Anti-Static Hand Lotion protects delicate electronics as you work

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I once worked with a man who would build up such a static charge that dot-matrix printers would actually start ejecting paper as he walked by.  I don’t know if anything could make him less lethal to delicate electronic equipment, but this Anti-Static Hand Lotion from Rainbow Technology might work to protect your devices.  Rainbow Technology describes it as: “a non-contaminating hand lotion which contains no lanolin, silicone, or mineral oil to inhibit solderability of printed circuits and components. Leaves no residue on fiber optic splices.”  It has no volatile organic compounds, and it has natural ingredients, including aloe vera, vitamins A and E, and a special blend of moisturizers to soothe and moisten your hands without contaminating your equipment.  It can even improve wrist-strap contact.  It’s designed for professional technicians, but you can order Anti-Static Hand Lotion for your own hobbyist or home tech support use for $3.80 for an 8oz bottle or $45.61 for a case of 12 bottles from Rainbow Technology.

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  • Julie Strietelmeier June 28, 2015, 8:40 am

    I need this for the winter time when touching a light switch will cause a visible (and painful) arc of electricity from my fingertip to the switch.

  • Sandee Cohen June 28, 2015, 8:45 am

    Would this work for the cat who gets shocked during the winter? She comes up to get petted and gets a zap on her nose.

    And who should get the lotion? Her or me?

  • Janet Cloninger June 28, 2015, 10:08 am

    I’d need a vat of the stuff for winter, because I get shocked by everything I touch. I’m not sure it would work for the larger scale shocks like we experience, Julie and Sandee. We may need to do what my friend (who caused dot-matrix printers to spew paper) would do. He actually tied a length of bare copper wire around his ankle to drag on the carpet behind him to try to prevent static build up as he walked.

    My dog tends to shy away from being petted by the end of the winter, Sandee. I think fuzzy animals tend to build up their own charges, which only makes the shock worse for them and us.

    • Julie Strietelmeier June 28, 2015, 10:41 am

      One thing that greatly helped this winter is that we installed a whole house humidifier on our furnace.

  • Andrew Baker June 29, 2015, 10:23 am

    All my work spaces are covered in this

    http://www.amazon.com/Bertech-Static-Temperature-Rubber-Thick/dp/B00HFQQ1NM/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1435587702&sr=8-15&keywords=anti-static+mats

    and then grounded to earth. It’s expensive to I love it, also makes a great surface to work on. Got slight give to it so stuff does not slide around.

    hmm I need more actually.

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