Everything You Need to Know About Electrostatic Discharge in One Funny Video


Having worked with electronics through instruments companies or the semiconductor industry most of my professional career, I am keenly aware of the potential impact of a minor static shock on electronics. Static is more technically called ‘electrostatic discharge’ or ESD. From my very first job I was introduced to the concept of grounding straps, anti-stat mats, and on and on. For a great reference on the topic, check out this old magazine article on the impact of ESD on electronics.

When I was learning, there were documents on the impact that talked about the technical impacts of how current and voltage would travel in different systems, how the precautions worked on a schematic level, and so on. But this was even before the time of the CD (let alone MP3), so online video was totally out of the question.

But today there are online training videos for just about everything … including ESD safety. So when I saw a post in one of my electrical engineering forums about ‘everything you need to know about ESD’, I just assumed it was a basic safety video. Instead … it is a hilarious look at what happens when you forget some of the rules while you are trying to explain why they are important. Definitely worth a watch … and it will also teach you something about protecting your electronics!

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Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!