Introduction

Within this guide users will be learning how to replace the Bluetooth antenna that the JBL Flip uses.

If you do not know how to safely solder/unsolder, please visit the following link How To Solder and Desolder Connections.

On the end with the buttons, remove the end cap using the flat head screwdriver to get between the rubber lining and the plastic. After the cap is removed, unscrew the two 3.3mm screws using a size 1 ph screw driver. After the cap is removed, unscrew the two 3.3mm screws using a size 1 ph screw driver.
  • On the end with the buttons, remove the end cap using the flat head screwdriver to get between the rubber lining and the plastic.

  • After the cap is removed, unscrew the two 3.3mm screws using a size 1 ph screw driver.

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Unscrew four 3.3mm screws on each end of the JBL using a size 1 ph screw driver (8 screws total). Unscrew four 3.3mm screws on each end of the JBL using a size 1 ph screw driver (8 screws total). Unscrew four 3.3mm screws on each end of the JBL using a size 1 ph screw driver (8 screws total).
  • Unscrew four 3.3mm screws on each end of the JBL using a size 1 ph screw driver (8 screws total).

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Remove outermost white casing by gently lifting up on one side. Remove two 5mm screws holding the silver back plate in place with a size 2 ph screw driver. Gently lift up and remove the silver casing.
  • Remove outermost white casing by gently lifting up on one side.

  • Remove two 5mm screws holding the silver back plate in place with a size 2 ph screw driver.

  • Gently lift up and remove the silver casing.

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Remove last white back plate to expose the back of the speaker cover.
  • Remove last white back plate to expose the back of the speaker cover.

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Pry the  four tabs on each side of the speaker cover (8 tabs total). Pry the two tabs on each end to remove the cover (4 tabs total). Slide speaker out of metal speaker cover.
  • Pry the four tabs on each side of the speaker cover (8 tabs total).

  • Pry the two tabs on each end to remove the cover (4 tabs total).

  • Slide speaker out of metal speaker cover.

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Remove 5mm screw in the middle of the back of the device with a size 2 ph screw driver. Unscrew the two 5mm screws on each side using a size 2 ph screwdriver. Open the speaker.
  • Remove 5mm screw in the middle of the back of the device with a size 2 ph screw driver.

  • Unscrew the two 5mm screws on each side using a size 2 ph screwdriver.

  • Open the speaker.

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Use the prerequisite guide for removing the speaker housing.
  • Use the prerequisite guide for removing the speaker housing.

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Disconnect all cables that are attached to the motherboard so that it resembles the step picture. Make sure that the battery is turned off before removing cables.
  • Disconnect all cables that are attached to the motherboard so that it resembles the step picture.

  • Make sure that the battery is turned off before removing cables.

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Locate the underside of the motherboard, where a large square chip is.
  • Locate the underside of the motherboard, where a large square chip is.

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Use the soldering iron to solder a new wire ending in a copper track on to the circular antenna located next to the main programming chip.
  • Use the soldering iron to solder a new wire ending in a copper track on to the circular antenna located next to the main programming chip.

  • Soldering iron will be very hot.

  • Let the solder cool for 30-60 seconds.

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Conclusion

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

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