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

 

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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

My 24'' iMac hard drive went crazy and began a phase of advanced autodestruction.

My Fix

The guide is really precise and easy to follow. Some steps are a bit more technical, but the comments help with tips&tricks.

My Advice

Don't hesitate to lever the front panel of the iMac (without pulling too hard on the camera wire), because the bottom of the panel (close to the RAM slot) has a "C" shape that holds the things together.

My Problem

Battery was old and needed to be replaced.

My Fix

It was a pain to open the iPod even with the tools. Battery was really stuck and the forceful prying worried me. A small plastic part fell out when the case opened - I finally saw a similar part in the iPod and put it where it seemed logical - appeared to be a shield for some component. All in all the process went well.

My Advice

The video was not a video but a series of photos. The photos were a big help but more detailed information and photos should be added to help with the ribbon connection back into the iPod. I watched a few other videos and they explained the process better which was a help to me.

My Problem

I blew the screen out of a Ipod Nano 6 gen. I was going to throw it away then found the Ifixit repair article.

My Fix

It couldn't have been any easier. The ifixit article walked me through replacing the screen, and in all it took about 20 minutes.

My Advice

Don't hesitate. Ifixit was a one-stop repair shop.

My Problem

the screen had a big black thumb-sized spot right in the middle. I was going to toss it in the bin, then thought, why not see if I can make it work?

My Fix

It was rather difficult to get the back off. The plastic tools provided are a bit too flexible for the task, so I ended up using a paring knife from the kitchen drawer.... The videos available to guide one through the process were very good, and made the job quite simple.

My Advice

I do recommend buying a new back (as I did) in advance, as the process is rough, I suppose even more so if using a paring knife. I found it useful to have a bright light and a magnifier close to hand, as the tiny screws and the ribbon cables are quite small.

My Problem

Port was broken. Difficult to charge

My Fix

Excellent. Best repair process ever. The instructions and pictures were perfect. I purchased the needed tools from Ifixit which were very imexpensive, the part was also bought through Ifixit, and low and behold, everything works perfectly. Good presentation guys.

My Advice

If other repairs go like this one, I will use this process going forward.

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My Problem

The computer was overheating pretty bad and it was hard to watch video or even play a simple game without the computer shutting off.

My Fix

It went really well. The tools made the whole process go really smoothly.

My Advice

I recommend taking your time, research the job before you start doing it, lay out all your tools, and feel prepared about what you are about to do. Made the process really easy and only ran into one problem that was easy to fix. I forgot to plug one thing in which caused an error but problem solving helped me find what the problem was. So take your time and most of all - have fun!

My Problem

battery failing after more than a yr of use

My Fix

slow and moderately difficult due entirely to motorola's efforts at stymieing your ability to change out the battery. why not just throw it out and buy another?

My Advice

first, the paper clip as removal tool for the sim card did not fit my hole. had to rummage thru spouse's needle collection for the right fit.

two, the plastic opening tools where less effective than a few guitar picks. leaving some in place as you undo the back helps prevent it from trying to reseal itself. also minimizes cracks in the back.

three, special care needs to b made around the buttons due to the proximity of the button cable. loosening the back before and after is the safest way to proceed. I tore my on the volume side. no biggie as the set volume is fine for me and if I wanted to I guess I could replace it for about $7.

copious amounts of glue and tape and glue at the battery make for a lot of consternation. slow and steady. plenty of iopener use.

four, hope for a good replacement battery. got mine at factoryoutletstore for 31.61 all in. it showed 0 charge at start but within 3 hrs was almost fully charged and has restored my cell to its original state.wish replacement parts and tools were cheaper.

five, have joined your lobbying effort to get manufacturers on board with owner repairs, etc. good effort!

my tools arrived within a week. good job.

My Problem

User was experiencing a spinning pinwheel for nearly everything and system would eventually slow to a crawl. After upgrading to a Samsung 1TB SSD and a fresh install the issue improved but still did not run as expected. I was afraid this was a main logic board issue but after reading some comments decided it could simply be the hard drive cable.

My Fix

Very simple install, nothing really to add.

My Advice

This seemed like an unlikely part to fail but if you have similar symptoms give it a try. Thinking about the other MacBooks I've worked on this might be a more common problem than I expected.

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.