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Introduction

Guide to replace the battery in the Tom Tom XL.

  1. Slip a small plastic opening tool underneath the screen bezel, gently sliding it around the inside edge.
    • 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.

    Some models have 2 Torx T-6 screws that must be removed first. One is under the C in the FC mark, the other is at the very beginning of the white bar code field. The bezel may be black with a silver stripe on the outside.

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

    The frame is sometimes part of the bezel.

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  3. 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.
    • 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.

  4. 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.
    • 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.

  5. 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.
    • 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.

    The ribbon cable can be removed. Loosen the ribbon cable by carefully sliding the white plastic strip away from the black part. There’s some sticky stuff under the cable, but it’s possible to unstick the cable if done carefully.

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  6. Flip the screen and motherboard over. Gripping the plastic casing, disconnect the battery 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.

  7. Slip a small plastic opening tool under the battery and slowly pry the battery up.
    • 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.

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.

nathan - 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

Great demo. It was perfect for me

lafontainephilippe - Reply

Dont be tempted to fit a higher capacity battery. They are slightly thicker. Tom Tom designed it so that there is space for the battery to swell which they often do. The larger capacity batteries leave no room for this to happen.

david heard - Reply

On the model above without the two screws under the label, gently pry the top and bottom of the screen surround up about 3mm to disengage the lugs. Now slide both sides down about 3mm. The sides of the screen surround will disengage from their locating lugs.

david heard - Reply

When I opened the frame one of the small plastic links broke off, but not too serious. The model was bought in ‘91. The rest was easy.

jan.viljoen - Reply

I was struggling a bit, so pulled off the sticker strip at the bottom and found the 2 screws mentioned by others.

Then I followed this excellent guide. Purchased recommended replacement battery.

This ‘ancient navigator’ is back in operation, and suits me weill i.e. it’s cost just the battery.

TomTom kindly offered a replacement for only about $300 [for what I recall cost about $80 years ago], but I decided that I’m happy with my ‘ancient navigator’,

and spending the money on other things … And they’ve updated the map etc (for the last time of course) for free.

Lovely to have this ‘antique’ back in operation. Big thanks to Ifixit and Sean.

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