Cathtect Spark Gaps
Forming an arc in an altered (gas filled) closed environment when a preset voltage threshold is reached.
Significant current and voltage relative to the conduction threshold is required to maintain the arc.
Therefore stands to reason that if the device is not hermetically sealed the characteristics of the device will fluctuate with climatic changes.
Typical discharge currents are 50kA & 100kA. Please be advised that Gas Discharge devices cannot accommodate an indefinite number of discharges.
Most discharge devices can only cope with 1 (one) 100kA discharge before the characteristics of the device are irreversibly altered through repetitive discharge.