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Anything related to static electricity, i.e. the physical phenomenon in which electric charges accumulates on objects even in absence of a steady current flow. Do NOT use for questions about electronics in a state of equilibrium (i.e. as opposed to transient or dynamic behavior).

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Can air itself be theoretically considered as a (very poor) wireless ESD grounding strap?

There are many kinds of questionable ESD wriststraps available which claim to provide ESD protection "wirelessly". When asked about how exactly they work, they cite dubious claims about ...
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If a shipboard antenna isn't "grounded" to the water on a fiberglass-hulled boat, would using the radio (TX or RX) attract more lightning?

Because of my poor understanding of the interaction between static and flowing electrical charge, I don't trust my intuition about the answer to this question. Essentially I'm asking if there could be ...
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A question about transient voltage supression

I am a programmer that often ends up testing electronics while testing my code. I've seen the following happen a few times, and when I asked my EE about it the other day he just kinda shrugged and ...
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Why am I seeing a signal on a shorted differential probe?

I am chasing the cause of some weird microcontroller resetting behaviour in a prototype robot. As part of the debugging, I decided to look at the stability of the power supply for the MCU. I soldered ...
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ESD diode current specification

I'm using this ESD diode for an Ethernet application. The clamping voltages and the working voltage values are satisfied. But I am not sure about the current values. The minimum peak current is given ...
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Can network equipment handle 3 VAC going into an Ethernet port?

Bottom-line up-front question: I'm wiring my house for Cat6 Ethernet. Can I harm networking equipment if the equipment receives 3 V of AC voltage on any of the Ethernet pins with respect to ground? ...
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How to eliminate static from 3200 sq foot synthetic skating rink? [closed]

Because of high costs, I changed from a real ice rink to a synthetic rink last winter. For the summer, instead of ice skating, I'm using the synthetic "ice" for roller skating. The skates ...
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Do static generators maintain a constant voltage at the terminals?

Do static generators maintain the terminal voltage constant like a synchronous generator does? If not, are they at constant current? With static generator I mean photovoltaic systems connected to the ...
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How to get a static generator starting from a synchronous one?

I want to model a static generator (a photovoltaic one) inside a simulation tool. This simulation tool has no static generator (it is quite new and not user friendly). My idea was to model a ...
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Sustainable packaging for electronics and PCBs [closed]

As an electronics engineer, I design and have lots of PCBs contract manufactured. Every supplier I have ever used will always use packaging materials like PE foam pouches and bubble wrap. Some use the ...
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How to make an anti-static vacuum cleaner?

I heard that vacuum cleaners are dangerous to use near electronic components because they build up static, and apparently, even modern components are so extremely vulnerable to static that merely ...
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Grounding for working with electrostatic-sensitive devices

I'm planning one of my first electronics projects beyond basic repair soldering (it's a small pre-amplifier for a contact microphone). So I've got some JFETs and other pieces and would like to put ...
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ESD damage to old system [closed]

I was doing a capacitor check on an old xbox motherboard. I always knew that you could damage a motherboard by touch but at the time either my mindset was off or overconfident in its supposed rarity. ...
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Static charge behavior (in ref to Grob's Basic Electronics book, 13th Ed, p33)

I have a question pertaining to the aforementioned book in a section titled "Potential between Different Charges". The paragraph goes as follows: When one charge is different from the ...
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What keeps frying my RF switches?

Short version: What might be breaking the first sensitive component connected to an ungrounded 14cm UHF dipole antenna mounted 30' above the ground? Could it be related to static electricity? I have ...
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Protect ESP32 GPIO from ESD events, resets on inputs!

I'm working on a product that uses the ESP32 WROOM module. There are 6 exposed pins that user can touch, shown by the header attached. There is a piece of plastic that slides across a plastic ...
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How to get static on CRT screen instead of black screen?

The TV in question is a Sony Trinitron KV-14M1D CRT. I know it sounds backwards but I need the screen to show white noise for a project (oscillograph); but there seems to be a static block that ...
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Theory Question: Speakers don't work unless I poke soldered points with screwdriver

In case you couldn't tell by the title, I don't really have any idea what I'm doing with electronics. Something happened though, and I am really curious about it. Don't know how to ask it specifically,...
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Static shielding bags for PCB protection

As I understand it, metallic static shielding bags act as a Faraday Cage once sealed which protects the contents against external electrostatic discharges. They also prevent triboelectric charge ...
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In an isolation transformer, to what is the electrostatic shield winding attached?

In the following diagram of an isolation transformer, found on Wikipedia here for the diagram and also here for the definition of Isolation Transformer, there is a special winding in between the ...
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What "mode" is static electricity (lightning?) Is it common-mode, differential-mode? It seems half-way, or "mono"

The common-mode or differential-mode designations assume two conductors, one in-phase, the other anti-phase, but a static circuit is different because the "conductor" is concentrated in thin ...
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Is a loose psu plugged into a three prong outlet but off a good thing to clip to an esd mat aligator clip?

I bought an anti static mat, ifixit portable, so I wear the wrist strap, clip it to the mat, the ground wire that came with the mat clips the the mat the other aligator clip clips to the grill of a ...
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How real an issue is static for hobbyists (Arduino etc.) for parts storage?

The parts I buy come in all kinds of packaging: Here we have a USB charger in a basic anti-static bag, Kapton tape and MOSFETs in ESD bags and a small development board in a plain plastic bag. I'm ...
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ESD Capacitor Calculation, 330Ohm Series Resistor and ESD Clamp Voltage

I have a input power filter circuit. It has ESD Protection capacitors which help to protect the downstream circuit from ESD Pulses. ESD Capacitors Specifications : C0001, C0002, C0003, C0004 = 47nF, ...
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How bad are dusters on PCBs?

There are 3 types of dusters that I know of: Microfibre Electrostatic Vehicular AFAIK, the microfibre variant relies more on contact with dust than on electrostatic attraction, unlike the ...
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Can static be discharged when removing sensitive electronics from a static shielding bag while you and the bag are at the same voltage?

Suppose you have a static/ESD shielding grey bag housing electronics sensitive to ESD. I believe that this type of bag has a static dissipative surface and a conductor on the inside serving as a ...
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If antennae work best at full, half or quarter wavelengths, why don't received signals at 1, 1/2 and 1/4 wavelengths interfere with each other?

How does a simple radio receiver-antenna differentiate between incoming wavelengths that are the same wavelength as the antenna, one-half and one-quarter? Or would I just hear static unless I have a ...
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Would the static charge from a silicone work mat be dissipated by an ESD mat if placed on top of it?

I know the proper rubber mats that are both ESD safe and heat resistant are quite expensive, and definitely out of the price range of a beginner hobbyist like me. I have also read that the silicone ...
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Is it Possible to Static Test With a Barbecue Lighter?

I'm working on an issue with a product where it freezes due to static shocks. I'm trying to recreate the issue and harden the product, but I don't have a real static testing wand like the test labs ...
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Are ESD safe tools necessary with proper setup?

My current setup is an ESD mat and ESD wristband both connected via alligator clips to unpainted screws that are screwed into a secondary PC power supply (not mounted in a PC case.) This power supply ...
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Grounding Yourself When Working On Electronics

I was wanting to discuss if using a wrist strap connected to a in unpainted screw on a pc power supply (this screw is a mounting screw it is not touching anything inside the power supply) that is not ...
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Static electricity when touching any metal after power down

I have a PC connected to a couple of devices via a serial port. The item labelled "COM" is a simple manual serial port switcher that requires no power. The item labelled "Rad" is a radio module ...
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Optimal Grounding for a PVC Dust Collection System?

It is common in woodworking (A hobby of mine) to make a dust collection system (Basically a tube hooked up to a vacuum to carry away dust created from automatic woodworking tools) out of PVC. We'll ...
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If two objects are grounded, why do they still need to be bonded? And if they are bonded, why does each still need to be grounded? (fire safety)

When transferring a flammable liquid, both the container and the receptacle are supposed to be grounded and bonded. If they are both grounded, shouldn't the change on each be equal to ground? And if ...
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How does this electrostatic generator operate?

I'm trying to understand how this piezoelectric static generator works. I've found this video and I would love for someone to explain to me the operation of this device, and maybe assist me with a ...
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Can leakage current to ground generate static electricity?

I'm having a weird issue at my workplace where some industrial equipment is present. Almost every time I leave my laptop (with grounded aluminum body) for a while and come back I will get a quite ...
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Static noise when electric guitar plugged into amp

I have an Epiphone Wilshire that is producing a "static" sounding noise when plugged into an amp. I removed the cover plate and found a loose, black wire (ground?). It looks like the wire is connected ...
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Flooring for home lab

I am setting up a home electronics lab for projects with my kids, currently ages 4 through 10. What type of flooring would work best? We will be doing art projects in the same room, so we need ...
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How is this copper showpiece making static electricity

I'm trying to make a showpiece which generate static electricity just like in this YouTube video LINK Does it have Tesla Coil (Slayer Exciter) inside it or Negative Ion Generator?
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What is the smallest metal object you can ground yourself with?

Say I am installing a new CPU in my desktop motherboard and I am interested in grounding myself (by touch or one of those nifty bracelets) to avoid damaging my components. What is the nature of ...
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Usage Of Static Electricity To Remove Dust?

If I have a fine metal mesh -- say a stainless steel mesh at 50 micron, and I'm having dust build up on it, can I use static electricity to remove the dust? I have another mesh that's 500 micron, and ...
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Can a grounded static-shielding antistatic bag be used as a circuitry work surface to protect from ESD?

Basically, I have looked around about how to take proper care with respect to ESD and I am quite confused. I know an antistatic bag of any type would not provide additional protection from ESD if used ...
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why dont we just use ion wind flowing through evacuated pipes?

Why dont we just use ion wind flowing through evacuated pipes? I ask this because if we reduced the atmospheric pressure in the pipes somewhat, and made them out of a cheap yet durable insulating ...
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Calculate current of resistor with Norton's Theorem

I have a problem with the following circuit: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab I have to calculate the following data using Norton's theorem: \$R_n\$ \$A_n\$ \$I_{...
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Why do I get terrible static in my phone mic / recording when my phone is charging from the mains? [closed]

I live in an apartment block in the UK. When I record my voice into my phone's voice app when the phone is charging from the mains, I get a terrible constant static sound that is not present when the ...
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How does static dissipative foam work?

I am planning to build a grip-release sensor using the foam. I'm pretty interested in the way it works. Does the resistance in circuit increase or decrease when force is applied onto it? And this will ...
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Anti-Static Soldering Mat - Makes hair stand on end?

I bought this (supposedly) anti-static soldering mat, because I was ruining my standard ESD mat when I would go to reflow things. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06X97Y379/ref=...
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Could sliding down a slide damage my camera? [closed]

Specifically one of those plastic spiral slides - I was at the playground with my children yesterday and when we went down the slide there was enough static generated to stick our hair on end. Of ...
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Static Timing Analysis for I2C

Could Anybody help in getting started on I2C signal Static Timing Analysis. I just wanted to start with 1 single master slave combination. I have MPC8343EA as Master and TMP100 as slave. I know the ...
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Voltage divider to measure Van De Graaff generator

Imagine one wanted to measure the discharge from a Van De Graaff generator using an oscilloscope. The voltages are way beyond what a typical scope and probes can handle. I was thinking about how a ...
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