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    "silver magnet"

    I used to have one of these years ago, until it stopped working. Not sure if any of you remember then, but they used an electrode to recover silver form used fixer.

    Anybody still make these things? The only units I can find new are great big things more aimed at commercial labs.

    I also remember some book years ago that had plans to make your own, electrode based silver recovery unit. Two rods, steel and carbon of some kind, but I cannot find it. anybody remember that book or those plans?

    thanks
    joe
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    Re: "silver magnet"

    Any electrolysis setup will work. The anode and cathode need to be of differing metals. The silver will collect on one. Use battery, or battery charger for current.

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    Re: "silver magnet"

    porter's camera store sells them
    i think they are porters.com ...

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    Re: "silver magnet"

    They do still sell them. $46 for the unit, $18 for a replacement cell.

    Silver Magnet

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    Re: "silver magnet"

    Quote Originally Posted by jbannow View Post
    They do still sell them. $46 for the unit, $18 for a replacement cell.

    Silver Magnet
    Exactly what I was looking for. thanks much
    joe
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    Re: "silver magnet"

    I have one downstairs in the darkroom, plucking silver from my used fixer at this very moment, one atom at a time. Or so it seems...

    Got it from Porter's.

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    Re: "silver magnet"

    Can anyone who uses one tell me how long it takes before you can dump a gallon of Fix. Im guessing porter can tell me but thought I would ask. Thanks for all the good input.

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    Re: "silver magnet"

    I see the Silver Recovery products are now available from Digital Truth.com, including the Silver Magnet from $68.95 and Silver Trap Trickle Tank from $179.95
    http://www.digitaltruth.com/store/cart/Silver-Recovery/

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    Re: "silver magnet"

    Quote Originally Posted by bjames View Post
    Can anyone who uses one tell me how long it takes before you can dump a gallon of Fix. Im guessing porter can tell me but thought I would ask. Thanks for all the good input.
    you will have a hard time calling porters, they are out of business ( since 2 februarys ago )
    the magnet is not a fast process, neither is a trickle tank ...

    i am a distributor and sell them through d-truth.
    you can buy them directly from me if you would like.
    there are several size trickle tanks 3.5 gallon, and 7 gallon,
    in addition to a very very small one ...
    i also sell test strips to determine the levels of silver before and after the magnet or trickle tanks are used.
    enjoy your coffee

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    Re: "silver magnet"

    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    you will have a hard time calling porters, they are out of business ( since 2 februarys ago )
    the magnet is not a fast process, neither is a trickle tank ...

    i am a distributor and sell them through d-truth.
    you can buy them directly from me if you would like.
    there are several size trickle tanks 3.5 gallon, and 7 gallon,
    in addition to a very very small one ...
    i also sell test strips to determine the levels of silver before and after the magnet or trickle tanks are used.
    jnanian,
    I'm on the road around 200 days a year, at this time.
    As a result I develop my film in a motel room, or wherever else I can.
    Would one of those systems be portable and quick enough to use on the road?
    I often only have hours for developing rather than days.

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