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Electric potential between hands

  1. May 24, 2010 #1
    When I hold voltmeter contacts in my hands, (one in each) the meter reads about .2V
    I know it isn't that significant, but what could be the explanation for this? Are we charged? Why would there be potential between my left and right hand? Or is it just a fluke from rubbing my socks on the carpet or something? hmm I'm going to go check that last theory out, but I still want to shoot this question out.
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  3. Aug 4, 2010 #2
    its just moisture that makes the conductivity. I guess Ive got more ions on one side than the other so I theres potential as well.
  4. Aug 6, 2010 #3
    I'm only 0.03V so I'm much more normal :p
  5. Aug 7, 2010 #4


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    We are simply bathed by alternative electric fields that come from electric power supply.
    When measured by a DC voltmeter it will give some wrong value.
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