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Hofstede

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I felt the electric tingling TWICE when charging my iPad Air (2019) with the genuine iPad charger (UK version). Is that normal? Should I take it to Apple store for a check?
 

808drums

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Try to change the power outlet you use to charge... i have this issue too when I charge my devices at university, its due to bad electrical installation... dont know if this can harm the device or not
 

ericwn

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Try to change the power outlet you use to charge... i have this issue too when I charge my devices at university, its due to bad electrical installation... dont know if this can harm the device or not

See post #2. This is expected behaviour and no harm to the device.
 
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808drums

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See post #2. This is expected behaviour and no harm to the device.
This definetely is NOT a expected behavior, altought maybe its normal... bad electrical installations are everywhere...
And chargers doesn't have grounding (the 3rd pin)... so they rely on the neutral portion of power source... if there is energy passing trought the neutral, tingles may occur when you touch your device.
 

ericwn

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This definetely is NOT a expected behavior, altought maybe its normal... bad electrical installations are everywhere...
And chargers doesn't have grounding (the 3rd pin)... so they rely on the neutral portion of power source... if there is energy passing trought the neutral, tingles may occur when you touch your device.

Sorry if I phrased it weirdly. I have come across this behaviour first back in the day when Apple started making notebooks with metal exterior in the early 2000s and this continues on iPads these days.

As you say, it might just be bad technical installations that can be found in many places.
 
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rui no onna

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This definetely is NOT a expected behavior, altought maybe its normal... bad electrical installations are everywhere...
And chargers doesn't have grounding (the 3rd pin)... so they rely on the neutral portion of power source... if there is energy passing trought the neutral, tingles may occur when you touch your device.
This is not desired behavior. Unfortunately, it's likely a far too common behavior particularly for old buildings that are not up to current electrical code.
 

Newtons Apple

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This definetely is NOT a expected behavior, altought maybe its normal... bad electrical installations are everywhere...
And chargers doesn't have grounding (the 3rd pin)... so they rely on the neutral portion of power source... if there is energy passing trought the neutral, tingles may occur when you touch your device.

I have not noticed it at home but almost everything I touched at the Apple store had this effect.

I do not think it is an issue.
 

Ric Walker

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I felt the electric tingling TWICE when charging my iPad Air (2019) with the genuine iPad charger (UK version). Is that normal? Should I take it to Apple store for a check?
This issue really pisses me right off... I have a mac book air that does this, and my new ipad Pro is just as crap. Its unusable while charging.
Although ipad is wonderful in many ways, what is wrong with apple 240volt chargers? This emphatically is NOT normal, it's rubbish engineering.
Eventually I found a way of earthing the mac book air, but no obvious option with ipad.
My plan is to use a 12volt supply via a lighter socket, if I can find one with the special plug.
Thoroughly not impressed. Lies and disinformation don't help.
Ric Walker
 
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