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How does volt feel ? How does ampere feel ?

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Skybuck Flying, May 16, 2011.

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  1. Hello,

    I saw somebody mention on a webforum that volt and empere feels
    differently... I am not sure if he joking/making it up... or if it's really
    possible to feel a difference between ampere and volts ?!?

    So far I have had two experiences with electricity which come to mind:

    1. Touching the inner metal tracks of a lego-locomotive that used 12 volts
    probably... this felt like a current running
    through my arms.

    2. Static electricity (?) discharge in supermarkt... (plastic summer shoes
    rubbing against floor hallway in flat) huge short pain going through arm...
    pretty much same thing but much more violent and doesn't shake or vibrate
    but feels more like a bang in the arm.

    So what do you guys think is there a different feel to volts vs ampere ?

  2. P E Schoen

    P E Schoen Guest

    "Metspitzer" wrote in message
    You rarely (if ever) see birds on very high voltage transmission lines,
    except for the ground wire. There is enough electrical field gradient near
    the wires that they experience discomfort, which is actually AC current
    through their bodies. It is true that one feels only the current, and
    sensation starts at several milliamps. The magnitude of current depends on
    the impedance of the body and the current path, and of course the applied
    voltage. What is even more important is the frequency and waveshape, as you
    can feel with a TENS unit. And DC has much different effects than AC, and RF
    is much different from power line and audio frequency.

  3. wilby

    wilby Guest

    As a early teenager I watched a friend pee on an electric fence
    surrounding a horse ranch. I warned him but he laughed ... for a few
    seconds ... and then I got to laugh.

  4. Mythbusters tried that. No shock.
  5. Shaun

    Shaun Guest

    "Loren Pechtel" wrote in message

    Mythbusters tried that. No shock.

    Mythbusters is often wrong. My second cousin pissed on a fence and the
    electric fence part was just above it. He got the shock of his life, he
    said his balls hurt for days afterwards and he couldn't piss right for a
    while. That was 25 years ago. He is now married with kids, so it did no
    permanent damage.

  6. Shaun

    Shaun Guest

    "John Larkin" wrote in message

    You can barely feel a volt, even directly on your tongue. You can sure
    feel an amp.


    An amp through your body will kill you, it will also cause muscle damage and
    possibly burning.

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