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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Chris, Jan 9, 2004.

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  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Being a newbie here, I would like to know some basics safety
    precautions around small appliances such as vcr. I do kno wthat
    capacitors can become lethal if a high enough charge is stored. I
    have read that a good way to discharge them is to hold a plastic
    handle screwdriver between the contacts, hence releasing its charge.
    I have also heard about connecting a resistor between them. What
    would you guys suggest? I am playing around/toying around small
    appliances such as vcrs, tape recorders etc.. nothing big.
     
  2. http://www.repairfaq.org/ has a lot of good information about electronic
    repair, and so does:
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  3. I discharge a photographic capacitor
    with my palm. And I LIVED!
    Tibur
     
  4. Well, most of your cells lived through that experience, but some of
    them did not.
     
  5. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Ouch
     
  6. pedro

    pedro Guest

    I had the misfortune of discharging a 300 volt capacitor on one of those
    disposable cameras across my two hands arms and brain. I think I completed
    an RC tank, the first discharge was the strongest and the quickest from left
    hand to right, it oscillated back and forth with the discharges becoming
    slower and weaker, it was very unpleasant but a good lesson in RC circuitry.
     
  7. I once discharged a 2000v filter capacitor with my right hand (accidently of
    course). The hand was worthless for several days with full functionality
    gradually returning after several days. Yes it hurt.
    fp
     
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