Contacts case for small parts

Energy & Sustainability Technology
Contacts case for small parts

Here’s something that never would have occurred to me — using old contact lens cases to hold and organize surface-mount and other tiny electronics parts.

Small Parts Tray made from Contact Lens Cases

16 thoughts on “Contacts case for small parts

  1. Arthur says:

    For the most part, every time I visit the eye doctor I’m handed a contacts case that I eventually throw into a drawer. This is a great idea. Thanks for the post.

  2. Josh Kopel says:

    This is an excellent idea!

    Also, empty bottles from contact cleaning solutions are great for holding water to keep your soldering iron sponge wet.

    They are easy to fill if you pop the top off, they have a tiny hole so you can control the amount of water you use, and they have a connected cap so they don’t spil all over when you knock them down (or throw them in your tool box).

  3. Anonymous says:

    How about those week or month long pill trays with all the little boxes. I think they’d work about the same, but they would be connected together and therefore easier to organize.

  4. Matt says:

    I would not store active devices in one, for caps or resistors its fine, but for IC’s and transistors plastic cases can causes ESD damage.

  5. Spikenzie says:

    Sort of like using old mushroom containers to hold parts, see here;

    Also, I just washed some small condiment buckets from Quizno’s, they are good for parts that are medium sized.

  6. japroach says:

    Josh: buy a brass shavings ball, and you will never have to use water again ($3 on DX).

  7. Roofus says:

    I had contacts for a few years (bugged the crap out of me) and it seemed like every visit to get more or get a perscription adjusted I’d come home with one of those containers. After I stopped wearing conacts I quickly realized they’re great for organizing parts especially for temorary storage when I disassemble small electronics.

  8. Roofus says:

    Also old pill bottles work great for holding small fasteners, the lids snap shut securely and you can easily see what’s inside (provided you take the label off.)

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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