Small electric shocks

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mac-Addict, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2006
    I get small electric shocks when I am touching metal or my mouse while touching my MBP (usually my wrists, where I rest my hands) I get a small electric shock its not that bad but very annoying. Anyone esle get this problem? should i send it back to apple?
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    Are you using a properly grounded outlet? I find that my Powerbook (same metallic case) will give me small shocks if it's not grounded well. I don't think it's unusual, FWIW.
  3. MacDann macrumors 6502a


    Mar 27, 2007
    Can see the end of the Earth from here

    I would contact Apple immediately. If you are receiving shocks when the power adapter is plugged into the mains and you touch something that's grounded, there is some sort of internal leakage in the machine itself that needs to be corrected.

    I seem to recall this being an issue with some of the early MBPs, but I could be mistaken.

    Rest assured, I am sure Apple will take this seriously.

  4. prism macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006
    Its not internal leakage and your life is not in danger. Its the outlet wiring that is faulty (the grounding) and needs to be fixed. I had the same problem with two MBP and the leakage completely disappeared as soon as the outlet was fixed!
  5. jng macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2007
    I had that problem (felt like static electricity shocks - nothing that would kill) in Europe with 220V (not grounded). Problem went away when I came back. It was annoying but as far as I can tell no long term damage.
  6. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    If you use your power adapter in its native state (i.e. just the actual transformer going into the wall) then you will recieve static shocks.

    To avoid this, plug in your adapter extender (I'm hopeless for correct terms) so the adapter is earthed.

    Nothing to worry about, just static charge.

    You'll get the same if you connect a USB device such as a hard drive when the laptop isn't plugged in (assuming that the USB device doesn't have good earthing).
  7. PatrickF macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2006
    This happens to my MBP too in the UK. It mainly happens if I use the small plug adapter that hasn't got the earth pin connected. When I use the longer earthed adapter the problem goes away.

    Interestingly, this also happens when I have my external firewire hard drive plugged in if I do not have my MBP connected to the mains.

    Apple have told me that this is normal.
  8. robPOD macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2006
    my peice of sh**t asus (windows vista) laptop occasionally gives me small shocks off the track pad
  9. JohanVild macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2004
    Nothing to worry about. As stated above, try to use the three-pin plug if you're in the States, that will ground it. I had it too working off of generator power in the Middle East.
  10. Willis macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2006
    Beds, UK
    Happens with our powerbook. always on the right wrist where it rests... it feels like a burning sensation. but, i always seem to be very static, so it only really happens to me...

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