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There are several threads here where electrolysis is explained. I've got a bookmark for a couple of sites but I can't find them - google electrolysis for rust removal and you'll find several.

I can't use my battery charger as it has an electronic sensor that senses a short and turns it off, but if you have an older/non-digital charger it should work. I use a power supply for a laptop that I've spliced into for my electrolysis. It doesn't work as fast as a charger might as it's only 3A, but it's done the job for everything I've thrown at it in under 24 hours.

Most guides to electrolysis say to use sodium carbonate (washing soda), but I haven't been able to easily find any, so I use sodium bi-carbonate (baking soda) instead. It might be a little slower, but who cares - most times I've had to leave my bath overnight anyway.

Just make sure if you are going to try electrolysis that you have the electrodes hooked up with the correct polarity or you'll ruin your parts very quickly!
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