Esd Mouse

A simple and helpful idea – David added a ground contact to his mouse.

I work a lot with ESD sensitive stuff – ICs, transistors and other devices. And that means – if I don’t wanna kill em all I need to discharge often – which is quite annoying. But I happen to work with a computer, and a standard input device – the mouse. Which gave me a nice idea – use the Ground connection of the mouse to discharge me.

Makes a lot of sense for those searching the web for datasheets and identifying ICs often. – ESD removal mouse


    I’d imagine putting a small bolt into the mouse, with a nut and a spade connector on the inside might be a little less… Dangerous than having the end of the wire poking you all the time.

  • Collin Cunningham

    yups – sounds like a more comfortable option. You could also go one further and use a tack with smooth metal cap.

  • Odin84gk

    When you read the article, you will see that he bent the wire to the form of the mouse. I don’t think I would ever feel that.

  • jammit

    Something similar happened to me once. I had a laptop that had a nasty habit of giving me a static charge whenever it was handled. It was probably because of the type of plastic the case used. Sometimes I would accidently discharge through the USB, VGA, touchpad or power jack and cause the darn thing to shut down or reboot. I used some aluminum based tape and covered the palmrest area around the touchpad. The tape wrapped around the top half of the case and was grounded to the system ground. I wanted to add a few megs of resistance to it, but that wasn’t easily done, so I left it directly connected. Arcing over to tape never shut down or rebooted the machine, so I left it as is.

  • daqq

    Actually I don’t feel the wire there at all – I’ve melted it into the plactic abit, and now I don’t feel a thing.

    Note: Will work only if your PC is grounded to the mains – notebooks are a nono.