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Heavy Metal In Your Devices 🤘

In the last three decades, the demand for mobile phones has grown exponentially. What was once a convenient luxury for the fortunate is now a critical component of daily life for the billions of inhabitants. So much so, that the total number of mobile devices have outnumbered the population of the Earth (well over 7 billion) for a few years now! This number is only expected to get larger as with devices becoming more accessible and affordable. It can be argued that, apart from the internet, no other technology has had the effect that mobile phones have had on our modern civilization.

The current trends show there will be more and more devices manufactured, with many users owning more than one device, all of which contain precious metals and materials. One day, all of these devices will become obsolete and disposed in favor of something better, more modern. This cycle will continue just as it has for every other device, appliance or tool we use on a daily basis. According to Asurion [*], 80 million phones are lost, stolen or damaged every single year. Breaking that number down, that’s approximately: 220,000 phones a day / 9,132 phones every hour / over 152 phones every minute / 2.5 phones every second!

Think about the resources it takes to build such complex devices. Every mobile device you have contains precious metals like platinum, gold, silver, and palladium to name just a few. These valuable metals are finite and the process in which some of these have to be mined is dangerous and require a lot of energy. Take a look at the table which lists different types of metals and what they might be used for:

  • Copper: connectors, printed circuit boards, resistors, coils, speakers
  • Nickel: connectors, capacitors, resistors, shield plates, batteries
  • Silver: printed circuit boards, capacitors, resistors
  • Gold: connectors, printed circuit boards
  • Palladium: printed circuit board
  • Cobalt: batteries
  • Lithium: batteries
  • Lead: capacitors, resistors
  • Tin: printed circuit boards, capacitors, LCD displays
  • Zinc: resistors
  • REE: permanent magnets, LCD displays, speakers
  • Gallium: printed circuit boards
  • Indium: LCD displays
  • Iron: resistors, shield plates
  • Chromium: shield plates
  • Niobium: printed circuit boards
  • Tantalum: printed circuit boards
  • Titanium: capacitors

Once these precious metals are gone, the electronics industry will face a monumental scientific task in sourcing materials that will operate in a similar fashion, many of which have no viable alternative. Therefore, it is our duty, as relatively short-term tenants of this planet, to recycle our devices responsibly as many of these components are irreplaceable. Tossing them into a garbage bin for them to end up in a landfill is not something that should even be considered as many of the materials used are toxic and future inhabitants will be left to deal with the consequences of our actions.

We recommend you bring your old devices to any of our shops as we can ensure said devices are recycled responsibly, and in the case we can’t take them, we’ll offer guidance on where you can bring them.

Excited to announce our iPhone repair shop in Milwaukie!

We are thrilled to announce we’ve just opened our 4th phone and tablet repair shop in historic downtown Milwaukie, Oregon. Like our other Portland-area shops, this one in Milwaukie also specializes in iPhone and iPad broken glass repair and water damage services. Located right at the trimet MAX orange line stop for Main St./Milwaukie, we are directly across the street from the new Milwaukie Station food cart pods and beer garden. Next door, we have local Rohst coffee shop, owned by the grandson of the man who built the building (how cool is that?)!

Grand opening of The Fix Hut Milwaukie and Food carts

The iPhone and iPad repair techs at The Fix Hut Milwaukie party

Trimet MAX train stop orange line passing through to Sellwood from Milwaukie

Inside the new Milwaukie iPhone and iPad repair shop for The Fix Hut near Sellwood

MAX train headed for Sellwood from Milwaukie

Milwaukie iPhone repair shop mouse pad in new store

Milwaukie MAX train stop from The Fix Hut window iPhone and iPad repair shop in Milwaukie OR

Milwaukie Water Damage phone repair tablet and smart device information brochure at the new The Fix Hut shop

Our grand opening party was a blast, with lots of balloons, high fives, food cart meals, and little kids passing out free cookies and coloring in broken iPhone glass drawings! It’s always fun to get our team of repair techs together, who all specialize in iPhone and iPad repair!

Coloring in broken iPhone glass coloring pages

The Fix Hut Milwaukie phone and tablet repair shop opening party and balloons

Milwaukie Food Carts and cookies in an iPhone costume!

Passing out cookies at Milwaukie Station food cart and beer garden by the MAX stop from iPhone and iPad repair shop The Fix Hut Milwaukie

We are excited to be in this neighborhood, right by Sellwood Portland, offering iPhone repair Milwaukie!