In this work, the electric charging effect oil the spreading of droplet impacting oil dielectric substrates has been investigated. The charged water droplets were directed oil the paraffin wax and the Teflon-coated plates. The impinging behavior was Visualized and recorded using a CCD camera to identify the maximum extent of the flattened droplets. Droplet diameter and velocity approaching the wall were measured as well. The diameter of the electrically charged droplet at the maximum spread turned out to be larger compared to that of neutral droplet (at the maximum spread), and the difference becomes larger with increasing of the electric charge ratio (defined as the ratio of the actual electric charge to the Rayleigh limit). This phenomenon is considered to be due to reduction of effective interfacial tensions between the liquid and the gas and between the liquid and the solid by electric charging. Finally, an improved model was proposed to predict the maximum spreading ratio for electrically charged droplets by introducing correlations oil the liquid-gas and the liquid-solid interfacial tensions. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.