Disposable metal boxes make excellent shielded enclosures

We completely agree with Maxim/Dallas semiconductor…

“Disposable metal candy boxes, such as those from Altoids, make excellent shielded enclosures for lab tests.

Engineers put extensive effort into designing and constructing lab test circuits which often are left in a drawer, undocumented and vulnerable to damage. The next time the same function is required, either the same engineer or a new engineer builds a new circuit rather than find and analyze the previously built board.

One way to break this wasteful cycle is use the small steel tins in which candies are sold. These boxes, usually about 4″ wide, 2.5″ deep and 0.5″ tall, can easily contain many of the test fixtures. The lids are hinged, allowing easy access to the internal circuits while protecting the same circuits during storage. The steel construction provides both electrical and magnetic shielding.”Link.


  • Altoids and tin cases Archives – Link.
  • iPod nano Altoids Case – Link.
  • Altoids tin survival kit… – Link.
  • Altoids switchbox – Link.
  • Altoids headphone amp – Link.
  • Altoids tin remote control – Link.

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4 thoughts on “Disposable metal boxes make excellent shielded enclosures

  1. Cool! I wrote this about 5 years ago. I must admit it was done many times before me, but I wanted to help spread the good word. I am proud to be submitted, albeit by an anonymous person.

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