Introduction

This guide covers how to take apart the solar panel portion of the device, how to remove the solar panel, and how to install a new solar panel.

With all cables unplugged, place the solar panel on a sturdy surface.
  • With all cables unplugged, place the solar panel on a sturdy surface.

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Flip the solar panel over so that the side with the stand is facing up.
  • Flip the solar panel over so that the side with the stand is facing up.

  • The next part will entail removing the plastic panel so that we can see the inside of this device.

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There are many clips inside the device holding the plastic panel in place, so to remove it you must slide your iFixit Opening Picks along the edges of the panel to break or loosen the clips.
  • There are many clips inside the device holding the plastic panel in place, so to remove it you must slide your iFixit Opening Picks along the edges of the panel to break or loosen the clips.

  • This may take a lot of effort, as the panel is held in extremely tight. Do not be afraid to use force.

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  • Keep on sliding iFixit Opening Picks into the edges of the panel without removing the ones already in place. The panel may reattach if the clips are not completely broken.

  • You must also slide iFixit Opening Picks between the interior edges of the handles, as clips exist inside there as well.

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Once enough of the clips are broken, you will see that the panel will start to pop off.
  • Once enough of the clips are broken, you will see that the panel will start to pop off.

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When you have broken enough clips around the plastic panel, lift it off of the device.
  • When you have broken enough clips around the plastic panel, lift it off of the device.

  • There may still be some clips holding on to the panel, so do not be afraid to use force to pull the panel off.

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Once you have removed the plastic panel, place it to the side.
  • Once you have removed the plastic panel, place it to the side.

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This is an example of one of the clips you may have broken to remove the panel.
  • This is an example of one of the clips you may have broken to remove the panel.

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The only thing holding the solar panel in place now is gravity, so make sure not to flip the device over! This may damage the connections.
  • The only thing holding the solar panel in place now is gravity, so make sure not to flip the device over! This may damage the connections.

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You must now unscrew the circuit board that holds the USB port in place.
  • You must now unscrew the circuit board that holds the USB port in place.

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Take your Phillips # 00 Screwdriver and begin to unscrew the two black screws.

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Once the screws are removed, place them on the side. Be careful not to lose them as they are very small.
  • Once the screws are removed, place them on the side. Be careful not to lose them as they are very small.

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By holding onto both the USB port and the solar panel, remove both the circuit board and solar panel from the casing.
  • By holding onto both the USB port and the solar panel, remove both the circuit board and solar panel from the casing.

  • Be careful as the connection between the circuit board and solar panel is very weak, so any wrong movement may ruin it.

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  • Place the solar panel on a surface that you can solder on.

  • Cut the two wires connecting the circuit board to the solar panel at the base near the solar panel using wire cutters.

  • Take out your Soldering Station. With your new solar panel, solder each lead back to the circuit board, ensuring the positive and negative leads match up correctly as displayed in the photo. Refer to the Repairing Soldered Connection Guide.

  • Put the device back together following the same guide in reverse order.

  • When you reach step 8, apply your Evo-Stick Super Glue along the edges of the plastic panel.

  • Press the panel back into place on the device. Let it sit to dry for 24 hours before use.

  • Enjoy your working device!

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Conclusion

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

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