Electronic components' smell

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by kikos, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. kikos

    Thread Starter New Member

    Feb 7, 2012
    I feel a bit dumb about asking this but I'm a noob so I can ask stupid questions, right?

    I just received a pack of components I've ordered online with all the basic stuff I need to get started. Resistors, capacitors, transistors, diodes, IC's and so on.

    They smell bad, very bad. The smell is the same as the smell of burned LED's amplified many times (I burned enough during the weekend to know :)). I had to take everything out of the house and plan to leave them there overnight. I hope I'll find them in the morning :)

    Is this normal? I've already bought some components from another store and there's no smell at all.
  2. mcgyvr

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 15, 2009
    Is it the packaging/trays/bags that smell or the actual parts..
  3. kikos

    Thread Starter New Member

    Feb 7, 2012
    It's the components, not the packaging.
  4. crutschow


    Mar 14, 2008
    Who did you get them from?
  5. kikos

    Thread Starter New Member

    Feb 7, 2012
    An online shop in the UK, bitsbox.co.uk. Apart from that I'm very happy with the price and they were fast! I ordered on Friday and got them today.
  6. PackratKing

    Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2008
    sounds to me like you've been had................... s**t indeed happens.....and you likely have no redress available. Did they specify that any components would be salvaged ?? that's really the only parameter that would [ make them ] stink. Their condition would be in serious question.

    I would suggest doing as you say, leave them out to air, and when you bring them in, check each one for the burnt smell, and discard accordingly..................
  7. kikos

    Thread Starter New Member

    Feb 7, 2012
    So they shouldn't smell bad, right?

    This is strange! The parts look unused to me. All the wires of the resistors, diodes etc are completely straight and they have paper tape on the top and bottom to keep them in place. They would have been bent if they were salvaged, right?

    The worst smell comes from a pcb board and a 6v buzzer. I'll do as you say and check them in the morning. If anything still stinks I'll throw it out...
  8. holnis


    Nov 25, 2011
    It's unusual for new electronics to out-gas a while.
    Your probably actually smelling chemicals being released from the plastic casing, BTW I actually like that smell...it's kind of fresh and new electronics smelling to me! :p
  9. kikos

    Thread Starter New Member

    Feb 7, 2012
    :) Ok, I'm very new to this. Give me some time and maybe I'll start to like it too...
  10. atferrari

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jan 6, 2004
    Or simply changing your supplier...
  11. Audioguru

    New Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    I bought some foreign pcb's that smell like they are made from cow dung.
    They probably ARE made from cow dung.
    When you buy cheap foreign stuff then that is what you get.