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how can I remove an old cell phone's PCB's gold? Answered

I have an old cell phone's PCB and it's coated with gold, can I remove that gold?

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canucksgirlBest Answer (author)2012-06-28

AFAIK, the process to remove the gold isn't an easy one and it involves some harsh chemicals. For one cell phone, you'd be better off selling it to a jeweler or a refinery (as they do this on a larger scale).

Even the YouTube video's that claim to show you how to remove the gold are only giving directions on how to disassemble your phone into pieces, which I presume isn't what you are asking.

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frollard (author)canucksgirl2012-06-28

+1

The micrograms of gold involved in each phone means...
The thousands of phones required to disassemble for a single gram...

Phones are literally worth more as plastic scrap.

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steveastrouk (author)frollard2012-06-28

They're worth money INTACT if they still work.

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frollard (author)steveastrouk2012-06-28

I was going doomsday 'worst case' is still better than trying to recover the gold - agreed, any functionality and you have dollars instead of cents. (or pounds if you prefer)

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steveastrouk (author)frollard2012-06-28

....and definitely NOT Euros.....

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mpilchfamily (author)2012-06-28

It will cost you more to remove the gold then what the gold is worth.

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