Ed Oscuro wrote:
Anti-static bubble bags are ok if you can afford them.
If you can't afford them you have no business buying PCBs, or pizza, or beers.
Well, I appreciate your defense of PCBs, which aren't being made anymore and should be protected from careless owners.
However, consider that there is in fact an alternative
to the anti-static bubble bag. A careful inspection of the post you alluded to above reveals this ancient secret, in the form of the anti-static non-bubble
bag (alternatively "non-bubbled," "bubble-less," "bubble free" after 1960s reactionaries and revanchist thought, and "bubble-bereft")
The rare technology of the non-bubble bag dates to prehistoric times, and is mostly employed for making cheese, carrying wine through deserts, and keeping sand from between toes (and I think we could all benefit from careful application of anti-sand-irritation techniques), hence the apparent obscurity
of the old technology in relation to postwar bubble bags. But, used correctly, careful testing demonstrates that non-bubble anti-static bags are at least 100% effective
at protecting the contents from dust and static, and general oldness in situations when your house is not rocking about from earth tremors, in which circumstances I would question why selecting a storage material for PCBs is top on one's list of priorities.
If you are rushing into an earthquake zone to rescue PCBs, or giant worms are emerging from the earth to eat everybody who approaches the last arcade with a running PCB of the rare arcade releases of DOOM II
or Major Stryker
, rest assured that with proper handling a flat-sided, non-bubbled anti-static bag will protect those PCBs just as well as bubbled anti-static bags, especially if you have an appropriate thin box handy.
As we say in the Tremors Arcade Salvage Corps: Preparation is everything. And knowing is half the battle.