It's Electric!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by enderg, May 25, 2015.

  1. enderg macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2015
    I've noticed a huge increase in static electricity discharges since taking delivery of my Apple Watch. Could the Flouroelastometer band have something to do with this phenomenon?
  2. Skorpio macrumors 6502


    Apr 16, 2015
    SC USA
    Interesting. 6 days, no Electric Boogaloo for me. 42mm, GSB.
  3. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    I've had mine for 3 weeks or so, long enough for me to crack the glass, but I've yet to produce any static shocks in that time period.
  4. greenglue macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2010
    QC, Canada
    Rubber (and Flouroelastometer too) acts as an insulator for electricity. Ceramic as well. But if the metal is touching you directly from the Watch and there is a lose ground in either your watch or your home, you touching things could create enough potential difference for a tiny shock.

    As a test, to see if it is Apple Watch or not, put a pice of paper, maybe a business card, under the watch. Heart rate monitor won't work btu see if that fixes the problem, if it does then you know it's the watch.
  5. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    Confirmation bias. There's no such connection as you describe.

    Watches have had synthetic bands for decades without shocking people, and the biggest reason for this is because it can't happen. To build up a static potential you must transfer charge to or from another separate object, which obviously can't be in direct contact with your own arm, as then it wouldn't actually transfer anywhere. :)

    You're being shocked because of something else; soles of your shoes or socks rubbing on carpet, or something like that.
  6. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Are you down under? Not much static this time of year in the northern hemisphere.
  7. enderg, May 26, 2015
    Last edited: May 26, 2015

    enderg thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2015
    That's one of the most perplexing things. I live in South Florida and static electricity is just not normal at all due to the humidity. But I'm not making it up. Since I got the watch I get a static discharge every time I get out of my car. And even at my job, I get shocked constantly. And yes, I know I doesn't make any sense. Weird right?
  8. baller1308 macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2009
    Probably the fluxcapacitor.:eek:
  9. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2013
    The Clinton Archipelago unfortunately
    You walking around your house in socks staring on your wrist? You're probably dragging your feet.
  10. ChinaRye macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Washington, DC
    I haven't noticed this, but DC has been oppressively humid recently.

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