Can I let go of 10mA mains (240V 50Hz) current? (Do NOT try this!)

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Matt TheChosen
Matt TheChosen - Day ago
I wasn't sure how he would go, but l know from experience that 10amp at 240v you most certainly can't. Only hope u have is to walk backwards or use your legs to seperate yourself or pull the wires.
Richard Freeman
Richard Freeman - 3 days ago
I keep imagining this video ending with one of his family members doing an outro
"Hi, I'm Seamus and sadly, Clive passed away during the making of this video. I know he would have wanted his last video to be shown to his loyal fans. Please please please do not try this at home."
Michael Leiper
Michael Leiper - 3 days ago
You should have put this out on April 1st.
Paula Walters
Paula Walters - 3 days ago
fffuuccckkkinnngg helllll
traxonja - 4 days ago
1:50 "it's been sitting in the BACK since..." :)
Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel - 5 days ago
Need to redo this experiment using a fixed amperage (maybe
alex derpy racc
alex derpy racc - 5 days ago
1:43 hahahahah that's a huge sword 🤣
david c akers
david c akers - 6 days ago
and you thought the putting the Chinese sex massager in your butt was going to be bad.....
Haze Baze
Haze Baze - 6 days ago
You are fking Crazy 😦
DahVoozel - 7 days ago
This might have been the scariest demonstration since the video of the guy who took the riving knife off his saw to 'simulate' a kick back and almost sawed his hands off.
Nodrog Awson
Nodrog Awson - 7 days ago
At first I thought what a stupid thing to do but as i watched I found it very interesting.
You proved the figures to be about right, which i thought would be way low.
I tried it and killed myself because I couldn't work my calculator as good as you.
Marcus Payne
Marcus Payne - 7 days ago
Fucking hell!? Still smiling
Wild Diode
Wild Diode - 8 days ago
Actually I only ran 10ma through both hands
But I probably can do 12ma
Wild Diode
Wild Diode - 8 days ago
I also made some 240-240v ac-ac converters
The first one i made is 240v 0.24 ma-1.6 ma
Second one i made is 240v 0.5 ma-5 ma
Third one i made is 240v 0.5 ma-12 ma
I also touched the full output on all 3 supplies and charred grapes on the 12 ma one
I actually wrote ‘zap zap zap zap 12 milli amps charred with 240 volts ac 12 ma’ on 2 grapes
I charred small lines in the grapes with 12 ma
unfortunately 12 milliamps can’t burn a whole grape at once
Mansplaining - 8 days ago
It would probably be safer to do this with an armband to keep it all on one side away from the heart.
Portaller - 9 days ago
Goddamnit, Clive. You really needed somebody with at _least_ an AED watching you while you did this. This would have been ridiculously dangerous with someone there but by yourself? It borders on suicidally dangerous.
Burn Victim Yoda
Burn Victim Yoda - 10 days ago
This was insane. Great science, though!
Logan Palmer
Logan Palmer - 10 days ago
Riight. I’m sure your “brother” Ralphie gave you that “hand massager” and it has “stayed” in the “bag” (I don’t judge) but in all seriousness I love your videos. Getting a degree in mechanical engineering specializing in mechatronics so I love this stuff!
MayContainJoe - 10 days ago
1. get recommended a many years old video about "death-dapters"
2. great content, subscribed
3. let's hope it's not another video graveyard and still uploads videos
4. next video watched is about content creator trying to electrocute himself
Da Qoraxxx
Da Qoraxxx - 10 days ago
Somehow, this reminds me of the electric hotdog cooker Clive showed us earlier...
Two electrodes with meat in between... what could go wrong? 🙃
Bungis Albondigas
Bungis Albondigas - 11 days ago
"it's been sitting in the back ever since it was gifted to me a few Christmases ago"
Sure Clive. What ever you say...
Shawn Hedgecorth
Shawn Hedgecorth - 11 days ago
This is something I would expect from ElectroBOOM
Pietro Moopy
Pietro Moopy - 11 days ago
tan yonglak
tan yonglak - 12 days ago
If you do this while talking you might bite your tongue off!
Good educational video. thanks
Perceptive Earth
Perceptive Earth - 12 days ago
What would happen to lethality if you grounded your wrists together so that the electricity has a path that bypasses the heart?
bigclivedotcom - 12 days ago
Unfortunately the interior of the body has a low resistance, so most of the current would still go up the arms and across the chest.
Harry Douglas
Harry Douglas - 12 days ago
I was holding a microphone getting a band ready for rehearsal, and there was a high voltage leak on the mics ground. I touched a pipe and stuck. I was frozen with alternating current trying to kill me. I was stuck inside a body that wouldn't respond to commands. After what seemed to be a forever of vibrating pain, and while the other band members just stood there staring me, I forced my arm to let go of the pipe. My hand released with so much force that I punched myself in the face and knocked myself to the floor. Then of course everyone applauded.... And this would be the most embarrassing way to die for an electronics engineer.
bigclivedotcom - 11 days ago
+Harry Douglas Unfortunately that technique has become part of the word of mouth training for certain sectors of the audio industry who are still cutting the earth wire in equipment plugs. Even modern amplifiers. I think that's why a lot of microphone and instrument shocks still occur.
Harry Douglas
Harry Douglas - 12 days ago
+bigclivedotcom tube amps with lifted grounds on the to reduce hum.... as a rule metal pipes are grounds.
bigclivedotcom - 12 days ago
It's possible that the pipe was live and the microphone was grounded. That said, there are still some idiots in the entertainment industry that think that disconnecting the earth wire in the plugs of audio equipment is acceptable practise.
iLOLZU - 13 days ago
Clive, why are you trying to be ElectroBoom?
bigclivedotcom - 13 days ago
Only one person can be Electroboom.
Yanizrul Yanizrul
Yanizrul Yanizrul - 13 days ago
This is a usefull experiment. Indeed it answers my questions too.
Tony Walton
Tony Walton - 14 days ago
Every time you changed the jumper on those resistors they were still live. Why put the foot switch in the neutral line?
Sean Cleverly
Sean Cleverly - 15 days ago
Mad as a cut snake! Love it.
Andy S
Andy S - 15 days ago
B I G C L I V E does a S C I E N C E !
mimdotcc - 15 days ago
I had my worst experience with electricity when I was about to replace a SPS in a piece of 19" rack mount music equipment, and had "forgotten" about the capacitor in the input. I just randomly handled the PCB and BANG it felt like my arms and hands actually had exploded. After that, for several minutes, I was shivering and I felt like I had to poo. I also found the capacitor and put the voltmeter on it. It still read a respectable 290 V.
PantySlayer420 - 15 days ago
999 operator: 999 what's your emergency?
Clive: I'm about to put 14 Milliamps across my body to see if i can let go of the electrodes, It might go badly so i may need an ambulance to restart my ticker
999 operator: *Facepalm* Why exactly are you doing this?
Clive: For youtube and because i want to know if i can let go
Andreas Victorsson
Andreas Victorsson - 15 days ago
BigClive... How are you able to get up in the morning, day by day, moving through life with such massive balls? Great video!
Michael Semenas
Michael Semenas - 16 days ago
I learned something new today, passing electrical current across your body causes Tourette Syndrome..
RODALCO2007 - 16 days ago
Check the ticker, Priceless ! You were talking, so the ticker was hopefully working. Great vid Clive. 13 mA's that is a lot. rather put it in a LED.
RODALCO2007 - 16 days ago
Clive, great you survived these tests, but please don't try this experiment again with higher currents, as we need to keep you alive in one piece for your great video's. You never know if you cause harm to a hart muscle with dramatic consequences.
TeslaKaniv - 17 days ago
This video might be used for school education. Minus your brother's gift :)
Brian Nebeker
Brian Nebeker - 17 days ago
I would not normally say this but I think it was warranted this time, "Dumbass"!
bigclivedotcom - 17 days ago
Excellent. I have achieved the desired reaction.
ajaxoz - 17 days ago
Clive you should know better. THIS IS A BAD PLAN!
bigclivedotcom - 17 days ago
I do know better. It was an AMAZINGLY bad plan.
Hugo van Dam
Hugo van Dam - 17 days ago
A friend and I had to do an end project for school. We came up with the great idea, “let’s build a multistage 200V coilgun, lol”.
We built one with capacitors which were linked using bare copper wire at the aforementioned 200V, total about 12mF. To this day (I’m currently student electrical engineering) I do not know exactly what happened. I touched the heat sinks on the back on one of our psus with my right hand and I got electrocuted from it. The only two voltages it was in contact with, is the mains or the 200V DC (we chained a few psus to reach it). I fell backwards, my entire right arm felt strange afterwards for days. Possibly placebo? Couldn’t tell. We checked the heat sink later without changing anything about the setup. No voltage was there referenced to ground. The PSUs themselves are grounded through the mains power outlet. The breakers (including leakage breaker) were all good.
Phil S
Phil S - 16 days ago
+Hugo van Dam Operation was from behind a brick wall with a screened (wired glass) window; energisation was via a pneumatic system so safety was pretty paramount. The system was designed to have a fail-safe charge drain to ground too - loss of power meant loss of accumulated charge (and that was one of the things checked BEFORE we run 'er up!)
Hugo van Dam
Hugo van Dam - 17 days ago
Phil S I guess you can only feel the electrocution once from that thing :)
Phil S
Phil S - 17 days ago
When I worked for the UK RN, one of our Physics team had an interest in HV. "We" built a small-ish Marx generator - worked very well, so inevitably after a few beers - "we should build a REALLY big one, maybe??" Friends in REME provided a useful source of time-expired HV defib. capacitors, and high value power resistors (surprising what is used in the nuclear sub. industry) along with a 25kv rated SF6 breaker. MarxGen II (aka Karl Marx!) could produce a 3m (10ft) discharge onto a grounded surface with no problem. The EMP was also sufficient to crash any p.c. s in the vicinity, so we could only "play" after the day's imaging was over. I believe Les. still has the "Big One" in the Nuc Med storeroom, behind the piles of now-unreadable MT spools.
Rik van der Mark
Rik van der Mark - 17 days ago
Thank you for doing this so the rest of us don't have to. Definitely not something I'll replicate anytime soon ;)
This was very interesting :)
Common Logic
Common Logic - 17 days ago
Massaging your hand...ROFL
RobinHood East
RobinHood East - 18 days ago
I've touched live mains before it wasn't a fun experience. Without pun intended the pain was shockingly bad.
ssgeek45 - 18 days ago
Mate don't do doing close soldering with solder splatter and no goggles,You will only solder that way once if it goes wrong.Appreciate what you are trying to show here but...just don't.
REDARROW101_A5 - 18 days ago
Glad we are seeing this on YouTube and not LiveLeak.
Andreas Grothusheitkamp
Andreas Grothusheitkamp - 18 days ago
Don't do that again please.
Pro tip: build a bridge from shoulder to shoulder. With a bunch of adhesive electrodes. And measure the current between them to check if it helps.
bigclivedotcom - 18 days ago
Sadly the idea of a body shunt wouldn't work too well as the interior is very conductive.
Wolfin - 19 days ago
Anyone on the internet: "Don't do this"
Internet: *hold my beer*
Lance Smit
Lance Smit - 19 days ago
Good lesson man, thanks for shitting your rods for us. The "do not try this at home" is a big "NO SHIT!" in his one/ Thanks for the awesome vid :-)
roufdrapht - 19 days ago
Well at least you're not gay anymore
Peter Bonadonna
Peter Bonadonna - 19 days ago
This is dangerous when you pass current from hand to hand! Some of that current is going through your heart. If you feel that you must do this in the future, connect your shoulder to one terminal and the hand of that shoulder to the other electrode so the current only passes through your arm and hand. If possible you should only experiment like this with trained medical people around you.
Nathaniel Park
Nathaniel Park - 19 days ago
1:50 isn't that what you use to get a bull to jizz into a cup?...for science?
bigclivedotcom - 19 days ago
It does look similar to an bull electroejaculator.
LilKing420s - 19 days ago
GREAT experiment! Interesting video! Got a good laugh from this one. Well done!
FWIW I Thank you for torturing yourself on camera so that others may learn! We need more people like you in the world.
Thanks! Stay safe. Do good.
Corvo Attano
Corvo Attano - 20 days ago
Obviously this video wouldn't be up if something went wrong, but it's still quite suspenseful, particularly when he starts wanting to go PAST 10mA. This man is a nutcase. An awesome one.
gantmj - 21 day ago
My dad has one of those old battery operated quack medical devices with the brass handles.
He used to get a group of people to hold hands and dial it up until they couldn't let go of each other.
I'm told it was a hootenanny.
Twotone - 21 day ago
Many of the comments show how much we emotionally invest in this channel.
Nigel cockburn
Nigel cockburn - 21 day ago
Hello Clive,
It is unfortunate that the comments below show a magority audience that needed your disclaimer.
This was a well thought out experiment and nicely executed. Well done.
I wonder if you have watched the documentary that an English MP (he did train journies for tv) He went to America "Death Row" and he made a documentary about electrocuting people and just how very hard it was to actually kill anybody with electricity. They put butter around the wrists of people to get lower resistance (lower impedance) connections and they did the bracelet connectors up tight for best conductivity and used hundreds of AMPS not mA at mains voltage and they produced dreadful burning smells cooking the flesh to black charcoal but some people needed to be electrocuted several times because they refused to die. Ah, off the cuff, I think it was Michael Portillo, I will search.
It was an extremely good factual evidenced documentary, possibly the best thing that any MP of any party has ever done.
I did similar experiments to you (but without the current limiting) back in 1966 and found some interesting facts as I used a varied human source.
What would be interesting is to do the experiment as you did but using a variable frequency supply to determine those limits. Additionally it would be interesting to know the effects of V, I, W & Hz vs thinking vs the physical sustainability.
This is the best video and possibly the most useful to the world experiment that you have ever produced and I wish to give you my full credit. Like so many revelations of information you have opened up another door to investigate, as the body is initially shocked in both contexts of the word and then we can learn that there is a pd accross our limbs and cope with it. SO: that means that there is scope to design a more complex waveshape that would possibly better kill people. i.e. Information that would be of great interest to penal institutions and also to abattoirs improving efficiency and lowering suffering even further. In fact for cattle fences because a more effective shock would teach better and simultaneously prolong battery life essential in farmers fields.
Obviously I now have to Thank you, for producing such a potentially stimulating video - (sorry).
Justin Urhead
Justin Urhead - 22 days ago
The worst electric shock I've ever had is when I was around 10. There was an exposed plugin socket that was hanging out with no faceplate and I touched it. It was 120v and it took everything in me to rip my hand away from the socket. It wasn't exactly unpleasant but strange and scary. It was like the most intense vibrations.
Justin Urhead
Justin Urhead - 22 days ago
kinky 🐻⚡
Wild Diode
Wild Diode - 22 days ago
Please touch the 240 volt mains with no resistors like I said 6 days ago
Flix - 22 days ago
Did you just admit to haven a Sex toy
Flix - 22 days ago
bigclivedotcom XD
bigclivedotcom - 22 days ago
It was a joke gift from my brother two Xmas's ago.
Kirby Weldon
Kirby Weldon - 22 days ago
This was the scariest and most incredible video I've seen from you.
ArmedMonkey - 22 days ago
Could you attach a wire from one shoulder to the other to prevent current passing through your heart?
bigclivedotcom - 22 days ago
No. The preferential current path would be through the very conductive interior.
w0ttheh3ll - 22 days ago
couldn't you have passed the current from your hand to the shoulder or something? would be way less scary and probably less dangerous.
6A8G - 23 days ago
Fucking hell Bigclive if you must do this PLEASE have someone else with you if only to remove your corpse from the electrodes. You have my eternal respect & admiration for your work & I would miss your channel HUGELY. Kia Kaha man.
Robin Browne
Robin Browne - 23 days ago
Clive: "I'm bound and determined to conduct these tests. Nothing will stop me. You'll have to prise these probes from my cold, dead hands." :-)
Pascal van Wijk
Pascal van Wijk - 23 days ago
playing with your life is not funny to watch.
Alexandros Sotiropoulos
Alexandros Sotiropoulos - 23 days ago
Imagine the old sparky
Dean Onno
Dean Onno - 23 days ago
Wow, took me back to when I was a teenager doing "experiments" based on the mains. Never really appreciated at the time in just how much danger I was..but I survived! Have to admit that some bits had me rolling with laughter, I know I shouldn't but couldn't help myself esp. as you actually did survive your "experiment". Be well!!!!!
CHERWALLY - 23 days ago
The hand massager is...neat :D
OrbitalSaucer - 23 days ago
Now that's entertainment.
kilrahvp - 23 days ago
Was expecting a relay safety device that would limit on time to a second or 2...
Hugo van Dam
Hugo van Dam - 17 days ago
He wants to do commentary on what he feels during the shock, so a timer wouldn’t work here. Although, adding a timeout relay set to like 30 seconds wouldn’t do harm.
Eagle8840 - 24 days ago
Go to A and E and get checked.
myrakas86 - 24 days ago
Had a shock at work trying to determine live from neutral. Something came up, had to leave, came back, forgetting the wires were live. Crabbed the live with one hand and neutral with other, boom, nastiest shock of my life. Luckily one wire slipped out from between the thumb and other finger, was able to let go.
PS: At somepoint in my country the main power distributor wanted to make defibrillators mandatory in their work sites. Not sure how it went because I left the trade.
David M
David M - 24 days ago
couldn't you use a 5mA fuse if you wanted to try this at home safely. 5mA doesn't sound that high... and can you use any current limiting resistors?
bigclivedotcom - 23 days ago
+David M It's current that causes the shock, but voltage that pushes the current through you.
David M
David M - 24 days ago
+bigclivedotcom hmmm... ok i wont try but one question is, does voltage cause muscle contract too? Or both voltage and mA is needed? Cheers for replying.
bigclivedotcom - 24 days ago
I'm not sure you can get a 5mA fuse. If you did it would still not be fast enough to protect you. I really do not recommend trying this. It carries a risk of a horrible death if one of many variables is wrong.
Matt Holstein
Matt Holstein - 24 days ago
Back in high school by buddies and I would get high and play with an AC motor. One guy would attach a drill to the motor, one guy would grab one wire, another the other, and we'd all join hands in a circle. If you let go or, in reality, lost grip, you were out.
Roger Baker
Roger Baker - 24 days ago
BE CAREFUL. I like your videos you are VERY INTELLIGENT. You don't need to risk your life to try & prove a point on a video. I have learned a LOT from you. You can message me anytime. I'm into high end stereo equipment and solar power.
Matthew Maca
Matthew Maca - 24 days ago
THICC arms
RC freak
RC freak - 24 days ago
This was very interesting and I’m glad you are okay
Jonnyreverb - 24 days ago
@1:25 It's been sitting in the back since your brother gave it to you, eh?
Captain_Coleslaw - 24 days ago
I love your vids man, but this was a bit much, there is a lot of genuine danger involved here, you could have easily had a heart disfunction during that, and since noone was around, that would be the end of you, which none of us would enjoy :/
Drop Assassin
Drop Assassin - 24 days ago
lol 15:05 killed me hahahaha
Drop Assassin
Drop Assassin - 24 days ago
Sorry for the essay: I once had to use 2 extension leads that is rolled up on tolls, I unrolled both of them to the limit, connected them. Keep in mind that the lead connected to the wall was rolled up on a bare metal toll. As I was rolling up the one connected to the wall, my left hand on the handle, my right hand holding the lead itself, my right hand got in contact with a live wire, because the lead was damaged. Instantly it grabbed me, my left hand grabbing the handle like John Cena and my right hand gripping the live wire. My eyes actually went skew or something because my left arm looked like it was 10 meters long. I literally heard my heart beat like a drum inside my head, I could still think normally and I realized that if I do not get loose now that it will be the end of me. The home owner of the house I was working at was at the moment watching tv in his living room, he's tv dimmed. I actually stuck the toll between my legs to clamp the toll, gripped it and made my back straight to get my hand of the toll handle, it worked, I fell on my back screaming. The owner heard me and came rushing out to see my on the ground. My right hand middle finger that came into contact with wire was bleeding, had a small gash, could see bare bone. I was shook. Later that day when I got home I felt my right leg right at my knee was sore. Got into shower and looked down and I had a bruise bigger than a tee saucer. bruise was caused by the toll between my legs that tried to arc through my leg to get to GROUND.

My "Electrocution" lasted about 20 seconds

Now my question is: Why am I not dead? I think 20 seconds is enough to kill me
Power is 220volt in South Africa
Keep in mind the lead I was rolling up still had about 20 meters to go to get to the wall.

Was it a "Volt Drop"
My hand was dry, and I wore safety boots with rubber soles.

Some people tell me that the current was lower that 10 mA.
Please help me understand why I am still alive LOL
overbuilt automotive
overbuilt automotive - 24 days ago
make a defibrillator n let one of your cool drunken Scottish friends be responsible for your resurrection if it all goes wacko ? a good idea or bad idea Clive ;}
Ann Onamous
Ann Onamous - 24 days ago
idiot. could have stopped your heart. reported for dangerous content
Slartibartfas042 - 24 days ago
@bigclivedotcom: lol - "stupidity knows no limit in this channel"... Nothing more needs to be said on the first glance! ;) But:
*BIG THX* Clive, if that video prevents *one* people from having that experience *without* all of your safety prerequisites of switch, limiting resistors and real measurement it may have been worth all the pain for you for being superhero who saved lifes!!! (And that's meant literally, Clive!)
Валентин Вълчев
If I don't get electrocuted at least twice a year from the 230V mains I haven't lived that year. And you know what it sucks every time but I am getting accustomed to the feeling.(this doesn't mean that I feel it any less then before.)
Beef Kake
Beef Kake - 24 days ago
Clive, i honestly love all your videos but this was too scary please dont do this again mate!
Earl Bonnar
Earl Bonnar - 24 days ago
JannisD - 25 days ago
"I think it's for massaging your hands, I'm not really sure..." 😂😂😂
Tim Hartherz
Tim Hartherz - 25 days ago
You don't need to be familiar with electricity at all, but be aware if Clive starts to swear, it GOT to be seriously unpleasant. So consider yourself warned! Thanks for this!
Almighty Deity
Almighty Deity - 25 days ago
Ended up gripping the power end of a nixie clock and bridged the circuit of 150v. Luckily it was before the caps, which this had a few pretty scary ones! It shocked me enough to open my hands. Luckily I didn't break it when it dropped.
Tom - 25 days ago
My uncle brought a very old tems device to a family gathering once.... It could push enough current to keep us from letting go of the electrodes... No worries, he is a medical professional. VET! ROFL
umad? - 25 days ago
absolutely crazy m8, informative for sure, but damn....
DeepPastry - 25 days ago
120V is less likely to reach your heart at all. The electrocution numbers say you'd much rather have your kids be idiots with 120v than 240v.
Hill On Wheels
Hill On Wheels - 25 days ago
The worst shock I've had was from working on a h60 helicopter and it was 115v, 3 faze, 400hz. It was not fun and this video made be cringe but laugh from your reaction.
Sam - 25 days ago
Silly Sausage!
Nils Michels
Nils Michels - 25 days ago
Now do it with DC
Toxic Hazard
Toxic Hazard - 25 days ago
I wonder if he was actually cooking his hotdog for his wife 🤣
Marc Hering
Marc Hering - 25 days ago
Clive. Love your videos but this one was hard to watch. Not for what you were doing, it was fascinating and educational. But next time please please at least have Ralfie there just in case, my entertainment is not worth your life. :)
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