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    Aluminum capacitors worth anything?

    I get alot of the round usually black aluminum capacitors off of all sorts of electronic boards. Are they worth saving? If so what as? New to the e-waste thing but fascinated by it.



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    One yard near me buys them as dirty aluminum or aluminum breakage. Mostly I just toss them in with the shred.

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    If you were really bored and had a lot of time to kill you could collect a ton of em and pull out all the little metal strips. Maybe I'll do that when I get home, nothing better to do at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pokemonprime View Post
    If you were really bored and had a lot of time to kill you could collect a ton of em and pull out all the little metal strips. Maybe I'll do that when I get home, nothing better to do at the moment.
    ^^^^^ I wouldn't advise this ^^^^^

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    Dirty Aluminum ... $0.06 /lb around here ( last I looked ). Is it worth your time ?
    There is polychlorinated biphenyl and other nasty stuff in some capacitors . Rip open at your own risk.

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    I leave caps on the boards unless they are really big and devalue the board.
    Last edited by jimicrk; 12-11-2018 at 07:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greytruck View Post
    ^^^^^ I wouldn't advise this ^^^^^
    \_(ツ)_/ I tried and most of the legs stayed on the board so I gave up after a few. As for RLS' comment, I assumed we were talking about the standard dark blue & grey electrolytic ones that are all over most boards, which afaik don't have any liquids or majorly dangerous components.


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