Is there a way I can ground myself with a battery?
I have nothing in the house that connects directly to the ground while working with computer parts, except maybe the kitchen/bathroom water pipes.
From what I understand the Earth,the planet, has a negative charge, and I was wondering if I could emulate that with a battery and some other electrical components. Do you guys know if there is a way to do it?
The problem is, when you are taking them apart and putting the components back. Since there are many components, you have to set them down on something and while you do that there is a chance that through your movements a charge will be built up, and when you pick them up again the discharge is so small you won't feel it, but your ram definitely will. And I would rather not fuck around with the sockets, since a little mistake might fuck me over badly.
Leave the power supply off at the computer and the wall but leave it plugged in. That will keep the computer frame grounded, and then just always keep in contact with the frame using a wrist strap or something. Batteries dont have a ground, they gave a quasi ground.
Dont work on carpet, work on wood or tiles, and try to use antistatic bags where applicable (only the inside of the bag is esd safe, dont just put it on the bag)
any ram stick these days is covered with plastic, if you hold it at the plastic there's literally 0 chance of any electrostatic discharge happening
>grounding yourself with a battery
kek'd even harder
Just sit at a table and keep your feet off the carpet.
Or the kitchen tile floor.
Wear minimal clothes, or none, youll get more comfortable with your new build, icebreaker for all the porn itll see you watching.
Touch the case or table leg before touching the computer parts.
but seriously, ive never "grounded" myself working on a build.
youd have to slide your socked feet cross the carpet for a month to build up another energy.
i did this to my brother and now im a single child.
>From what I understand the Earth,the planet, has a negative charge, and I was wondering if I could emulate that with a battery and some other electrical components.
Are you for real?
Anyway just connect yourself to a metal part of the case if you must, not that it's really necessary.
You're missing the whole point of grounding. You don't need to connect to actual ground. You just have to be at the same potential as the parts you're working with. If you have a ground like that in the picture, connect it to the computer's frame, and place any components on an insulated surface if you ned to put them down (like a wooden desk).
Honestly though, all you really need to do is touch the frame to equalize before you start grabbing at sensitive bits. And as others have suggested, don't wear clothes that generate a lot of static when you move, I guess.
This. Also, unless you're using ICs from the 1980s, I wouldn't worry about it. The only reason ESD protection is used in big manufacturing operations is because it's less cosly to implement than it is to front the cost of 1 failure in 15000 units or so.
The risk is tiny with modern chip design, and if one does fail, claim warranty.
Shout out to all the retards who fell for the meme/ financial scheme that is this bracelet. Seriously anyone who knows anything about how electronics actually work will tell you that you're a fucking idiot for believing in this.
I recently worked on a build for a family member while wearing the fuzziest sweatpants and socks I could find (on carpet) and when I finished the graphics card wasn't being recognized, he contacted our IT friend and he said "HE DEFINITELY BROKE YOUR GPU BY ZAPPING IT." In reality, the power supply wasn't enough for the build and the issue was immediately resolved after replacing it, once again proving that IT is a financial as well as an intellectual sinkhole of a degree. If you fall for the grounding meme, kill yourself.
No. He's not worried about current going through his body (and he's dealing with 12 V max anyway). He's touching de-energized computer parts, not working on live 120 VDC industrial relays with possible ground connections. All that matters is that his hands and the parts are at similar potentials.
I once fried a FPGA with a static discharge from my hand. Once. And I had to work hard to accomplish that.
Take a copper coin shaped whatsit and fix it in your shoe where you'd being standing on it on your kidney 1 acupressure point.
Take a wire from that plate and lead it out of your shoe on onto the bottom of your shoe. For good measure fix some copper whatsits on the bottom of your shoe connected to the foot point by said wire.
Congrats, you can ground through your shoes... maybe... es okay.
You can make grounding pads for indoors too. But follow the instructions. Sometimes you're playing with electricity, eh?
You can always walk around barefoot.
You don't actually have to ground. The problem is that occasionally, as you move around, you pick up a few spare electrons from the environment, usually from carpet or socks or something. When you touch metal, like some of the exposed metal of your computer parts, the electrons will jump to the metal to normalize the charge. To remove these spare electrons, simple touch any unpainted metal surface just prior to touching your computer. The larger the better. You have a long metal broom handle? Perfect. A large metal frame on your desk/furniture? Good. Large metal objects are good conductors and have a lot of room for spare electrons. Smaller metal objects will get saturated more quickly, and painted metal is insulated.
Usually, your computer case will work. Normally you need to find an unpainted screw through, because the case is almost always painted
>Shout out to all the retards who fell for the meme/ financial scheme that is this bracelet.
How could it be a financial scheme when the things cost like 50 cents from China
come on now
These statements are correct and i could not have written them better myself
My take on this is that these ESD bands are overated, at least when it comes to consumer electronics.
The only time i ever been subjected to them is when something called a SIM (dunno really what it does buts its a PCB in some kind of a metal enclosure) needs to be added or replaced at a nuclear facility
I guess then its better to be safe than sorry