Introduction

Disassembling a tablet often requires some gentle prying of the frame. Be sure to exercise care during these first few steps(disassembling), and do not lose your screws! The Paperwhite is a sturdy tablet that can be broken down into just a few components. This guide will show you how to replace a faulty charging port.

  1. Insert plastic opening tool into the corners of the Paperwhite and slide around the edge perimeter to remove bezel.
    • Insert plastic opening tool into the corners of the Paperwhite and slide around the edge perimeter to remove bezel.

    • Be sure to begin prying along the outer edges , these are the optimal points for removing the bezel.

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  2. Using a Screw Driver, Remove the eleven 3.2 mm Phillips 000 screws from corners of the mid-frame and from behind the black strip as shown.
    • Using a Screw Driver, Remove the eleven 3.2 mm Phillips 000 screws from corners of the mid-frame and from behind the black strip as shown.

    • Do not forget the screw in the middle of the black adhesive strip.

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    • Carefully remove the mid-frame from the back cover.

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    • Use a screwdriver to remove the three 3.0 mm Phillips 000 screws that are holding the battery in place as shown.

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    • Carefully lift the battery and remove it from the device.

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    • Use a screwdriver to remove the seven 3.0 mm Phillips 000 screws that are holding the motherboard in place as shown.

    • Don't lose the washer that is highlighted with an orange marker as shown. It is a necessary component to protect the screw.

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    • Gently disconnect the zif connectors.

    • Some of these connectors are very thin and fragile, handle with care!

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    • Gently remove the faulty motherboard from the device.

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    • The charging port is integrated in to the device motherboard. Replace the motherboard with functional unit.

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Conclusion

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

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2 Comments

How to replace the USB port; replace the motherboard. Kind of a lame fix if you ask me. Whatever happened to soldering a new port on?

Sam Hardeman - Reply

I have not done the fix yet but plan to replace the USB which appears to be a USB - micro B USB 2.0 Receptacle Connector 5 Position Surface Mount available at DigiKey. Is there any reason not to attempt this? I have microscope and soldering station. If not, where do you get the motherboard and how much is it?

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