I just read on a website that 5mA is enough to give a little shock but I have touched 650mA and nothing happened. Does that mean that 650mA becomes too small when I touch it due to resistance of my body? So, how many amps would give a shock?

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    \$\begingroup\$ You can't "touch" 650mA. How do you even think you're doing that? \$\endgroup\$
    – Finbarr
    Commented Aug 15, 2017 at 9:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ 650 mA was the result of the resistance of your body to the applied voltage. Moreover, if you had a exposition to 650 mA across your body, you are not writing here. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 15, 2017 at 9:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ What do you mean by "I have touched 650mA"? If 650mA entered you left hand end exited at your right hand you'd be probably be dead. \$\endgroup\$
    – Curd
    Commented Aug 15, 2017 at 9:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ Possible duplicate of Is 20 watts of electricity dangerous? \$\endgroup\$
    – user
    Commented Aug 15, 2017 at 9:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MichaelKjörling "High current" or "Low current" is relative. As an IC designer, 100 mA for me is a high current. For someone working on electrical locomotives 100 mA is nothing, for them 1 kA is "normal" and 10 kA could be a high current. So without describing the context I'd prefer not to make the high/low distinction and/or use a tag. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 15, 2017 at 9:46

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I have touched 650mA

No, you haven't.

You may have touched something that was capable of delivering 650 mA if the load demanded it. Your body will draw current proportional to the voltage applied to it and inversely proportional to its resistance. The current capability of a supply is irrelevant, assuming it's more than what your body it trying to draw.

For example, it's generally safe with dry hands to touch the terminals of a 12 V car battery. That battery is capable of several 100 amps to crank the starter, but your body will draw well under a milliamp.

It's the current thru you that you feel and that can hurt you. High voltage is dangerous because it forces more current thru you. Likewise, wet skin is equally dangerous because that greatly decreases the body resistance, allowing more current to flow at the same voltage. You can kill yourself with one of those little 9 V clip-on batteries if you do the right (wrong) things.

  • \$\begingroup\$ To be exact, is the current, the duration and the path across the body what can hurt you. As additional example: a door knob or a plastic can have a static voltage of more than 20000 v, but causes no dead due to its brief duration. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 15, 2017 at 10:06

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