Below is a recap of this week’s blog posts including Google’s announcement of self repair kits, some tips to help with password problems, the reduction of battery labor expenses and the dangers of self repair.
The overflow of technology in recent years has become costly to keep up with, and many are opting to have their devices repaired rather than purchasing new ones. However, the obstacles faced to repair devices are no secret. In some cases, it can end up costing about the same to repair a device as getting a new one, and most manufacturers persuade customers into replacing the device by saying it’s beyond repair. Electronics users have turned to the Right to Repair Movement, and many companies are responding.
When it comes to technology, there may be nothing worse than being unable to login to an account due to the wrong password. You’ve just been denied access to an important account after a failed login attempt, and gritted your teeth through the lengthy reset process, only to slowly fill with rage when you’re told it cannot be the same as your previous password. It happens to us all, and whether or not you’ve forgotten the password or it’s been changed for whatever reason, sometimes there’s a reason for the madness.
One of the most hazardous obstacles faced by e-scrap facilities is the risk of battery fire. Lithium Ion batteries can be especially dangerous when damaged, including causing fires and explosions, and many facilities do not have enough workers trained to handle them. In order to move scrap batteries safely downstream, facilities must make sure that select batteries are taped properly to prevent potential fires, and the process can be time consuming and costly over time.
As technology evolves, it also becomes more expensive. Newer smartphone models range anywhere from $800-$1,000 and higher depending on size, storage capacity etc. Repairing devices can be almost as expensive as purchasing a new one, which is leading many consumers on the quest to repair their device elsewhere. Instead of getting slapped with a bill almost equivalent to what you paid for the device, or being told you should just replace it altogether, users are opting to take devices to third-party repair shops. The problem is, manufacturers are known to withhold the knowledge needed or repair shops to fix them. Thus, the right to repair movement began.