New circuit adhesive that’s removable… in the dishwasher?!

There’s a reason e-waste is such a huge environmental problem. It’s simply not convenient to recycle old electronics and (surprise!) most people are kind of lazy. It also doesn’t help that electronics are tough to properly disassemble and recycle. The chemicals used to break down electronics components are insanely toxic and flammable.

Fortunately, us SJ’ers aren’t usually lazy and recycle almost everything. (I’m looking at all those plastic bottles on your desk, KEITH.) To combat this global issue, however, scientists in the UK got together to develop a new kind of circuit board. It’s 90% recyclable and… well, hey, that’s pretty cool. Let’s stop and talk about that claim for a second.

Currently, circuit boards are manufactured with glass epoxy and solder and are pretty sturdy and heat resistant. Aside from scale and size, they haven’t really changed much since the 1980’s. (Neither has Keith’s haircut. ZING!)

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On the other hand, these new circuit boards are a conductive thermoplastic that is flexible at high temperatures and rigid at room temperature. Using a new kind of adhesive and ink, circuits are printed between bonded components.

And it’s easy to recycle them. You can melt the circuit board down and make new boards without having to using all kinds of crazy chemicals to separate the metal, epoxy and solder.

This brings us to the spit-take portion of this post. How does one remove the circuit board components on this new-fangled board and return it to its pristinely recyclable condition?

You take a nice, hot shower with it. No, seriously. You can also use your dishwasher. 

Wait, what?!

That’s how this new circuit board adhesive works. You administer near-boiling water to the board and the bonded components and printed circuitry scrapes off. Just use a spatula. No muss, no fuss.

Now, obviously, this new technology isn’t the sort of thing you’re going to see in a TV soon. It couldn’t withstand a TV’s internal temperature. According to the company backing this research, a lot of current interest is actually coming from the automotive industry (see, probably: Elon Musk of Tesla).

We do hope this technology makes its way to TVs very soon. And computers. And all electronics. The world will be a better place for it…

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Plasma TV Repair Myths

Plasma TVs. You know ‘em, you love ‘em. If you’ve tried to troubleshoot one, you probably love to hate them. Or mostly hate, let’s face it. Repairing a plasma is right up there with giving the dog a bath. By the end of it, everyone’s angry and scratched up and paranoid, but at least it’s done.

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One of the worst things about repairing these TVs is the weird misinformation you run into during your research. Oh, did I say “misinformation”? I meant LIES. Here’s a few you may have heard…

1. RADIATION HAZARD!

I sort of get it. “Plasma” is kind of a scary term, but so is “electron gun”, “litter box” and “microwave”. Two of those things actually give off sterilizing radiation, but no one ever sweats them. Except me — cats are just filthy, awful things. The real truth is that the plasma in a plasma TV is essentially the same stuff in a fluorescent bulb.

2. Fill ‘er up!

I can’t imagine who started this rumor. A plasma screen is not an aquarium filled with super-heated poisonous gas that you’ll have to refill at home. And if you thought this and still bought one, are you like a super-villain in training or something?

 3. Plasmas have an expiration date.

This myth is at least a bit more grounded, as people toss around terms like “planned obsolescence” all the time. The truth is much less conspiratorial, however. They’re not designed to fail. It’s just a fast moving technology, like cell phones or cyborgs.          

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As long as you treat your plasma TV like any other high-end tech, it will last you. Just remember to keep it cool, clean and in good repair.

The real truth to plasma TV repair is that it’s not easy, but it’s far from impossible. Also, it’s a whole lot cheaper than buying a new TV. Best of all, we’re here to help! Search our site, call our Customer Service, or you can even talk to our tech support for free!

So don’t be afraid. We can get through this. Together.

ShopJimmy Super Game Challenge

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Think you’re the best armchair quarterback in all the land? Prove it and win a TV! 

Complete the form below and pick the final score of the game. If you correctly guess the winning team AND final score, you’ll score a sweet 42” TV! If you correctly pick the winner of the game, we’ll add $10 in SJ Store Credit to your account. Good luck!

Click here to make your pick today!


Contest rules:
- Picks must be submitted by Sunday, February 2nd at 12:00 pm CST
- One entry per person
- US contestants are only eligible to win TV
- TV winner must pick correct winner and exact, final score
- TV winner will be selected at random if there are multiple contestants eligible 
- SJ Store Credit added to accounts will be available through 4/31/14

Create RMA’s and Return Shipping Labels Online!

For the love of the interwebs! Our returns process has officially and finally entered the digital era. You can now create RMA’s and return shipping labels online. No phone calls. No emails. No hassle. Here’s how to do it:

1. Review our Returns Guidelines and then click the “Start Returns Process” button if your return meets the criteria. 

2. You’ll now encounter our “ShopJimmy Returns Manager” portal, which is just a fancy way to describe the place where you create your RMA and return label. Yes, it looks a little different from our website, but you’re in the right place!

3. Enter your “Order Number” (the order that you wish to return) and “Billing Zip Code” and click “Next.” If your order doesn’t meet our Returns Guidelines, you will see an error message. If you believe this is a mistake, please contact us. 

4. Next, select your “Return Type” (Return or Replace), “Return Reason” and “Return Quantity.” If you need a replacement part, we will send you a replacement the following business day (if not available, we will contact you to discuss other options and/or issue a refund). If you select “Defective” for your “Return Reason,” please add the reason it’s defective and your TV model number (that will help us test the part when we receive it). 

5. Review the “RMA Summary” and make sure all of your information is correct. Once you hit “Submit” and your RMA is approved, you can create your return shipping label. 

6. You can email or print your return shipping label and also schedule a USPS package pick-up. If you decide to print your shipping label, please make sure your browser allows pop-ups for this webpage. If you’re having the package picked-up, you will need to schedule the pick-up date and add any notes for USPS.

And you’re set! Slap the label on the original shipping box and take it to your nearest USPS location (if you didn’t schedule a pick-up). Once we receive it, we will process your return (and refund, if necessary) according to our Returns Policy. Please note that a $7.95 shipping label fee and/or a 20% restocking fee may apply to your return. Again, please review our Returns Policy and contact us with any questions!

Pizza Pizza!

We held a pizza eating contest this week and seven hungry SJ’ers tried to down two medium pizzas as fast as possible. It was both hilarious and slightly unsettling. In the end, one man consumed the pizzas quicker than the rest (a little over five minutes!). Jimmy gave it his best effort and managed to grab the silver medal. There are conflicting reports about how many TUMS were also consumed later that day, but we imagine the over/under is somewhere in the double-digits.