Sometimes old is good (18 Nov, 2021)

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Sometimes old is good (18 Nov, 2021)

Postby aardvark_admin » Thu Nov 18, 2021 5:25 am

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What is the oldest piece of electronic equipment that you still use on a regular basis?

What is the anticipated lifespan of most new electronic stuff you buy today?

How long can we continue to operate our "throw-away" culture before we simply run out of raw materials or become burried in our own e-waste?
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Re: Sometimes old is good (18 Nov, 2021)

Postby greven » Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:38 am

What batteries do you buy? I have to change the UPS batteries at my work every 2 - 3 years. We mostly use Liebert PSA1000 units & long life batteries from CDLNZ. https://cdlnz.com/HRL1234WFR
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Re: Sometimes old is good (18 Nov, 2021)

Postby namartinnz » Thu Nov 18, 2021 8:31 am

I have an old Tunix, made in NZ, clock radio bought in 1980. The clock still works fine and accurately even if the time setting buttons take a bit more pressure to work. The FM radio still works fine as well as the dimmer dial for the clock LED.
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Re: Sometimes old is good (18 Nov, 2021)

Postby aardvark_admin » Thu Nov 18, 2021 11:17 am

greven wrote:What batteries do you buy? I have to change the UPS batteries at my work every 2 - 3 years. We mostly use Liebert PSA1000 units & long life batteries from CDLNZ. https://cdlnz.com/HRL1234WFR

I've generally just bought what was cheap on the day -- but I'm giving the ones you linked to a shot this time -- they seem to have quite a bit more AH capacity than the regular ones and a little research indicates that they are well reviewed across the Net.
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Re: Sometimes old is good (18 Nov, 2021)

Postby roygbiv » Thu Nov 18, 2021 11:46 am

My oldest bit of electronics is an Apple iPod bought around about 2007ish. I use it as an alarm clock, set it every night, charge it every month or so, it is 15 mins fast but can't be bothered to change it, and I discovered the other day that it has blue tooth and wireless which is turned off. It is ideal alarm clock as it is totally dark at night unless I touch it and it then shows me the time. Unlike the phone which may go off or chirps every now and again, so left out of earshot.

I also have a Tissot quartz watch which I got in 2005-2006 which does not count as it is comparable to Triggers Broom, but I like it still and that is what counts. :P
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Re: Sometimes old is good (18 Nov, 2021)

Postby phill » Thu Nov 18, 2021 1:17 pm

3 seiko sq100's 1992 -1994 vintage
bought the first new, it lasted much longer than the 6 months to 1 year for cheaper good watches and 1 year to 18 months for the better quality so i picked up another couple over the years
all still work and one attached to wrist 24/7 /365 ever since
1980's stereo onkyo with tannoy speakers .. turntable and tape deck long gone to storage
2004 jvc ex-a1 mini stereo with wood cone speakers .. still looks and sounds like new
( ,,,,,,,, ....... A E I O U use em sparingly theres probably not enough )

i might live and eat in a sewer .. but hey look how many of these shiny things i have got
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Re: Sometimes old is good (18 Nov, 2021)

Postby paulw » Thu Nov 18, 2021 3:44 pm

My oldest piece of electronics I have is an old Motorola Startac AMPs cell phone. Can't make any calls on it these days but it still powers up ok. The oldest day to day electronics is my 46" Sony LCD TV from 2007. Still goes as good as the day I bought it. The oldest working piece of electric gear is a 1980 Sunbeam electric bread knife bought in Sydney for A$35. Still used once a week on Sundays.
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