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Old 21st September 2006, 01:22 AM   #1
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Question antistatic storage box for IC chips.

Hi all. I was wondering if any of you know where I can get antistatic storage box for my IC chips in the USA. RS components have them but they're based in Singapore and shipping alone is $44 USD. Thanks.
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Old 21st September 2006, 02:25 AM   #2
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Another cheap option is to wrap the chip with tin foil. Cheap and effective.
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Old 21st September 2006, 02:47 AM   #3
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Here's my 2 cents (or less)- I use these plastic boxes for all my parts. Go to local hardware store, look in fishing section or storage section. Keep chips in antistatic bag/foam if you want, but I think the antistatic caution is a little overstated (except if you work on the space shuttle or make lifesaving medical equipment while running back and forth on thick carpet and in low humidty).
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Old 21st September 2006, 10:59 AM   #4
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RS components have them but they're based in Singapore and shipping alone is $44 USD. Thanks.
No, they are part of a worlwide group and their HQ is in the UK.
Then there is Digi-Key.
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I bought a huge 3ft wide roll of antistatic foam from Newark, which cost $10-$20ish. I cut rectangles of foam off it, shove chips in it, then put the chips in a drawer.
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Thanks all.
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Old 21st September 2006, 07:35 PM   #7
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rfbrw, looks like the links you provided do not carry any antistatic storage. I was refering to RS components, but your link is to RS electronics which is not the same company - at least according to the representative when I called them on the phone.

I'm looking for something like this:

http://www.rs-export.com/cgi-bin/bv/...gxie&Nr=avl:gx

Anyone seen anything like this in the USA?
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RS Components Ltd UK Office. Bottom of the page click on worldwide
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Old 21st September 2006, 09:54 PM   #9
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Normal plastic box, lined with aluminium foil.
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Old 21st September 2006, 10:21 PM   #10
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rip off though...

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I would use a regular box and put squares of black or pink anti-stat foam in the bottom.

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oops! yeah what gmarsh said!
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