How to Make Your Own Anti Static Wristband

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How to Make Your Own Anti Static Wristband
Avoid getting shocked and shorting equipment with an anti-static wristband. (shocking blue machine image by jbattx from Fotolia.com)

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is a quick transfer of an electrostatic charge. ESD happens between two objects of differing electrostatic charge. The degree of ESD can vary greatly from a minor tickle to something more devastating. Not only can it harm you, but it can harm any electrical components that helped create the charge. When working with electrical components, it is very important to stay grounded to avoid getting shocked and shorting out the equipment. One way to do this is to create an anti-static wristband, worn around the wrist and constantly connected to a grounded component.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Metal bracelet
  • Electrical tape
  • Ground wire
  • Alligator clip
  • 1-megohm resistor
  • Copper wire

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wrap a piece of copper wire around the metal bracelet. Cut off the excess. Fasten the resistor to an end of the copper wire, securing it with electrical tape.

  2. 2

    Fasten the ground wire to remaining end of the copper wire, secure it with electrical tape.

  3. 3

    Secure the ground wire to the resistor with electrical tape. Fasten the remaining end of the ground wire to the alligator clip, securing it with electrical tape.

Tips and warnings

  • Place the metal bracelet around your wrist and secure the alligator clip to an unpainted computer component before beginning any work.

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