The last few kits of SMD resistors I’ve bought off eBay have arrived as short cuttings from bandoliers, with each resistor nestling safely in it’s tiny little cardboard nest. Although care is needed when extracting a resistor for use, these are easy to store in cheap multi-compartment drawers.
However, the last lot I ordered from Hong Kong arrived like this:
The format of this packaging is neither easy to catalogue or store, and promises annoying spillages every time a packet is opened to retrieve 1 resistor.
Bespoke storage for SMD components is available – at a cost, but one I am not prepared to pay, so a foray to North Shields, with it’s plethora of ‘bargain’ stores, unearthed a 7-day, 4-a-day Pill Planner with 28 individually opening compartments – two of these planners can accommodate the 50 values of resistors in the kit. These cost me £0.99 (GBP) each – a penny less than a pound, and excellent for the task I had in mind.
Below I show a partly-populated box with some of the resistors already installed. I was so mean, I even un-picked the sticky labels off the plastic bags the resistors arrived in, and re-stuck these on the individual compartments.
The pill-planner I bought was marketed by CVS Pharmacy. (see photos on my album site here: http://cullercoats.joebrown.org.uk/#40) These are currently on eBay for £2.49, but as I said above, shopping locally I found these for under £1.00 each.
Each of the seven 4-compartment sections can be removed individually from the main frame if required.