Victor Ganata
What I want to know is, how can a 12V car battery hurt you just by touching its terminals, while a Taser that supposedly delivers 50,000V should be perfectly safe?
In my electrical safety training for this job, they told us, "Volts hurt, but amps kill." That being said, tasers bother me at a very deep level. I suspect we're going to see more and more deaths from their use. - Ha3rvey (on hiatus)
To be fair, I suspect you can't *really* be electrocuted by a 12V car battery, but, still, we only use about 1,000V to restart someone's heart (and those 1,000V can just easily stop it again, too.) - Victor Ganata
Like you have to piss off a police office to reap the results of a Taser, said the black man in Los Angeles. - Derrick
Oh, you can totally be electrocuted by a 12v car battery...after all a taser uses what a small 9v? - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Yeah, to be absolutely safe, you have to try to make sure the cops don't know you exist. - Victor Ganata
I could move to Arizona... - Derrick
12V DC? Most of the injuries I've heard of from car batteries were due to burns from something metal shorting the battery, or because the battery actually exploded and spewed acid all over the victim. There's got to be a transformer in the Taser if you're somehow generating 50,000V from a 9V battery. But, yeah Ha3rvey has it right, it's the amps/energy that kills you, not necessarily the voltage, although since the resistance of the human body is the same in both cases, I imagine the level of current would be a lot higher at 50,000V than at 12V. - Victor Ganata
Yeah, but that's my point, I can hook up a transformer to the 12 battery and electrocute you :) Either way, you were just electrocuted with a 12v car battery. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Not if I'm lucky, Blu. - Derrick