[sdiy] OT: Where to get cheap ESD safe electronics parts drawers?

Tom Wiltshire tom at electricdruid.net
Sun Mar 12 01:10:48 CET 2017

On 11 Mar 2017, at 21:02, Andre Majorel <aym-htnys at teaser.fr> wrote:
> I've stuck TTL ICs into little pieces of black foam kept in
> ordinary plastic drawers but I'd be hesitant to do that for
> CMOS. Now, I keep ICs in wooden drawers, in foam or tubes cut to
> size. Wood might be an insulator but it doesn't seem to be as
> prone to build-up of electrostatic charge as untreated plastic.
> (Talking about plywood and solid wood here, not melamine-covered
> particle board.)

I started out playing with CMOS and a 9-volt battery when I was a kid and I'd never even heard of static precautions. I never killed anything by static, but I grant you that the UK has a pretty damp climate…

I think the risk of chips dying from static is somewhat overplayed. It's a good way to sell you more stuff, and perhaps in a production environment where you're handling thousands each day the numbers start to stack up, but for an individual? Seems unlikely.

I'm quite willing to hear why that's all nonsense though.


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