Solder pad stripped while replacing battery

Problem: I was de-soldering the original Apple battery but due to excess/lack of heat and too much force, one of the three solder pads was stripped off. I cannot find the stripped solder pad.

My Research: The easiest solution appears to be to solder the stripped solder pad joint to the nearest copper trace.

Question: There are 2 traces equally close to the stripped copper joint. Which do I solder to? Do I need to desolder the battery again and solder to the trace, or can I just add solder to link up with the trace?

Here is a picture of what my ipod touch currently looks like inside:

As you can see, Trace A and B are equally close, but Trace A is bigger. Do I solder to A, B, or both? Is there any issues if my solder covers both A and B?

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Both those points are the +volts test points. You can solder to either of them. A small wire can be soldered between the the pad and your battery, or a simple solder bridge.

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Hi, thanks for answering, it's been really helpful!

I'm rather new to soldering, do you mind explaining what's a solder bridge? (Googling has been pretty futile). Is the bridge an actual physical component, or is it simply referring to soldering all the way across from the stripped pad to the trace?

In addition, will it short circuit if my solder covers both traces?


This is a great tip, I would like to see some example photos on the power flex cable on an iPod Touch 4th gen. I typically pull a solder pad off a spare board and use epoxy (tried the dry film method several times with no avail). If I could get a solid method of replacing pads that other people have damaged, I could have a field day on E-Bay buying up logic boards. ;)


Spencer, a solder bridge is just solder that connects two points. I'd suggest a small wire soldered in there, solder is pretty flimsy by itself and could break before or after assembly.

It wont short circuit if you only solder bridge the "+" or ground pads, those are already connected. DO NOT let the solder connect the + pad with the battery charge or ground. Here's an image of the battery points: There's a good chance the battery ribbon cable will melt and you'll destroy the battery.


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