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In this video I will show you how to build a dirt cheap fume extractor and how you can fastly and easily desolder all kinds of components from old electronics circuits. I will also talk about what I think is even worth desoldering and which parts you should avoid

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20 thoughts on “What is worth desoldering from old electronics? || DIY Fume Extractor

  1. Those capacitors near the AC mains entry point may be labeled X1, X2, XY2, Y1 or similar. Those are safety rated capacitors and one might consider learning about them and maybe (or maybe not) reusing them. Belated thanks for a great video and for the good comments below.

  2. How do I make the soldering iron fume extractor without a soldering iron fume extractor you have to solder to make it 🤔

  3. Does the carbon filter really even do much? I feel like just a fan blowing and diffusing the fumes is probably just as effective.

  4. I loathe solder wick – it's consumable, you always end up needing a flux pen, it's just a mess for anything other than small cleanup in places a solder pump can't reach.

  5. It's worth cutting those wall wart leads a few centimeters behind the plug, instead of right at the strain relief. With some length left over, you can solder on to the plug and reuse it, too.

  6. Using a heat gun on the back of the printed circuit board, I desolder everything, catagorise it, and store it. Where I reside, electrical component stores are very far. There was a Radio Shack for a short while and it promptly disappeared. Thus, I salvage almost everything from all old electronics.

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