Teen Electrocuted Opening Power Supply

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http://www.kctv5.com/story/19767067/teen-electrocuted-while

Sad news of a death caused by opening a power supply.

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Very sad and my respects to his family. It's true, you have to be careful and know what you are doing before opening high voltage products.

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Yes, very sad.

Having been electrocuted by a couple power supplies as well as a couple CRT monitors DESPITE following proper procedure for discharging the capacitors, I am a HUGE proponent of proper safety equipment, including grounding straps. They are uncomfortable, snag, and just a big pain... until you take a big shock and it never clears your arm.

This is an unfortunate example as to why this kind of safety equipment exists, and why those warning seals are placed on power supply units.

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Note the article says not to stip down an old computer for parts because it can store charge after unplugged. Though they knew it was the PSU that killed him, isn't that statement misleading? Lots of people had extracted parts before without a hitch.

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The warnings state that the PSU should only be opened by properly trained individuals. And proper training includes safety measures. Most people reading the issue have zero training, and I would urge MOST PC HOBBYISTS to not mess about inside their PSU. They are cheap these days, so if you need something specifically done to your PSU I'm sure you can find something on the market that is already modded that way.

Their statement follows MANUFACTURERS' RECOMMENDATIONS and I therefore I don't find anything misleading if you view it that way.

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eire1274 wrote:The warnings state that the PSU should only be opened by properly trained individuals. And proper training includes safety measures. Most people reading the issue have zero training, and I would urge MOST PC HOBBYISTS to not mess about inside their PSU. They are cheap these days, so if you need something specifically done to your PSU I'm sure you can find something on the market that is already modded that way.

Their statement follows MANUFACTURERS' RECOMMENDATIONS and I therefore I don't find anything misleading if you view it that way.

Although they should elaborate further that it is the PSU that most users shouldn't work on, not just saying a computer. But anyway, that's nothing important. It'll be another way to tell users to throw away their old computer with working parts which will be a plus for computer technicians.

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When ever I work on power supplies on game consoles I wait till the standby light turns off. For computers I unplug the power supply then turn the computer on.

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