Ecodesign and right to repair in Europe

Hackaday article Europeans Now Have The Right To Repair – And That Means The Rest Of Us Probably Will Too talks about an important topic: right to repair. The right to repair what we own has been a hot topic for many years. Many modern devices seem to be surprisingly difficult to fix. In many

Replacing electrolytic capacitors

I had one Elisa viihde base WLAN station + ADSL modem that was unreliable. I had earlier done tear-down of it that I posted to this blog. Now it is time to try to fix it, because it was making whining noise and was a bit unreliable as WLAN base station. So it looks like

Microphone hardware hacking with a hammer

I have had for a long time an AKG D60 S microphone. The AKG D60S is advertised as an unidirectional semiprofessional dynamic microphone with smooth frequency response, a rugged all-metal body, an on/off switch, and removable wire-mesh grill.  It was proven to be a decent semiprofessional all-round microphone with hypercardioid polar pattern. Hypercardioid microphones are

Omron blood pressure monitor teardown

This is a teardown of an Omron M6 Comfort blood pressure monitor. This was several years old model (newer looks different). This teardown was done because this was no longer reliable – the display was missing most of graphics. Let’s open it. Open two screws and use pry tool to open plastic case. Let’s go

SilverCrest USB power bank teardown and repair

Here is few years old SilverCrest USB power pack with solar charger that stopper charging a smart phone. Because changing the charging cable did not help and the charging connector felt a little loose, it seems that the power pack is to blame here. Ithad served several years well as portable power pack that had

SMD soldering and repair

Here is a good collection videos on SMD soldering and replacing SMD components. Enjoy. Replacing SMD components without burning neighboring connectors without hot tweezers Desoldering Techniques One Hit Desoldering Desoldering without hot air How to Solder properly || Through-hole (THT) & Surface-mount (SMD) Sostituzione connettore alimentazione micro usb step by step How to repair bridge

USB sound card repair

I ordered this cheap (around $10-15) 5.1 channel USB sound card from China few years ago. The device does not have markings on the box so hard to day which exact model it it was. It seems that there are several similar looking cards available at and even today. CM6206-LX based USB Sound

Why Sleep Apnea Patients Rely on a CPAP Machine Hacker An Australian hacker has spent thousands of hours hacking the DRM that medical device manufacturers put on CPAP machines to create a free tool that lets patients modify their treatment.