This instructables will show you how to recycle, by desoldering, all your old PCB's (Printed Circuit Board) components. You can find PCB in almost every electronic devices (DVD, computer, camera , toys...).All you have to do is to disassemble them, and desolder the components you want. So here is how to do step by step!
*This Instructable has been feature on Hack-a-Day and in The Best of Instructables book !
Step 1: Find Things to Disasemble
Step 2: Materials
- PCB s (Of course!)
- Set of pliers (For different size of components)
- Soldering iron
- Vice grip or third hand
- Case for the desoldered components
- Desoldering pump (Optional)
Step 3: Hold PCB With the Vice Grip
If you don't have this kind of vice grip, you can use another type of vice , to hold your pcb up (Pic 2)
You can also use third hand or helping hand to hold your PCB
Step 4: Start Removing the Components
Sometime , you will get to bigger components with bigger lead, to help, you can help you by using a desoldering tool like the one on the picture, its very not expensive, and can help you a lot getting bigger components out. To use it, heat up the lead, then when the solder is melting, put the pump close and hit the button to suck up the solder. Then when you will cock the mechanism back, the sucked solder will come out. Be careful because solder pump have a plastic tip so try to avoid contact with your soldering iron
Step 5: Continue to Remove the Components
Step 6: Recycled Components
- Audio sockets
- TV plugs
Step 7: Recycling!
Step 8: What to Do With Your Recycled Components? How to Identify
Here are some other link of project or your parts:
it can help you identify your salvaged components: * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_components
A good way to regognize your components, is to look at the symbols under the components, then you can refer to shematic symbols on the internet to know what you'v just took out. Look at pics 3 and 4.
We got a yellow copper'd wired thingy that we dont know, just look at its symbol, and you've just realized it was an inductor!
Hope this instructables help you and now go make something awsome!