Introduction

The SoundLink Color's battery is known to lose charge after a few months of usage. This guide will show, step by step, how to take apart the device and replace the battery.

Four round, plastic plugs are located on the back of the device. Using a metal spudger, carefully pry up the plastic covers.
  • Four round, plastic plugs are located on the back of the device.

  • Using a metal spudger, carefully pry up the plastic covers.

    • The covers are all glued on, so be careful not to scar the casing when prying them off. If possible, use a spudger or plastic opening tool to remove them.

hi i just finished prying apart those round buttons. it is very important to know if you dont want to mangle the button trying to pry it loose. if your looking down at the four buttons the inside part of all the four round circles is where you put a thin small tool, that is where the opening is to eventually pull up the whole thing without having to mangle the circle. so if your looking at the four circles the opening will be in the part of circle where all rounds face each other inward i hope this helps

art - Reply

Note that the torx plus is a 5 star tool, and was the size 15 for me. Make sure you don't purchase the common 6 sided star tool.

Mark - Reply

Remove the four 1.8 cm Torx Plus TR screws from the outer case. Remove the four 1.8 cm Torx Plus TR screws from the outer case.
  • Remove the four 1.8 cm Torx Plus TR screws from the outer case.

the torque sizing bit would be the number 5 torque bit which will fit in the screw to unscrew it

art - Reply

My experience required a number 15 torx plus head.

This was a 5 sided star, not a 6 sided star.

Mark - Reply

It's NOT torx plus. It's torx SECURITY. Torx Plus is designed for high torque situations. The bit with the hole in the middle is Torx Security.

Dennis Lupatsky - Reply

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Carefully open up the casing. The top button pad may need to be re-glued upon installing the new casing.
  • Carefully open up the casing.

    • The top button pad may need to be re-glued upon installing the new casing.

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Carefully remove the battery using a pair of tweezers.
  • Carefully remove the battery using a pair of tweezers.

  • Lift the inner assembly from the outer casing.

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Desolder the four wires that connect the battery to the motherboard. The letters on the front of the motherboard next to each soldering point correspond to the color's name in Spanish.
  • Desolder the four wires that connect the battery to the motherboard.

    • The letters on the front of the motherboard next to each soldering point correspond to the color's name in Spanish.

      • N = Negro = Black

      • V = Verde = Green

      • B = Blanco = White

      • R = Rojo = Red

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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15 Comments

Any recommendations where to pick up/order a replacement battery from?

Rob Miller - Reply

Has anyone found where to order battery from?

amitos80 - Reply

Mine still works fine, but I'd like to know like the others here where to get a battery that will work as a replacement.

chandlerwebb - Reply

The inside screws have a post in the center and the Torx screw removal tool is flat headed. How are you able to unscrew this if the attachment is being blocked by the post?

Eric Bernstein - Reply

It is a security bolt, and requires a "Torx plus TR" tool to remove it, not just a Torx tool. You need a Torx tool with a pit in the center to allow for the raised post in the torx-shaped socket in the bolt. It's a specialty tool.

Michael Schwehr -

Also standard Torx screws are 6 pointed. This one is a 5 pointed Torx 15 security bit.

Adam Plocher -

Any more specific advice how to get the screw covers off? All the spudgers and knives and things that I own are not helping me, don't want to mar it too much.

Matt - Reply

Matt did you find an answer? I don’t know if they have different models with different adhesives or something, but I’ve broken 2 little flat heads, all the tips of my plastic spudgers, and my metal one seems way too large (and bent now after trying). I almost got one screw cover out but it’s been beat to $@$* and the back is all scratched from the screw drivers slipping.

Adam Plocher -

Bose does not sell battery for Soundlink Color. But if you call them and report that your battery is not charging they will replace the Soundlink Color speakers for free and only pay shipping. Technical people can replace the battery with UR18650 zy from the market.

Placid - Reply

how much does battery replacement costs?

Sandeep Pilli - Reply

What size of Torx Plus TR bit would I need? I don't see an 1.8 cm or 18 mm available anywhere?

Duane - Reply

Thanks For this manual

robzeijen - Reply

Duane, just found your pist, the torx are special 5 point 15, instead of normal 6,

Da Har - Reply

I just contacted Bose , and they offered me a new speaker for $50. My speaker is almost 2 years old.

jose - Reply

just wondering about sourcing other batteries, seems the only one posted was about UR18650 zy.

has anyone tried this yet? also im assuming 2 of the 4 leads is some sort of sensor, so does this need to be considered when using a generic replacement?

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