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In an activity familiar to any kid with a passion for electronics, the life of a 16-year-old boy in Shawnee, Kan., was cut short last month while he was taking apart a computer, stripping it for parts to build another.

Don't ever take apart a PSU!

http://digitallife.today.com/_news/2012/10/09/14321140-teen-electrocuted-while-taking-apart-unplugged-computer?lite
post #2 of 60
Damn. Sad story. It doesn't say he took apart his PSU, though it does allude to it. As for taking one apart, you should only do it if you know how and take the necessary safety precautions.
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I assumed he made contact with the posts of a capacitor, after reading, thats what happened.Sad. We had a PSU explode yesterday at work. Scary stuff.
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wow... that's unfortunate..... my god how awful it was for the father to come home finding his son dead frown.gif
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Poor lad, Alteast he was enjoying his last times in this world full of chaos.

May he rest in peace.
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post #6 of 60
This has been discussed, and it's been decided that the story is dubious. The only way to be shocked working on a PSU is if it's very, very, very low quality, or if you're doing something very, very stupid.
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This has been discussed, and it's been decided that the story is dubious. The only way to be shocked working on a PSU is if it's very, very, very low quality, or if you're doing something very, very stupid.
If you touch one of the leads on a large capacitor or inductor when the PSU has recently been on, would it give you a shock?
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This has been discussed, and it's been decided that the story is dubious. The only way to be shocked working on a PSU is if it's very, very, very low quality, or if you're doing something very, very stupid.

The PSU master himself has graced us with his presence.

Truly a sad day in our world, especially for the father. My initial thought was maybe the PSU was still plugged in? Not many details are given. First thing I do before opening my case is unplugging the PSU and then hitting the power button to make sure all power is really gone.
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Really depends, The volts aren't what kill you but the amps, if the PSU was unplugged while he was working on it, then I don't see the capacitors holding enough amps in it long enough for him to kill himself with it, like Phaedrus said, there is defiantly more that went on, probably doing something he shouldn't haven been doing, like trying to overclock is PSU perhaps?
post #10 of 60
I looked over a couple of Corsair power supplies.There is no sticker that mentions "high voltage".There is a sticker that mentions "hazardous area inside,no user serviceable parts inside". If you were working on a power supply for an older television or older CRT style monitor you could get hit with the high voltage off a cap that runs the cathode ray tube (the screen).I worked for Memorex (we repaired CRT's) a good while ago and almost everyone took a hit if they worked there long enough,it hurts.I can only conclude this deceased individual opened up a plugged in power supply and the 115/220 got him (which ever is applicable) There would be burn marks on his skin where the high voltage entered/left his body.I knew a lineman that had the bottom of his foot blown off from contact with a high voltage power line, the high voltage exited his body at his foot.
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