Reply to post: Re: Good old electronics

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

Roger Mew

Re: Good old electronics

Yes modern solder is absolute manure, most electronic failures today are apparently due to crap unleaded solder. Now here is a thought, is it better to have an item last for 30 years, or have a one fail every year or so and be thrown away. To me even though the lead is a bit more harmful over all surely 10 or 20 times more rubbish is worse.

I have a vintage Land rover, she smokes a bit however how much pollution is created for making a new car. say a modern car lasts 15 years, then there is likely to have been about 4 new cars and the scrapping thereof just to equate to my Land Rover that incidentally is easier to maintain, does not have technical bits that go wrong (poor solder) and just keeps going.

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