First of all I must recommend a site for all Sammy Lovers, I discovered it a bit late, I had made my decisions on what was the best Netbook around and solved the problems, well nearly all of them, no one seems to have all the answers yet.
http://www.sammynetbook.com/news.php has a lot of members all of them just luuuve their Sammy and there is a lot of expertise on hand.
A user on Sammynetbook.com mentioned that his wife got shocks from her Sammy, a case of His and Hers Sammy’s in that household, lucky people. He got no such thrills from either His or Hers.
I am still waiting with interest on some tests suggested, swapping Power Bricks etc. However I think that there is nothing to worry about, Induced Voltages are a fact of life. Other users have confirmed slight tickles from their Sammy too.
I measured the DC Output of my Sammy Power Brick with a DVM – 19.1 Volts. Then I looked at the AC Voltage from the Negative – Sleeve of the Power Brick to Earth (real Earth) – 69.2 Volts RMS.
I was not surprised by this figure all sorts of mains powered devices can give you a tickle to Earth due to Induced Potentials.
In order to confirm that there was nothing unusual in the Sammy results I checked the Wall Wart Charger for my Sat Nav. – 69 Volts AC from Sleeve – Negative to Earth.
I wondered what the AC waveform looked like so I hooked up the old Telequipment D54 scope and took a look.
First the ripple with the PSU plugged in but switched off as the reference.
Next I looked at a Wall Wart which uses conventional PSU techniques (transformer). There was around 20 Volts Peak to Peak of 50Hz ripple to Earth.
Next the Sat Nav Switched Mode Wall Wart. A rather spiky chopped waveform but surprisingly 50Hz, I expected to see more of the evidence of the switching frequency. The Amplitude is around 130 Volts Peak to Peak.
Finally the Sammy Power Brick an almost identical waveform and Amplitude.
Being an Induced Potential it is not going to be of any danger to users. I looked at the current capability to Earth, DVM 20mA AC range, as expected a flick of digit upon connection sometimes but no measurable Current at all, I assume a low impedance load will pull the voltage to zero.
Such Potentials could damage sensitive electronics so there is as always a lot to be said for proper bonding and / or isolation of all interconnected equipment.
One thing is certain the DC from the Sammy Power Brick is clean of noise, I understand that some Laptop Supplies kick out so much interference that they can wipe out broadband.
Also I have it on good authority one of the Asus EeePC supplies created so much noise that it spoiled communications applications.
A further great advantage of the Sammy is that considerable periods of operation can be had from the battery supply thus eliminating any chance of mains borne noise.
Incidentally I notice that back in December 2008 there were Amateurs who were Sammy lovers, users on the Ham Radio Deluxe site, well I had fun pioneering all alone. Why do we find out these things too late despite a thorough research on the web.