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    i have been having major problems with cell phones and was wondering if while welding with the phone on my hip if i may be comming in contact with the table and "frying" my phone from the current??? just a thought...anyone else ever have this thought???
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  • #2
    You didn't say what welding process you are using.

    I have to wear a pager at work for maint calls to the floor, and when I'm welding in the shop with the Sync machine my pager resets itself. If I'm on the floor TIG welding with the maxstar 150 STH's we have, it doesn't happen.
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    • #3
      What is a cell PHINE?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by davedarragh View Post
        What is a cell PHINE?
        Look's like another case of "fat fingered keyboarding" It happens to everyone...
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        • #5
          I Know............

          Just havin' a little fun.
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          • #6
            yep...the chubby fingers got me again!!!..98% of my work is stick...we have steel tables that we ground to and i wonder if the phone isnt in contact with them at times while im welding and that whats giving me the problems?
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            • #7
              I have an Iphone and leave it in my truck or toolbox. Too risky to damage. I check it when I go to my toolbox. Dave
              Originally posted by WillietheWelder View Post
              yep...the chubby fingers got me again!!!..98% of my work is stick...we have steel tables that we ground to and i wonder if the phone isnt in contact with them at times while im welding and that whats giving me the problems?

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              • #8
                "Busy Signal"

                Could be. Unless you absolutely need it, can you leave it in your truck, answer messages during coffee or lunch breaks?

                Just a thought.

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                • #9
                  Cell Phone !!

                  Originally posted by davedarragh View Post
                  Could be. Unless you absolutely need it, can you leave it in your truck, answer messages during coffee or lunch breaks?

                  Just a thought.

                  Dave
                  Dave;
                  Hi, Ya I've had the same problem with my cell phone, keep frying the
                  Ringer? I was told by a young guy, who knows these things better
                  than me, Never Wear your cell phone while welding, you will Kill It !

                  So Far I've gone through two phones !!

                  No More Welding With Cell Phone On My Belt !!

                  .......... Norm
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                  • #10
                    "Frying Pan"

                    Hey Norm: Plus, with these Hi Freq units now days, that's got to be messing with the signals too. When I A/C TIG, and I've got the garage door cracked open for ventilation, it will open as soon as I hit the remote pedal!

                    I made a frame for a 6' x 8' welding curtain, just in case if anybody is looking in. I can roll it around to shield my arc.

                    Life was so simple, when all we had was an SA-200 and a torch

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                    • #11
                      Not ME

                      I wear my cell phone everywhere except bed!
                      I have my shop phone set for 2 rings and then it rolls over to the cell. I even where a Bluetooth earpiece and sometimes just hit it and keep on welding for a bit so they know I am actually working.
                      No problems at all. I had my last phone for about 2 years and everybody in the family was using one of my old ones...I always get the good newer stuff
                      My old freek box on the Bobcat did make my pager go off tho. It would also make phones ring when I welded over buried fiber-optic.
                      I think it is crazy strange how one guy can get away with murder and others have several go bad from this ...untill I start trashing them I ain't changing nothing!!

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                      • #12
                        Sorta off topic but look up cell phone popcorn trick on youtube, If they can emit that kind of signal i'm sure they can absorb others. Kinda scary having one to my ear for half the day.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BRacutt View Post
                          Sorta off topic but look up cell phone popcorn trick on youtube, If they can emit that kind of signal i'm sure they can absorb others. Kinda scary having one to my ear for half the day.
                          I don't remember where I saw it, but that popcorn video is faked..

                          So far, I don't take any precautions with my phone, but then again, I'm only running a MM140, and have only gone through 12 Lbs of wire so far...

                          I will say though that just like different electronics have wildly different tollerance for electrostatic discharge before they get damaged, the same mechanisms probably apply here. Some brands and phones might be quite subject to damage, while others may be very robust.

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                          • #14
                            I know its bad, but I have talked on my cell phone and listen to music (iPhone) when TIG welding, amazingly the high frequency from the welder does not kill the call or lock up the phone. Just make sure you have the wires to the ear phones under your jacket, or they could become entangled.

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                            • #15
                              I put a 7" LCD inside my helmet so I could watch TV while welding
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