How a helicopter toy is easily saved from the dumpster

Another example of price reduction that contributes to a global waste production problem.
Mar 27, 2021 — 2 mins read — Electronics

How a helicopter toy is easily saved from the dumpster

My kids have a lot of toys. Occasionally, some of them break so I do what I think is the best and try to fix them.

The repairs vary from gluing broken pieces to soldering loose wires, and to an occasional complete reverse engineering of an electronics circuit so I can rebuild it from scratch.

These repairs are not always cost-effective but I find enjoyment in the learning process as well as in the joy I see in my kids when their favorite toy is alive again.

Here is an example where I literally had to reverse engineer the entire circuit to fix all of the broken wires.

This time on the "healing bench", I got a fairly new helicopter toy with the complaint that it no longer turns on. In the past, I've repaired a similar toy that had issues with its switch so I guessed that that might be the problem here as well.

You can check the entire process of opening and troubleshooting in the video below.

Tools and materials used in the video:

helicopter toy repair switch
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