Debugging Lightning Detectors has always been a problem. You have to wait for a lightning storm. To fix this problem, we have now developed a Lighting Simulator product.
This board is a companion to the SwitchDoc Labs Thunder Board Lighting Detector. This fully assembled and programmed product will generate simulated lighting on cue to test your lightning detection setup.
We use it regularly in house and are pleased to release this as a product.
We have just posted the software for the Thunder Board Lightning Simulator.
It comes with a fully assembled and programmed shield plugged into an Arduino Uno R3. Works out of the box. USB to USB - Type A Cable for programming and power.
Here is what it does:
and three other lightning test modes:
You terminate the Time Strike modes by pushing any single button or by performing a power off or reset.
Note: This lighting simulator is not very strong and might have to be held close to the Thunder Board Lightning Detector especially in the presence of cell phones, computers and monitors. If you look at the Thunder Board Lightning Detector, you can see when the Lightning board picks up lightning when the Interrupt White LED blinks or lights up.
If you are having detection problems, move your whole test setup away from RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) sources.