Great tutorial. Many Thx. A Couple of Tips
CANDERSON - Excellent work. Bought as Xmas presents for my two daughters in 2007. They really like them and the batts have died so this is a great help x 2.
Issues previously reported and my POV
Mic/ALS connector removal.
I was able to use a very small flat blade screw driver to push the connector out. Orient the blade vertically on the top center point of the connector plug
with the blade facing the connector wires
Keep the handle as horizontal as possible to create solid point of leverage on the connector plug from which to push it out. In my case, the connector plug separated easily.
I too had the rubbery double sided adhesive holding the batt in place. I had little trouble removing the battery.
I used the WD-40 approach on the long batt edge closest the center of the PCB. However, I did not spray it on. WD-40 is a mess to use and I had no interest in flooding the PCB. I sprayed a little WD-40 in to a plastic container and then used the WD-40 red spray straw to dribble some on the long batt edge. I would estimate the total volume applied was ~ "3 eye drops", though, when using the WD-40 red straw, this was ~6-8 dribbles. I only waited about 2-3 minutes to the WD-40 to act on the adhesive.
I levered on the same long batt edge as where I applied WD-40. The lever I used was a Tack Claw
. I do not endorse moving metal tools on a PCB surface. That said, I used this Tack Claw as a lever NOT a wedge
. Plastic wedges are sold with some batt kits.
I have owned the Stanley 69-010 Tack Claw since 1991. This is unexpectedly one of the most versatile hand tools I own.
Prior to applying the WD-40, I did attempt to wedge the batt and indeed the batt was very secure. Using the lever approach, the batt released without effort. Note:
lever the long edge of the batt NOT the end. If you consider the physics involved, the "lever" applied the the long edge take far less force than on the batt (short) end - this may be contributing to removal issues for some.
Once removed, I observed a film of WD-40 had spread under the entire batt surface area. For clean up, I used tissue and then CVS 91% Isopropyl
. A life time supply costs 3 USD. If you upgrade CPUs on computers, a high % (>90%) Isopropyl is recommended for cleaning the surfaces of the CPU Die and Heat Sink prior to applying thermal paste.