Electric shocks and static build up in macbook pro and iphone 4

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by okstevep, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. okstevep macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2011
    When I first started using my white 32GB iphone 4 a month ago, I felt very slight electric shocks and static-like feeling and a kind of pins and needles feeling in my hands. I soon either forgot about it or got used to it.
    Then 2 weeks ago, I got a new 15" 2011 macbook pro (from Smart Deals on Amazon). When I was using the trackpad, I felt even more electric shocks and pins and needles in my hands and my hair has even started standing on end. When I used the laptop on my lap, it got boiling hot and the pins and needles, electric shocks and static in my body got even worse. Now, when I use my old macbook on my lap I'm even getting the same problem.
    I have a carpeted 2nd floor flat and lots of electric devices. As far as I know all of my plug sockets are earthed.
    I'm now not sure if the problem is psychological. My cousin held the phone outdoors and agreed that it was giving him shocks.
    Could I have developed a static sensitivity since using the phone and the macbook pro?
    Maybe I need an electrician to come to the flat or see a doctor.
    But seriously, is there likely to be a fault with the macbook pro as this is by far the worst of the causes of the shocks and probably what started all of this? I need to get to the bottom of this quickly so I can decide whether to take back my macbook pro and/or iphone.
  2. neondrgns macrumors regular


    Jan 28, 2010
    you can get the pins and needles feeling from carpal tunnel...could makes sense when you are experiencing it using a laptop and a phone
  3. Timur macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2008
    Exchange 2-prong with 3-prong plug on the power-plug or vice versa.
  4. Aquaporin macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2005
    Your house's wiring is probably not up to code and the electricity is flowing through the laptop. I had this happen once, and it made using the laptop plugged in next to impossible.
  5. Timur macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2008
    The Macbooks have issues with grounding, though, even with proper house circuitry. Connecting an external device that is powered via 3-prong plug (i.e. display) brings down the grounding of the Macbook to true 0 volts.

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