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.

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  • Front and rear reference shot.

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Image 1/2: An opening pick and an iFixit opening tool were the only tools needed to remove the bezel. Image 2/2: No heat was needed, yielding a moderately difficult opening procedure.
  • 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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Image 1/3: Once the screws are out the midframe easily separates from the rear case. Image 2/3: The battery and motherboard are connected to the rear case. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/3: Once the screws are removed, the battery can be removed by lifting from the bottom. Image 2/3: Once the screws are removed, the battery can be removed by lifting from the bottom. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/2: There are 3 ZIF connectors and 1 press connector that must be disconnected before removing the motherboard. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/2: The battery was very easy to remove. Image 2/2: All screws were Phillips #00 screws.
  • 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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