Plastic Opening Tools

$2.95

Product code: IF145-000

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Plastic Opening Tools

$2.95

Product code: IF145-000

Product Overview

The essential tool for opening everything.

  • Use these soft plastic tools to safely pry open devices without scratching the case, glass, or internal components.
  • Sold in a pair of two different styles—a wide tool with a thin tip that's great for getting underneath glass and in thin cracks, and a smaller, stiffer tip that's good for prying tougher cases and enclosures.
  • NOTE: Because these tools are soft enough to not scratch or mar devices they will wear with each use. Expect each pair to last through 2-5 devices, depending on difficulty and experience.

Product Details

$2.95 Pair

 

Condition:

New

$9.95 10 Pack

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

Includes 10 total Plastic Opening Tools. 5 of each style.

$14.95 15 Pairs

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

Includes 30 total Plastic Opening Tools. 15 of each style.

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Product Details

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Plastic opening tools are made of a soft plastic, allowing them to dislodge casing clips without fear of scratching or chewing the case.

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Their size and material also make our plastic opening tools ideal for working inside the device—use them to pop up ZIF connector tabs, disconnect cable connectors, pry up batteries, and scrape off excess adhesive.

 

Stories

My Problem

battery old

My Fix

didn't take long. The pictures didn't show the battery connector actually disconnected, so I got it mixed up with the little shielded connector up and to the left.

There was also a little part not in the picture, on the same place as the top left screw, a grounding tab to the back case.

My Advice

The battery connector is the big one, not the little one on the top left that it looks like they are prying off in the picture with the plastic tool.

My Problem

After about 2 years of hard use and too much time on the charger, my iPhone 5 battery stopped holding a charge. Over about 2 weeks it went very quickly from having an annoyingly short life to being useless. All I needed was a new battery.

My Fix

Success on the first attempt! The whole process took me about 35 minutes. Disclaimer: I am an electrical engineer with a lot of hands-on electronics experience. But this was the most delicate thing I have ever worked on. You won't believe how tightly things are packed in there!

There were 3 tricky parts: opening the iPhone; dealing with the small and delicate connectors inside; and getting the old battery out. In all cases my worry was out of proportion to the actual outcome. With the provided suction cup and some harder-than-I-liked pulling, the phone came open. Brace your hands as you pull. Mine came apart kind of suddenly and it would have been easy to pull the screen part too far away from the battery part. That could be a disaster for the cables. More on the connectors and battery in the Enlightenment section.

My Advice

The connectors in the phone are incredibly small and delicate. Take your time. When putting them back, alignment is critical. Do not try to force them in place. I had to play with them for a few minutes (literally 4 or 5 minutes) but once they lined up they connected up just fine and it was pretty clear that they were well seated. There is not a lot of tactile feedback, though. You need good light, maybe a magnifier like I used, and patience. Look from all sides as you line things up. It helps a lot. Use the plastic prying tool, even when putting things back together.

It took some effort to get my old battery loose. The adhesive was doing its job very well. Do not force it. Use steady pressure and move from pry point to pry point. Don't try to get it loose from only one pry point.

Putting everything back together was much easier than taking it apart!

There are tabs at the top of the iPhone 5 screen portion. When re-assembling, put the tab side in first. When you get it right, the end with the home button will pop right in without too much pressure. DON'T FORCE ANYTHING. When properly aligned, things pretty much drop into place.

My Problem

The power button in the iPhone 4S wasn't working and the earpiece speaker when I stopped working

My Fix

both repairs failed. The button itself wasn't the issue it was the part that pushed up against it and the speaker didn't work out either. The button itself is just a hard piece of metal no issue with it and the speaker I don't know what's going on there.

My Advice

save your money and just invested in the new phone

My Problem

Dial turned freely as internal spring was forced

My Fix

Repair too difficult, your illustrations were perfect and I was able to remove all the parts but dealing with the spring proved too difficult.

My Advice

http://www.fatofthelan.com/photography/h...

This is also a useful link

My Problem

Replaced my dock connector because it became corroded and didn't function.

My Fix

Everything went well except the screws holding the dock connector in were a BEAR! I tried not to, but ended up stripping them completely. I used a small flat head and a hammer to make notches in the screws and with A LOT of elbow grease finally got them out. In that process, the home button ribbon became damaged. Now my physical home button doesn't work, but Apple thought of everything, and under "Accessability" there's an option for a virtual home button. My phone works great now and I was especially happy to be able to get my honeymoon pics off it. Thanks ifixit!

My Advice

Buy the driver kit because the phillips they sent doesn't fit the screws perfectly. Also, be very gentle with the home button ribbon.

My Problem

The front panel digitizer was shattered. I bought a replacement on iFixit.

My Fix

It went well. The most difficult part was just getting the phone opened.

My Advice

I really recommend using the magnetic mat while you repair your phone. I was disappointed that I couldn't get the iSclacks to work as advertised. The suction cup on the iSclack refused to stay on the screen even with tape over the cracks.

My Problem

I take my iPod to bed - and on a certain day the headphone jack got twisted - and damaged my iPod internally. So: no more music. It was a very very sad day. The most economic way to fix this was to order the required spare parts and tools and do it myself. (If others can do it, I can do it too)

My Fix

Repair went fine but I took my time: about an hour. I Read the instructions thoroughly.

Removing the cover without damaging/bending it was the hardest part. I did not use the plastic opening tools - they were no real help.

My Advice

Take your time and concentrate. Remove tape over cables slow and gently. Watch carefully that the flat cables remain flat - I had a small problem with that. The new cable was bent next to the headphone jack and this resulted in a very distorted sound.

At that point I thought : "My GOD, what have I done!?".

Gently straightening the cable solved the issue and my iPod was as new. Then I taped the cables back on their original places.

Tip 1: order the required tools.

Tip 2: Test your iPod while it is still open, if anything went wrong - you can easily look for the problem without the need to reopen the thing.

Tip 3: keep cats, spouses and children away from the operation quarter.

Couldn't have done it without iFixit though, big thanks guys!

My Problem

I use my phone quite heavily and after more than a year the battery wasn't lasting even half way thru my shift and I'm constantly moving so i Can't just plug it in. Time to try and replace the battery.

My Fix

The replacement went easy. I was concerned with disconnecting and reconnecting of the ribbon cables but they weren't a problem.

My Advice

I really like what ifixit is doing, almost all consumer devices should be consumer repairable.

My Problem

Ps Vita wasnt charging at ALL

My Fix

Ps vita worked perfectly fine after replacing the battery

My Advice

Don't listen to anyone the problem is the battery if you're having charging issues with your 1st Generaton ps vita

My Problem

The hard drive in my iPod classic failed beyond repair, and I wanted to swap it with an old laptop hard drive.

My Fix

Flawlessly, thanks to the iFixit guide.

My Advice

It's better to be over-prepared than under-prepared, but you can probably do the same with just one plastic opening tool and one spudger.