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Is this true? #127905
03/11/02 11:25 PM
03/11/02 11:25 PM
Dale  Offline OP
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Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 6
Regina Sask. Canada
I read this is it true...electric shock is damaging due to AMPS not volts

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Re: Is this true? #127906
03/12/02 12:18 AM
03/12/02 12:18 AM
George Corron  Offline
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 717
Lorton, Va USA
'tis true, 'tis true, the volts push it through, but it's the amps what stops the heart laddie.
Getting shocked off a spark plug is not likely to kill you (if you're in good health) because low ampacity. [Linked Image]

Re: Is this true? #127907
03/12/02 08:17 AM
03/12/02 08:17 AM
Redsy  Offline
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 2,056
Bucks County PA
Yes, it is the amount of current passing through the body that causes the damage.
Remember though that all things being equal, higher voltages will push proportionally more current through your body.
Also remember that it takes less than one-tenth of an amp to kill a human being.

Re: Is this true? #127908
03/16/02 07:39 AM
03/16/02 07:39 AM
maintenanceguy  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 300
Southern NJ, USA
but, the normal electrical communication that goes on between nerves can be disrupted with high voltage at practically no current. This can shut down the heart or other parts of the body. But high voltage tends to only travel along the skin instead of penetrating deep enough to do any permanent damage.

I'm talking about voltages on the tens or hundreds of thousands of volts, not 480.

Think stun gun.

Re: Is this true? #127909
03/16/02 08:09 AM
03/16/02 08:09 AM
sparky  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,372
or electric chair [Linked Image]

Re: Is this true? #127910
03/16/02 09:03 PM
03/16/02 09:03 PM
Chris Rudolph  Offline
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 160
Winter Park,Fl USA
Sparky,You might be interested to know that the the name of the electric chair in Florida is "Old Sparky".


Re: Is this true? #127911
03/16/02 11:54 PM
03/16/02 11:54 PM
circuit man  Offline
Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 273
hey guys yall ever heard of a guy called "NIKOLA TESLA" ? he used to sit i his lab while lighting bolts jumped over his head. he would also hold his hand on what is called a tesla coil, & watch sparks shoot off his finger tips. it seems the higher the frequency the voltage travels over the top of the skin intead of through not harming the person. not only to say this guy was a great inventor of the transformer & the modern electric motor, but i belive he was close to a genius [Linked Image]

Re: Is this true? #127912
06/13/02 07:33 AM
06/13/02 07:33 AM
old Appy  Offline
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 118
Auckland, New Zealand
we used to say" it aint the volts that jolt its the mills that kills"

Re: Is this true? #127913
06/13/02 09:25 AM
06/13/02 09:25 AM
sparky66wv  Offline
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 2,236
West Virginia
No question, he was a genius.

Nikola Tesla

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Re: Is this true? #127914
06/13/02 10:42 AM
06/13/02 10:42 AM
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