Right to Repair Caution

Over the years electronic devices have grown more expensive, and so have repairs. Skyrocketing smartphone prices have made the devices extremely expensive to repair, and oftentimes users are told to replace the device altogether, leading them to pay just as much as they did for the device in the first place. This largely contributes to…

HOBI Weekly Blog Recap (5/31-6/2/22)

Below is a recap of this week’s blog posts including details on the new Swiss-Ghana e-scrap export proposal, some battery safety tips and what to do if a fire occurs during self repair, and a new data wiping tool for Google’s Chromebook.  Battery Safety 101 & What to do if a battery fire occurs during…

Battery Safety 101 & What to do if a battery fire occurs during a self-repair

Over the last few years pressure from the Right to Repair movement has increased, pushing tech companies to expand their restrictive repair policies, and many have conceded. Tech giants like Apple, Google and Microsoft have each announced one version or another of self-repair kits, enabling users to repair their own devices from the comfort of…

Battery Recycling Spreads Across U.S. & Europe

Battery fires are becoming a growing concern in the world, especially with the emergence of an electric car supply chain. Lithium Ion battery fires are becoming increasingly more common, leading the recycling industry to focus more on safe battery recycling.  Commercial operations for Lithium Ion battery recycler Li-Cycle’s new Arizona location have begun in what…