MBA Shock Factor

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ReallyBigFeet, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    Title may be a little misleading but I mean it in the literal sense.

    During winter months up north, things get cold and dry quickly. As a result, static electricity discharge becomes more frequent. I've always had a minor issue with my various Macbook Pro's over the years. But with my new MBA and the sudden drop in temps here in Chicago, my MBA is off the charts. I have started my winter routine of touching something else to discharge first before touching my MBA. Otherwise, I'll arc a spark every single time.

    Anything different about these animals from normal MBP's when it comes to grounding? Because my MBP sitting right beside it on the same desk isn't doing that and I'm not consciously trying to make it happen.
  2. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
    Could it be charged with Steve Job's Acerbic Karma? :)
  3. Wang Foolio macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2010
    Do the current MBA's have the little rubber pads/feet stuck to the bottom? That could possibly have something to do with it... very interesting question though!
  4. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    I'm up in the Chicago area and haven't noticed this yet. I'll be on the lookout now that you mentioned this.

    I think the best solution for us up here is to move to a warmer climate! :)
  5. foiden macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2008
    Yes. The current MBAs have little hard rubber feet on the bottoms. Never would've notice this because I generally am in either the center of the US or south. Never had a particular issue with static electricity, though I'm one that tends to be careful with discharges whenever I see my hands go to something sensitive (like Memory chips).
  6. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Do you wear any wool products?

    Or could it be your carpet?

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