Just to follow-up to say that these $7 ground plug adapters are GREAT. On the one hand I agree that $7 is a lot of dosh for a small piece of plastic with onely one metal prong -- on the other hand (as I mentioned to zeeglen) they are a one-time buy that will last me the rest of my life.
I was using them last weekend to ground my wristband and antistatic mat -- and they are SO MUCH BETTER than the dorking around I was doing before (happy dance)
@Sanjib: Wow!!This is a cool little gadget!! Really appreciate the idea!
It really is, although the ~$7 is a complete rip-off for something that can cost only a fraction of a dollar to make -- but it really does work perfectly for what I want, and it (well, "they" because I bought two) are a one-time buy that should last me the rest of my life ... so what the heck :-)
@zeeglen: When breadboarding it can help to do all your work on a new cookie baking sheet. The raised edges keep small parts contained within your work area, and since your wrists can rest on the raised edges everything is at the same potential as the worker.
This is really good advice -- especially for younger people -- I have a young lad in mind (a friend's grandson) who is just starting to play with the Arduino -- his family doesn't have much money, so splashing out on earth straps and pads and those banana-to-power adapters would be out of his range -- also teaching him the discipline to use them correctly would be problamatic -- but the cookie sheet idea woudl be perfect for him -- I'll tell him when I see him next week.
When breadboarding it can help to do all your work on a new cookie baking sheet. The raised edges keep small parts contained within your work area, and since your wrists can rest on the raised edges everything is at the same potential as the worker. Just be sure to touch the cookie sheet first when starting a session, and maintain contact with the cookie sheet.