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In such a modern age in technology, who do electronics die?

We have grown accustom to everything having an expiry date, whether it be food, drinks, medication or even ourselves! And electronics are no exception.

But why exactly is this, seeing that electronics are not necessarily organic?

Well, there are a number of reasons as to why electronics die over time. The main and most common reason is largely due to capacitors. Capacitors are those tiny little cylinder looking things on your motherboard which store and release electricity. Because of this, they store electrodes which usually last for a good couple of years, perhaps even into the decades. But some capacitors make use of a variety of chemicals and, with constant heating up and cooling down, these capacitors expand and contract which wears out their housing and causes leaks.

Even in other devices, like cellphones and computer components like RAM and a GPU, heat has nasty and devastating effects over time. The connectors on motherboards are so tiny that, with constant heating up and cooling down, these connectors become brittle and weakened to the point that just a slight bump could cause these to break and significantly damage your devices.

Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel, Tech Quickie, on Why Do Electronics Die?

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