Wrist strap

Antistatic or ESD wrist strapAlternatively referred to as an antistatic strap or antistatic wrist strap, a wrist strap is a strap that wraps around your wrist like a bracelet with a cord that attaches to the computer. The wrist strap keeps the user grounded, which helps prevent electrostatic damage to a computer or any other electrostatic sensitive device. The picture shows a wrist strap with detachable strap around a wrist.

There are also some anti-static wristbands that work by using a battery in the wristband to create a ground. It does not connect to the computer or antistatic mat in this case since the battery power provides the same grounding as a wired wrist strap.

How to use a wrist strap

Place your wrist in the strap and attach the other end (often using the alligator clip) to a non-painted metal portion of the computer case, antistatic mat, or antistatic workbench. While working on the computer or other electrostatic sensitive device the wrist strap should remain on your wrist.

Related pages

  • See our ESD page for all ways of protecting your computer from ElectroStatic Discharge.
  • See our tools definition for a listing of other computer related tools.

Also see: Antistatic device, Antistatic mat, Electronics terms, Grounding