I'm wondering if it is safe to run a Raspberry Pi in its antistatic bag for a short while or some long time?

Also what about heat? Is it possible for Pi to melt the antistatic bag its shipped in?

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    Should be fine. See this question.
    – Jivings
    Mar 20, 2013 at 22:59
  • I've got mine pretty confined and it doesn't generate anything beyond "slightly warm" even when stressed. I dunno how conductive antistatic bags are or are not tho...
    – goldilocks
    Mar 20, 2013 at 23:47
  • I suggest something more solid, not for heating but for accidental hits, especially if you plug and unplug cables often like I do. After some months of the antistatic bag and a chocolate box, now I use this case and I had no issue. Hope it helps.
    – chirale
    Mar 22, 2013 at 21:05

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Should be fine. Antistatic bags are very slightly conductive, but I doubt you can affect the operation of the RPi with it.

They are typically made from PET which has a melting point of 260°C which is somewhat higher than the lead free solder 232°C, so if you are melting the bag you have other problems!

I used mine in the cardboard box is came in (from farnell/element14) for quite a long time with no problems.

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    I was actually looking for an aspirin box to put it in, somehow forgot about its own box. Thanks.
    – auselen
    Mar 21, 2013 at 7:29
  • I ran it in a sealed box, just slightly bigger than the RPi itself See here. Hottest it's ever gotten was 70'c, but the ambient temp was 34'c. Also I was running nbench for around 3 days.
    – Vincent P
    Mar 22, 2013 at 7:23

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