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Choosing the Best Grounding Bracelet

Written by Regina Ward and updated on December 1, 2017
Choosing the Best Grounding Bracelet

Working with electronics can be fun, but it can also be dangerous if the right precautions are not taken. Grounding bracelets are often used by those working with highly sensitive electronics as they’re specifically designed to prevent people getting shocked. Previously, these bracelets were really only used by those in the industry. But now they’re available to use within the home too.

In this article, we’ll delve a little deeper into the science surrounding grounding bracelets to give you some idea of how they actually work. We’ll then take a look at what to consider when buying one before running through a few FAQs. Finally, in the last section, we’ll take you through the ins and outs of some the most popular options available at the moment.

Why Do I Need a Grounding Bracelet?

If you’re working with any kind of electronic item and want to reduce the risk of being shocked, then yes! Grounding bracelets are what they say they are. They keep you grounded so that static electricity is directed to the Earth as opposed to yourself or your electronics. It’s recommended to use a grounding bracelet whenever you work inside highly sensitive electronics, including phones, tablets, and computers.

The Science Behind Grounding Bracelets

Grounding bracelets are pretty simple products really. Often referred to as antistatic wrist straps or electrostatic discharge wrist straps, they work by preventing static electricity sparks, and the way they do this is by keeping you grounded.

Most of these bracelets are made out of fabric bands that have conductive carbon fibers or carbon-filled rubber woven into them. Attached to the bracelet is a long wire that has an alligator clip at one end. This alligator clip then attaches to a ground conductor to complete the circuit.

How to Use a Grounding Bracelet

All grounding bracelets come with their own set of instructions. And while they all work in pretty much the same way it’s always a good idea to read the user manual just to get a feel of how it works and to see if there’s any significant about that particular model that you should be aware of. To help you out in the meantime, check out the following tips:

  • Always make sure the bracelet is touching bare skin. Wearing the bracelet over clothing will not complete the grounding circuit effectively and could result in you still being shocked.

  • When attaching the ground conductor make sure it’s to an unpainted metal part of the device's frame.

  • Make sure the mains socket is switched off before you begin work.

The Healing Benefits of Grounding Bracelets

As good as grounding bracelets are at helping to prevent static shock when working with electronics, that’s not the only thing they’re good for. Grounding bracelets have gained a lot of popularity in the alternative health industry over the past few years with people reporting relief from a huge number of conditions, including:

  • Poor circulation. Being grounded automatically improves one’s circulation, which in turn, helps to ensure sufficient amounts of oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the tissues of the body.

  • Stress. Cortisol is a stress hormone that’s an essential part of the body’s stress response system. It helps to regulate metabolism and inflammation, control blood sugar, and it helps with memory formulation also. When we’re grounded the cortisol levels within the body start to even out along with the diurnal rhythm of the stress hormone. As this happens, we begin to feel less stressed and more energized. 

  • Inflammation. This is one of the most common medical reasons as to why people use grounding bracelets. Grounding helps to reduce inflammation by thinning your blood and pumping it full with negatively charged ions.     

  • Insomnia. A lot of people who use grounding bracelets do so at night as they have been known to help those suffering from insomnia. Wearing one while you sleep is a natural way to regulate the body’s circadian rhythm and, which in turn, will help improve the quality of your sleep.

What to Consider When Buying a Grounding Bracelet

As you can see, there’s really not much to a grounding bracelet. That being said, there are still a few things to consider when purchasing one:

Design 

While most grounding bracelets look pretty similar, there are a few things that separate one from the next, with the first being color. I’m sure if you looked hard enough you could probably find one in pretty much any color. Not that it will make any difference to its performance, but it does add a nice touch.

Cord length 

This is one of the most important factors to consider when buying a grounding bracelet. When deciding on what length cord will be suitable for you, consider where you’ll be working and what you’ll be doing.

For example, if you only need to work on small items and stand in one fixed spot then you could probably get away with having a shorter cord. If however, you work on both big and small items and have to move around a lot between equipment, then make sure you choose a grounding bracelet that has a long cord.

Connector type 

Most grounding bracelets use a cord with a crocodile clip one end to connect to the ground while the other end simply snaps on the bracelet. However, there is another, newer option that’s now available and it’s in the form of wireless grounding bracelet. These give you the same protection from static that wired models do, without restricting your movement.

Comfort 

How comfortable the grounding bracelet is to where will depend on two main factors: the material that it’s made from, and how adjustable it is. Some grounding bracelets are made from materials such as cotton or polyester, while others are made of velcro or PVC. 

Resistance 

This is another important factor to consider when making your purchase. The resistance level of the bracelet will give you an idea as to how effective it is as it’s this number that tells you how easy it is for electricity to flow through it. The higher the resistance, the more useful it is for use in higher voltage devices. The lower the resistance, the better it is for use with sensitive electronics.

Budget 

Most grounding bracelets will set you back less than $20. In fact with most models, you can probably get two or three for that kind of money. As a general rule of thumb, the more expensive the item is the better quality it is. 

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