Dangers of Using Electronics in Bathroom, the Case of the Teenage Girl

By Grover Koelpin 54 comments

Hi, there has been this very sad and tragic news of a 14 year old girl, electrocuted in the bathtub. According to KCBD news, Madison has been using her mobile phone in the bath while it was plugged in to be charged In an interview with her grandmother she said “Madison dropped the phone in the tub and then tried to pick it up…” “…and that’s when the tragedy happened.” She said it was obvious because Madison had burn marks on her hand. It might be easy to say the obvious that you shouldn’t take Your electronics with you to take a bath But mistakes happen to all of us all the time? If you recall I just grabbed the f*** two thousand volts AC when my Jacob’s Ladder fell right on me *Shouting in pain* F*** Unfortunately her story shows that the universe rarely lets you off with a warning. Also there are products out there that encourage you to take your electronics with you into the bathtub I’m pretty sure many people plug their devices into charge and probably many of them accidentally drop them in the bathtub But is it dangerous? I believe this tragedy must be rectified properly so people know what can kill you in a bathtub. If this is true that the unfortunate girl was electrocuted while holding her mobile phone in the bathtub they must go after the phone manufacturer and hold them responsible This is a very serious accusation. Something like this must not happen by design. First let’s see how you can get electrocuted in a bathtub I have my wires plugged in with green being earth. Now if I measure the resistance between Earth and the faucet it is a short to earth. And… This one is also shorted to Earth the drains… There’s like three to four kilohms to Earth Yeah…, and that compared to body resistance of over 100 kilohm is also pretty much a short. Now I measure the voltage between the live wire and the faucet and i’ll read around 120 volt AC So while you’re standing in the conductive, soapy waters… …if you for some reason touch the live wire or drop a toaster or hairdryer in the soapy water the electricity will run through the water, through your body to the faucet or drain… …which will shock you or lightly and electrocute you But a charging Mobile phone is not like a toaster the live wires don’t run into the phone see every single wall adapter out there must have their outputs isolated from the input live and Neutral lines per strict standards The output lines of the mobile phone charger are within five volts of each other So compared to 120 volt or 240 volt DC input… …you are pretty much at around the same voltage See I have a 5v supply here… …and with soapy hands I don’t feel the 5 volt even on my tongue It’s a little uncomfortable, but nothing lethal and all the voltages in a mobile phone And its charging cables are around the same non-lethal level so dropping it in a bathtub is not harmful S*** F*** F*** If something like this happens turn off your phone right away And remove its battery if possible then dry it and shake the water out as much as possible Then put it in a bag of rice Close it and leave it overnight. So that the rice can suck the moisture out of your phone It helps if you leave it in a warmer place then pray to Lord electron to have mercy on your phone Anyways the phone side voltages are very small VC Voltages unless they are riding on the live voltage Which would mean that those voltages are not isolated from the live line But that must not happen by design like I said where standard we should have… …great isolation between the input and output of the wall adapter I have my power cables here And if I measure between Earth and the live wire I’ll read around 120 volt AC I also have my android phone plugged in and opened its back cover So I have this connection here to the charging cable If I touch between this connection and earth I should be totally safe because they are isolated If I measure the voltage across earth and this connection I’ll see that it’s around 13 volt AC but it is a stray voltage that cannot output any power And if I touch across this voltage it will drop to zero Because my body is shorting it Same thing with the IPhone charger if I touch between these connections I am still completely safe… And if I measure the voltage 30 volts AC but when I touch across them Pretty much drops to zero Let’s look at these voltages using a scope I am measuring the 5 volt output of the wall adapter reference to Earth ground You see there is 5 volt difference Between the two lines riding on some distorted AC voltage If I touch between them the AC pretty much drops to 0 But if there was no isolation between the input and output the AC voltage would be much larger And it wouldn’t go away when I touched it But I would umm… Shimmy to the left shimmy to the right before I drop dead So if you drop your phone in the water and then pick it up You should be pretty safe unless it’s a knockoff made by your shady neighbor in their basement I’m talking about the designs that actually follow the standards, so if she was in fact electrocuted then why? Maybe she dropped a wall adapter in the water Completely submerged it and then plugged it in *Electrocuted* AWWWWWWWWWWWWW so I guess *Something popped* *Swearing* This is pretty dead.. See? Soapy water is much more conductive than regular water It shorts everything together and with everything soaked It just takes the electricity is straight from the contacts to your fingers and with you standing in the top close to the earth it runs through your body to Earth and Can shock you but I don’t think that’s what happened either. She was an intelligent girl She wouldn’t just pick up a fully soaked wall adapter and plug it into the power. It might be something else. Okay… it’s slippery. I could take it. *Shocked* *Screamed like a girl* F*** Maybe that’s it. I try to pull out the wall adapter with my soapy hand and they slipped, so I try to shove my fingers under the wall adapter and they touch they expose contacts like I showed before you don’t need to insert the plug all the way to make a contact which leaves the contacts all …exposed and with her tinier fingers it would be easier for her to reach under the wall adapter… …and touch the contacts But why would she try to unplug the wallet all wet and soapy? I have a theory it might be totally wrong though I think she dropped the phone into the tub. Thinking that this would damage the phone she tried to unplug it as quickly as… …possible to save the phone. Being all soapy, she didn’t have a good grip so she forced her fingers under the wall adapter and touch the power contacts LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL well naturally there has been some update to the story since I started making this video and my theory was wrong Madison’s family was kind to share more information with KCBD news. The photo posted by Madison before the tragedy shows that because the charger cord was too short and she wanted to use her Phone in the Bathtub she used an extension Cord according to the report the extension cord was frayed and had the Powerlines exposed which she wasn’t aware of. And unfortunately She touched that area and the tragedy happened the phone or the charger were never dropped in the water even if the wire was not frayed, from what I showed using an Extension cord and bringing the live wire so close the bathtub is asking for trouble So please if you want to use your electronics in the bathroom use them on battery or otherwise forget about it also Never use a damaged extension cord. They can cause fire and put you or your family’s life in danger in any case I also like to call for a change to North American Plugs They must never be exposed to touch when they’re hot and really it’s as easy as covering the first quarter inch of the contacts like This with some overmolded plastic as long as the contacts are touching the live lines, nothing is exposed I should thanks Madison’s family for providing the details and helping to Raise awareness I hope the information of this tragedy helps make everyone a bit safer of course the links to the reports are provided in the Description below if you’d like more details F*** u dont have a giveaway? Sorry, I don’t have anything to give away this time, but you could giveaway by sharing this video and making everyone else safer Thank you


Fitzroy Caesar

Sep 9, 2019, 7:17 pm Reply

no gfci protection on bathroom circuit?

Chickity Chick

Sep 9, 2019, 4:51 am Reply

When I was 8 I unplugged a radio and touched the prongs by accident while pulling it out from an extension cord. Never forgot that feeling and still respect electricity to this day.

うんあ うん

Sep 9, 2019, 1:53 pm Reply

Touching a live wire feels like your whole body is getting dragged apart. Why?

Andrew Daniels

Sep 9, 2019, 12:02 am Reply

Output of charger is only 5v DC how the fuck can you get electrocuted?


Sep 9, 2019, 1:32 am Reply

The stupid fucks just aren't watching your videos. The Darwinian youth just keep doing it . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO5xDqrjs-0


Sep 9, 2019, 12:09 am Reply

@5:01 LMAO! Really glad you were not injured. I like your videos!

Da Qoraxxx

Sep 9, 2019, 8:28 pm Reply

If you're the ElectroBOOM type of lucky (i.e. unlucky), a short circuited phone battery can explode.

Alain Stroobants

Sep 9, 2019, 8:19 am Reply

What about differential protection ? Don’t you have that in north america ?

Agent 47

Sep 9, 2019, 5:13 am Reply

He's like Wait lets touch the conductor point of the adapter and walaa shocked Mr Bean 😂😂😂😂

Mayte Exxis

Sep 9, 2019, 5:12 pm Reply

5:44 that happened to me but with dry hands. Still hurt a lot


Oct 10, 2019, 5:27 pm Reply

Rather than extend the AC if you need devices like these close to a tub extend the DC line from the charger with a longer USB cable or USB extender. The latter also gives you the option of safely unplugging things without ever getting close to the AC lines.


Oct 10, 2019, 5:29 pm Reply

As for plugs the European once where the wall plug is recessed is much better than both the US and British plugs as it's hardly possible at all to reach around the plug when it's live. You can also go fully paranoid and combine this with plugs where half the contact is covered by plastic.

Aagam shah

Oct 10, 2019, 5:49 am Reply


Abdul Hannan Abdul Matheen

Oct 10, 2019, 1:13 pm Reply



Oct 10, 2019, 7:17 pm Reply

Type F Plugs and Outlets for the win !

toilet paper

Oct 10, 2019, 5:49 am Reply

But why doesn't the breaker trip in the event of electricity in water???


Oct 10, 2019, 9:29 am Reply


slurp juice

Oct 10, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

That’s just natural selection at that point


Oct 10, 2019, 6:41 pm Reply

maybe the girl had a heart arrithmya?

T-MAN 2001

Oct 10, 2019, 4:36 am Reply

Maybe this is an unpopular opinion, or maybe not. I understand that this was a tragedy, and must have been very devastating for her family, At the same time however, I lose some sympathy for this girl when I remember that the ultimate cause of this, was that she couldn’t stand to be away from her phone for the time it took to take a bath. If she hadn’t been so addicted to technology she would still be alive. There’s a time and place to use personal devices people and it’s not when your in the bathtub or shower.

Jack Smith

Oct 10, 2019, 11:28 am Reply

Going after the phone manufacturer would be the same logic as going after McDonald's for not enough warnings about their coffie being hot smh.

Koustubh Sahu

Oct 10, 2019, 1:55 pm Reply

Adaptar gives constatnt current output, almost od 2 amps, and that dangerous, it may be that reason

Zachary Kosove

Oct 10, 2019, 1:33 am Reply

16:23 subtitles… ???

Matthias Burger

Oct 10, 2019, 5:13 pm Reply

I have to stop to use my toaster in the bathtub.

Ricardo Cardona

Oct 10, 2019, 2:25 pm Reply

Rice doesn’t work FYI.

early jokes are lame and unfunny

Oct 10, 2019, 2:24 am Reply

There was a hair on his camera

Harish Arunachalam

Oct 10, 2019, 2:51 am Reply

What is ur view on indian plugs electro boom

av 26

Oct 10, 2019, 2:52 pm Reply

Good! He is now a detector!!!


Oct 10, 2019, 2:32 pm Reply

How did he know to get the bag of rice? He does that on purpose, I knew it :))


Oct 10, 2019, 2:39 pm Reply

Oh the nature selection. At least we can learn from it.

Bossbd inf

Nov 11, 2019, 1:10 pm Reply

After make this video , ,how u still alive…🤔🤔


Nov 11, 2019, 10:03 pm Reply

With the new 4000mAh batteries in current flagships no need to plug them in while takin a bath.

XTrainer xx

Nov 11, 2019, 4:14 pm Reply

If u put subtitles on and when he says someting it says loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooiiiiiiiil

Jimmy Samwell

Nov 11, 2019, 5:18 pm Reply

Doesn't the outlet in the bathroom switches off when it's overload?

Koustubh Sahu

Nov 11, 2019, 9:14 pm Reply

Can you please clarify a doubt I have, if I touch a constant current source of 2 amps, will it be harmful ?. Will the voltage matter?

If I set a power supply at 2 amps and 5 volts and then touch it with my bare hands will all the 2 amps flow through my body??


Nov 11, 2019, 5:24 pm Reply

Thats why British plugs are the best in the world.If Maddison was in Britain she couldn’t have ever been electrocuted because having any electrical outlet in the bathroom isn’t even a thing or its very rare.

Wolfgang Kovac

Nov 11, 2019, 5:30 am Reply

My sister accidentally touched the contacts of a US standard plug as a kid. Had her very upset I remember.

Mohd Eraaf

Nov 11, 2019, 7:34 pm Reply

That's why women live more than men

Ajay wagh

Nov 11, 2019, 6:02 pm Reply

nice video, good safety measures are taken 😂


Nov 11, 2019, 10:42 pm Reply

Nice recommended, same thing happened a little while ago to a 13 year old. She was on her phone while in the bathtub

VinzskiE /IkZ

Nov 11, 2019, 12:20 pm Reply

Yo are you immune to being electrocuted??

Hex Rell Gaming

Nov 11, 2019, 10:34 pm Reply

0:36 me at work


Nov 11, 2019, 2:23 pm Reply

there is a question why didn't the FI circuit breaker didn't kick in?

01.prajjwal _india

Nov 11, 2019, 6:44 pm Reply

Sir i just love u 😍, tell me the name of the place u live . I wanna take ya autograph before i die .( please reply) 🥺

unaesthetic things

Nov 11, 2019, 1:21 am Reply



Nov 11, 2019, 5:44 pm Reply

Unlucky 😂😂😂

ᗩSᕼᒪᘿᖻ ᘻᗩᘉ

Nov 11, 2019, 5:30 pm Reply

Are you christan or hindu or muslim or buddha

Patrick Glaser

Dec 12, 2019, 4:30 am Reply

2:40 definitely had to rinse out the soap taste, heh

Asshole neighbor Vadim?


Dec 12, 2019, 5:23 am Reply

Soap is alkaline right?


Dec 12, 2019, 1:01 am Reply

Thank you for promoting safety.

Stephen Clementson

Dec 12, 2019, 2:40 pm Reply

Modern UK safety rules certainly won't allow you to have a mains supply anywhere near a bathtub. When our bathroom was upgraded, all voltages had to be stepped down (to 12 volts, as I recall) from outside. You'd have to be determined to commit suicide by electrocution, and go out of your way to run a cable into the bathroom.

Justin Hill

Dec 12, 2019, 9:11 am Reply

People take baths?

DreDre_ Plays

Dec 12, 2019, 10:54 pm Reply

At 4:44, I love how he had an example like this "But I would umm, shimmy to the left, shimmy to the right, before i drop dead" .

Ben Kucenski

Dec 12, 2019, 4:52 am Reply

Would plugging into a GFCI outlet have prevented this?

Jarski l

Dec 12, 2019, 10:30 pm Reply

Ah yes
I was using faulty fire to charge my headphones

1) Headphones cant be turned off anymore, but they are working

2) My computers USB-port is black

3) the cable is half molten.

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