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Labour price increase

Effective immediately we are increasing our labour charge out rates since we can no longer absorb the increased costs of the numerous changes and challenges with which we are faced.  Our labour prices had not changed at all since the … Continue reading

Rubbish manufacturing

Had a no name brand battery charger come in for recycling.  I set it up on the bench to test it.  It powered up but after a bit it turned off.  I took the thing apart.  Pretty easy to do.  … Continue reading

Water and electricity

This is one of the reasons why this type of mains plug should not be used in wet areas. It had arced between phase, neutral, and earth when wet, which carbonised the plastic of the plug. The other reason is … Continue reading

Unsafe solar controller

This solar controller came in for recycling. Notice the New Zealand mains plug used as part of the wiring.  This is potentially dangerous.  There is a possibility that it could be plugged into 230V AC mains power.  At best it … Continue reading

Some bad typos

When I see typos on something that has been produced by the thousands I wonder about the quality of the item. We came across this BTC keyboard box that has two really serious typos. “Mothee board”!  “powct supply”! How can … Continue reading

Good on you Dell

We get a lot of brand new monitor stands in for recycling.  It seems that companies buy monitors and stick them straight on to monitor arms.  I was thinking that the manufacturers should sell the monitors without stands.  This would … Continue reading

A real dodgy modification

I came across this real dodgy modification. This plug board came in for recycling. The original cord has been replaced with one that has no earth. Also, the replacement cable is the older two core type without an outer sheath. … Continue reading

What is this ATX power supply rating?

Thomas came across this Thermal Master TM-350-PMSR ATX power supply: Maximum output power is given as 350W but if we add up all of the individual output power ratings we get this: 12V x 10A = 120W 5V x 14A … Continue reading

Can’t buy these as spare parts

I was looking at repairing a Panasonic microwave oven yesterday.  Customer said it went bang.  Yep!  It went bang! The current sense resistor in the switch mode power supply had gone splat all over the PCB.  The  control ic has … Continue reading

Leunig, life and e-waste

It is a very good question! We get a lot of this sort of stuff coming in for recycling. Maybe our customers are trying to avoid that question?  I know that I don’t want to be asked that sort of … Continue reading