Being super into tech is a great hobby to have. You can sculpt the perfect technological haven in your own home and make sure you have a bit of tech for every aspect of home living.
With that being said, being into the latest tech trends and developments can come with a hefty price tag. It can be financially daunting to get the latest tech upgrades, especially if you are on a budget.
So, here are some tips that every tech guru should know about to make their tech last longer, or to lessen the financial blow of upgrading.
Learn How To Solder
Learning how to solder is one of the most vital skill sets that a tech enthusiast can learn. Some of you may already be familiar or competent at soldering, but some of you may only have heard the term.
Soldering is a skill that will, at the very least, allow you to repair any tech that has gone faulty. At its most basic, soldering is the act of welding or joining two metals together.
When it comes to tech, this is usually applied to a chipset to form the metallic connections needed for the chipset to function. This means that if you have a faulty connection, it may be a simple soldering job that you can do yourself.
It is a vital skill that any tech guru should learn and one that can save you money!
Buy Refurbished Components
When it comes to upgrading a machine, especially a PC desktop or server, you don’t always need to buy brand new parts.
While brand new, shiny parts are great to have, refurbished tech doesn’t get enough of a spotlight for how good it is. Oftentimes, buying a refurbished model will knock a considerable amount of money off the price tag for minimal differences in performance.
Professionally refurbished tech is usually tried, tested, and benchmarked appropriately to ensure that the tech is working the way it was intended before it is even listed for sale.
An exemplary company for refurbished tech – especially server tech – is ETB Technologies who refurbish and sell all kinds of components. They even have their own warranty!
Stop Wasting Money On One-Use Batteries
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but plenty of people still use one-shot batteries that get thrown out after use. Not only is this extremely wasteful, but if the batteries are not able to be recycled, it is environmentally harmful too.
Rechargeable batteries are nothing new and as a tech guru, you’ll know this. But, why not take it a step further?
If you are a fan of DIY projects, you can easily attain the parts to build your own mini solar panel setup capable of charging your rechargeable batteries. It is surprisingly simple and will even save you money on your energy bills.
If you apply our first tip and learn to solder, this little project will be a blast!
Sell On Your Old Tech
When upgrading your current tech set-up, it can be customary to tuck your old technology away in a broom closet or drawer and forget about it. The “I might use that one day” mentality can be wasteful.
There are plenty of companies, large and small, that will buy your old technology from you in order to refurbish it and sell it on. There are also independent technology shops that will buy old technology for spare parts.
A quick Google search will throw up any local computer shops that you can phone around and ask about your old tech that you no longer need. Failing that there are plenty of online businesses that will accept your old tech.
Another avenue to go down is selling on re-sell websites such as eBay, Gumtree, or Craigslist.
There are many ways to save money on all your tech upgrades if you are determined and willing to put in the effort.
Some of the tips on this list may not be particularly easy to learn but are absolutely worthwhile in the end. It is all about saving a little bit for every upgrade to save a lot in the long run.