HomePod Homepod Issue - Plugging In

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by Zimmy68, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. Zimmy68 macrumors 68000

    Zimmy68

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    #1
    I'm the type that doesn't like to keep something plugged in if I won't be using it for hours or days.
    I have an Echo Show for my assistant needs so I don't need an always active Siri speaker.

    I love the Homepod but also like to be able to move it around. My office, my garage, the living room, etc.

    I noticed something that concerns me for long term use.

    Almost every time I plug in the Homepod, I see sparks coming from the outlet, no matter which outlet.

    Has this happened to anyone else? Is it a concern?

    I can always swap for another one if so.
     
  2. Cinab1mt macrumors regular

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    I have noticed this with mine as well..personally I don't see it as that big of a deal. I figured it had something to do with it always being on as it lacks an on/off switch. Maybe someone with more electrical expertise can provide some better insight..
     
  3. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

    DanielCoffey

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    A switched socket would help you here I think. If it is sparking, I would consider getting an electrician to check your outlets and earth connection.
     
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

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    If the device is turned on and you plug it in, you might see a small spark when plugged in.

    It is normal and you do not need to call an electrician.
     
  5. Endorphine88 macrumors 6502

    Endorphine88

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    Philadelphia, PA
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    The device is always on, so as soon as you plug it in it draws power hence the sparks.
    If your concern is the cost - it draws power comparable to a lightbulb when actively being used and a negligible amount when on standby
    If your concern is privacy - there is a way to turn the microphone off (tedious and buried in the iOS menu, but it's doable)
     

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