Make a handheld Vacuum Cleaner an Anti-Static tool?

Started by Adrian Caspersz September 13, 2017
I've got a cheap (£25/$30) hand held bagless 500W vaccum cleaner made 
out of ABS plastic that must create a lot of static electricity when in 
operation.

http://www.beldray.com/beldray-bel0427-quick-vac-lite-red.html

I'd quite like to use it to clean dust out from electronic equipment.

 From another vacuum cleaner (industrial photo-copier maintenance thing) 
I have a short conductive hose and various end tools, so I'm almost 
there; but I need to ground something - possibly the hose coupling to 
the cleaner.

Would that work? Or would the passing air circumvent it, and become 
charged anyway.

If so, I think I might need to make conductive and internally ground 
parts of the vacuum cleaner, using metal loaded paint and/or aluminium 
tape. Work that I want to avoid if possible.

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Adrian C
On Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:50:57 +0100, Adrian Caspersz <email@here.invalid>
wrote:

>I've got a cheap (&#2013266083;25/$30) hand held bagless 500W vaccum cleaner made >out of ABS plastic that must create a lot of static electricity when in >operation. > >http://www.beldray.com/beldray-bel0427-quick-vac-lite-red.html > >I'd quite like to use it to clean dust out from electronic equipment. > > From another vacuum cleaner (industrial photo-copier maintenance thing) >I have a short conductive hose and various end tools, so I'm almost >there; but I need to ground something - possibly the hose coupling to >the cleaner. > >Would that work? Or would the passing air circumvent it, and become >charged anyway. > >If so, I think I might need to make conductive and internally ground >parts of the vacuum cleaner, using metal loaded paint and/or aluminium >tape. Work that I want to avoid if possible.
While I am not 100% sure, I would think that any metal tip on the vac which is well grounded, should work. I'd probably find some pipe and duct tape it to the vac. Then apply a ground wire to it.
On Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:50:57 +0100, Adrian Caspersz
<email@here.invalid> wrote:

>I've got a cheap (&#2013266083;25/$30) hand held bagless 500W vaccum cleaner made >out of ABS plastic that must create a lot of static electricity when in >operation. > >http://www.beldray.com/beldray-bel0427-quick-vac-lite-red.html > >I'd quite like to use it to clean dust out from electronic equipment.
Just do it. Air is not going to zap electronic gear. -- John Larkin Highland Technology, Inc lunatic fringe electronics
On Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:50:57 +0100, Adrian Caspersz
<email@here.invalid> wrote:

>I've got a cheap (&#2013266083;25/$30) hand held bagless 500W vaccum cleaner made >out of ABS plastic that must create a lot of static electricity when in >operation. > >http://www.beldray.com/beldray-bel0427-quick-vac-lite-red.html > >I'd quite like to use it to clean dust out from electronic equipment. > > From another vacuum cleaner (industrial photo-copier maintenance thing) >I have a short conductive hose and various end tools, so I'm almost >there; but I need to ground something - possibly the hose coupling to >the cleaner. > >Would that work? Or would the passing air circumvent it, and become >charged anyway. > >If so, I think I might need to make conductive and internally ground >parts of the vacuum cleaner, using metal loaded paint and/or aluminium >tape. Work that I want to avoid if possible.
Is there static present at the plastic tip? Check it before you get carried away fixing a problem that doesn't exist. I got a fairly new "scorpion" vac and there is no discernable static charge at the inlet nozzle.