Introduction

This guide will show you how to replace the battery for your Dell XPS 18 if it has failed.

Turn the device on its screen.
  • Turn the device on its screen.

  • Remove the ten 4mm screws using a T8 Torx screwdriver.

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Gently flip out support feet located near the bottom of device.
  • Gently flip out support feet located near the bottom of device.

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Gently lift the back cover off the device. The back cover should come off easily.
  • Gently lift the back cover off the device. The back cover should come off easily.

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Use the opening tool's angled edge to lift the clasps securing the screen and motherboard cables.
  • Use the opening tool's angled edge to lift the clasps securing the screen and motherboard cables.

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Disconnect the screen and copper colored motherboard cables and tuck them under the device to prevent future hassle. Disconnect the screen and copper colored motherboard cables and tuck them under the device to prevent future hassle.
  • Disconnect the screen and copper colored motherboard cables and tuck them under the device to prevent future hassle.

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Remove the two black 3mm screws from the internal cover with a Phillips 00 screwdriver. Remove the internal cover.
  • Remove the two black 3mm screws from the internal cover with a Phillips 00 screwdriver.

  • Remove the internal cover.

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Disconnect the black camera cable and pull it back to prevent future hassle. Disconnect the black camera cable and pull it back to prevent future hassle.
  • Disconnect the black camera cable and pull it back to prevent future hassle.

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Use the angled edge of the plastic opening tool to lift the clasp securing the touch control board cable. Disconnect the silver and blue touch control board cable.
  • Use the angled edge of the plastic opening tool to lift the clasp securing the touch control board cable.

  • Disconnect the silver and blue touch control board cable.

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Remove the two silver 3mm screws holding the touch control board in place with a Phillips 00 screwdriver. Remove the touch control board.
  • Remove the two silver 3mm screws holding the touch control board in place with a Phillips 00 screwdriver.

  • Remove the touch control board.

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Use the plastic opening tool's angled edge to remove the black and white wires connected to the wireless WLAN card.
  • Use the plastic opening tool's angled edge to remove the black and white wires connected to the wireless WLAN card.

I pulled these up with my fingernails - I have small hands and the tool was too clumsy for me.

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Pull back the cables. Pull back the cables.
  • Pull back the cables.

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Use the plastic opening tool's angled edge to pry the black battery cable loose.
  • Use the plastic opening tool's angled edge to pry the black battery cable loose.

This little snap can be tough to lift up. If you get your face right down on the board you can see that it pops upward from the side. Pic looks like it might be from the top.

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Use the plastic opening tool's angled edge to remove the red and black CMOS battery cable.
  • Use the plastic opening tool's angled edge to remove the red and black CMOS battery cable.

I was able to pull this free with my fingernails. Using the tool was too clumsy for such a small piece.

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Use the plastic opening tool's angled edge to lift the clasp securing the silver circuit board cable. Pull back the circuit board cable to prevent future hassle.
  • Use the plastic opening tool's angled edge to lift the clasp securing the silver circuit board cable.

  • Pull back the circuit board cable to prevent future hassle.

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Use the opening tool's angled edge to remove the CMOS battery.
  • Use the opening tool's angled edge to remove the CMOS battery.

  • The CMOS battery is adhered with strong adhesive; you may need to use extra force when removing.

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Remove the eleven black 4mm screws holding the battery in place with a Phillips 00 screwdriver.
  • Remove the eleven black 4mm screws holding the battery in place with a Phillips 00 screwdriver.

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Remove the battery.
  • Remove the battery.

it seems obvious, but after you lift out the battery you're looking a plain white plastic case. That's fine - you can go back through the steps omitting the ones of putting the battery and CMOS battery cables back in place. Basically, just reattach anything that's still there.

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Conclusion

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

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needs the help to repair the Dell XPS18

anrew waleta - Reply

This is an excellent doc! Pictures are really clear and accurate, steps are concise and best of all they are correct. I was able to solve my issue the first go round with these instructions. Kudos to the author and thanks a million for the assistance!

stacysaw - Reply

It all worked good. Thanks.

Kenneth Macdonald - Reply

Excellent!

What is the battery type and where to buy, thanks

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