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How to remove stuck battery cover?

The battery cover on Apple aluminum Wireless Keyboard is stuck? Any suggestions on how to open it?

I have the same problem and would appreciate it if anyone has an answer as the above did not help.

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This will give you an idea of how it's put together: Apple Wireless Keyboard (A1255) Teardown

Just what seems to be the problem?

Go here and identify which keyboard you have: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3903

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Read the above stuff, and combined ideas. Got it to go with:

  • Vinegar applied with a Q-tip
  • Heat applied with a lighter
  • A quarter in a vice grip (with the smallest amount possible proud of the grip to reduce bending), tapped into the slot with a rubber mallet, while keyboard is on opposite edge on a wood surface.
  • Twisting force with quarter in slot while holding keyboard, both tighter and looser, back and forth. This process three times, then it unfroze.

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Mine is stuck also. Corroded batteries inside leaked acid at cover and can't get cove to unscrew.

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I also cannot get mine loosened due to corroded batteries. How can I remove the cover?

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For my blue tooth mac keyboard my last resort was to hack saw a slot through the center of the battery cover down to the battery surface. This split the cover into 2 pieces which I dislodged with a !$$&* pinch and removed with needle nose pliers. The battery compartment thread corrosion was cleaned with a dental pick and the saw cuts were smoothed with a small file. A new cover from Amazon restored the keyboard.

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I rigged up some clamps to hold down the keyboard to a heavy bench, then I imbedded a quarter in a piece of hardwood and pressed the quarter into the slot of the plug on the side of the keyboard - and held that in place with another long clamp that held the hardwood against the side of the keyboard (well there was a sliver of space)

Then I cranked away at the hardwood, turning it… I had to use a hammer.


The net result, the quarter bent.

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For my blue tooth mac keyboard my last resort was to hack saw a slot through the center of the battery cover down to the battery surface. This split the cover into 2 pieces which I dislodged with a !$$&* pinch and removed with needle nose pliers. The battery compartment thread corrosion was cleaned with a dental pick and the saw cuts were smoothed with a small file. A new cover from Amazon restored the keyboard.

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Mine is stuck also. Corroded batteries inside leaked acid at cover and can't get cover to unscrew.

For my blue tooth mac keyboard my last resort was to hack saw a slot through the center of the battery cover down to the battery surface. This split the cover into 2 pieces which I dislodged with a !$$&*-punch and removed with needle nose pliers. The battery compartment thread corrosion was cleaned with a dental pick and the saw cuts were smoothed with a small file. A new cover from Amazon restored the keyboard.

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The simple secret is to heat the area surrounding the screw in plug with the slot in it. I did this by carefully pouring boiled water over this area from an electric kettle. Obviously you need to ensure that you only heat up the screw in plug area and not get any water into any other area of the keyboard and damage the electronics. After heating the area simply unscrew with a coin. This worked first time and I removed the plug and then the corroded battery and then cleaned out the corroded area with no damage to the keyboard,

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I tried the boiling water method but it did not work. After removing the cap by the hack saw method I found that the threads were pitted from corrosion and packed with a white hard brittle cement like solid that was bonded to the threads. Using a dental pick the material was difficult to chip away. In my case the keyboard was stored away for a long time and the corrosion was extreme, thus requiring extreme action to fix the problem.

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