# Are all pink bags anti static?

I was shipped a USB dongle in a small pink baggie. If it's an anti-static bag I would love to re-use it. How sure can I be that it is, and is there a way to test it?

• Usually the pink ones are only dissipative – PlasmaHH Feb 19 '16 at 14:07
• See EEVblog #247 - Anti Static Bag Myth Revisted for a full discussion about about how bags work. In a nutshell, a pink bag won't generate static charges, but it will NOT protect against external charges. – Dave Tweed Feb 19 '16 at 15:20
• Pink is dissipative & VERY quickly loses its ability to protect static-sentitive devices. DO NOT USE PINK BAGS – JonRB Feb 19 '16 at 18:04
• I was under the impression that the pink bags are "anti-static" in the sense that they don't generate static electricity. If you want real anti-static (static-shielding) bags you really need the good silver-colored ones. EDIT: I just noticed that Dave Tweed already said this.... – DerStrom8 Feb 19 '16 at 18:13

If you ask the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) then 'No'. Pink PP bags have a very thin layer of "ESD" coating that is easy to rub off, and then your left with plastic which isn't good. At a place I worked we could only use them for shipping and then never again.

I'll quote the document (if that link goes down you could probably find it here):

From Standard: Electrostatic Discharge Control (JPL-D1348_Rev_F)

If you try and test it with a multimeter you may be rubbing the layer off.

2.3.30 Pink-Polyethylene (pink-poly)

The use of pink-poly bags, film, bubble-wrap or foam near any ESDS item or within an ESD protected area is prohibited. Pink-poly provides little protection against ESD events and voltage fields and is a contamination source. The preferred alternative is the metalized static-shielding bag.

Try hooking alligator clips & multimeter leads to the bag.

Good anti-static bags should have some measurable conductivity (i.e. resistance less than infinity/err on your meter).

• Have you actually tried this? What kind of values did you get? I'm not getting anything even on the 20 Mohm settings on my meters, while testing a range of anti-static bags from different suppliers. – pipe Feb 19 '16 at 15:10
• I don't have any handy right now, but have gotten reading of several Kohm in the past, from closely spaced leads/clips. Also, @DaveTweed posted a youTub vid where the (annoying) narrator demonstrates exactly this with a 'mylar' metallized esd bag. – Robherc KV5ROB Feb 19 '16 at 15:44
• The mylar bags and the black conductive ESD foam will read some resistance on a multimeter. The pink bags have a static dissipative coating, but in my experience it's not conductive to the point where you could measure a resistance on an ohmmeter. – John D Feb 19 '16 at 15:52
• For what it's worth, I checked some pink foam and the conductivity was less than 0.1nS, so more than 10G$\Omega$ – Spehro Pefhany Feb 19 '16 at 16:12