Anyone else getting serious shocks from the new in-ear Apple headphones?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jmpage2, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. jmpage2 macrumors 68040


    Sep 14, 2007
    I own several pairs of high end headphones and have never gotten shocked from any of them.

    I am getting painful shocks all the time with my new in-ear headphones, even when doing light activity like shoveling my walk way this morning.

    What gives?

    I can swap the Apple headphones out for some crappy Senheisers in mid "shock" and the shocks stop!
  2. Kitestring macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2008
    Denver, CO

    I've had the same thing happen. Now and then as i am walking along it shocks me in the ear.
  3. benflick macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I smell a lawsuit!
    I would say sweat is causing it as both of you were doing work when you got schocked.
  4. Mr. Giver '94 macrumors 68000

    Mr. Giver '94

    Jun 2, 2008
    TBH, I was super disappointed with these. I bought them at the Apple Store and could barely get them to fit. Five minutes after buying and trying, I was returning them. :mad::rolleyes:

    I was hoping they'd be way better.

    If you are getting shocked, get a new pair or explain and return them.
  5. dccorona macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2008
    I get shocks as well
    I've found that its from taking off my jacket while listening to music
    I have a jacket that seems to generate lots of static when I remove it, and the shock always travels up the headphones into my ear
  6. carcassone macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2007
    Hmm, l replaced mine last month and have noticed the shocks too. This is my third pair and I never have this shock problem with the previous two. Maybe a bad batch? Time to visit the Apple Store...
  7. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    I think it has to do with something in the cord because it happens to me with the new in-ears when I take off my coat, but it previously happened to me all the time with the regular stock earphones which I had modded. I had Sennheiser CX300 buds put onto the stock iPhone cable and got shocked, again, any time I took off my coat.
  8. M0bile macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2008
    It happens to me when I put on/take off my fleece hoody. Sometimes from my backpack. Can you get replacement headphones for this at the Genius Bar or is it just something I have to deal with?
  9. jmpage2 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Sep 14, 2007
    I don't think it's sweat as when I was shoveling and getting shocked it was 10 degrees outside and I definitely wasn't sweating.

    It's probably friction with clothing resulting in static.

    But that doesn't explain why none of my other headphones do this, time for some explaining Apple!.
  10. henchosbandito macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2008
    Somewhere between 10 and 11
    the only shocks i have experienced from them were
    1. the price (relatively low for the technology)
    2. the poor fit of the earbuds

    Sorry, no complaints of physical shocks
  11. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

    Jul 24, 2008
    Holly Sh*T! I got shocked today!!!!! Got it in both ears a few minutes apart. I was not moving or rubbing against anything. I was sitting at my wood desk in the office watching a video. WTF!!!!
  12. spacecadet610 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2006
    hasn't happened to me yet. i like the earphones
  13. christall109 macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    This does explain why I got shocked yesterday at the gym while I was lifting. I just thought it was from the glances by the hot girls looking at my bod.

    But seriously I have gotten shocked in the ear while wearing them before. If Apple came out with a software update that would enable the volume controls on my original iPhone, I am willing to "forget" about it.

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