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extremely OT....
show user profile  STRAT
Hi guys, bit of a strange request, but i figure someone might know....

I work and commute on the train every day in the UK. I keep my monthly train ticket in the same ruck-sack as my ipod and mobile phone. Recently my train ticket has started to have it's strip demagnetized, probably caused by the proximity of my ipod and phone. This makes automatic swipe and detection at the barriers fail. So i moved them well apart in my bag. But it's still happening.

Can anyone suggest a way to keep them all in the same bag, but to protect the ticket? is there a protective sleeve or cover i could buy maybe?



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2/17/2009 2:05:29 AM (last edit: 2/17/2009 2:05:29 AM)
show user profile  Chris123643
not sure if this will protect demagnetizing, but ive seen people with a little wallet type thing that holds their ticket and rail card in. Looks like its made by midland mainline... so maybe ask one of the staff at the station.

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2/17/2009 2:16:23 AM (last edit: 2/17/2009 2:16:23 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
i've got it in a little plastic wallet at the moment (the one they provide) but it's obviously having no effect on protecting it from a magnetic field.


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2/17/2009 2:20:26 AM (last edit: 2/17/2009 2:20:26 AM)
show user profile  Toen
Does have or is it getting scrapes and scratches on it?
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2/17/2009 2:39:57 AM (last edit: 2/17/2009 2:39:57 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
nah. i thought about that too.


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2/17/2009 2:46:40 AM (last edit: 2/17/2009 2:46:40 AM)
show user profile  mrgrotey
Does it happen when your ipod and phone are not in the bag? You haven't said you've tried that yet.

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2/17/2009 2:47:59 AM (last edit: 2/17/2009 2:47:59 AM)
show user profile  Bolteon
demagnitizing isn't an off and on sort of thing. once a mag stripe is screwed with it's toast.

get yourself a new card, and a sleeve made of aluminum; radio waves have a much harder time getting through aluminum comparitvely to plastic.

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2/17/2009 2:51:01 AM (last edit: 2/17/2009 2:51:01 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
G - no i haven't tried it yet. and i wont. but i could try switching them off. they don't need to be on.
Bolts - an aluminium sleeve eh? ok, i'll get on the case.


will try out some household tin foil :)


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2/17/2009 2:55:19 AM (last edit: 2/17/2009 3:33:42 AM)
show user profile  Toen
Have you tried to just walk more like a man instead of swishing when you walk and rubbing your thighs together creating static chaos in your pants and ultimately on your magnetic strip?
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2/17/2009 3:45:45 AM (last edit: 2/17/2009 3:46:07 AM)
show user profile  StevegeK
Weird, I always had my oyster card next to my mp3player (iRiver at the time) and mobile (well... phone let's not call it mobile since it's a brick really) and never had issue's with it...

I'd say at least put a plastic cover just to be sure you dont do damage to it other than by magnetizement.

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2/17/2009 3:53:04 AM (last edit: 2/17/2009 3:53:04 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
Toen - i'll keep that in mind mate ;)

Stevo - yeah, my bro doesn't suffer the same probs i'm getting. perhaps different electronic devices generate different strengths/types of radiation.
I'll try out the aluminium tin foil thing though for sure :)


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2/17/2009 4:16:21 AM (last edit: 2/17/2009 4:16:21 AM)
show user profile  Manolo
I'd start minding more about my nuts in that electromagnetic enviroment. Get a backpack or something.


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2/17/2009 8:42:21 AM (last edit: 2/17/2009 8:42:21 AM)
show user profile  Pil
Demagnitizing is an urban legend and cannot happen in real life.

Maybe its a bad batch of tickets.....

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2/17/2009 8:45:33 AM (last edit: 2/17/2009 8:45:33 AM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
You need to protect your brain first! The hell with the card.

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2/17/2009 8:49:52 AM (last edit: 2/17/2009 8:49:52 AM)
show user profile  dd
agreed with phil
infact the mythbusters tried to break some with the strongest magnets IN DA WORLD and it didnt work and the myth was busted
but i think you should take joeys advice :)

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2/17/2009 8:58:12 AM (last edit: 2/17/2009 8:58:12 AM)
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