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Absolutely, if youyour intention is to have long lasting, less trouble prone, equipment.
Absolutely, if youyour intention is to have long lasting, less trouble prone, equipment.
 
First, the mat and strap are to used when equipment is not energized. The mat is supposed to be impregnated with metal to help dissipate changescharges, if you use energized equipment on the mat, if may lead to injury to yourself or your equipment.
First, the mat and strap are to used when equipment is not energized. The mat is supposed to be impregnated with metal to help dissipate changescharges, if you use energized equipment on the mat, if may lead to injury to yourself or your equipment.
 
Second, the strap should dissipate your charge to ground slowly, and the mat should dissipate any charge on the equipment to ground, again slowly. So, when you touch your equipment, both you and the equipment should be at the same potential, thereby limiting any flow of electricity.
 
I worked on electronics in the Navy for ten years, and they were sticklers for using themmats and straps. They spent large sums of money on the program, and provided microscopic images of the damage cause by ESD during training. Most people cannot see the damage that ESD causes, but everyone that knows electronics uses it. Your CPU comes in a shielded bag, as does your RAM, your Motherboard, GPU, etc... all manufactures recognize its importance. Sure "most" people go without using them, but a $25 mat and strap are small investments for you, why risk it.

P.S. You always hear about people having strange issues with new equipment, DOA equipment, etc... some I am sure are related to ESD damage. Corporations would use it if they didn't think it was necessary, as it adds costs to production.
I worked on electronics in the Navy for ten years, and they were sticklers for using themmats and straps. They spent large sums of money on the program, and provided microscopic images of the damage cause by ESD during training. Most people cannot see the damage that ESD causes, but everyone that knows electronics uses it. Your CPU comes in a shielded bag, as does your RAM, your Motherboard, GPU, etc... all manufactures recognize its importance. Sure "most" people go without using them, but a $25 mat and strap are small investments for you, why risk it.

P.S. You always hear about people having strange issues with new equipment, DOA equipment, etc... some I am sure are related to ESD damage. Corporations would use it if they didn't think it was necessary, as it adds costs to production.

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Original post by: Mike ,

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Absolutely, if you intention is to have long lasting, less trouble prone, equipment.

First, the mat and strap are to used when equipment is not energized.  The mat is supposed to be impregnated with metal to help dissipate changes, if you use energized equipment on the mat, if may lead to injury to yourself or your equipment.

Second, the strap should dissipate your charge to ground slowly, and the mat should dissipate any charge on the equipment to ground, again slowly.  So, when you touch your equipment, both you and the equipment should be at the same potential, thereby limiting any flow of electricity.

I worked on electronics in the Navy for ten years, and they were sticklers for using them.  They spent large sums of money on the program, and provided microscopic images of the damage cause by ESD during training.  Most people cannot see the damage that ESD causes, but everyone that knows electronics uses it.  Your CPU comes in a shielded bag, as does your RAM, your Motherboard, GPU, etc...  all manufactures recognize its importance.

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