I have 3 kids that love to play "leave the lights and onboard accessories on so daddy can jump the van in the morning" and I've jumped my personal cars over 30 times last year, 2 times while holding a 3 year old. Chicken little indeed...while getting kicked in the nuts by a kid yelling "daddy can I get in the car now". The easier it is to hook up the damn cables the easier it is for my nuts. $80? $20 at Sams will buy 20ft 4 gauge copper.
Oooh an internet chest-thumping contest - I like these. Considering that I shocked 2 people yesterday with one of these[wikipedia.org] I think I'm a little more familiar than you about what voltage/amperage can "shock" a person. That plus my BS in Bio and EE might lend some credence. But most importantly my spidysense/caveman instinct says "Og see flying fire - Og frightened! Og stuuuupeed"
No chest thumping at all. I threw out nothing but facts and a plain and simple statement that you were wrong. You will NEVER find anything anywhere that shows that a 12V car battery and jumper cables will cause electrical shock to a person unless like I stated in my first comment, you are standing in salt water with your skin removed. Want to feel what you would feel even in that situation? Lick a 9 volt battery. Anyone reading this can and probably has touched their battery terminals and not a single one of them was shocked. Anyone here can search google for car battery shock and electical shock voltage and read the results or read about Ohms law, specific current flow though your body and its effects, and typical skin/body resistances are easily found and explained. No EE or BS required. Using your own example.... A defibrillator charges up to anywhere from 200-2000 volts to shock and deliver its energy across the heart. There is a reason that high voltage is required, if that thing had 12v at the paddles, there would be no shock. Do you really think in this day and age with our litigious society that if there was even a slight remote risk of being shocked from a car battery that there would be warnings everywhere and the battery terminals in your car would be totally sealed up with stickers depicting people getting shocked on them? Walmart would not have batteries sitting on the shelves out in the open with no warnings or no restrictions. Please provide something to back up your claims and l will gladly accept that my understanding is flawed.
Last edited by nolife; 02-21-2013 at 12:39 PM..
We can all thank Edward Louis Bernays for our desire to spend on various useless stuff we don't need!
I have 3 kids that love to play "leave the lights and onboard accessories on so daddy can jump the van in the morning" and I've jumped my personal cars over 30 times last year, 2 times while holding a 3 year old. Chicken little indeed...while getting kicked in the nuts by a kid yelling "daddy can I get in the car now". The easier it is to hook up the damn cables the easier it is for my nuts.
LMAO. As a father of two little girls (4 & 2) I'm right there with you.
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