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Introduction

This will show you how to tear down the Keychron K3 keyboard.

  1. Unplug and toggle the small orange switch to the off position Unplug and toggle the small orange switch to the off position
    • Unplug and toggle the small orange switch to the off position

  2. Use a keycap puller to remove the keycaps. Use a keycap puller to remove the keycaps. Use a keycap puller to remove the keycaps.
    • Use a keycap puller to remove the keycaps.

  3. Check that your switches are hot-swappable. If they are not, trying to remove them will damage your keyboard. The mechanical switches are NOT hot-swappable, and the colored stem is smaller and more oblong.
    • Check that your switches are hot-swappable. If they are not, trying to remove them will damage your keyboard.

    • The mechanical switches are NOT hot-swappable, and the colored stem is smaller and more oblong.

    • The optical switches are hot-swappable, and they have a larger colored stem which is mostly square.

  4. Use a switch puller to remove the switches. If you have the included switch puller from Keychrone, it can be tough removing these switches. Each switch has small tabs on the corners to grab and remove them. (Included switch puller might require extra strength to remove) Each switch has small tabs on the corners to grab and remove them. (Included switch puller might require extra strength to remove)
    • Use a switch puller to remove the switches. If you have the included switch puller from Keychrone, it can be tough removing these switches.

    • Each switch has small tabs on the corners to grab and remove them. (Included switch puller might require extra strength to remove)

  5. Use a # 1 philips drill bit to remove the 4 screws Use a # 1 philips drill bit to remove the 4 screws Use a # 1 philips drill bit to remove the 4 screws
    • Use a # 1 philips drill bit to remove the 4 screws

  6. Use a spudger or another wedge tool to pry open the plastic base from the aluminum chassis. There are tabs that hold the two in place, be careful to not use too much power when opening. CAUTION: The battery on plastic bottom is connected to the PCB on the USB and orange toggle side.
    • Use a spudger or another wedge tool to pry open the plastic base from the aluminum chassis.

    • There are tabs that hold the two in place, be careful to not use too much power when opening.

    • CAUTION: The battery on plastic bottom is connected to the PCB on the USB and orange toggle side.

  7. Use tweezers to disconnect the battery from the PCB. Use tweezers to disconnect the battery from the PCB.
    • Use tweezers to disconnect the battery from the PCB.

  8. Remove the 14 screws with a # 1 Philips screw driver bit To remove the PCB from the aluminum frame, you can push from the 'Top' or use a spudger to wedge it out.
    • Remove the 14 screws with a # 1 Philips screw driver bit

    • To remove the PCB from the aluminum frame, you can push from the 'Top' or use a spudger to wedge it out.

  9. The PCB is now removed and able to work on. When you reassemble the keyboard, make sure to put the orange toggles with the two nubs pointing towards the switch side of the aluminum frame.
    • The PCB is now removed and able to work on.

    • When you reassemble the keyboard, make sure to put the orange toggles with the two nubs pointing towards the switch side of the aluminum frame.

Mike Villasenor

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