Introduction: Places to Find Electronic Components

In this tutorial i will be telling you where to find electronic components lets begin...

Step 1: WARNING:

Some Electronics can be dangerous when not handled correctly use extreme cation and do not hurt your self

Step 2: Begin the Search

Look around your house for old unused electronics such as

Microwaves

radios

toothbrushes

cameras

speakers

battery backups

CFl light bulb's

Led light bulbs

Ice Makers

Routers

Motherboards

power supply's

hard drives

light fixtures

cd drive

blue ray drive

tv

computer monitors

electric air fresheners

old toys

And More...




Step 3: Start Disassembling

Start Removing Screws and anything that looks like it might be holding it shut

Sometimes adhesive is used to old stuff shut so it may take some prying

Discharge the capacitors by crossing the terminals with a insulated screw driver so that you don't get shocked

Use a soldering iron and start to remove components

if you don't have a soldering iron i will show you how to make one in a latter tutorial But for now you can use some cutters and a flat blade screw driver and remove them I cant guarantee all parts will be removed in one piece

Step 4: Success

So now you know where to find parts

Good luck

Be Safe

And Have fun

Comments

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Phil B (author)2016-01-16

it might be good to do a test or two on a recovery part. That part could be defective and the reason why the donor device is no longer in use.

Now that Radio Shack stores are fewer and harder to find, what do you recommend for those things many of us once bought at Radio Shack when we needed one or two of the item? Do you order on-line and just buy a few to keep in your parts box for whenever you might need them?

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bobs111 (author)Phil B2016-02-05

i would get them online since radio shacks are now rare

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dmwatkins (author)Phil B2016-01-16

You can now get 200 blue LEDs from them cheaper than Radio Shack sells 1. And they are 3 times brighter.

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dmwatkins (author)Phil B2016-01-16

dipmicro.com. Excellent prices, cheap shipping. I have never gotten a bad part from them.

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rbusch (author)Phil B2016-01-16

element14 or digikey. for new stock. radio shack was too expensive and too small of component selection

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CharlesH55 (author)2016-01-17

The thrift stores have some good values on older electronic devices that either work or would make a parts supplier. Prices are not that high usually from cents to a few dollars for a decent item.

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BeachsideHank (author)2016-01-16

As surface mount technology continues to advance, recoverable assets from circuitry is greatly diminished. It's the older stuff that yields the best prospects, unfortunately it is a shrinking pond as they are replaced with newer designs built as above.

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DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-01-16

Great suggestions. Used electrical components can save you a ton of money.