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My macbook air is generating a strong electrical current! HEALTH concerns!

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Mar 30, 2013 2:33 AM

Hi everyone,


I am using an American macbook air in Hong Kong, China. I have been living in Hong Kong for a while now, but only recently noticed this NEW problem (I have had at least 3-4 other problems that my computer had to be "hospitalized" for in both Hong Kong and Japan [also used to live in Japan]).


My macbook is garbage, and I am highly disappointed in Apple...but nevertheless, now I am a bit worried about my health!!


Two weeks ago I noticed that when I touched the body of my Mac when it was *charging* I could feel a strange moving sensation...especially if I rubbed a finger across the case. Since my computer has had so many problems despite hardly even moving it from my room, I thought hopefully it would go away.


Unfortunately, today I was using my computer unplugged, but realized the battery was almost gone. I had it in my lap and was chatting with a friend on Skype, so just plugged the charger in. I felt the current as usual, but suddenly my stomach (where my laptop was rested) began to feel like it was turning...and then suddenly my stomach felt very hot INSIDE and not normal, so I immediately removed my laptop. I am now using it unplugged with only 2% battery because I am scared to use it while charging anymore!!!




Even after I removed the laptop and drank water, my stomach still feels weird. What is wrong with my computer? Is it possible to get it replaced (even for the same year/'s a Summer 2010 model)? I cannot take all these problems, and now I am very worried about my health...just because I used my computer while charging!


Please help!

MacBook Air, iOS 6.1.3
  • Retired Engineer Level 4 Level 4 (2,715 points)

    The Macbook Air is not a laptop.  It is supposed to be used on a hard flat surface so air can circulate underneath it for cooling.  Using it in your lap will cause it to overheat.  It can get hot enough to burn your skin.


    The tingling sensation is there on all MacBook Airs and all MacBook Pros.  It is there because earth ground is not connected to the case of the unit even when the long three prong cord is used.  The earth ground stops at the power supply.

  • Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (24,645 points)

    I am not being callous when I say this is not the place to get advice about your health concerns. We try to provide technical suggestions only, and you have already been given that.


    1. Take your MBA to an Apple store and have them look at it.

    2. Consult a medical professional about your health concerns.


    Good luck.

  • Retired Engineer Level 4 Level 4 (2,715 points)

    Apple does not participate in these forums.

    You are talking to other owners of Apple products.

    There is nothing that any of us can do for you.


    You need to contact Apple directly to voice your concerns.

  • carl wolf Level 6 Level 6 (13,920 points)

    "What is wrong with my computer?"



    It is your responsibility to read the documentation that is available for your product, and to use the product properly.  The sensation you're experiencing is caused by an ungrounded power adapter.  You should use the 3-prong AC plug, and have it plugged into a properly grounded AC outlet.


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