Charitable activity: items for sale, wanted, and donations
At irregular intervals skillbank has surplus computers, stock or "second user" items for sale.
All proceeds from this activity are donated to charity.
skillbank supports Marie Curie
During 2022 - 23, thanks to generous donors of equipment, I was able to donate almost £600 to support Marie Curie.
Donations: We are always looking for unwanted or even broken laptops in clean condition to refurbish for charity sale.
In the last two years the conventional "tower" or "desktop" PC's I've had for sale have not received any interest, so although I'm reluctant to let working machines go for recycling, I can no longer sell them to raise money for charity.
Items for sale: Sorry none at present
If you're interested in any of these items please contact me via the contact form
Replacement parts for older computers
I have a small stock of parts suitable for repairs or memory expansion on older PCs and laptops. If your laptop was made after 2014, replacing the old mechanical drive with a new SSD will give it a new lease of life, making it much faster and more responsive. An SSD also uses less current so your battery will last longer between charges. A memory expansion, larger drive or SSD can transform the speed of your PC!
Flat screen and widescreen monitors
If anyone would like an old style (4:3) flat screen monitor I have a couple around 18" - only a fiver each. Good for working with A4 pages! Also a couple of more recent widescreen monitors going cheap.
If your laptop screen is broken - or just too small - most laptops can use an external monitor and keyboard to make a nice economical desktop PC.
Get a mouse!
Laptop touchpads are often a source of issues.
I ALWAYS carry a mouse with me for use when visiting clients. You can get a wireless mouse for under a fiver so why use a touchpad?
Laptop batteries degrade with age. This can place a high load on the charger, so it runs hot as it tries to charge a failing battery. Many chargers fail for this reason. I feel this is a fire risk. The battery is not needed if the laptop is running from its charger. You only need a battery for portable use away from mains. By removing the battery the load on the charger is greatly reduced, and the charger runs cool. So if you arent USING it portable and (if its removable) just remove the battery!
Warranties on goods and services
We provide a 90 day limited warranty on items supplied by us, and repairs we undertake. Our liability is in all cases limited to the price you paid for those goods or services, and does not cover misuse. If you have bought an item from us you may access the terms of the limited warranty via the link below.
When we accept an item for repair we will ask you to sign a service agreement and data protection consent form, and you will receive a copy; however the terms of the agreement are also available below for your reference.