stinger, or one of the old Sears Bug Wackers?
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Re: What would happen if a bug zapper was on during a rain storm? « Reply #24 on: June 10, 2020, 08:33:09 PM » Author: Meme Pods
Nothing it would just zap
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Re: What would happen if a bug zapper was on during a rain storm? « Reply #25 on: June 17, 2020, 12:38:36 AM » Author: Binarix128
If you piss in a bug zapper, you should not get shocked, if you are insulated from ground. The current will find easier to go ground by piss piss electrolites than your paracitic capacitance.  :lol:
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Re: What would happen if a bug zapper was on during a rain storm? « Reply #26 on: June 17, 2020, 12:44:05 PM » Author: Ash
Some nuances :

1. Bug zapper HV output is floating in most zappers

2. Your isolation from ground may not be sufficient for the output voltage of a bug zapper, even if it is sufficient for 230V. (Depending on what the isolation is)

3. The break up of the stream to separated droplets, isolated by air from each other, is the most significant reason why you won't get anything
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Re: What would happen if a bug zapper was on during a rain storm? « Reply #27 on: June 17, 2020, 06:50:52 PM » Author: Xytrell
They are also current-limited. Think of them as baby neon-sign-transformers. Aside from a painful shock, they're relatively harmless.

Rain water is less conductive than ground water. It will still pass enough current to heat up with a couple kV, but only if enough water is present to bridge the HV contacts... and possibly just evaporate as a result.

I hear it mentioned often that "bugs carry diseases". While that may be true of some species, using a bug zapper to turn them into an aerosol and spew their guts over a wide area does not seem to be a reliable transmission mitigation.
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