Lazer3D and Static Discharge

Discussion in 'General' started by lunarian, Mar 14, 2019 at 7:36 AM.

  1. lunarian

    lunarian Case Bender
    Thread Starter

    So I recently built a PC with the Lazer3D casing. I want this to be my travel gaming PC and so I purchased a hardcase for the PC with prescorched foam. I'm wondering because the Lazer3D is made of acrylic, that it lacks the proper "Faraday Cage" effect. The only reason I'm concerned is that there is a reasonable amount of static electricity inside of this hardcase due to the foam that was included. I'm not sure what options I have available to protect the PC from static discharge. Anyone have any thoughts?
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  2. Windfall

    Windfall SFF Guru
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    I wouldn't think it would be an issue, especially if you're using a grounded PSU. I can think of two people who would have more experience though.

    I would think that the metal standoffs would conduct the static, and the solder around the mounting holes on mobos is often for grounding, so it SHOULD just go into the psu and back into the wall in theory.

    I could be very wrong, though.

    @Thehack Is this an issue? (I basically ping you for every electrical thing don't I? XD)

    @K888D Have you had any issues with this, or have there been any reports of it?
  3. Thehack

    Thehack Shrink Way Wielder
    Bronze Supporter Creator

    The foam shouldn't build up static though. You generally get static from rubbing two insulators. It is only charged due to the manufacturing process likely. You can discharge it by placing it in a humid environment.

    Generally the damage comes from a direct static discharge, since the charged part won't come in contact with any internal components this is unlikely.

    But if the application requires it, you can wrap the case with antistatic foam/bag or replace the foam with anti static foam types.

    Anti static stuff is essentially a semi conductive material. It is a little conductive so that it can discharge but not so conductive that it'll cause static.
  4. K888D

    K888D SFF Guru
    Bronze Supporter Lazer3D

    I've built quite a few PC's into acrylic cases and haven't experienced any issues from static charge. I have a few Lazer3D cases being used in my workshop and few at home for various duties and have yet to have any component issues. I've also not received any reports from customers regarding this up to this point.

    I hope that helps.
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  5. lunarian

    lunarian Case Bender
    Thread Starter

    Ok! Thanks for all the quick responses! I appreciate it! I think I’m just overworried. First time I built a PC.
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  6. Valantar

    Valantar Cable-Tie Ninja

    Wouldn't inserting and removing an acrylic case from a tight-fitting foam cutout (and it shifting during transportation) qualify as "rubbing two insulators"?

    Still, I wouldn't worry much - after all, it'd take some pretty extreme static to spark through the acrylic and into a component, and all all outside-accessible parts (I/O shield, GPU brackets, standoffs/screws etc) are supposed to be grounded, meaning any discharge into them ought to dissipate through the ground plane of the system, even when not connected to power and not overload any one component. Of course this is far riskier than the same happening when actually being grounded, but it should minimize risk still. Of course, covering the case in an antistatic bag or replacing the foam with antistatic foam would negate this entirely.
  7. Thehack

    Thehack Shrink Way Wielder
    Bronze Supporter Creator

    Not really. It hardly moves. Especially if the foam is nice and tight as it should be for transport.