sputnick wrote:When you attach capacitors in parrallel like that, the voltage stays the same, but the amps increase. This is why it is lethal.
Afraid not. The internal resistance of the capacitors is utterly negligible compared to the resistance of a person, so combining them in parallel does next to nothing - those capacitors can probably deliver currents of a couple of thousand amps, but when, and only when, the resistance of the load is exceptionally low.
If a person is the load, they have resistances so high that any changes in the peak currents that the bank can supply is irrelevant - because the person's resistance is the deciding factor in the current.
Put it this way. A Lead Acid battery is about 12V, and one made for it (a powerful diesel engine starter battery is a good example) can chuck out upwards of 300 amps - but touch that, and absolutely sod all will happen to you, because your resistance prevents the 12 volts pushing more than microamps across you, not even enough to feel.
The maximum current a source can give out is pretty irrelevant to whether it will be fatal to you - it just needs to be MORE than is fatal to you - and in terms of current, stacking capacitors in parallel only increases the maximum current that can be drawn, so has little effect on it's lethality.
What kills you is a mix of amps and energy. However, it's only the amps actually flowing, and the energy actually transferred that counts, and you need voltage for that to be possible.
Also, while I'm on that point, the concept that stunguns and tasers use low currents is fallacious. They actually use high currents - for it's that which causes the pain. However, they are short bursts of current, and individual shocks lack the energy to be fatal. On average, over a second or two, the current is low, because a lot of the time it's not giving any current - but the peak currents are high.
However, that is not to say the bank couldn't be lethal under extreme circumstances - ANYTHING can be lethal under extreme circumstances.
But trust me, I've touched banks at both higher voltages and capacitances than yours, and last I checked, I'm not dead.