iPad Mini CDMA Battery Replacement

Replace the Battery in your iPad Mini CDMA.

Use this guide to replace the battery.

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Edit Step 1 Front Panel  ¶ 

  • In the following steps, you will be using a microwave to heat the iOpener, an insulated bag that will transfer heat to the adhesive strips around the iPad's screen.

  • We recommend that you clean your microwave before proceeding, as any nasty gunk stuck to the bottom of the microwave may end up stuck to the iOpener.

  • Place the iOpener in the microwave and microwave it for one minute on the highest power setting.

    • If you have not heated your iOpener for some time, or this is the first time you are using the iOpener, we suggest microwaving the bag wrapped in a damp paper towel. This will prevent the contents of the bag from burning in the event of over-microwaving.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the iOpener from the microwave, holding it by one of the corners.

  • Be careful when handling the bag, as it will be quite hot.

  • As you complete this guide, using the iOpener to warm and soften adhesive will cool the iOpener. As it cools it will be less effective, so you'll want to reheat the iOpener in the microwave periodically.

    • Be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair procedure. Wait at least two minutes before reheating the iOpener, and never microwave it for more than one minute.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Throughout the following procedure, you'll be placing the iOpener on the iPad to soften adhesive at several locations. Ensure the iOpener is hot before placing it on the iPad, and reheat it in the microwave for 30-60 seconds as needed.

    • Be careful not to overheat the iOpener; never microwave it for longer than one minute, and always wait at least two minutes before reheating the iOpener.

  • Lay the iOpener flat on the right edge of the iPad, smoothing it out so that there is good contact between the surface of the iPad and the iOpener.

  • Let the iOpener sit on the iPad for approximately 90 seconds before continuing on to open the front panel.

  • As you may find yourself working with broken glass during this procedure, we recommend wearing safety glasses for protection from flying shards.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the iOpener from the iPad.

  • Place a suction cup on the bottom right of the front panel glass, just above the lower bezel and near the right edge of the device.

  • With one hand on the device, pull up on the suction cup enough to open a small gap between the front panel glass and rear panel.

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  • While still pulling up with the suction cup, insert a wide plastic opening tool into the gap created between the front panel and rear case.

  • Leave the opening tool in the gap and remove the suction cup from the iPad.

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  • Place the iOpener back along the right edge of the iPad and wait about a minute for it to warm the adhesive back up.

  • Insert a guitar pick 1/4" into the crack between the front panel and the rear case, to the left of the plastic opening tool.

    • The guitar pick will serve as a placeholder, to keep the gap spread open so the adhesive doesn't reseal the iPad shut as you move the plastic opening tool.

    • Be careful not to insert the guitar pick too deep, as it could scratch and damage the front of the LCD.

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  • Slide the plastic opening tool toward the top of the iPad, breaking the adhesive seal between the front panel and rear case.

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  • Insert another guitar pick above the plastic opening tool, to keep the gap from resealing.

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  • Place the iOpener across the bottom on the iPad, after reheating it for 30-60 seconds if it has cooled down.

  • Let the iOpener sit for at least 90 seconds, to warm and soften the adhesive beneath this section of the front panel.

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  • Insert the plastic opening tool into the gap between the front panel and rear case, next to the lower placeholder guitar pick.

  • Slide the opening tool around the corner, separating the front panel from the rear case.

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  • Continue sliding the plastic opening tool along the bottom edge of the iPad.

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  • Insert a guitar pick into the bottom of the iPad as shown, between the front panel glass and rear case.

  • Be careful not to insert the guitar pick any closer than 3/4" from the right edge of the iPad, as you may damage the digitizer cable.

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  • Continue sliding the plastic opening tool along the next corner of the device, freeing the rest of the bottom edge of the front panel.

  • Leave the plastic opening tool in this position.

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  • Insert another guitar pick under the bottom left corner of the front panel, breaking the adhesive beneath it.

    • If the guitar pick is hard to press in, reheat the iOpener for 30-60 seconds and reapply it to the iPad for another 90 seconds to resoften the adhesive.

  • Slide the guitar pick toward the home button, breaking the adhesive beneath.

    • For this pick, be sure to only slide toward the center, to prevent damage to the Wi-Fi antenna, located beneath the lower bezel.

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  • Place the iOpener back on the iPad, this time along the left edge of the front panel.

    • Remember to reheat the iOpener for an additional 30-60 seconds if it has cooled down after its last application.

  • Let the iOpener sit for 90 seconds to soften the adhesive along the left side of the iPad.

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  • Slide the plastic opening tool a few inches along the left side of the iPad, continuing to break the adhesive securing the front panel to the rear case.

  • Insert a placeholder guitar pick to keep the adhesive from re-sealing and closing the gap made by the plastic opening tool.

    • Remember to only push the guitar pick in about 1/4", to avoid scratching the front of the LCD.

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  • Continue sliding the plastic opening tool the rest of the way along the left side of the iPad.

  • Insert another guitar pick in the top of the left side as shown, to keep the gap open.

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  • Lay the iOpener on the top edge of the iPad, and let it sit for 90 seconds to melt the adhesive securing the top of the front panel to the rear case.

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  • Insert the wide plastic opening tool into the gap held open by the guitar pick on the iPad's left side.

  • Slide the plastic opening tool around the top left corner of the iPad, bringing the gap to the top edge of the front panel.

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  • Slide the plastic opening tool along the top edge, separating the edge of the front panel from the rear case.

  • Leave the plastic opening tool in the gap beneath the front panel, near the iPad's top right corner.

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  • Push a guitar pick in between the front panel and rear case near the top left corner of the iPad.

  • Slide the guitar pick toward the front-facing camera to break the layer of adhesive beneath the top display bezel.

    • Stop once you reach the camera, as you might damage the camera or its cable if you slide the guitar pick over the camera.

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  • Slide the plastic opening tool around the iPad's top right corner.

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  • Push a guitar pick in between the front panel and rear case just to the right of the front-facing camera.

  • Slide the guitar pick toward the outside edge of the iPad to break the layer of adhesive beneath the top display bezel.

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  • At this point you should have opened the gap between the front panel and rear case around all four edges and underneath the top and bottom bezels, leaving guitar picks to hold the gap open as shown.

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  • Lift the front panel glass from the top, folding it up and over the iPad.

    • Do not remove the front panel from the rest of the iPad; the digitizer cable still connects the two.

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Edit Step 26 LCD Assembly  ¶ 

  • Small pieces of foam tape cover the top and bottom right-hand screws securing the LCD to the rear case.

  • Use tweezers to peel up and remove the rectangular piece of foam tape covering the top right LCD screw.

  • Remove the triangular tape covering the lower right LCD screw.

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  • The top left LCD screw may be covered by adhesive tape from the front panel.

  • If the tape is present, use the flat end of a spudger to pry the tape up and away, exposing the LCD screw beneath.

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  • Remove the four 3.9 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the LCD to the rear case.

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  • Use a pair of tweezers to peel up the small piece of tape connecting the LCD frame to the right speaker.

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  • A thin strip of foam tape on the LCD frame is covering a piece of tape connecting the LCD to the panel beneath it. To proceed, you'll have to break and peel up some of the foam tape to expose the tape hidden beneath.

  • Use a pair of thin tweezers to pull up the top of the foam tape surrounding the LCD.

    • Be careful not to touch the LCD with the tweezers, as you may damage the display.

  • Use the tweezers to peel the foam tape up to expose the top of the LCD.

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  • Insert the tip of a spudger between the LCD frame and the tape on the top of the LCD.

  • Slide the spudger along the space between the LCD frame and tape, separating the tape from the LCD frame.

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  • The LCD is glued to the metal LCD shield plate behind it along the top, left, and right edges. In order to safely loosen this adhesive, you'll be using a guitar pick to shift the LCD a couple of millimeters left and right several times.

  • Insert a guitar pick into the gap between the LCD and rear case, near the top of the left side of the LCD.

  • Bend the pick slightly away from the iPad, just enough to spread the gap between the LCD and rear case.

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  • Insert the guitar pick into three more locations down the left side of the LCD and bend it over in each location, to slide the LCD over to the right side of the rear case.

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  • Now switch to the right side of the LCD, and pry with the guitar pick in several places along the side to shift the LCD back to the left.

  • Repeat this and the previous step a few times, until the LCD is easily moved left and right.

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  • In the next few steps, you'll be sliding a spudger between the LCD and the metal backing plate to fully separate the LCD from the adhesive beneath.

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the LCD frame and the metal backing plate.

    • Be sure to get the spudger between the LCD frame and backing plate, and not beneath the plate. Prying up on the plate will damage it, because it is screwed down to the rear case beneath the LCD.

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  • Starting at the top right of the device, slide the spudger in between the LCD frame and metal backing plate, which will separate the adhesive as you push.

    • The goal is to separate the adhesive, not to pry the LCD up, so keep the pointed tip of the spudger as low as possible to prevent bending the LCD.

  • If inserting the spudger causes the corner of the LCD to bend up, repeat the steps with the guitar pick to further loosen the adhesive.

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  • Repeat the previous procedure along the top of the LCD.

  • Insert the flat end of the spudger between the LCD frame and metal backing plate and gently push the spudger in across the top of the device, separating adhesive.

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  • Continue with the left side of the LCD: insert the flat end of the spudger between the LCD and shield plate and insert the spudger as far as it will go.

  • At this point the LCD should be loosened from the adhesive holding it. If it is not, re-insert the spudger on the right side or top to fully free the LCD.

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  • Lift the LCD up a couple inches from the rear case to ensure it's free from the adhesive.

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  • Two wide strips of tape connect the LCD to the speakers.

  • While holding the LCD with one hand, Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap between this tape and the left speaker.

  • Gently pull the LCD away from the speakers while rotating the spudger outward to separate the tape from the speaker.

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  • Insert the flat end of the spudger into the gap between the right speaker and the LCD tape.

  • While pulling the LCD away from the speakers, rotate the spudger outward, widening the gap and releasing the tape from the speaker.

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  • Flip the LCD over and rest it on top of the front panel glass.

  • Do not attempt to remove the LCD from the iPad, as it is still connected by its data cable.

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Edit Step 43 LCD Shield Plate  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the LCD shield plate to the rear case of the iPad:

    • Two 2.6 mm Phillips #00

    • Thirteen 1.7 mm Phillips #00

    • One additional 1.7 mm Phillips #00 on some devices.

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  • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the center of the LCD shield plate from the bottom end of the iPad.

  • Pry up on the spudger to free the plate from the sides of the rear case.

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  • Remove the LCD shield plate from the iPad.

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Edit Step 46 Battery Connector  ¶ 

  • Remove the three 1.3 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the connector shield to the logic board.

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  • Use a pair of tweezers to grasp and remove the connector shield from the iPad.

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  • Use a plastic opening tool to gently pry the battery connector up from its socket on the logic board.

  • Be very careful to only pry up on the battery connector and not on the socket itself. If you pry up on the logic board socket, you may break the connector entirely.

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Edit Step 49 LCD  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the LCD connector from its socket on the logic board.

  • Do not pry against the large IC next to the connector, or you may break it. Gently pry from the side of the connector as shown.

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  • The LCD is still connected to the rest of the iPad by two wide strips of adhesive tape that run up from the inside of the rear case to the front bottom LCD frame.

  • While holding the LCD with one hand, insert the flat end of a spudger between the LCD and tape on the iPad's right side.

  • Slide the spudger outward, separating the tape, while gently lifting up on the LCD to pull it away from the tape.

  • It may help to twist the spudger, to spread the gap the rest of the way and separate the LCD from the tape.

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  • While still holding the LCD up with one hand, move on to the iPad's left side and repeat the previous step's procedure to separate the second piece of tape.

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the LCD frame and tape, and slide outward while gently lifting up on the LCD.

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  • Lift and remove the LCD from the iPad Mini.

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Edit Step 53 Front Panel Assembly  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic opening tool to gently pry the digitizer connector up from its socket on the logic board.

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  • Gently pry the digitizer cable board up from the rear case.

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  • Lift and remove the front panel from the iPad.

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Edit Step 56 Battery  ¶ 

  • Reheat the iOpener in the microwave for one minute.

    • Remember to be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair procedure. Wait at least two minutes before reheating the iOpener, and never microwave it for more than one minute.

  • Place the heated iOpener on the back of the iPad, along the center. Let it sit there for 90 seconds to soften the battery adhesive.

  • Move the iOpener to the right of the back of the iPad (the side opposite the rear-facing camera), and let the iOpener sit for another 90 seconds.

    • If the iOpener cools significantly between sittings, reheat it for another minute.

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Edit Step 57  ¶ 

  • Throughout the following procedure, you'll be sliding thin plastic cards between the battery and rear case of the iPad, to separate the adhesive securing the battery in place. Be careful to keep the cards as flat as possible to avoid bending the battery, which may damage it and cause it to release dangerous chemicals.

  • Flip the iPad back over and insert a plastic card between the top left battery and the rear case.

  • If you encounter significant resistance, re-heat the iOpener and repeat the previous step to give the adhesive more time to soften.

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  • Press the card in further, breaking as much of the adhesive holding in the battery as you can.

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  • Remove the plastic card and reinsert it underneath the top right corner of the battery.

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  • Again, press the card in further, to break more of the adhesive behind the battery.

  • Leave this card in place to prevent the adhesive from resetting.

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Edit Step 61  ¶ 

  • Insert a second plastic card beneath the bottom left corner of the battery.

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  • Slowly push the card in further, breaking more of the adhesive between the battery and the rear case.

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  • Remove the card and reinsert it, beneath the bottom right corner of the battery.

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  • Push the card further underneath the battery.

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Edit Step 65  ¶ 

  • Grasp both cards and slowly pull the right side of the battery up about two inches from the rear case.

  • Peel slowly and try to keep the battery as straight as possible.

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Edit Step 66  ¶ 

  • While lifting the right side of the battery up with one hand, use a plastic card to cut any adhesive still holding the battery down to the rear case.

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Edit Step 67  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the battery from the iPad.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the iPad Mini CDMA device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

Make sure you disconnect the battery. If not and ipad is still on you can have problems with the LCD backlight. To fix that problem you have to solder

mattis, · Reply

I may be experiencing the backlight problem you mentioned. What connection needs to be soldered?

Grillwrecka,

Be careful not to dislodge any of the surface mount components next to the connectors. This is sometimes a reason for the digitiser not working.

Simon, · Reply

== After step 55 ==

Before installing your new digitizer (front panel), make sure to put the necessary bends on the new digitizer's ribbon cable. Look at the old panel that you've removed to see the bends that you'll need to make. Without doing this, once you are at the last step of laying down the digitizer, the cable may bunch-up in between the glass and the iPad's aluminum frame. Thus, it will not allow that corner to sit flush and glue down. If you didn't make the bends, you can use the tweezers at that point to situate the cable. It is just easier to do this beforehand. Do not make the bends as if you were folding paper. You run the risk of damaging the ribbon by doing so. You just want enough pressure to make the cable retain a bend. Again, look at and copy the cable from your old panel.

Good Luck!!!!

Mike, · Reply

If your panel is shattered, you may want to have some canned air to get rid of all those pesky little glass pieces that fly everywhere. I used a Giottos air blaster because that is all I had at my disposal.

Mike,

Where can I get a battery?

Mike Munn, · Reply

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