Tools Featured in this Teardown
Well, the Powerbeats Pro have finally made their way to our teardown table. We’re excited about their potential to be more repairable than their glue-filled siblings. Is it irrational to hope that something this small from an Apple-owned company will be repairable? Probably. Do we still have that hope? You bet we do. Check out our video teardown and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more teardowns and other repair videos.
- The battery is a fairly common button-cell, and is only lightly soldered in place, meaning battery swaps are technically possible with the right tools.
- The earbuds’ opening procedure is not totally destructive per se, but it will likely lead to at least some cosmetic damage.
- The earbuds’ internal circuitry is all connected with fragile ribbon cables that do not detach, so a full disassembly can only be accomplished destructively.
- The charging case is a nightmarish bucket of glue, making potential battery replacements unnecessarily difficult and destructive.
(10 is easiest to repair)
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