Arcing at outlet neutral slot

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Old 02-09-14, 05:31 AM
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Arcing at outlet neutral slot

Really not one outlet in particular but why sometimes do you get a small arc at the neutral slot of an outlet when inserting a plug?

Ive noticed in the past but most recently when I plugged in a battery charger or my washing machine on a different circuit I get a small arc and a pop even sometimes when inserting?
 
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Old 02-09-14, 05:56 AM
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The arc is from the equipment being on and the circuit completes across the slight gap between the prongs and the slot.
 
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Old 02-09-14, 09:16 AM
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The arc is from the equipment being on and the circuit completes across the slight gap between the prongs and the slot. .

That's what I thought. But I am confused, what is under load in a battery charger (no battery in slot) or a washing machine?
 
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Old 02-09-14, 09:26 AM
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But I am confused, what is under load in a battery charger (no battery in slot) or a washing machine?
The transformer in a battery charger is always on. Current flow is less then if it is under load but there is some current flow. A washing machine has always on electronics powered by a transformer.
 
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Old 02-09-14, 10:56 AM
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Arcing at outlet neutral slot
The arcing won't necessarily always be on the neutral prong of the plug, but will always be on the second prong to make contact as the circuit is completed.
 
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