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February 14, 2012 9:01:25 AM

is there any point to also having an anti static mat when you have an anti static wrist band?

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February 14, 2012 10:35:36 AM

It depends on what the surface is you are working on and whether it is prone to static buildup. A mat can never hurt anyway.
February 14, 2012 11:30:14 AM

aye but as long as i'm not working on carpet the wrist band on its own should suffice right?
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February 14, 2012 11:51:25 AM

if you're not working on a carpet the wristband itself should be fine:) 
February 14, 2012 12:28:44 PM

saucepaws said:
aye but as long as i'm not working on carpet the wrist band on its own should suffice right?


Some plastic laminate tabletops can be a bit touchy as well. I have used ordinary bath towels on table tops mainly to keep from scratching the tables. As long as you are not doing anything to generate static, you'll be fine.
February 14, 2012 12:47:23 PM

nice, thanks for the info guys :) 
February 14, 2012 12:54:11 PM

If the Anti-static mat is properly grounded, it's better to use that when dealing with boards that may store a lot of charge, aka a power supply. You don't want to be a part of the path when their caps suddenly discharge.
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