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Plasma fright

Dr.Rock

Active Member
Hi,

I'm considering buying a Plasma TV, but I've heard horror stories about these. Is it true that after a while, the gases inside (or something like that) lose their charge so the customer has to pay some extortionate amount of money to get the screen recharged?
If that's true, how long does it take for a screen to lose its charge and how muchis it to recharge?

Thanks.
 

symanski

Novice Member
Originally posted by Dr.Rock
Hi,

I'm considering buying a Plasma TV, but I've heard horror stories about these. Is it true that after a while, the gases inside (or something like that) lose their charge so the customer has to pay some extortionate amount of money to get the screen recharged?
If that's true, how long does it take for a screen to lose its charge and how muchis it to recharge?

Thanks.
I think the running joke is that you nip down to Esso and get a top up. However, I'd suggest Shell's Optimax to get just that little bit extra performance!

Seriously, the gases in a plasma screen are below ambient pressure - about 2/3 of an atmosphere. So it's actually a vacuum, holding the glass in place. The only time it can leak is when you reduce the ambient pressure, by taking the screen to about 10,000 feet. Therefore, ensure that if it's being transported via air freight that it's a pressurised aircraft.
(Source: Television magazine).

In short, there is no such thing as having to re-gas your plasma screen.

All the best,

Dr John Sim.
 
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