iOpener

$19.95

Product code: IF145-198

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iOpener

$19.95

Product code: IF145-198

Product Overview

Put the heat right where you need it!

  • A simpler and safer way to open a glue-laden device.
  • Heated in a microwave, the iOpener softens adhesive.
  • This kit is designed to service every generation of Apple iPad, but can also be used for many more devices.

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Product Details

$19.95 Kit

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

  • This product cannot be shipped to Mexico.
  • Este producto no puede enviarse a México.

$12.95 Individual

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

  • This option only includes the heating tool, and no other tools.
  • This product cannot be shipped to Mexico.
  • Este producto no puede enviarse a México.
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Stories

My Problem

Cracked screen

My Fix

I have repaired many iPhones, however this was my first iPhone 6 Plus repair. It was fairly straight forward. It's not quite as easy as a 5 or a 5s, but it's definitely a lot easier than the 4 or 4s

My Advice

There were a couple issues I came across in the repair process. First being the home button ribbon cable. Apple glued the crap out of it. It has very strong adhesive, so the iOpener is basically a must have tool. I had to heat it up twice, and I applied it to the phone for 90 seconds 4 to 5 times before the ribbon cable would give for me. Also I used the spudger to gently pry up the ribbon cable. You can tell that the cable is very delicate, so be very careful with it. The second issue I had was when I was reconnecting the ribbon cables from the display to the phone. The replacement screen had the cables in a different order (sorry hard to explain and I forgot to take a picture) and two of the the ribbon connectors are the same size. So I was trying to hook up the wrong cable to the wrong connection, and I was getting really frustrated because it wasn't working. Then I decided to compare the ribbon cable in the picture to the ribbon cable on my replacement screen. Sure enough, they were in a different order. They were easily enough shuffled to put them in the correct order, then I was an easy plug in.

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My Problem

The continuing saga of helping my fellow community members experience chip- and crack-free gaming and browsing.

My Fix

The repair went fairly well. Popping the screen off with a suction cup simply did not work - the screen was too far gone. I had to do some digging with metal tools to get all the glass out in the end. Also, the final few steps - once you have freed the lightning connector/headphone jack/speaker assembly, gets very tricky without an extra set of hands or some sort of work station that you can prop or rest components against. Even more difficult is the first few steps of the reverse procedure, putting the new screen in while ensuring all of the wires get tucked back in where they are supposed to be while ensuring the connectors stay connected. Once the LCD shield is back in place, the close-up is trivial.

My Advice

There seems to be no mention of thermal adhesive in the guide. Indeed I notice that a lot of these guides, to replace the screen, just say "follow these directions in reverse." However, it is not that simple. I wish I'd known that I would need adhesive to put the U-shaped connector (the display cable? I forget which one it actually is) back snug onto the logic board. As it was I was able to harvest some off the old screen and reuse it, but it would have been nigh impossible to keep it seated while replacing the LCD shield, had I been careless.

My Problem

The iPhone would reach about 55% of remaining power, and then shut off. It would then not restart, flashing the 'No Power' icon.

I tried recalibrating, and eventually came to the conclusion that I needed to replace the battery

My Fix

The repair was easy enough - little bit fiddly, but the magnetic screwdrivers provided in the kit were very helpful. I immediately broke the adhesive tabs: Very glad I bought the iOpener - most of the time was spend using the pry tool to scrape off semi-melted adhesive to get the old battery out.

My Advice

Read the instructions through FIRST, and take your time. Be careful to keep track of what came from where: There was a step where you have to keep track of 4 different screws, of such similar length as to be indistinguishable. The guide said, however that mixing these up would damage the phone.

My Problem

iPad mini

My Fix

Ok

My Advice

Take a break when desperate

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My Problem

shattered iP6 screen

My Fix

You know, the suction cup will not attach to a shattered screen! The hardest part was seating the 4 teensy connectors back into their sockets. And yes, moving the home button to the replacement part requires very, very careful movements. Just a bit disappointed that the replacement part is a tiny bit thicker than the original, and slightly sticks out past the curved edge of the iPhone.

My Advice

Found out after my DIY repair, that I could have saved about $50 USD by making an appointment and taking it to the Apple Store.

My Problem

Broken Screen

My Fix

Straight forward. Worked the first time.

My Advice

Use a clean white area like a anti-static mat. A head magnifier helps. The assembly requires patience as the screws are very small and hard for the average person to work with.

My Problem

My phone would only keep a charge for 2 hours and would go dead. My home button had to be pressed several times to work.

When I saw the ifixit website and how easy the instructions were to repair, I thought I need to try this.

My Fix

The repair went great! The instructions were given step-by-step and were so easy to follow. The tools that I order were very inexpensive and worth the purchase. I now have a phone that will last me a lot longer and I paid a fraction of would it would have cost to do an insurance claim or send it somewhere to be fixed.

My Advice

Watch the instructions carefully before you start the step-by-step process. Make sure the screws that you take out are put on a piece of paper that is labeled as to where you took these screws out. That way you will not get mixed up to which screws go where.

My Problem

This was a gift phone from our kids to use on their plan; the battery life was very short.

My Fix

Easy and thanks to your guides.

My Advice

First, the suction cup method would NOT work for me; I used a sharp blade and the cover popped right up. Second, I used two small strips of duct tape to ensure the top would not fly open and tear the video cables; did not need them but hearing the stories of others.... Third, I used a hair dryer on low to loosen the battery glue from the backside and the battery lifted right off using the pull tab. Fourth, getting the battery cable back on actually took quite a bit of time. Fifth, when I put the cover back on, I turned the phone over and put the glass side down and pressed it together that way as some said they broke the glass doing it the other way.

The phone is charging right now and works fine; I checked it all out before putting it on charge. I think the battery was like 50% charged when I turned the phone on.

The magnetic mat really is handy to keep all the screws in their proper places.

Thanks ifixit!

My Problem

Sister dropped it on the sidewalk and made the touch screen unusable, with no upgrade eligibility for 4 months the cost of the repair was the right choice.

My Fix

pretty straight forward, accidentally made a screw go flying but I found it lol

My Advice

Take your time when removing the camera , also heating up its adhesive makes it a lot easier to peel away without tearing.

My Problem

Battery became first inaccurate, then slowly wouldn't stay powered on off a charging cord.

My Fix

iSclack made opening the screen really easy, and everything else went smoothly save the elastic strips that holds the battery.

The guide says to cut the black tab between the two white strips, and then to pull them straight up as you move it down the side of the battery.

Well, being elastic strips, they snapped. Had to use the card to pry the battery of. That was slightly harrowing, but it eventually came off. After that, the new battery worked like a charm.

My Advice

Back up your phone before doing the repair. Ensure that is is an ENCRYPTED back up or certain apps etc won't actually be backed up.