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Chonburi: Man killed after being electrocuted ‘charging phone while using earphones to listen to music’

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ZAPPED TO DEATH 

Man killed after being electrocuted ‘charging phone while using earphones to listen to music’ as cops warn over cheap chargers

Kritsada Supol was found dead on his bed with his Samsung plugged into a power point

By Nicola Stow

 

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Picture shows the factory worker's phone plugged into the power socket next to his lifeless body//VIRAL PRESS

 

A MAN was killed after being electrocuted in bed as he charged his phone while listening to music.

 

Cops have issued a warning about the dangers of cheap chargers after Kritsada Supol was found dead with his Samsung plugged into a power point.

 

Kritsada, 24, appeared to have been listening to music or talking to someone, with the mic section of the earphones resting over his lips.

 

The property owner visited the room in Chonburi, Thailand, on Sunday and found the 24-year-old's body on the mattress with signs of burning around his ears.

 

Police from the Phan Thong Provincial Police Station in Chonburi, Thailand, arrived and carried the dead body from the property.

 

Full story: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8356442/man-killed-electrocuted-charging-phone-earphones-music/

 

-- The SUN 2019-02-06

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I just bought a condo cannot see an earth wire anywhere in the room or any consumer service panel many of whch are falling to bits with access, anywhere in the building.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

A MAN was killed after being electrocuted in bed as he charged his phone while listening to music.

this happened in a civilized country and you couldnt count the resultant lawsuits

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I was alarmed a couple of months ago whilst cutting the grass and using a moulded plug expensive extension that caught fire without tripping the modern consumer box be warned don't expect any earth to save you here its sense and luck alone 🤔 

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55 minutes ago, jacko45k said:

Even the expensive Samsung brand chargers do not have an earth pin. 

That's right, there are no smartphones chargers with an earth pin.
The problem with some cheap chargers is that they are not insulated from the live mains.
Technically they just have a rectifier, capacitor and zener diode.
On the other way, the normal chargers have a complete control circuit with a switching transformer and optical isolation between the primary and secondary sides.
But not sure security labels (UL, CE,..) are a guaranty here.

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1 hour ago, Arjen said:

 

This has nothing to do with being grounded/having earth connection.

 

A modern MDB should have a a RCB or something similars. They open when there is a leakage to ground. A wire/extension cord catching fire is caused by overload. It is possible because low quality, production failure, damage. Can also be caused by the appliance you plug in, or the wall outlet where you plug it in. In this case it is wise to check the function from your RCB by pushing the "test" button.

Not so grasshopper on inspection the live and neutral were in contact where the cable joins the molded plug causing a dead short and no trip and the insulator to catch fire🤔 

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57 minutes ago, sammieuk1 said:

Not so grasshopper on inspection the live and neutral were in contact where the cable joins the molded plug causing a dead short and no trip and the insulator to catch fire🤔 

A shortcut between live and neutral will not have a RCD tripped. A normall should CB should open...... I am wondering why this did not happened?

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