It’s not uncommon that while working with a laptop you might accidentally touch the aluminium casing or rub your hand on it while typing on the keyboard.
These are some of the things which can easily cause shock between you and your computer. To avoid this, it is very important for you to wear an anti-static wrist strap when working with your laptop.
Wearing a wrist strap is not only for personal safety but also to prevent damage to the electronic components inside your laptop.
In this Guide, I will show you how to use anti static wrist strap laptop.
First thing first.
What is an Anti-static Wrist Strap?
An anti-static wrist strap is a device that you usually use to ground yourself while working on the electronics. In simple terms, it helps in avoiding electric shock.
It’s made up of special conductive fabric or material which will help the user to avoid any electrical current when removed by touching some grounded object.
How to Use Anti static Wrist Strap Laptop?
It’s very simple to use an anti-static wrist strap laptop.
Once you have put on the strap around your wrist, its ends should be attached to a grounded object using alligator clips or screws that will hold them in place.
You can attach either one side or both sides of the strap depending on where you are using it.
Since most laptops have a hole in their case, you can easily screw it to the hole and attach one side of the strap to that point.
Then attach the other end of the strap with another grounded object like any metal part of your desk or table.
The best way however is to wear the strap while using your laptop and attach one end of it to the metal part on the bottom while using your laptop.
This will allow you to use both your hands while typing for a longer period of time without worrying about any sudden electric shock.
It also helps in avoiding static electricity and keeps you and your device safe.
Grounding Pin Method for Antistatic Wrist Strap:
If you don’t have an anti-static wrist strap or it is not working properly, there is another simple method that you can use to ground yourself.
To do this you need to attach a grounding clip with any bare metal part of your laptop’s case. You must have come across the grounding pins on the laptops but they are usually covered with a metallic sticker which you need to peel off.
Then take an alligator clip and attach it to the grounding pin and the other ends of the alligator clip should be attached to any metal part on your desk or table.
It’s best if you conduct a test for confirming that your anti-static wrist strap or grounding pin method is working properly.
You can do this simple test by placing either one hand or both hands above the running laptop and then touching its case.
If you don’t feel any shock when removing them from the case, your anti-static wrist strap or grounding pin method is working fine.
Another way to confirm this is by checking whether the small LED light in front of your laptop has turned on or not. If it has turned ON, your anti-static wrist strap or grounding pin method is working fine.
**Please note that you must be very careful when using an anti-static wrist strap or grounding pin if you have a pacemaker or other medical device inside your body.
In this case, please consult a doctor before using the anti-static wrist strap to avoid injury or damage.
Steps to Use Anti Static Wrist Strap Laptop:
- Plug the Male Side of the anti-static Wrist Strap into the Female Port on Your Laptop
If there is no such port on your computer then you should try an outlet before plugging it into a USB port.
Ideally, you should use the port which is designated for USB devices. For example, the port located on the left side of your keyboard consists of 4 pins instead of 2.
- Connect the Female Side of the Wrist Strap to Your Wrist
After connecting the male to the female side of the wrist strap, the next step is to connect the female end of the anti-static wrist strap into your wrist.
The proper way in which you should wear an anti-static wrist strap is exactly the opposite of a regular watch.
After wearing it once you will definitely know how to wear this kind of strap properly in future as well.
Once you have plugged the anti-static wrist strap in your laptop, connect the female side of it to your wrist.
Make sure you hold this end a little bit away from the body of the laptop while connecting it to your wrist.
Note that if your computer is turned on then its best to unplug both ends of the anti-static wrist strap
Next, connect the female end of the anti-static wrist strap to your wrist. Make sure that it fits snugly on your wrist.
In this position, you will not feel uncomfortable when working with the computer.
Also, note that if your laptop is turned on then make sure to unplug both ends of the anti-static wrist strap from those respective ports before connecting it to your wrist.
When Should You not Wear a Ground Wrist Strap?
There are some situations where you should not wear a ground wrist strap. You should not wear it if:
- You have a pacemaker or other medical devices.
- If you’re working with any high voltage and there is a chance of electric shock (like for example, an electrical substation), then wearing this wrist strap can be dangerous for you.
- If there is a very high chance of being exposed to electric shock, then do not wear this anti-static wrist strap.
Test For Proper Warming
Before working with a laptop, you need to ensure that the anti-static wrist strap is working properly.
For this purpose, you should conduct a simple test by placing either one of your hands or both of your hands above the running laptop.
If you do not feel any shock when removing them from the laptop’s case then this means that your anti-static wrist strap is working fine and there is no need for concern.
Another way to confirm this is by checking whether the LED light in front of your laptop has turned on or not.
If it has turned ON, this means that your anti-static wrist strap is working fine and there is no need for concern.
If everything is fine then you should not feel any electric current passing through you when touching the laptop’s case.
Also, make sure that nothing can interrupt or disturb your connection with the anti-static wrist strap (like for example, a USB cable getting disconnected).
How to Disconnect the Wrist Strap From Laptop And Ground Ports?
When you are done working on your laptop and want to disconnect the anti-static wrist strap from the laptop, make sure that you follow a specific method.
- Unplug the male end of the anti-static wrist strap from a USB port
- Make sure that your laptop’s case is grounded to prevent any accident
- Hold the female end of the anti-static wrist strap from your wrist and remove it from the laptop case
- Disconnect the female end from your wrist as well
Note that you should not disconnect the anti-static wrist strap normally by pulling it out.
This is because if you do so, there is a chance that it might face stress or damage.
Anti-static wrist straps are not only mandatory for laptops but it’s recommended that these should also be used on desktops as well to avoid damaging the electronic components inside them.
I hope this article helped in understanding everything about anti-static wrist straps, their use and how to ensure safety while working on electronic devices.