Inexpensive alternative to anti-static bags

Adaptec Aha-2940uw wide ultra scsi (pci)
June 12, 2010 at 01:00:17
Specs: Windows XP
I wonder about any safe alternative to static bags, for the storage or shipping of internal computer/electronic components.

Most any of us would know that things like the Power Supply, cables, or other obvious parts are not sensitive at all. But I speak of CPU's, RAM, drives (HDD at least), any any form of PCB.

Of course I know that free or inexpensive static bags are about the only absolutely proven choice. But there are times when you need to temporarily store (or maybe even ship) IC's (micro-chips, like CPU) or PCB's (printed circuit boards, like a M.B., cards, or RAM) in a hurry. And you just may not have any static bags around.

Now I know that: aluminum foil, plastic wrap, plastic bags, zip-lock bags, cardboard, and some others are all bad ideas.

So is there any safe alternative at all ? No-one said yea or nea to paper. How about wrapping a PCI card in news-paper; that's often available.

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June 12, 2010 at 15:02:48
There are two aspects of esd protection. One is surface voltage protection and second is pass through protection. A simple bag is esd surface. A static shield protects against pass though harm.

Most plain paper is fair for esd. Not all and not printed. Some prints have lead in them still.

Static safe bags can't be that much. I'd guess the second best choice might be to wrap in plain paper and then cover with aluminum foil.

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June 12, 2010 at 16:10:00
When shipping hardware back for warranty work you must ship it like they instruct or you will have problems.

If selling on ebay or similar and you don't use the proper protection you leave vulnerable to refund or replacement if the buyer claims the part was DOA and you didn't use approved shipping packaging.

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June 14, 2010 at 09:36:08
Anti-static bags were designed to minimize the danger of static discharge. They work. Plain paper bags may work most of the time - but not always. If you use non-approved methods you are risking component damage. You would also look unprofessional which would damage your reputation. It seems to me the dangers are too great to risk.

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June 14, 2010 at 10:00:45
I save all the boxes and bags I get with each part I get. The idea being for warrenties. I send the part back just like I got it. When I dispose of a part I throw out its box but save the bag anyway for storage. Although that really makes no sence as I still have the box and bag for the part I am going to store. I am just no help at all here sorry. The only parts I have shipped have all been in their original packaging.

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