Getting a static shock when using TV-out cable

Discussion in 'iPod touch Accessories' started by thomasdzubin, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. thomasdzubin
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    macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2009
    I just bought the Apple "Composite AV Cable" so I can use my TV to watch stored videos from my iPod Touch, YouTube, and the NFB app (which supports TV-out) and it works great overall.
    However, if I put my iTouch down for a few minutes, then try to grab it, I get a BIG static shock and I'm worried about bricking my iPod.
    This happens both when I plug the cable into my VCR composite-in jacks or when I plug the cable into my TV (note: it's a CRT so yes, I know IT generates a static charge on its surface)
    Does anyone else have this problem?

    I'm not having static problems elsewhere in the house (so it's not a low humidity socks on the carpet problem)

    Having the USB-"power bricklett" plugged in or unplugged doesn't make a difference either.
    Is there an easy way I can "drain" off the static charge so I don't get zapped and my iPod doesn't get zapped/wiped?
  2. Pixellated
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    macrumors 65816


    Apr 1, 2008
    Dartford, UK
    That isn't normal. Despite of any warranties being run out, you must still take it to an apple store or call applecare, and I am sure they will not hesitate to help you.
  3. johnnyhow
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    macrumors regular

    May 20, 2008
    That happens to mine too. But it's a problem with the tv , Which is a Sony LCD it seems that touching the LCD or anything connected can give a shock. Seeing as the ends of the av cable are metal it makes it quite a 'shocking' job trying to connect them.

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