When a phone, power bank, mouse, or any piece of tech is old or damaged, most people instinctively throw it away. Old tech might be junk to you, but it’s bad for Mother Nature. Gadgets often contain toxic chemical elements like arsenic that can harm whole ecosystems.
Also, that old mouse or laptop may not be beyond repair Sometimes it can take to fix its functionality, saving you money while avoiding adding to the increasing amount of e-waste in the world. So don’t dispose! Quick-fix and continue using these common devices.
1. DIY Mouse Encoder Repair
A jumpy cursor is one of, if not the most irritating tech problems in the world. You might be busy working away, deeply engrossed with your project, when the cursor suddenly goes erratic, forcing you to put everything on hold to fix it. And if you’re anything like most people, you’ll give shopping for another mouse.
However, before you throw it out, note that a cursor is often due to easily fixed mechanical problems with mouse parts. Check out this Insructables guide for quick, easy fixes for a jumpy mouse cursor caused by a scroll wheel.
2. Simple Power Strip Repair
Even though we’re rapidly transitioning to a wireless world, corded power strips are here to stay. They provide extra outlets where needed and protect appliances from electrical surges. They’ve become so sophisticated nowadays that they cost a pretty penny. Fortunately, as shown in this Instructables repair guide, you don’t need to budget for one if you are damaged because power strips are pretty easy to fix.
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3. Refurbish the Old Laptop
Your old laptop might not be a sight for sore eyes, but fixing it is a better way than buying a new one. New, standard laptops typically cost anywhere from $ 300 to $ 500, while the sophisticated ones push to the four digits. On the other hand, a DIY laptop refurbishing project costs no more than $ 50 and is enough to get your old laptop working as good as new. Never tried refurbishing before? Check out this step-by-step Instructables guide for pointers on how to go about it.
To enhance your typing experience on your refurbished laptop, you can try these DIY mechanical keyboard upgrades.
4. Fix a Broken Fan
When you accidentally whack it with your hand, or your clothes get caught up in one of the bladders, causing the fan to fall and instantly break! While it’s certainly irritating, don’t let this little mishap ruin your day, because it happens to most of us. Also, just because it’s broken doesn’t mean you need to swipe your credit card for another one.
A broken fan is pretty easy to fix. You’ll only need easily accessible items like that empty bottle of Diet Coke you just finished, a pair of scissors, Scotch tape, and the household items featured in this Instructables guide.
To beat the hot summer weather, you can build more awesome DIY fans using locally available materials.
5. Fix a Broken Headphone Jack
Only a few things are irritating as a broken headphone jack. On the bright side, it’s an easily fixable problem. So, if you accidentally stepped on it, or because you decided to play with the cable, fret not because you don’t need to spend on a new pair. Follow this Instructables how-to guide to fixing the jack at home.
6. Salvage and Reuse the Old Laptop Camera Into and USB Camera
Some old laptops may be beyond repair, but that doesn’t mean every part is damaged. So, if you don’t want to refurbish the old laptop, as shown earlier, or believe it’s too damaged to repair, consider salvaging and reusing some of the parts. One easily reusable laptop component is the camera. As broken down in this Instructables tutorial, you can salvage and transform it into a USB webcam.
7. Repair Faulty Power Banks
Power banks are a life-saving innovation, but a majority wear out and stop working so fast. Most have the average lifespan of three to four years, but it’s almost impossible to find one that’ll last that long. Fortunately, its faulty power bank is fixable at home, like most common gadgets. If you’ve recently become faulty, or you’ve got a drawer full of power banks you don’t want to throw away, find out how to repair them in this simple Instructables guide.
8. iPhone Cable Repair
Apple makes some of the most innovative tech products, especially the iPhone. However, the same sentiments cannot be echoed for its Lightning cable. It’s often flimsy and tends to fray within a few months. If this is your current predicament, you are a good company: this Instructables tutorial features step-by-step pointers on how to repair a fraying iPhone cable.
If your cable is too damaged for repairs, you can use these cables and wires.
9. Turn AAA Batteries into AA Batteries
Your kid’s T-Rex toy just ran out of batteries, and they’re throwing a tantrum as you’ve never seen before. Well, you could always order online, but your kid will be irritated to death by the time they’re delivered. So what do you do? Take that pair of old but still functional AAA batteries, and turn them into AA batteries with this simple Instructables life hack. Note that this trick works not only when your kids’ toys run out of juice, but also whenever you need AA batteries and only have a triple-A pair.
10. Add a Mic to Any Headphones
Do you want to upgrade your online gaming experience with a new headset, but lack room to splurge on one? If yes, you will be glad to know that you can have almost any pair of headphones at home. And it’s pretty straightforward, as shown in this Instructables tutorial.
Don’t Dispose of Your Old or Damaged Tech
It is human nature to trash anything that doesn’t work or is too old, including tech. However, as shown by the DIY projects above, most of the pieces of tech that are dismissed are junk can be fixed or reused at home using easily accessible household items. We hope the projects above inspire you to fix or replace your old tech instead of trashing it and worsening an already alarming e-waste problem.