Introduction: Which Components Are Worth Salvaging From Electronic Devices (And Where They Are Found)
Taking apart electronic devices is one of my favorite hobbies, My whole room is full with electronic component collections :)
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Step 1: What Parts Do I Need? and Where They Are Found
COMPONENT (WHERE IT IS USUALLY FOUND)
Relays: (HQ Stereo players, UPS's)
LED's: (any device that lights up...)
Magnets: (Motors, Speakers)
Switches: (Devices that need to toggle on and off)
Lens: (Flashlights, Disk Players)
Buzzers: (Printers, Computers, any Device that makes a "beep" sound)
Speakers: (Any device that makes a sound. Phones, Computers, Car Audio Players...)
Solar panels: (Garden Lights, Solar Power-Bank Phone Chargers...)
Heat sinks or strong and flat metal pieces: (TV's, Computers, Variable Power Supplies, Devices that need to be cooled)
Fans: (Computers, Power Adapters, Devices that need to be cooled)
Plugs: (USB, HP plugs, Audio 3.5 mm, Female/Male Plugs of any kind) (Power Adapters, Computers, Cars, Phones, UPS's,)
Springs: (Printers, Disk/Cassette Players)
Photo resistors: (Clocks, Phones, Automatic Adjustable Screens)
Diodes: (Power Supplies, Voltage Regulators, Everywhere)
Bridge rectifiers: (DC power supplies, they are made for AC to DC Converters)
Lasers: (CD Players)
Voltage regulators: (Everywhere)
Huge Tranformers: (Microwaves, Stereo Players)
Step 2: Electric Motors
Usually Found In: Moving Toys, Disk/Cassette Players
Step 3: Rechargeable Batteries
Usually Found In: Garden Lights, UPS's, Phones, Cars, some Generators...
You'll usually find the batteries:
Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cad)
Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH)
Lithium Ion battery (Li-Ion)
Step 4: Variable Resistors/ Potentiometers
Usually Found In: Adjustable Devices, Stereo Players, Variable Power Supplies
I also keep salvaged knobs for future projects
Step 5: Electrolytic Capacitors
These are found everywhere
I've also published an Instructable on "How I Organize My Electrolytic Capacitor Collection" If you're interested
The second picture shows only part of the collection...
Step 6: Wires
Wires are found in all electronic devices
I am in the process of making an Instructable explaining "How I Organize My Wire Collection", And I will put the link here when I upload it. The picture shows only part of it...
Step 7: Screws!
Found In any electronics appliance, Well you know...
By the way this collection has more than 7 killograms (15 pounds) of screws!
Step 8: Stuff I Collect But I Will Never Use
Tungsten: (from incandescent light-bulbs)
Cameras: (from phones or laptops)
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