Introduction

We took apart the Kindle Paperwhite 3 (7th Generation) to find a simple constructions. The Paperwhite 3 comprises a e-ink screen, replaceable battery, and a single motherboard, earning it a respectable 8 out of 10 for repairability.

Front and rear reference shot. Front and rear reference shot. Front and rear reference shot.
  • Front and rear reference shot.

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Adhesive is holding the bezel in place. An opening pick and an iFixit opening tool were the only tools needed to remove the bezel.
  • Adhesive is holding the bezel in place.

  • An opening pick and an iFixit opening tool were the only tools needed to remove the bezel.

  • No heat was needed, yielding a moderately difficult opening procedure.

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There are 11 Phillips screws holding the midframe to the rear case. One of those screws is hidden underneath tape. Once the screws are out the midframe easily separates from the rear case. The battery and motherboard are connected to the rear case.
  • There are 11 Phillips screws holding the midframe to the rear case. One of those screws is hidden underneath tape.

  • Once the screws are out the midframe easily separates from the rear case.

  • The battery and motherboard are connected to the rear case.

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Battery is held in place by three Phillips screws. Once the screws are removed, the battery can be removed by lifting from the bottom. Once the screws are removed, the battery can be removed by lifting from the bottom.
  • Battery is held in place by three Phillips screws.

  • Once the screws are removed, the battery can be removed by lifting from the bottom.

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The motherboard is held in by 5 Phillips screws. There are 3 ZIF connectors and 1 press connector that must be disconnected before removing the motherboard.
  • The motherboard is held in by 5 Phillips screws.

  • There are 3 ZIF connectors and 1 press connector that must be disconnected before removing the motherboard.

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The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite earns an 8 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair): The battery was very easy to remove.
  • The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite earns an 8 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):

    • The battery was very easy to remove.

    • All screws were Phillips #00 screws.

    • All components likely needing replacement were modular, except for the USB port.

    • Thin layer of adhesive that needed to broken in order to remove the bezel and access the internal components.

    • Manufacturer does not provide user-accessible repair documentation.

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