It seems that you're using an outdated browser. Some things may not work as they should (or don't work at all).
We suggest you upgrade newer and better browser like:Chrome,Firefox,Internet Explorer orOpera

×
arrow-down2arrowcart2close4fat-arrow-leftfat-arrow-rightfeedbackfriends2happy-facelogo-gognotificationnotifications-emptyownedremove-menusad-facesearch2wishlist-menuwishlisted2own_thingsheartstartick
Frankly, I have to admit I don't care that much about static electricity when working with electronics. Back when I had to handle electronics at work, yeah I used antistatic shoes and such antistatic wrist thingie because I was forced to, but overall... And I recall others there handling electronics not-so-carefully as well, like taking memory chips out of the antistatic bag and just keeping them on their bare palm as if they were pieces of sugar or something.

For instance, one or two weeks ago I opened up my laptop fully, to clean it up inside and change the two fans (one of them had gotten broken). I mainly just made sure I don't touch to any electronics with the screwdrivers or such, but otherwise I didn't care much, and as far as I can tell I didn't break anything. :)

I guess I've been lucky, handling lots of electronics without much of antistatic protection, and never breaking anything. One exception: I did fry one hard drive once, by putting it exposed on a desktop PCs case. I guess the case zapped the circuit board on that hard drive. Not sure what would have helped against it, maybe touching the PC case with my other hand before putting the hard drive on it?

Maybe it also helps that I prefer using 100% cotton clothes most of the time (my t-shirts etc.), maybe they help against building up static electricity.

BTW, are the electric sockets at your homes all grounded? My apartment was built in the 80s, and back then here grounded sockets were usually built only into bathrooms and kitchens (where there is water), while all the other sockets are ungrounded. I believe in new apartments nowadays, all sockets are grounded, but that wasn't the case just a few decades ago. So yeah, I normally use all my PCs in non-grounded sockets.
Post edited November 13, 2017 by timppu
avatar
timppu: Frankly, I have to admit I don't care that much about static electricity when working with electronics. Back when I had to handle electronics at work, yeah I used antistatic shoes and such antistatic wrist thingie because I was forced to, but overall... And I recall others there handling electronics not-so-carefully as well, like taking memory chips out of the antistatic bag and just keeping them on their bare palm as if they were pieces of sugar or something.

For instance, one or two weeks ago I opened up my laptop fully, to clean it up inside and change the two fans (one of them had gotten broken). I mainly just made sure I don't touch to any electronics with the screwdrivers or such, but otherwise I didn't care much, and as far as I can tell I didn't break anything. :)

I guess I've been lucky, handling lots of electronics without much of antistatic protection, and never breaking anything.
The thing is, a lot of consumer electronics are *not* super sensitive. So yeah, people get in the habit of being careless and mostly get away with it. Until they don't. Lack of luck, or a specifically sensitive component (like the IGBTs I mentioned) could just happen upon their path.

So yeah, I don't really use antistatic protection but I make sure to touch grounded metal parts and do my damnest to avoid touching any bare traces or other conductors. I *cringe* when I watch videos of people just fingering circuit boards and components like it's nothing. With a little bit of effort they could avoid a potentially expensive mistake.

Another thing about fingering PCBs is that the oils on your skin are corrosive. It's not going to kill anything overnight (and most finished products should have a layer of protective lacquer on the PCB) but it's still a terrible habit to finger any electronics you really care about.

There is a reason why professionals tend to use clean blue gloves and antistatic thingies, and if they finger something, they will clean it up with IPA.