iPhone 5s shocking, burning me.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by amdhunter, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. amdhunter macrumors member

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    I'll probably take it to the Apple store in a few days - but I am wondering if anyone else is going through this.

    I use my phone in bed and when it's charging I get a burning sensation if any metal part of the phone touches my skin. This occurs whether I am using the charge port on my Microsoft Surface, Macbook Air or the included wall charger. It's my first phone with the new charger, and I am only using official Apple cables.

    Also, occasionally when passing past certain areas, (59th street bridge especially for some odd reason) if I have the phone in my hand - I'll feel like the phone has electricity (or static) moving across the body. This is just holding the phone in hand - not charging it.

    It's weird; anyone else seen this issue? I don't want to keep the phone because I'm afraid it'll explode or something, but am afraid that I won't be able to convince an Apple tech to replace it. FWIW, the phone is in absolutely mint condition, so I could just return it if anything.
     
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    I couldn't help but get a chuckle out of the first paragraph. :D

    take it to apple if you feel it's not right.
     
  4. acctman macrumors 6502a

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    what else is plugged in? This is not uncommon, its more than likely static electricity or a grounding issue with that outlet. My Mac Mini use to give the electric touch feel when I was barefoot on carpet and ran my hand on top of it. It's stop doing that, not sure if its do to the surge protector I added
     
  5. amdhunter thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, I Googled a bit and found others complaining. I have a slightly different issue though - handling the phone, with no charger, I occasionally get a "vibrating" feeling from it. I swear it happens when I get on the 59th street bridge, or the entrance to the FDR drive north at 60th street almost every time. lol. I'm not sure why, but the phone has electricity pulsating through the metal frame. Maybe when it's switching towers?

    I do NOT want to trade this phone in - it's immaculate, no scratches - no nothing. I have my clear case on perfectly with no dust or anything. It's perfect. lol
     
  6. acctman macrumors 6502a

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    oh with no charge... yeah definitely not right. Apple stores usually have stocks just for replacements on hand so you won't have to wait. write or call Apple they may reimburse you for the clear case. I doubt the store will reimburse.
     
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  8. Xerotech macrumors 6502

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    That sounds rather dangerous and you should trade it in immediately. The only time my phone gets warm is during graphic intensive apps or charging. Not so much of a burning sensation, but a little warm + tingling.
     
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    Well, the first thing you need to do is make up your mind.
     
  11. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Do you know if there are any metal detectors or some kind of other scanning equipment in use there?

    The building where I work takes security issues seriously because of the work we do, and they have magnetic scanners at the security checkpoint for the entrance. If I hold my 5s in my hand while going through that checkpoint, it will vibrate at a low, strong, noticeable rate. It's been known for a long time among my co-workers and the security folks that if you have a Blackberry or other device with magnets in it, they will react with the scanner and vibrate. It's not harmful to the device, or you. It's not been an issue noticed for iPhone users, up until the 5s came out though.

    There might be something with a component in the 5s (the M7 chip? different compass module?) that has a stronger magnetic field than previous versions, causing this. Again, it seems to be harmless so far.

    The charging/burning thing though, I've not experienced at all. You should probably get that checked out.
     
  12. amdhunter thread starter macrumors member

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    lol, yeah. I don't want to mess around so I've made an appointment for Saturday. Let's see what happens.
     
  13. megapopular macrumors 6502a

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    OMG,

    You got the lucky, one-of-a-kind IPhone 5S&M!!

    Enjoy the kinky fun!!!
     
  14. AAPLinc, Oct 21, 2013
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    If my phone were acting like this, I wouldn't be posting on here asking about it, I would be returning it. :confused: I mean surely anyone with a brain wouldn't think twice and would immediately return a phone that was shocking/burning them? Are you making this up? Just seems odd.
     
  15. weckart macrumors 68040

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    My Alu MBP does that if you run your fingertip over the palmrests. Seems to be a grounding issue.
     
  16. Lucille Carter, Oct 21, 2013
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    That is all good and fine but he says it happens without the charger which I feel is hard to believe. when he said it really happens at certin locations, well he lost me.:p

    As far as the phone giving to OP a "burning sensation if any metal part of the phone touches my skin". . . . well I am having trouble with that too!
     
  17. amdhunter thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm dead serious. It seriously feels like when someone is holding a lit cigarette just enough for you to feel it. Sting-y. It's not a terrible OMGWTFBBQ IT BURNS sensation, but a mild enough sting that reminds me of a mosquito as it bites you.

    And yeah, I swear, going onto the ramp near the 60th street entrance to the FDR will make the phone electrify, I don't know why. I've noticed it there twice.
     
  18. scotrinaf macrumors 6502

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    If your iPhone is doing this only while plugged in to the wall charger, I'd say you have a faulty charger and to replace it, if your phone is doing this on battery power, you are either experiencing some type of static electricity build up, or you have really sensitive skin... DC current from the battery will not shock you under normal circumstances.... Want proof? Go touch both terminals on your 12v car battery at the same time with your bare hands...
     
  19. krspkbl macrumors 6502

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    Not sure if you're serious here but I'll go along with it...

    Your iPhone should NOT be shocking you or burning you in anyway. Return it immediately to Apple. Yeah, alright, it may be a great phone but would you rather keep it and risk getting a proper serious electrical shock or burns on your body?

    Don't be an idiot. Return the phone.
     
  20. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

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    I think you must be over sensitive. No way you phone should feel like it is shocking you without it being charged. Even with the charger plugged in and a bad ground, you should only feel a slight vibration when moving your finger over the phone.

    For the phone to get hot enough to burn you, the battery would be dead in no time.

    The Apple people are going to test your phone and hand it back to you.
     
  21. Donoban macrumors 6502a

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    The scanning equipment makes devices shake but trust us, it's safe. Lolz. Had a sperm count done lately or are your kids all girls? Lolz.
     
  22. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    It's obvious.

    OP has a Silver iphone and he is a Werewolf.

    :cool:

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    You might want to re-enroll in 7th grade Health class....
     
  23. notemused macrumors newbie

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    iPhone 5S getting hot - fire

    My new iPhone 5s caught fire second day of use. They are working on the problem however it's been six days and no mention of getting me a replacement iphone 5s. I'm pretty frustrated. I'm following their protocol but they will not say they are replacing it!?!?!?! I don't have a phone as I wait.

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    I forgot to mention. My iphone was NOT plugged into a charger.
     
  24. asleep macrumors 68040

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    What??? Fire? Do you have pictures?
     

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