This may be a stupid question, I'm not sure.

Almost all of the raspberry pi cases are made our of plastic, and this made me think, if I wasn't it put the raspberry pi inside a case, and then put that in a fabric pouch, could the movement between the fabric and plastic generate a static charge which could damage the pi?

  • not a stupid question .... yes, the static charge could damage the RPi you connected the charged up RPi to a grounding point, such as an HDMI cable that is connected to a video monitor, and the built up charge dissipated by passing through the RPi board – jsotola Aug 12 '18 at 18:10
  • @jsotola Can you get carry cases for the raspberry pi that don't cause this? I am going to be taking my Pi with me every day in a bag and I am not sure how to protect it. It will be in a standard plastic case, but they don't offer much impact protection. – Ethan Gascoigne Aug 12 '18 at 18:30
  • I have a metalized mesh case for my cell phone. It's supposed to block radio signals, but I suspect it would not generate a static charge, either. The problem might be to find one big enough. – Bob Brown Aug 12 '18 at 18:59
  • "ESD zip-lock bags" will give you ESD (electro-static discharge) protection, but won't do much for physical protection. They're cheap though :) – Seamus Aug 13 '18 at 2:23
  • @Seamus If I got the raspberry pi and put it in a plastic case, and then put that inside an anti-static bag, and then put that inside a case, would the anti-static bag protect the pi from static generated through rubbing against the inside of the case. – Ethan Gascoigne Aug 13 '18 at 9:54

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