Introduction: Static Shock (absorber) Discharger to Never Get Shocked by Static Again.

Lately I get static shocks a lot. I'm not sure if it is the dry weather, my shoes or my car. Or it might be all of the above.

Every time when I get out of the car and touch something metal I get a terrible static shock. Most of the time it is my car door handle.

Something has to be done!

I couldn't find a solution on Instructables so I had to find my own solution. I thought it might be an idea to discharge myself through a resistor. I tried a 1.5M resistor and it worked perfectly. (other resistors might also work)

I could just bind a 1.5M resistor on my keychain, but I wanted to make something nicer, so that's what I did.

Step 1: You Will Need

materials

  • metal tube
  • plastic tube
  • resistor 1.5M
  • non conductive O-ring

tools

  • metal saw
  • sander
  • solder stuff
  • pliers
  • snips
  • multimeter (optional)

Step 2: The Tubes

  • Find a metal tube that fits the resistor inside. (I used brass)
  • Find a plastic tube that just fits the metal tube. (I have no idea what my plastic tube was in his previous live)
  • Sand (or file) a nice chamfer on one site of the metal tube.
  • Cut it as short as possible while it still is long enough to stay in the plastic tube. (1 cm worked for me)
  • Cut an other piece longer for the back. (2 cm or something like that)

Step 3: Put It Together

  • Cut the plastic tube long enough that it mostly covers the chamfered tube and just the straight tube.
  • Put the O-ring around the resistor.
  • Put the resistor with the long lead towards the chamfered side. (most resistors have leads that are the same side, so than it doesn't matter how you put it)
  • The O-ring should divide the two metal tubes.
  • Snip the wire that sticks out on the chamfered side, flush with the tube.

Step 4: Solder the Resistor

  • Solder the snipped wire to the metal tube. I soldered it with a nice dome for looks.
  • Bent the wire on the other side back into the tube, so you get a ring on the back.
  • Solder the bend wire on the back to the straight tube.
  • (optional) measure if the resistance between the two tubes. It should be 1.5 M

Step 5: Finish It

  • Push the plastic tube over the metal tubes to connect them. You might need glue to keep it stuck.

Now the thingy is finished.

Use it:

  • To use it you hold one side in your hand. (the straight side)
  • You need to touch the metal, but NOT the metal on the chamfered side.
  • Touch something metal with the chamfered side to discharge yourself.
  • Never get shocked again!

Comments

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JeremiahM24 made it! (author)2016-05-13

Could this be worn while working on circuitry to avoid frying it? Like, if I was looking at my motherboard, do you think this would prevent it from being shocked?

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Lenora Benton made it! (author)Lenora Benton2016-06-01

I have a simple solution for you in order to prevent static from interfering adversely, on your motherboard or any other circuitboard, while you work on it. I soldered extensively on circuitboards for hardware security devices years ago. You must ground yourself to prevent transferring static electricity to the board, potentially damaging or blowing up components. I use a metal elastic wrist band with an insulated wire attached. Make the wire long enough to reach to your table or workbench, from a receptacle outlet screw or from an object that is large, stationery, and metal, like a metal desk leg. Attach the one end of the wire to that and place the wristband, with the wire attached, on your wrist: NOW YOU ARE GROUNDED!!

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-06-01

Where can you buy the metal elastic? I don't think that I have ever seen that in the store.

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-05-16

Nope, that's not what this is for.

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ekzGuille made it! (author)2016-05-25

Your idea was great so I decide to make my own Static Shock Absorber.

The metalic parts come from two banana connectors which I sawed and filed to remove edges. I used a 10M Ohm resistor and a basic diode (I took the diode idea from the comments).

The cover was made with silicone in order to isolate the metallic parts.

(Sorry for the bad quality of the images, my mobile phone camera is awful)

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-05-26

Super nice! Thank you for sharing.

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Roamin63 made it! (author)2016-04-22

Keys, coins, and metal jewelry will all absorb the shock so you don't have to.

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electric guy made it! (author)2016-04-18

great idea!
happens to me to I just use my car key and it works for me

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Nitro101 made it! (author)2016-04-17

Solution Fast easy and cheep. Just grab hold of the glass or frame on the car before you exit. The shock will go directly to ground, leaving you unharm.

Caution: don't ever leave a gas pump unattended and go back into your car, you will create another new charge that could sparks the fumes.

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Raphango made it! (author)2016-04-17

Great idea! =D

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-17

Thank you.

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basementmaker made it! (author)2016-04-17

Try a resistor soldered to a diode so if the car door has a static charge it won't go into you.

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morsed2 made it! (author)2016-04-15

WRT shocks, you may want to try living in the desert (ie Las Vegas or Yucca Valley) where the humidity is VERY low, just after some rain a few days ago, the humidity in my room is 33%. I can get static shocks by blinking! The cat comes upto me and KABOOOM! we both jump! When I go into stores these days, I touch the metal part of the door with the back of my hand before opening it, I still jump 10 feet in the air! But like all things we get used to them.

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-16

there should be a startup finding an easy solution for this. Kickstarter anyone?

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LauriS9 made it! (author)2016-04-15

Why would you need a resistor in between? Just use any conductive material to even the potential. Say a paper clip. When the current goes through a larger area you wont feel a thing. Nice build though.

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morsed2 made it! (author)morsed22016-04-15

My I suggest LauriS9, you build 2. One with a resistor and one without.

You will soon find out which one works! One will give you quite a belt (shock!)

(I will give you a hint, it's the one with the resistor!)

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-15

I know for sure that the one with the resistor will not give a shock. That's the one I build.

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LauriS9 made it! (author)LauriS92016-04-16

i suggested the "paperclip" method from my personal experience. im a medical doctor and the doctors coat is polyester/synthetic. so during winter i get these nice pops quite often when touching faucet/running water/patients. so whenever i wanted to wash my hands, i would grab a metal reflex hammer/tuning fork and touch the water with that first. you can se the spark between water and metal. no pain, full gain. (with children i first ground my self to something)

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-16

I really love how everybody is thinking about this subject. I am learning stuff here.

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morsed2 made it! (author)morsed22016-04-16

Ah, Ah! the "paperclip" method is a great one, you still get a minor shock, but as you are grasping a rather large area of metal, the voltage is spread across a larger area, When I used to go to Las Vegas, I would always touch a gambling machine with a quarter ($0.25) before losing it!

I would venture the idea that the pain involved is not so much from the electrical current, but from the local heating that the arc causes.

Hummm. I think I am wrong on that one!

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-15

Are you sure about that? My idea was that the resistor would slow down the discharge.

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morsed2 made it! (author)morsed22016-04-15

I may not use the words 'slow down', the resistor would limit the current, therefore ....
Oops I may be wrong there.

As a person carrying the static voltage i.e. you or me, would be a capacitor, then the higher the resistance the lower the rise time. Lookup RC circuits, for the term TC (Time Constant)

Also you may want lookup Laplace and the Heaviside step function.

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LauriS9 made it! (author)LauriS92016-04-15

täst maybe? i would say the resistor isnt necessery. unless you have a really really *electric* car (please note the clever joke)

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LauriS9 made it! (author)LauriS92016-04-15

*test, sry auto correct

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-15

now I am curious from what country you are?

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-15

I really hate the shocks so I feel a bit reluctant to try it.

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rmycroft2000 made it! (author)rmycroft20002016-04-15

LauriS9 - The resistor is there to allow a slow discharge of the electrical between yourself and the car. If you just use metal the metal will connect you to the car with little resistance and you'll get popped just as if you touched the car directly. If you just use plastic or another insulator the electrical delta between yourself and the car will not discharge and when you finally touch any metal part of the car you will get popped. The 1,5 ohm resistor allows a slow discharge, and your body won't sense the slow discharge.

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-15

That was exactly my theory behind it, but I never tested other theories because the first resistor I used worked. I use a 1.5 MEGA ohm resistor, not 1.5 ohm. It might work with 1.5 ohm, but I thought I needed a really high resistance so I took one from the bottom of my cabinet. I like LaurS9's idea that it is just the surface area of the touch, but again I never tested it. If somebody tries it, let me know.

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morsed2 made it! (author)morsed22016-04-15

It will not work with a 1.5 ohm resistor, the same arguments would apply as did in my other post, except exactly the opposite. I.E. a 1.5 ohm compared to your body resistance would be like a short circuit, or a piece or of ordinary wire.

As long as the resistor is in the Megohm range it will work, without giving you a major shock.

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krazykane made it! (author)2016-04-16

I drive a lot every day and constantly get a large shock every time I get out of my vehicle. My perfect solution is to touch the door on the way out of the suv with my wrist. This works because I wear a silver bracelet. I hear and see the big spark, but no shock to my person. Works great as long as I remember to do it.

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-16

I really did't know that this shock thing is such a big problem.

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pincher22 made it! (author)2016-04-16

I dangle a small chain from the bottom of the car to the road....no static...no shock.

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-16

I know that trick, but it possibly doesn't work with my plastic car. The plastic will probably insulate the chain from the car.

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Yonatan24 made it! (author)2016-04-16

What about first touching it with your fingernail? It thik that should work pretty well too

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rmycroft2000 made it! (author)2016-04-15

Great idea. I hate getting popped as well, which usually happens in the winter when the air is drier allowing greater build up of static electrical charges.

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-15

Exactly. In winter I have it also with some carpets in office buildings. Than you build up the static just by walking around.

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BadAngelZ made it! (author)2016-04-15

Thanks for this great hack ! I will no more been shocked when going by the supermarket trolleys ...

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-15

Yes! It is really great to hear the shock but not feel it :)

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Jordan_5teen made it! (author)2016-04-14

This is awesome! I've been looking for something like this!

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-14

You'r welcome :)

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liquidhandwash made it! (author)2016-04-14

Your getting shocks because the drive belt that runs the power steer, A/C, alternator etc is worn.

You can even get belts that have Anti Static printed on them.

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-14

Thank you for helping me find solutions. The drive belt is not the problem. My car is fully electric and doesn't have a drive belt.
The car has a plastic body, so I am pretty sure that it just build up static that way.

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noahsyn made it! (author)2016-04-14

I like that idea

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-14

Thank you

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Morpheus made it! (author)2016-04-14

I'll try this using shrink tube. Great idea. Thanks.

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-04-14

I thought about shrink tube, but I was afraid that it would be to flexible and the resistor lead would break in time. (and than I found the plastic tube that was perfect and forgot about the heat shrink tube :) )

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