Thursday, February 19, 2009

CHEAP, effective, convenient SMD container

All electronic hobbyists know surface mound devices are the way of the future... small, cheap but really pain in the ^%*& for homebrew and DIY. But with enough patience and courage, no mountain too high attitude, it can be done...

Because the SMD are so tiny, I needed a way to store them... After much searching for suitable solution, I came across the 'Weekly Pills Organizer' at a local store that cost only RM5 each. Bought a whole bunch of them, labelled using self adhesive sticker and now neatly stacked near my workbench...

There are several type of the weekly pill organizers. Get the one like mine below for the following reasons.

  1. It's cheap, translucent and not pre-printed. Simpler for you to print and stick your own.
  2. The unit comes with the large storage box. You can group your SMD together; resistors, capacitors, etc... Also, it serves as double-lock so that it is more robust... less likely to open by mistake...
  3. The smaller unit is detachable. Makes your live easier when you want to take the devices. If you drop it, only the 3 containers are affected... not the total 21 :-(

9 comments:

M.Zaifful said...

Salam, Dear Basri, do you know where i can get some sort of smd component, is it in jalan pasar or can be ordered from overseas. I do need some smd due to replacement parts for many handy and mobile rig. Do you have any idea. Thanks, Best regards and keep up your good idea. 73 de9W2MZY

Basir Atan said...

You can get some at Jalan Pasar... I think Nixie carry wide range... It's across from Pudu Plaza

M.Zaifful said...

Thanks Bro, i more, can you tell me where i can this compact storage like this. Thanks

Basir Atan said...

Bro, I bought mine at Ace Hardware Saujana Utama for RM5... not sure about Ace at other locations... You can get similar ones at pharmacy but more expensive...>RM20. Someone told me that there's a shop in Bangsar that sells various plastic boxes which is similar... not sure where though...

M.Zaifful said...

Ok, can you purchase some for me, i will see you at TTDI, because i live in Kepong. If so, thanks for your help.

Basir Atan said...

How many you want? I still have some left at home. If you need more, I'll pick some more at Ace over the weekend, if they're still available... :-)

M.Zaifful said...

I don't know , the quantity look alike,By the way, how much it would be, in 1 container?Is it 21 small box in 1 container or what? Nice to have it too. Thanks so much, Basir

Basir Atan said...

I'll bring a few this friday...
One set consists of the large clear container + 7 segmented smaller units.

M.Zaifful said...

ok,see you there, BTW, you just monitor at RKK, i will call you there.