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No, alcohol does not conduct electricity because it is a covalent compound. Therefore, it does not have free electrons to flow across it… So, alcohol does not conduct electricity.
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The conductvity of isopropyl alcohol (which is commonly the major component of rubbing alcohol) is typically 6 μS.m−1, so it is very low (typical value for a metal would be multiple millions of S.m−1 !). So the answer is: yes, but it just does it to an EXTREMELY small extent, so small that most people would regard it as non-conductive.
Rubbing alcohol, isopropanol, or isopropyl alcohol does not conduct electricity on its own, but might if something is dissolved in it. Rubbing alcohol is a covalent/molecular compound (an alcohol...
Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) doesn't conduct electricity. It doesn't complete an electrical circuit and it doesn't cause iron to oxidize (rust).
May 23, 2020. #2. As far as alcohol yes.The conductivity of isopropyl alcohol (which is commonly the major component of rubbing alcohol) is typically 6 μS.m−1, so it is very low (typical value for a metal would be multiple millions of S.m−1!).
If it is drug-store (pharmacy) "rubbing alcohol" it may contain other additives that can leave a residue which could affect the operation of electronics. Most of the stuff available from local pharmacies here leaves a nasty white residue, and I would not suggest using it.
Any alcohol will conduct to a very small extent due to self ionization: ROH <-> RO- + ROH2+. But the the equilibrium is very far to the left. (As it is with pure water BTY). An alcohol with a small amount of acid or base will conduct electricity better, but still not as well as water.
Isopropyl alcohol is generally compatible with most materials used in electronics. As with any chemical product used, component compatibility must be determined on a non-critical area prior to use. The following are a list of common materials used in PCB assembly and their respective compatibility ratings: Material.