Right to Repair has been a controversial issue in the tech world in recent years, which encourages users to seek repair options other than OEMs for their devices. One by one many tech companies have begun expanding their repair services to allow for third-party or self-repairs, with Apple being the most recent to amend their policies. But what if we told you attempting to repair your own device was dangerous?
The general idea of Right to Repair is to provide consumers options of repair other than returning to the manufacturer, who will likely charge them a high fee or tell the customer to simply replace the device. The movement’s goal is to get tech companies to release certain documents, specialized tools, access to parts, and information that will provide third-party repair shops with the knowledge they need to repair certain brands of electronics. However, some people have considered just repairing their devices themselves, but this can do more harm than good to the user and the device.
Focusing on mobile devices specifically, here’s three reasons why users should not try to repair their own devices:
Fire safety: Most mobile devices are manufactured with adhesively attached Lithium Ion batteries that are known to potentially ignite and cause fires if they are damaged. Trying to repair or remove these batteries yourself can result in damage to the battery if not handled properly and be more dangerous to the user than anything else.
Losing water seal: A common feature on newer mobile devices is their water resistance, which helps safeguard against potential water damage from sweat, rain, or accidental drops in the toilet or sink. However, the water seal is accomplished via an adhesive gasket that can be damaged if not properly replaced and installed.
Damaging flex connector: Another important feature is the flex cables, lightweight circuit connectors that allow mobile devices to make electric connections between removable parts such as the LCD screen. Though lightweight and flexible, the connectors are subject to damage and can break if not properly handled. Damaged flex cables can occur in many ways including intermittent display issues, and care and experience are the best way to avoid such damages.
When repairing a broken device it is critical to enlist the help of trained professionals who understand the dangers of improper maintenance and will handle the device with care. If the device cannot be repaired it is crucial to dispose of the damaged device battery properly as well. IT asset disposition facilities such as HOBI International Inc. collect old, damaged, or retired electronics and dispose of them in an environmentally friendly manner. HOBI is R2, RIOS and ISO-14001 certified, and our team takes every precaution when removing Lithium Ion batteries, especially if damaged. If there is no use left in the device, and it cannot be repaired after the battery is properly replaced and disposed of, all devices are recycled to reduce environmental liability.
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