Installing Apple AirPort Express Base Station Power Supply Kit
Replace a fried power supply in your Apple AirPort Express.
- Author: Phillip Takahashi
- Time required: 1 to 2 hours
- Difficulty: Difficult
A common issue with the Apple AirPort Express is that its power supply tends to burn out. This guide will show you how to open your AirPort, build your own power supply, and install the new power supply.
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Mark or note the edges that need to be cut to open the AirPort Express case.
Use a dremel tool with a thin cutting bit to slowly cut around the marked edges. Cut evenly along the middle of the edges, and make several shallow passes to ensure that you don't accidentally cut into any of the components inside.
If you see sparks while cutting, it means you are cutting through the EMI shields. Reduce your cutting depth immediately to prevent further damage.
Be especially cautious when cutting next to the LED light, as the power wires are right next to the case wall. The wires are highlighted in orange in the third picture. Severing these wires may make the repair extremely difficult.
Use a metal spudger or prying device to begin levering the case halves apart.
Do not push the prying device too far into the case, as this could damage the EMI shields or other components.
The case will be most stubborn near the grey power inlet, as this piece is glued to the case halves. Focus on separating the other parts of the case first.
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