Introduction

If you cannot take your OP-1 for a walk any more, the batterie needs to be replaced.

In this case it's a 1800 mAh li-polymer battery at 3.7V (that is 6660 mWh).

Open the back panel by using a Jimmy on the side of the panel. Be careful not to damage the OP-1 coating. Lift the back panel and remove it. The Connector Board is revealed. Disconnect the flex connector by lifting it up with a spudger.
  • Open the back panel by using a Jimmy on the side of the panel. Be careful not to damage the OP-1 coating.

  • Lift the back panel and remove it. The Connector Board is revealed.

  • Disconnect the flex connector by lifting it up with a spudger.

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To get to the screws beneath the keyboard you need to take some keys off. You can use either an opening tool or an opening pick. The first picture shows how it should look like with all the necessary keys off (12 in total). The four longer keys from the fingerboard are to be handled from the left side to get them off. The eight smaller keys need to be levered from the bottom up.
  • To get to the screws beneath the keyboard you need to take some keys off. You can use either an opening tool or an opening pick. The first picture shows how it should look like with all the necessary keys off (12 in total).

  • The four longer keys from the fingerboard are to be handled from the left side to get them off.

  • The eight smaller keys need to be levered from the bottom up.

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The scissor mechanism of the eight small keys are obstructing the underlying screws. By using again an opening tool or opening pick these can be snapped off easily.
  • The scissor mechanism of the eight small keys are obstructing the underlying screws.

  • By using again an opening tool or opening pick these can be snapped off easily.

  • When reassembling be sure to place them in with the correct side facing upwards.

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Loosen those 12 screws with a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Then just pull off the four rotary knobs and the volume knob. Now it is possible to slightly lift the keyboard and set it back.
  • Loosen those 12 screws with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • Then just pull off the four rotary knobs and the volume knob.

  • Now it is possible to slightly lift the keyboard and set it back.

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Carefully pull out the connector cable from the connector board and bend it out of the way. Disconnect the battery with a spudger. Now you can pry out the battery which is glued in with double sided adhesive tape.
  • Carefully pull out the connector cable from the connector board and bend it out of the way.

  • Disconnect the battery with a spudger.

  • Now you can pry out the battery which is glued in with double sided adhesive tape.

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Conclusion

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

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This is great. What type of battery is the replacement?? thanks!

TrustNoShadows - Reply

Hi, thanks for the question. I added another picture and put some information in the introduction.

Tobias Isakeit -

hey, thanks for this! is the battery plug simple JST or do I need to get something specific?

lfsaw - Reply

Yes, a simple JST plug (probably type ACH)

Tobias Isakeit -

Thanks for posting these instructions! I'm having trouble finding a battery that matches the one in the picture (unless I want to buy 1000 of them from Alibaba). Would this work?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-7V-1800mAh-Rec...

Dimensions are:

thick:3mm

wide:60mm

length:70mm

Clarke Robinson - Reply

Hi Clarke, the number on the battery tells the dimensions: 055070 = 5×50×70 mm (including the yellow electronics part)

Tobias Isakeit -

Hello Tobias in the photo of the battery you provided, what is that cloth wrapped around the outside?

Chad Bishop - Reply

Hi Chad, the silver stuff ist just the wrapping of the battery. If you mean the yellow foil, this is isolation tape to protect the small controller board of the battery.

Tobias Isakeit -

Hi Tobias, any chance you could provide me with a link to purchase one of those? i cant seem to find anything but chinese dealers on aliexpress. I reside in Berlin, Germany if that any help :)

Dennis - Reply

Hi Dennis. First of all, sorry for the late answer.

The short english version: I don't have any link for you on where to get such a battery. We would very much like to offer a battery in our store.

The longer german version: Wir hatten bereits auch schon bei TE angefragt bezüglich der Batterien, aber leider noch keine Rückmeldung erhalten. Wir würden gerne bei uns im Store eine Ersatzbatterie anbieten. Du kannst gerne auch einfach mal direkt an TE schreiben, damit sie ein Feedback von den Usern direkt erhalten. Vielleicht gibt das noch Mal einen Ruck.

Tobias Isakeit -

Can I replace the battery with more capacity, like 3.7V 3000 mA?

Coop - Reply

Hi Coop, we haven't tried it yet, but I don't see any reason why not. As long as the voltage is the same there should not be any problem.

Maybe you want to check back with TE directly to be safe; this way they are aware that users are looking for replacement batteries, too.

Tobias Isakeit -

I may have found some for sale here: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/tablet-b...

$12 each - but shipping says it could take 60 days... I'll let you guys know how quick I get mine :)

Shawn Ivie - Reply

I bought that and it works great!

Emil -

Does any one know the size of the jst plug?

Jean-Paul Dracolakis - Reply

Hi Jean-Paul, the jst plug is most likely a type ACH plug. You can find the details in the data sheet here: http://jst.de/file/download/588/ach

Tobias Isakeit -

According to TE it is a Molex 0781725006-2P

km2783 - Reply

But after some digging, it looks to be this one, the 2 pin member of the 078172 family:

https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/e...

km2783 - Reply

Thanks for digging deeper, km2783. Connectors is not my field of expertise ;)

Tobias Isakeit -

No problem. I also found a battery that fits perfectly but for now they can only ship to US people:

https://www.sparkfun.com/products/13855

5.6mm thick, it fills the battery area completely (the 4.8mm OEM battery left a little room). A quick “test fit” seems to indicate everything will be good to go. Of course now there is no room if, say, the cell decided to swell… and the wires need to be clipped and the right connector added. But TE can’t ship bare batteries either, and wants $100 plus shipping to replace it.

km2783 -

hi there, i damaged the black pin where the two battery cables are fixed while replacing the battery. does somebody know where i can find a new black pin like this?

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