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 5 Pairs

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

Includes 10 total Plastic Opening Tools. 5 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 daughter's iPhone 5c was doing things like screenshotting, locking, turning off and back on all by itself. Battery power would go down from 100 to 67 or so within 2 hours without anyone using it; battery is new. All the symptoms seemed to be related to the power button.

My Fix

With ifixit's clear, complete instructions, my 14-year old daughter replaced the Upper Component Cable by herself as I read her the repair guide steps and pointed out a few of the hardware locations clearly pictured in the guide. The UC Cable is the ribbon cable with the power switch and volume control switches on it. It was a complete success. It wasn't hard in the least, but it took us two hours. The iPhone works correctly now.

My Advice

This repair, like other iPhone repairs, involves removing an assortment of screws, shields and components. I used 1x2" zip-loc bags from Jo-Ann Fabrics to contain the parts removed at each step. I cut 4x6" note cards into 1 by 1 and a half inch pieces to insert into each bag, written on with exactly what steps the parts were removed at and where in the phone the parts came from. It eliminates confusion and makes the repair a breeze.

My Problem

Wouldn't charge after getting wet.

My Fix

Good

My Advice

Took about 10 minutes on the charger afterwards before the phone came on.

My Problem

My touchscreen kept sensing pressure in the top left corner of the touchscreen which rendered my touchscreen and buttons on the home screen unusable unless I touched in that one spot, but it would only work in that one spot. I took it apart to try and clean out any debris that might have been caught under the screen that a toothbrush was not getting.

My Fix

It went well. I lost a screw, but it was for the case and I had the other one to at least keep it together. I did get the touchscreen to function properly, so I guess a teardown and clean is what it needed. The ribbon cables were super annoying to attach back into place when you are trying to reassemble, which is where most of my time was sunk into.

My Advice

Don't force anything - if it's giving more resistance than you think it should, back off and try from another angle or check if it's what you should working on.

My Problem

Battery in phone had to be charged every night and would only last half of a day even when not being used much.

My Fix

Well, it was an adventure. Got the phone apart pretty easily but putting it back together took most of the time.

The kit was fantastic in that everything I need was there and together in one place.

My Advice

Advice:

1. In Step 2 please add the instruction to put the phone on silent mode. The back does not slide up enough without doing that. I struggled for awhile and then went to the video for the iPhone 4 (because a video can be more informative than just pictures with instructions) and in the video the lady mentioned making sure the silent mode button was on "silent". After I moved that button then the back slid easily up and came off.

2. Please add any known tips and tricks on how to get that little loose gold contact back into place correctly. That took the longest to accomplish. Got it stuck in the battery adhesive once. Hoped all my manhandling wasn't destroying it.

3. The connector piece "ribbon" on the replacement battery was not bent into the correct shape to get it into the phone. Spent quite awhile just to get the ribbon bent "just so" to match the original battery's.

4. Those two little screws on the connector piece were so small I had to get my son, with better eyes, to put them back in. Maybe warn people they might need a magnifying glass to see which end is which on those itty bitty screws.

5. Was going to use your "liberator" screws on the outside but one of them wouldn't screw in all the way. Used a little pressure and stripped it. So used the original screws very, very gently and got them in. Is there any known issue with getting the outside screws to go back in? I just kind of squeezed the phone and tapped it gently some and hoped that screw would slide back in.

My Problem

The Screen had stopped working. Well it worked but you couldn't see anything, it was all white. It looked like all the display lighting was compressed into one side the screen. This is after nearly a year of the screen developing more and more cracks after an initial drop. The screen just needed to be replaced.

My Fix

The repair took forever becuase there are too many tiny parts and I have gigantic hands, It was nearly impossible to hold on to and keep track of the teeny tiny screws. I dropped things so often. And I find it unbelievable that i have to take apart the entire phone just to get to the front panel but that's Apple's fault, not iFixit's.

Once I did replace the screen it worked for a minute. Then the bottom half of the screen started wobbling like it was constantly trying to scroll and I turned it off in a panic. When I turned it back on it was a white screen. So after taking it apart and putting it back together by the letter I was given a screen that failed in moments, that's designed obsolescence for ya. Thanks for nothing for the faulty equipment, iFixit.

So after a little over $100 on replacement screens, tools, and rush delivery, I have nothing to show for it but an expensive glorified brick. Now I have to find a way to get a new phone.

My Advice

Don't try to fix an iPhone 4S, it's more trouble than it's worth and would probably cost you more than you'd want to spend on a repair in the first place.

But if you're going to try, get a friend with tiny hands to do this for you.

My Problem

My wife's tablet was stuck in a boot loop and could not be hard booted. So I decided to try my hand at replacing the motherboard since I had some experience at installing hard drives and memory chips in my computers.

My Fix

I removed the motherboard per your disassembly illustrations, but I didn't see the left speaker cable. Other that the one misstep everything went as planned and now my wife has her tablet back up and running. Thank you very much for the Web sight, the pricing and the followup.

Donald

My Advice

Be carful of the cable and the locks that are on the wide ones.

My Problem

My four year old Iphone 4S was struggling to hold a charge for more than 4 hours. I decided to order a replacement battery and recommended tools from Ifixit site, and followed their replacement repair guide exactly. I suggest that anyone planning to do this assemble some extra items prior to starting the replacement- latex or vinyl surgical gloves (to keep your skin oils off delicate parts), fine twissors to pick up the small screws, and plenty of light on your stable work table. Also consider spreading out a large white paper or paper towels to provide a high visibility surface on which to work. Finally, have an alcohol swab or alcohol with cotton ball handy to wipe down the battery connection plate- removing any fingerprints or skin oils you may have left during dis-assembly and re-assembly.

I had no problem removing the case screws and removing the back. Removing the small phillips screws holding the battery connection was a bit hairy but the plastic wedge tools helped lift the part up without damaging the four connection grid below. Using a tray to hold all screws, pressure pin, and other parts during disassembly is a must as the screws can be easily confused.

Patience and delicate movements are called for throughout the replacement, and you should have the online replacement pictorial guide open on your desktop or Ipad to give you a clear sense of what you should touch and not touch. Remember- this is a delicate device- not a carburetor!

I removed the battery using the wedge tool and the plastic tab inside the phone- the glue slowly yielded. It was then a matter of setting the old battery aside, and positioning the new battery inside the phone, angling the top of the battery in first. Remember to tuck the battery connection strip flat and beside the battery in the narrow space, pushing the connection strip into the motherboard.

Next, I positioned the battery pressure clip underneath the retaining plate, and inserted/tightened the upper Phillips screw. Then I inserted and tightened the lower phillips screw, checking to make sure all connections were made, screws were tight (but not overly tight to the point of stripping the screw or its head!).

Finally, I slid the case back onto the phone making sure that it was 2 mm higher than the case and then pushing it flat to align with the metal case. It was then easy to push the case back toward the bottom of the phone, closing the 2 mm distance, and making it an easy matter to re-insert and tighten the pentalobe case screws. Although it was recommended to buy replacement phillips screws to use in place of these easily stripped original screws, I found that the original screws tightened without damaging them. I doubt they would hold up to mutiple removals over time, but for now, my phone repair was complete.

I flipped the phone over, and saw that it had automatically rebooted. Within two minutes, I had complete wireless and phone system access. I will follow the new battery directions card advising installers to let the battery drain to below 10% and then charge up to 100% to callibrate the battery.

My Fix

See above

My Advice

All said and done, I was very impressed with how straightforward Ifixit made this battery replacement. Rock on Consumers- fight against upgrade, and make those classic phones work harder and longer!

See my narrative above for the additional items (gloves, paper towels

My Problem

Wasn't charging and none of the other stuff on the web seemed to work. Already replaced the battery. Suspected the port but was reluctant to attempt repair without some guidance.

My Fix

Very straight forward. Hardest part is prying the case open but it was expected as I had done it before.

My Advice

Don't be surprised if prying the small metal plate off the larger connector is a little harder than you expect. It is also held down with a small amount of adhesive adjacent the screw.

My Problem

There was NO audio coming from the headphone jack. I initially believed the headphone jack would be to blame, but by applying pressure in the bottom right corner of the ipod music would start to come out the headphones. The logicboard was apparently to blame after some online investigation.

My Fix

Took nearly an hour and a half, and that was working considerably steadfast. The tools supplied worked very well for the disassembly. The new Logicboard fit perfectly and the ipod fit back together properly.

My Advice

Take your time!! Although this is a relatively simple repair it does require a lot of patience. Make sure to be extra cautious when handling the ground tape for the logicboard and the click wheel, as it is incredibly fragile.

My Problem

I bought an iPad 2 from eBay that need an overhaul. Bad digitizer, and battery needed replacing. Once I got inside the iPad I discovered the previous owner and had broken the connectors on the logic board that connects the digitizer.

My Fix

I had to replace the logic board, battery, Wifi antenna, and the digitizer on an iPad 2. I needed the tools to allow me to open the clamps that hold the ribbon cables in the logic board. The set of 2 Plastic Opening Tools worked like a champ. These tools are great for maybe a few uses but wouldn't recommend using them to do this kind of work all the time.

My Advice

My advice is to please let a professional do this kind of work if you're not experienced with this sort of thing. Very easy to really mess your device up!!!