Apple-1 carrying & storage case

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I’ve been looking for a safe, secure, and convenient way to transport and store my Mimeo board...a solution that will also work if/when I get my hands on an original Apple-1 board. At work we use Pelican cases often, so I went down that route and selected their 1495 “laptop” case with a custom foam insert. Here is the finished product:

Pelican does offer an anti-static PU foam option, but it is generally designed for single use. The way the boards sit in this particular foam, all the pins on the pack of the board are touching the foam and so are grounded to each other so static is less of a problem. The case itself is both water & shock proof, and can withstand high temperatures (but is not fire proof). This particular model includes a combination lock and can accommodate additional padlocks. It also comes with a shoulder strap.

More info on the case can be found on the Pelican website at:
http://www.pelican.com/us/en/pro/product/watertight-protector-hard-cases/medium-case/laptop-case/1495/

If you live in the US, you can order custom foam directly from Pelican at:
https://www.pelicanfoam.com

If you live outside the US, you can order the case with their “pick & pluck” foam that allows you to mold it to a particular shape...not as elegant.

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Re: Apple-1 carrying & storage case

Are you saying the foam you used is the anti-static type? In what way is it intended for single use?

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Re: Apple-1 carrying & storage case

The foam I got is not anti-static. It is somewhat conductive and the design of the Apple-1 board means that all the components touch the foam (back of the board) and so are less prone to damage from static. The Apple-1 is not that sensitive to static to begin with. The anti-static foam becomes less effective over time, so I didn’t bother.

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Re: Apple-1 carrying & storage case

I’d still keep it in an anti-static bag and then put it in the case. I have a similar setup for moving original Apple-1s around but always put them in an anti-static bag also.

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Re: Apple-1 carrying & storage case

I sought out the same model pelican case for mine as well. It handled the flight to VCF East 9.1 without issues. Security didn't even stop me for a second look at what was inside it.

I also wrap the items that I place within it.

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Re: Apple-1 carrying & storage case

OK, I’ve ordered some 10” x 16” anti-static bags just in case as you suggest. Dubai is humid year round so we don’t have too many problems with static, but better safe than sorry I guess.