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I agree with you that an unloaded alternator can create very dangerous currents, but a millionth of an amp will not kill a person. You have more than a millionth of an amp coursing through your body constantly, generated by your own nervous system. You only begin to feel anything in the way of a mild tingling at abut a thousandth of an amp.

Deadly current starts at about 1/10th of an amp minimum, and can be higher depending on which part of your body it is flowing through. 1/10th of an amp or higher directly across the heart is usually fatal. But while a full amp across your hand from one finger to another hurts like the dickens, and if it goes for long enough can cause burns, it will not kill you. Some folks have survived lightning strikes where thousands of amps have gone through parts of their bodies for a split second but they survived.

I am not saying to not be careful, just saying that a millionth of an amp is not what you should be worrying about.

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 Re: Perplexing alternator problem in reply to Sean in PA, 05-09-2013 06:21:01  
Hey this is as per the U.S. Navy E.T. school in Damneck VA and they teach that 1 millionth of an amp can and will kill a person and I could see how if you have it hit you just right but either way I am just posting what the Navy teaches if not right take it up with the U.S.Navy and tell them they are not teaching things correctly



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