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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your iFixit Fast Charger, use our service manual.

  1. iFixit Fast Charger Teardown, iFixit Fast Charger Teardown: step 1, image 1 of 2 iFixit Fast Charger Teardown, iFixit Fast Charger Teardown: step 1, image 2 of 2
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    Jimmy
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    • We designed the iFixit Fast Charger so that you could see what's inside without having to open it up. But if you're itching to take it apart anyway, we can relate.

    • The black plastic prong housing is held onto the clear plastic with tabs. The tabs are pretty secure—you'll want the help of a Jimmy or two and some opening picks.

    • Inserting the Jimmys and picks required a lot of force and scratched the case. Some damage to the case upon opening is, unfortunately, probably inevitable.

    • We're taking apart the Europlug version of the Fast Charger, but the process is the same for other prong types.

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    • If you're just trying to replace your case, you can stop here. We've got an STP file of the charger here, ready for you to modify in your own 3D printed design.

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    Soldering Workstation
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    • There's an electromagnetic interference shield that doubles as a heatsink on top of the charger. It's soldered to the board with two through-hole pins.

    • Release the shielding from the board by desoldering these pins, using a soldering iron and desoldering pump.

  4. iFixit Fast Charger Teardown: step 4, image 1 of 2 iFixit Fast Charger Teardown: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Underneath the shielding, most of the device is covered in thermal compound. We're not big fans of glue, in general, but it's really important for fast charging performance that nothing in here gets too hot.

    • This thermal compound conducts heat away from the electrical components, then out through the shielding. It also helps stabilize the components.

    • The compound cures soft (you can see how it coated our spudger!), which means that any component-level repair will be messy.

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