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  1. How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Disengage opening mode: step 1, image 1 of 2 How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Disengage opening mode: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the blue handle toward the hinge to disengage opening mode.

    • This allows you to move the arms of the Anti-Clamp freely.

    • The handle may be stiff the first time you disengage opening mode. Don't be afraid to pull on it until it snaps into position.

  2. How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Center the suction cups: step 2, image 1 of 2 How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Center the suction cups: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Center the suction cups over a smooth area of the device, near the edge.

    • Avoid buttons, gaps, seams, and speakers, as they will prevent a good hold.

    • For stubborn devices, use an iOpener or heat gun to soften the adhesive before and during the opening process.

  3. How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Apply the suction cups: step 3, image 1 of 2 How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Apply the suction cups: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Push down on the cups to apply suction to the desired area.

    • If your device has cracked glass or a textured surface, use a layer of packing tape to get a better grip.

    • Ensure both cups are applied properly before continuing.

  4. How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Alignment information: step 4, image 1 of 3 How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Alignment information: step 4, image 2 of 3 How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Alignment information: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • The Anti-Clamp works best when its cups are aligned with each other.

    • Improper alignment may cause the cups to separate prematurely.

    • If you find that the surface of your device is too slippery for the Anti-Clamp to hold onto, you can use packing tape to create a grippier surface.

  5. How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Engage opening mode: step 5, image 1 of 2 How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Engage opening mode: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Push the blue handle away from the hinge to engage opening mode.

    • This prevents the arms of the Anti-Clamp from moving and allows the handle to pull the arms apart.

  6. How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Open the device: step 6, image 1 of 2 How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Open the device: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Turn the handle clockwise until you see the cups start to stretch.

    • Wait one minute to give the adhesive a chance to release and present an opening gap.

    • If you're having trouble making a gap, rotate the handle clockwise half a turn and wait another minute.

    • Don't crank more than a half a turn at a time, and wait one minute between turns. Let the Anti-Clamp and time do the work for you.

  7. How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Insert an opening pick: step 7, image 1 of 3 How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Insert an opening pick: step 7, image 2 of 3 How to Use the Anti-Clamp, Insert an opening pick: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening pick when the Anti-Clamp creates a large enough gap.

    • Slide the pick along the perimeter of the device to separate the adhesive.

  8. How to Use the Anti-Clamp: step 8, image 1 of 2 How to Use the Anti-Clamp: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Repeat the opening and slicing procedure until the device is open.

    • Be mindful of any cables when you completely remove the component.

    • To remove the suction cups, disengage opening mode and pull on the tabs located on the cups themselves.

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Very clear step-by-step guide. The next time I do a battery replacement I intend to use one of these.

4surferboy - Reply

Engaging the Opening Mode the first time takes a bit of a push, don't be afraid, keep pushing until you hear a click. Seems to be easier to engage after the first time.

Ed Reeder - Reply

Hi Ed,

Thanks for the helpful feedback! I've implemented your note into the guide step.

Arthur Shi -

Looks like an answer to a problem that I don't have right now but I plan to purchase one of these before I do any more battery replacements.

glynn - Reply

I used mine to open a Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 tablet. Very frustrating, seemed like you needed three hands to put it in place (though later I found a better procedure). The OEM case glue was quite powerful (used a heating pad to get the tablet Very hot). The Anti-Clamp had difficulty holding to the back of the case and kept losing its grip. I didn't try the packing tape trick, just now noticed it. I mainly used the top suction cup just by itself.

The replacement battery had a very long battery cable and didn't lay flat, which caused a bright spot on the display where the cable "kink" was. So time to remove the case again. This time I stuck each suction cup individually, screen side first, the case - firmly pressing each cup flat after placement. No need to "fight" the Anti-Clamp to get it in place, plus I think I got a better hold with the cups. The B-7000 glue I used was much easier to break loose than the OEM case glue.

To loosen the suction cups I slid an opening pick under the edge of the cup.

Ed Reeder - Reply

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