One of the biggest problems the planet is facing right now is the huge stocks of electronic garbage. Having many precious but useless things around us makes us really feel sick when it comes to how to dispose or recycle gadgets that we bought in big bucks. Waste not, want not, that’s how the old saying goes. With ever-evolving technology getting better day by day, it is likely to get flattened by the idea of buying something new and latest as promised by the advertisements. Soon there’s a pile of unused gadgets lying there in your back room gathering dust. So instead of selling them to your local raddiwala (scrap-dealer), here are some brilliant lifehacks to reuse and recycle your old gadgets.
How to Recycle Your Old Gadgets and Reuse them
- Recycle Your Old Laptop: This is one of the most common things lying around either because you’ve bought a new laptop, or your old friend is non-functional now because it has a broken screen or corrupt hard drive. If your screen has broken and the rest of the laptop works fine, all you need to do connect to your HDTV and you have an installed Home Theater PC. In the case of broken hard drives, busted batteries, and bad RAM, you can just replace them, refurbish the laptop by either transforming it into a photo frame if the laptop is old. And if you just want to get rid of your old laptop, sell it at cheap prices or donate it to charity. There would be many who really need a laptop but don’t have enough money to buy a new.
- Recycle your Old Smart-phone: While we have a booming market for second-hand smartphones in India, there are times you might be having an old yet working smartphone lying in your closet. This tip is especially for those with Android touchscreen phones. They can do several things like using it as a wireless music streamer or wireless touch mouse. Another option can be as a keyword for their home theater desktop setup. One can also use it is as a GPS device in the car by just placing it on the dashboard and installing an app to show high speed and GPS reflected off your screen.
- Recycle your Old Amplifier: The modern home theater systems, speakers, and sound bars have rendered the old Hi-Fi sound amplifiers archaic. However, if you do happen to have one of those retro-babies from your schooldays, throwing them out will be like hitting your memories. Rather use them for outdoor sirens, emergency alarms and donate them for a community use as fire alarm in nearby building.
- Recycle your Old Desktop PC: If you have a desktop PC with a fully or partially working cabinet lying around, you can unmount the motherboard and cabinet, fetch the working and usable parts and re-purpose it. Another thing would fill all the cabinet HDD housings with hard drives, both small and big, and let the PC act as a storage NAS with the processor doing all the streaming.
- Recycle your Old Tablet: Like a smartphone, there are lots of things you can do with an old tablet. Mount your old tablet as a cast screen for YouTube tutorials or install apps for culinary recipes, to-do lists, and drawing doodles. There will help you jot down things to buy, make lists and use timer apps to warm you once your baked dish is ready. If you travel with kids often, mount your old tablet in the backseat to keep the kids busy while you drive to the destination.
- Recycle you Old-Monitor: If you have one of these chunky CRTs, then it’s best to get rid of them. LCD monitors are slim, take less space. You can tack on a TV tuner box, or if it has got an HDMI, you can connect it to your cable box ad use it as a second small TV in your bedroom or for your kids. Alternatively, you can put it in your kitchen and connect it to your tablet or smartphone and watch latest cooking recipes on YouTube. Lastly, the most popular use of and an old monitor is to use it as a second display.
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