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iOpener

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Product code: IF145-198

Product Overview

Put the heat right where you need it!

  • A simpler way to open a glue-laden device.
  • Heated in a microwave, the iOpener melts adhesive.
  • Follow our guide and open an iPad in about 30 minutes.
  • Kit designed to service every generation of Apple iPad, but also services many more devices, such as the Microsoft Surface and Moto X.

Kit Contents:

Product Details

$19.95 Kit

 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Standard warranty

Notes:

  • A complete iPad service solution. This kit includes everything you need to repair every generation of iPad.
  • This product cannot be shipped to Mexico.
  • Este producto no puede enviarse a México.

$12.95 Individual

 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Standard warranty

Notes:

  • This option does not include tools.
  • This product cannot be shipped to Mexico.
  • Este producto no puede enviarse a México.
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As a whole, the iPad lineup has never been easy to repair. Since the second generation, all iPads have been sealed shut with copious amounts of glue, deterring many would-be repairs. Previously, the only way to open an iPad was to blast the perimeter of the tablet with a heat gun to melt the adhesive. While this method will indeed open an iPad, it is very difficult. Add that to the possible side effects of warping the LCD, melting exposed plastic components—such as the home button—and burning your fingers, and you have a recipe for a headache.

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At iFixit, our goal is to make repair as easy as possible. We saw that the necessity for a heat gun was deterring many DIY enthusiasts from repairing iPads, so we searched long and hard for a better solution. We needed something that would make the repair not only easier, but faster, safer, and more convenient as well. We found the solution to our iPad opening problem in the iOpener.

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The iOpener was designed to apply the same heat as a wily heat gun, but in a much easier, safer, and more sustainable way. By using a material with a high heat capacity, the iOpener can easily transfer heat from one place to another. The iOpener is heated in a microwave, and then laid across the surface of the iPad, applying heat only where it is necessary. In this way, the iOpener has a huge advantage over the heat gun method.

Tech Specs ¶ 

Weight: 10 ounces

Length: 13 inches

Height: 3 inches

Depth: 3 inches

Cover: Cotton

 

Stories

My Problem

If your hard drive fails in a new iMac, Apple has a new way of "holding' their screens in - double sided tape. Gone is nice mechanical fasteners such as screws and the magnets.

Naturally you have one shot of pulling OUT the screen but the glue won't let you replace it. Get those from an Apple Store "No sir, you MUST BRING IT IN FOR REPAIR". A $70 hard drive ends up being $250 from Apple here in Australia. If you want to do it yourself Apple refuse to sell you the screen sealing tape to hold the lot back together - regardless if it was out-of-warranty.

It was sure nice to see iFixit has the sealing tape to fit.

My Fix

I'm ready to go - just haven't done it yet but I have the tools, fixing and instructions.

My Advice

Make sure you know what model iMac you have BEFORE opening it - finding out that you need special tools, fixing tapes etc. AFTER you open it will only delay your repair.

Review those great "fix it yourself' iFix-It, then get to work.

My Problem

As all Kids, mine also love elektronics. But loving also means taking care. And taking care also means repairing them: themselves.

My Fix

It is not the first time we repaired an iPhone, but we realized last time, that good tools, are half the way.

My Advice

We use YouTube Videos for instruction. that is sufficient.

My Problem

was ran over by a car in gravel drive way.

My Fix

take apart was easy with ifixit instructions.

Due to the damage I did have a little trouble trying to figure out how to put it all back together, but basically just went in reverse order.

My Advice

iOpener didn't help. I followed the instructions, but it still didn't heat up enough to even soften the adhesive. The Bluetooth cable tore when removing the cover.

Special care should be taken here!

My Problem

Because my ipad 2 glass digitizer is not working when I try to touch the ipad 2 screen. It doesn't respond at all but I can see the picture on the screen. I can not slide to unlock the ipad 2 and use it.

My Fix

I follow up the iOpener Instructions and ifixit instruction on how to fix an ipad 2. I take my time and carefully to remove the glass digitizer. I was amazed by iOpener, it made my repaired work much easier than before. I didn't break the glass and hurt myself. It is really a very good tool to repair ipads. I love it......!!!

My Advice

Be patient and follow the steps to repair, Use the iOpener correctly, it will make your repaired work go smoothly.......!!!

My Problem

I had severe problem with the ear speaker and it started to develope battery discharge issues. I live in a remote area where servicing will take 2-3 weeks. And I have a terrible fixation with understanding everything I use.

My Fix

The repair when swimmingly, until I got a little over zealous with cleaning the guts out with a cotten swab and isopropyl alcohol. I broke off a (what I assume to be a shield contact arm for the ear speaker) thing, and soldered it back together. I cleaned both parts with aforementioned alcohol and put just a titch liquid RMA flux on both. Then while the flux dried I set my iron to 200c. I then applied just a scosch of solder to both sides of the joint and joined them. Clean again (more carefully) test the joint are voila!

My Advice

Read the above. Be patient, thorough, and patient. And don't forget Occam's Razor.

My Problem

My Ipad Retina had a battery that would last only 2 hours. I was not sure if this was standard so I did nothing for the warranty period. On about the 14th month I tried to get it repaired under warranty, only to be told it was going to cost me $370. That's a smidgen under new price. So I decided to try and replace the battery myself.

My Fix

Not good I smashed the screen. I did get the battery installed OK. I'm in the process of ordering a new screen

My Advice

Take your time on the screen. No matter what be patient. Use the guitar picks like the instructions say. I didn't because I didn't have any and I now have a smashed screen to show for it.

My Problem

Damaged the hold button ribbon while opening ipod.

My Fix

Repair went well, however closing the ipod didn't. It remains open a crack near the top, even though the clips were all bent back down carefully. But the screen is brighter and the music is crisper. At least it seems that way.

My Advice

Minute particles of C4 might be beneficial. I read the instructions thoroughly and they said opening the case would be difficult. They also said replacing the hold switch and jack would be very difficult, but I thought that part was relatively simple. Thank you, it works fine again.

My Problem

Needed to repair an iPad the digitizer was broke

My Fix

The repair went really smooth, instructions are very easy to read and understand. Being a technician already helps, but the guide is amazing

My Advice

Get this kit!!! it have everything you need and it's worth every penny!!

My Problem

The iPhone 5 quit taking a charge

My Fix

Quite a bit of disassembly, but all went smoothly following the guide and using proper tools. All works great now.

My Advice

Take your time and do not mix up any of the tiny screws. There are lots of screws with different lengths. Use a small flathead screwdriver on the standoff screws.

My Problem

Our university president dropped and busted his freshly out of apple care iPad 2. He succeeded in permanently depressing his volume rocker and seizing up his mute switch. He wanted it fixed without costing much money. Our Desktop Support Techs are Apple haters so it fell to the Audio Guy and his Apple loving tool kit to get the job done...or try.

My Fix

I was able to get the iPad open without much trouble, but that dang WiFi antenna ripped right off with the digitizer...so I had to replace that bad boy as well. As fare as the volume rocker and mute switch, the parts were functional but the case was so bent that there was no reshaping it to work as intended. I ended up removing the rocker to get the volume icon to go away ands use the iPad as a test unit while loading the iCloud backup to another device.

My Advice

WiFi antennas are nothing but tin foil and whatever is in the iOpener smells like burnt popcorn if you don't dampen it enough.