Introduction

Guide to replace the battery in the Tom Tom XL.

Image 1/1: Starting at the corners, carefully pry up the screen bezel.
  • Slip a small plastic opening tool underneath the screen bezel, gently sliding it around the inside edge.

  • Starting at the corners, carefully pry up the screen bezel.

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  • Remove the four Phillips #00 screws around the edge of the screen.

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Image 1/3: Slide the plastic opening tool around the inner edge of the metal frame until it feels loose. Image 2/3: It may take some time to release the frame from the housing. Some force may be necessary—but be careful not to bend the frame's fragile interior bracket. Image 3/3: Remove the frame from the housing.
  • Slide a small plastic opening tool under the top portion of the metal frame and gently lift it up.

  • Slide the plastic opening tool around the inner edge of the metal frame until it feels loose.

    • It may take some time to release the frame from the housing. Some force may be necessary—but be careful not to bend the frame's fragile interior bracket.

  • Remove the frame from the housing.

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Image 1/2: Tilt the screen slowly. Flipping the screen up too quickly may damage the display cable. Image 2/2: Tilt the screen slowly. Flipping the screen up too quickly may damage the display cable.
  • Lifting from the upper edge of the screen, tilt the screen away from the device.

  • Tilt the screen slowly. Flipping the screen up too quickly may damage the display cable.

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Image 1/2: Two Phillips #00 screws are located at the bottom of the first picture. Image 2/2: The third screw is hidden under the orange ribbon cable, near the screen.
  • Remove the three Phillips #00 screws connecting the motherboard to the plastic housing:

    • Two Phillips #00 screws are located at the bottom of the first picture.

    • The third screw is hidden under the orange ribbon cable, near the screen.

      • You may have to carefully lift the screen in order to reach this screw.

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Image 1/2: Gripping the plastic casing, disconnect the battery cable connector from the motherboard. Image 2/2: Disconnect the speaker cable connector from the motherboard.
  • Flip the screen and motherboard over.

  • Gripping the plastic casing, disconnect the battery cable connector from the motherboard.

  • Disconnect the speaker cable connector from the motherboard.

  • Remove the motherboard and screen from the housing.

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Image 1/1: The battery is held on with strong adhesive, so it may require some force.  Work slowly and carefully to avoid damaging the housing
  • Slip a small plastic opening tool under the battery and slowly pry the battery up.

    • The battery is held on with strong adhesive, so it may require some force. Work slowly and carefully to avoid damaging the housing

  • Remove the battery from the housing.

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Conclusion

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

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Note: There are several variants of this. Some of them have 2 screws on the bottom under the stickers. You'll need to remove those first.

nathanrenniewaldock - Reply

Awesome and very detailed guide. Thanks for this.

Phil Harris - Reply

Great demo, for replacement tomtom batteries take a look at : TomTom batteries

based in the UK they are reliable and give a truly longer charge

Kermit45 - Reply

This was a great help. Followed the instructions and it was that easy. Thanks

mark - Reply

nathanrenniewaldock is right... I cracked my screen before finding the hidden screws on the bottom. what a silly company to use the same name for different models!

Laz - Reply

I just cut the wires and soldered them together

Cheater - Reply

Yep: I didn't have a clue that there were two tiny screws under the label on the bottom - Now I'm hoping that it will "snap" back together OK. Live and Learn whether you want to or not........ lol

Phil Stevenson - Reply

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