Anti Static Safety – Handling Sensitive Electronics as Fast As Possible





ESD or static electricity can DESTROY your fancy new electronics. Here’s how to be safe and handle them without damaging them.

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45 thoughts on “Anti Static Safety – Handling Sensitive Electronics as Fast As Possible

  • Lying speed freak. why would anyone watch a PAID liar? Just watch his complete fake bullshit video hating on the BEST VR headset at the time (and still no doubt) the Vive Pro, he game it the worst review ever, and why? because it was the worst VR headset and not the best? NO, all just because Vive didnt PAY him or give him a free unit like EVERY SINGLE other product he reviews or features! Biggest LIE Ive even seen a tech reviewer do!!

  • You can damage pc hardware with a just a tiny bit of static (way below the amount of static discharge you could feel), and its easy to build up small amounts of static quickly. So better to always use a wristband ground. I even use a device to make sure the outlets are grounded because that is not guaranteed either (and never run a pc if it isnt grounded). Finally, there are really cool mats that dissipate static to a ground designed for place components while u work on them (even screws placed on some carpeting can build up enough charge to cause problems).

  • I love the intro, very realistic. But thank you for the information. Im soon going to get all my parts and I'll use these methods when I build my PC. I dont want to Wreck my PC during my Build video, LOL.

  • use a wrist band,use a mains plug adaptor for wrist bands,they have a 1M-10M resistor in series with the ground pin so static can "LEAK" away,and you may zap static sensitive electronics without them dying,but will shorten the components life span.

    I prefer to plug into the system ground as not all shiny surfaces are connected to a good ground,and i don't mean mirrors.

  • Sheeeeeeeeit. I'm building my first pc and my graphics card just came in a few days ago. I'm still new to computers as a whole, and I immediately took it out. I think I might have been barefoot, but I have carpet, and I set it on my bed. I also was grabbing it by the back. The worst part is, this was my first part, and I won't be able to test it for a few months until I get the others. I really hope I didn't fuck up.

  • ok seriously though, pc components aren't nearly as fragile as people make them out to be, like seriously you could throw a graphics card at the floor and it'd probably still work perfectly… (not saying you should do that tho)

  • Hi guys, does the white transparent bubble wrap can kill Motherboard? coz it didn't work anymore, it just beep 3-4 times, idk why but the store seller tested it out and the bios showed, but when he cover it up with bubble wrap transparent white, and when I got home it didn't work anymore, no display but fan is working, as I said it just beeping and beeping. :/

  • EEEEEERRHHHMMM ( LOUD BUZZER SOUND ) WRONG !!!!! correct way to work esd safe : 1) Wear a grounded esd wrist band . 2) wear a esd safe lab coat . 3) only unpack at a esd safe workbench with special esd safe grounded conductive rubber top. 4) wear esd safe shoes. never walk with these outside. 5) avoid wearing synthetic clothing

  • I just keep my other hand on something to relieve static electricity… like computer case. If I am zapping something, it is the computer case. I just keep on "safe zapping" myself before I handle any components. And to be sure, keep my other hand touching my case most of the time. Well… the psu touches the case, so I am kind of touching the psu too.

  • Even if you did accidentally zap something you shouldn't have, itll most likely still work… just not as long as it could have.

  • Hey linus My laptop is shutdowning by electric shock Can you help me?
    Toshiba satallite c55
    Windows 7 32 bit
    Out of order battery
    (worked 9 years 11 mounth)

  • So when I want to ground myself by touching the power supply, should I first plug the power supply in and then turn the switch off, or should I first turn the switch off and then plug the power supply in? Any replies are much appreciated 😀

  • I hope that you take this comment as a positive cretic! 🙂
    Sorry to say but your advice is forgetting the main problem and the cause for zapping your electronic, because even with a rist band, you can totally destroy new electronic you are taking out of a antistatic bag.
    The reason for zapping your electronic is the difference in voltage between you and the electronic you are handeling so it does not matter if you ground yourself if the board has a difference of i.e. 2,000 voltage.

    An easy and safe way for the home tinkere is to:
    1) let the pc be off without any power cord at all!!
    2) take a real antistatic ristband on (containing a 1MOhm ricistor)
    3) open the antistatic bag but DO NUT TUCH THE ELECTRONNIC
    4) put the crocodile clips on the new electronic so that you and it have the same voltage
    5) now while holding the new electronic, mount the crocodile clips on the pc case
    6) mount the new electronic and close up the computer
    7) of with the rist band
    8) and then first now put the power cord in the pc and boot up. 🙂

  • I can't find any documentation anywhere that indicates that anti-static bags are in any way different on one side or another. They are a weakly conductive metallicized plastic. The conductivity is not enough to read on a multimeter but enough to prevent the buildup of a static charge. Static builds on surfaces that are insulators. Then when it comes in contact with something that has less of a charge or a negative charge, you can get a sudden transfer, ESD. Wood is an insulator, plastic coated particle board is an insulator. Somehow i think setting components on a table or work bench is worse than using the bag unless you have a specific workbench with a similar weakly conductive coating, and the whole thing is connected to a ground(the way it would be in a factory or warranty center). The table could have a built up charge from you moving stuff around on it, then you set your component on it and get discharge from table to the component.

    That painted metal also probably isn't a very good ground. Better than nothing I guess. Touching the bare metal frame of the computer will equalize charge from your body to the case and prevent buildup. If you put some case screws between the case and the psu, this will probably ground the entire case and then touching the case or the power supply would be a good option, and you can clip the alligator clip onto the case if you are using one.

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