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    Cool Real Tin Has Gone Up In Price

    I was looking at current prices of oddball scrap metals this morning, and was surprised at the price of real tin.

    Currently real tin is sitting at $7.80 /lb wholesale.
    Also of note: nickle is up to $4.20 /lb wholesale.


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    Sn ( tin ) is a weird metal that cries when you bend it.

    Not sure what your interest is in Sn, but I've been looking to purchase a power supply that will allow me to recover Sn from the solder used on circuit boards.

    Tin chloride is easy to return back into elemental Sn via electrolysis.
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    nickel and tin being high is a GOOD INDICATOR of both consumer electronics futures but also construction and heavy industry. Another indicator is carbide climbing up (which it is)
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    Alloy, how many kw/hours do you think it takes to pull a lb off solder and board substrates? I've looked at the process in the past but I just couldn't figure that much power for the returns, of course tin was about 2 bucks at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armygreywolf View Post
    Alloy, how many kw/hours do you think it takes to pull a lb off solder and board substrates? I've looked at the process in the past but I just couldn't figure that much power for the returns, of course tin was about 2 bucks at the time.
    KW hours probably cost more than i would make from the recovered Sn, other factors that may discourage me from attempting this project is that both copper and nickel used on the boards would also become chlorides - not sure how one could selectively separate each as a refined metal.

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    I might try a small scale and use a watt meter...7 per lb is awfully hard to ignore.

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