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    Activated Carbon (aka Activated Charcoal)

    Does anyone know if the Activated Carbon sold in little mesh packets for aquarium filters is electrically conductive or not?

    (Please do not ask why I want to know because it is a long story.)

    Thank you!

    #2
    It is slightly conductive. I'd be more concerned about the dust than the chunks, especially in areas of high voltage - it can cause arcing.
    Jerry in Leslie, spinning around trying to find my way

    1990 Korg M1 - moved on to a new life
    1981 Lowrey MX-1 - giant box of bad connections
    1975 Lowrey TGS - gathering dust
    1973 Hammond T-524C w/mods - fun machine!
    1972 Hammond XTP - moved on
    1971 Gulbransen Premiere PR (1154) - awesome sound!
    1965 Hammond E-133 w/mods - her name is Emmanuele, and we are in love

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      #3
      Fascinating! Many thanks!!

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        #4
        OK, the curiosity is killing me...

        What are you doing? Long story is OK, I've got time!
        Jerry in Leslie, spinning around trying to find my way

        1990 Korg M1 - moved on to a new life
        1981 Lowrey MX-1 - giant box of bad connections
        1975 Lowrey TGS - gathering dust
        1973 Hammond T-524C w/mods - fun machine!
        1972 Hammond XTP - moved on
        1971 Gulbransen Premiere PR (1154) - awesome sound!
        1965 Hammond E-133 w/mods - her name is Emmanuele, and we are in love

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          #5
          No problem! Here is the shorter version of the long story:

          Bought a used CD player. Player arrives in perfect condition - sounds excellent, etc. As soon as player warms up, it emits tobacco smoke odor. Sealed player in plastic overnight with a half-box of baking soda. Results okay but not 100%. Advised to install two of the little aquarium filter packets in the CD player and leave them in there for however long it takes to eliminate the tobacco odor. This is helping but it is too soon to tell if it will be 100%. The packets do emit a tiny amount of carbon dust. I am concerned about damaging the circuits of the CD player if the dust is conductive enough to do so. Thus far, all is well - but still the smell (rhyme intentional).

          SIGH!!

          P.S.: Regarding another player - can anyone help me find a VMA2639 CD clamp for a Matsushita/Panasonic transport mechanism?
          Last edited by Menschenstimme; 11-16-2010, 09:26 AM.

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            #6
            I wouldn't expect this to be a problem in typical electronics EXCEPT the power supply. Might be more a problem if the carbon dust gets into the grease of the transport.

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              #7
              Here is the complete parts list of what I need to repair my CD player. They are listed on the Panasonic parts site, but no longer available there.

              Here are the part numbers:

              VMA9695 (clamper weight)
              VMD2640 (clamper holder)
              VMA9534 (clamper plate)
              VMA9535 (clamper back yoke)
              VSQ1002 (clamper magnet)
              VMD2639 (clamper)

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