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

 

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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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As a whole, the iPad lineup has never been easy to repair. Since the second generation, all iPads have been sealed shut with copious amounts of glue, deterring many would-be repairs. Previously, the only way to open an iPad was to blast the perimeter of the tablet with a heat gun to melt the adhesive. While this method will indeed open an iPad, it is very difficult. Add that to the possible side effects of warping the LCD, melting exposed plastic components—such as the home button—and burning your fingers, and you have a recipe for a headache.

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At iFixit, our goal is to make repair as easy as possible. We saw that the necessity for a heat gun was deterring many DIY enthusiasts from repairing iPads, so we searched long and hard for a better solution. We needed something that would make the repair not only easier, but faster, safer, and more convenient as well. We found the solution to our iPad opening problem in the iOpener.

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The iOpener was designed to apply the same heat as a wily heat gun, but in a much easier, safer, and more sustainable way. By using a material with a high heat capacity, the iOpener can easily transfer heat from one place to another. The iOpener is heated in a microwave, and then laid across the surface of the iPad, applying heat only where it is necessary. In this way, the iOpener has a huge advantage over the heat gun method.

 

Stories

My Problem

The screen was shattered.

My Fix

The process was ok, and it took me just over an hour to get everything in. However, I ended up blowing the backlight fuse, even though I followed the guide.

My Advice

When you're working on your iPad, make sure to unplug the battery before disconnecting the LCD display.

My Problem

White screen on an iPad 4. Hard reset and software tape didn't work.

My Fix

The kit worked great for removing the outer screen and the LCD. Turned out not to be a loose ribbon cable or dust in the connection. I'll be ordering a replacement LCD soon and now know how to easily get inside the device to replace it!

My Advice

Get replacement adhesive for the outer screen when you're done.

My Problem

Broken Front Panel

My Fix

The iopener worked perfectly however I slightly tore the WiFi antenna causing the iPad to not have the WiFi range that it had before. also the screen moves clicks things without my hand even being on the screen

My Advice

We llove to hear any advice on my problem.

jakejarrett's Story Photo #563282

My Problem

Cracked outer glass on a Galaxy S4.

My Fix

I've repaired quite a few phones with cracked outer glass, and this one went smoother than I could have ever expected.

I've used a heat gun (and a butane torch in a pinch) several times, but I'm always worried about overheating the display. The first time I used a heat gun I melted the digitizer...

This time I used the iOpener.

I was skeptical as !&&* to be honest, I didn't think it was going to work at all.

It took a few heating cycles to get temperature right with my wattage microwave, but it was easy enough. I use an infrared non-contact thermometer to check temps. (which I highly recommend) They're under $20 on sale at Harbor Freight.

I heated up around the edges first (you can do half the phone at a time with the iOpener)

I use Molybdenum wire, and usually I have to stop and re-heat the display a half dozen times. I just laid the iOpener down the middle of the phone to keep the display warm while pulling the wire through. It was great, I didn't have to stop and re-heat the display at all.

It normally takes me about 45 minutes to separate the glass. With the iOpener, I was able to do it in less than half that.

I think I'm going to have to order a second one so I can lay them side-by-side and heat the entire display at once.

My Advice

DO NOT pry the glass up as the teardowns here suggest. That only works if the glass is intact. If there are any cracks at all in the glass you'll break the display/digitizer when you reach the crack as it relieves tension.

My Problem

I had an ugly accident with my iPhone 6 Plus. I fell scratching the pavement with my iPhone 6 Plus on hand (yeah my hand suffered from this accident too). Yep, broken glass all the way through the LCD.

My Fix

It when smoothly with the iOpener tool as part of my tool assets.

My Advice

Go with the iOpener tool to reheat and peel off any adhesive. Specially the ones from the home button and the home button cable.

I've broke a tiny cable while I was trying to peel off the home button cable (step 32 of iPhone 6 Plus Front Panel Replacement). That's why I had to get the shield plate to get the home button cable (it comes glued the shield plate).

My Problem

Large fissure on from the upper left corner to the lower left corner, and broken glass.

My Fix

iOpener kit gives you what you need to open up a ipad for presumably most repairs.

The demonstration video works well because the glass itself is intact. If like mine it is in poor condition be prepared to spend a long time scraping off shards.

It's not that the glass is easy to shatter, it's the fact the glue is so strong if you don't loosen it up enough it's only going to get worse.

I only got cut once!

My Advice

During the prying off stages i managed to severe both the wifi antenna as well as the right GPS module. The guide here states to be careful around the wifi antenna. It doesn't communicate why though...

The cable conecting both the wifi and the right GPS are glued onto the front panel. In these two areas you want to approach from the edge of the iPad and push inwards pressing up against the inside of the glass. Sliding just outright cuts the cables.

My Problem

After a hard fall onto a hardwood floor, the screen cracked.

My Fix

Overall it was surprisingly easy, especially because of the easy to follow guides here on ifixit.com. The only part of the repair that was somewhat problematic was getting the multi-connector cable to fit back into the phone when putting it back together. Getting it put back in the correct direction was a bit of a puzzle. But eventually I managed to do it by really examining the pictures. At the end of the repair the phone booted up with no issues at all.

My Advice

I would have payed a little more attention to how the cable that connects everything together was situated and layered before removing it, maybe even taking some photos of it myself from several angles.

My Problem

Cracked screen on iPad Air

My Fix

Went well considering it was the first time doing any repair like this.

My Advice

Used heat gun rather than iOpener.

Be careful when removing the on/off switch connection.

My Problem

The battery had developed bad cells and wouldn't hold a charge for more than a minute or so. The iPad mini was otherwise intact so it made sense to try and replace the battery.

My Fix

There was a time after removing the LCD that the instructions weren't super clear about separating the LCD from some tape (but that could just be my special brain) but it otherwise went without a hitch.

My Advice

Take your time, don't get frustrated, and don't force things and you'll do fine =]

My Problem

The whole top of my screen was broken off, and after a while the cable controlling touch snapped. so after months of disuse i decided to fix it myself after going to a apple technical and them telling me it would be $200

My Fix

It was difficult but after an hour i had fixed it, i could not be more happy.

My Advice

make sure to repair any dented corners before placing the screen, or it will not fit in the housing