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It seems obvious, but soaking your old video game cartridges in orange juice is not a good idea. That’s the lesson Solderking (AKA: Taylor Burley) is preaching right now – in case you didn’t know, Burley often asks viewers to send in items that no longer work, and his most recent case was a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of the Seasons which, according to its owner, was recently dipped in a cute, cute OJ.
The game was cleaned up to the best of its ability and even worked for a short time, but when it reached Burley’s desk it refused to boot. As you can see from the video, Burley is surprised at how good the game looks when he first opens the cartridge – but when he removes the components on the circuit board, he quickly realizes that not all of the orange juice has been removed and the acidic liquid had the copper traces have been quietly eaten away for some time.
The solution? Burley scrapes off the corrosion and then begins carefully reconstructing the damaged connections using solid 30-gauge wire – a task so tricky that he has to use a digital microscope and tweezers. To top it off, Burley sprays a special coating to ensure that future liquid immersion doesn’t ruin the car.
Watching Burley at work is strangely relaxing, and we highly recommend checking out the other videos on his channel – especially if you appreciate the art of handling a soldering iron with a steady hand.
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