It's hard to repair anything without opening it up first.

  1. Make sure the device is powered off before you begin.
    • Make sure the device is powered off before you begin.

    • Separate the trim from the device using a jimmy or metal spudger.

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  2. Use the PH1 screwdriver to remove the five   6 mm Phillips screws from the battery cover.
    • Use the PH1 screwdriver to remove the five 6 mm Phillips screws from the battery cover.

    • Remove the battery cover and set it aside.

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    • Use a spudger to carefully remove the liquid electrical tape holding the battery inside the battery compartment.

    • Be careful to not puncture the battery, or damage the battery wire underneath the liquid electrical tape.

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    • Use a metal spudger to pry the edge of the battery out of the device.

    • Lift the battery and remove the 16 mm PH2 screw underneath.

    • Notice the battery wire connecting the battery to the device. Attempting remove the battery completely could cause damage to the wire.

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    • Remove the remaining four 16 mm Phillips screws from the white plastic casing using the PH2 screwdriver.

    The two screws on the right side (side with the USB port) are too long to extract with the iFixit screwdriver in the basic kit. I needed to use a regular thin PH2 screwdriver to get them out.

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    • Start in a corner, where the casing and the side meet. Use a pointed metal spudger to pry apart the glue holding these seams together.

    • Slide the metal spudger along these seams to separate the back casing from the rest of the speaker.

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    • Once the device is open, disconnect the three white connectors from the motherboard.

    • Remove the upper casing.

    Hi , Thanks a lot in my speacker i had broken plastic part which affect clear sound with your guide i open mine seasily and take it out now i have beand new sound which i had before. thanks again.

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

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Breaking apart the halves takes patience. Took 30 minutes. Mine was glued together like a tank, and it was not easy at all to separate the halves. Maybe JBL saw this post and doubled the glue to dissuade DIY fixes. Once I separated the halves, it was easy, but be prepared to get moderately frustrated in doing so. Also, don't get angry and try to force them apart, because from my experience, I do believe there is a high risk potential of cracking either halve if attempting to brute force the issue. Remember, patience is a virtue here. Lastly, you can get a good set of spudger tools at Harbor Freight Tools for cheap. They are actually called Wax Carving tools made in India of stainless steel. Excellent set to complete this fix, and I can see that they will be very useful in the future if needed. 10/10 for the author for the breakdown instructions. Cheers!

Zabrot - Reply

Follow these directions, Do not deviate from the path and you shall find Success awaits at journey's end.

rufusleehung - Reply

one essential moment. when you're trying to disasemble a cover there is also one bolt under the battery socket! it not shown on step 5!

freddyfresh90 - Reply

It is told in step 4, but not shown. I looked up this guide when I was stuck after step 5 lol

Btw I am the editor as of Saturday, 27/August/2016. Mine had 4 PH2 screws around the outside and 1 ph2 under the battery. I am not sure if that is how it always was

ion418 -

smooth sailing until step 6. Finally gave up and trashed it out of frustration.

fredblue - Reply

Hello, I am considering opening the Charge 3's fabric covers in hope that the sound would get better (I read that some frequencies are muffled due to the water proofing).

Any thought / experience on such outcome?


Olivier - Reply

Hi Olivier, I personally wouldn't do that on my device, as JBL probably picked their fabric to ensure dust protection along with quality sound. On the other hand, depending on the environment it is used in, removing the covers shouldn't necessarily ruin the device. I say go for it!

I'd be interested to know what your results were, if you decided to remove the fabric?

Joe Durand -

Hello, my JBL Charge has been having difficulty charging lately Currently it will not power up or charge. Are there any suggestions? Ie: open device, change battery, clean or repair mini USB port?

Frank Trainor - Reply

Any ideas here my charge 3 keeps turning on by itself and then it can't be turned off

After a while it goes off itself then boom on it is again

That start up sound on full volume at 2 am

Any suggestions other than bin it would be great thanks guys

Jimmy - Reply

My JBL Charge 1 had a similar issue. I was able to turn it off no problem, but it kept turning on buy itself randomly.

So I opened it up, unplugged the three power cables and plugged them back in. Also used a lens blower all over to remove any dust. Don't know if that did anything, but it's now fixed.

It takes some patience, because there's glue everywhere and the parts are tiny.

I'm no expert. It was a shot in the dark really, so I guess I just got lucky.

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