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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$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.

 

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My Problem

A friend of mine has young children that were playing on their friends iPad and, after some elevated excitement, managed to drop the iPad. The bottom corner hit the ground and the digitizer shattered.

My Fix

The repair was initially difficult with the standard tools recommended. The plastic tools bend too easily with the shattered glass. After reading some tips from other users, I decided to give an exacto knife (slightly blunted) a go instead and thankfully it made a world of difference.

The iOpener worked well for me and the childrens friends are happy with the high quality product that iFixit provided.

My Advice

If the glass is severely shattered, use an exacto knife to pry out the glass, the blade helps cut through stubborn adhesive too. The glass pieces shoot off everywhere so I highly recommend taping up the glass first and using eye protection. Make sure there is no glass residue or chips on the LCD or surrounding the LCD as it will scratch and possibly burst the LCD if it gets trapped under the new digitizer.

My Problem

Was given an ipad with a cracked screen

My Fix

went well minus the iopener, had to use a hair dryer to complete since the iopener exploded in the microwave while following the video instructions to heat for 1 min.

My Advice

Double check how long you are suppose to keep the iopener in the microwave. Alot of the instructional videos say heat up for 1 min so did, and it exploded in the microwave.

My Problem

My sister had a fire in her apartment building, and her apartment was damaged by all the water that was used to put out the fire. Many things were lost, but thankfully her iPad still showed some signs of life. However, it did't seem like it was able to hold a charge, it was power-cycling on it's own, and the touch screen was not responding to touch. In addition, it was not recently backed up to iCloud or her Macbook. So I took it upon myself to attempt to see if anything could be done by opening it up and inspect if anything could be done to get her data off.

My Fix

Going slow, doing the research, ordering the parts, and taking it one step at a time using the online tutorial from iFixIt.com, the iPad 3 was able to be opened up, exactly how it was described. Detached the touch-screen interface and it appeared a piece of dust/corrosion was released, too. Continued to take the iPad apart and found some corrosion in/around the Logic board where the docking connector attaches which was cleaned with a damp q-tip and rubbing alcohol. Then when the alcohol was dry, took scotch tap wrapped around the finger, dabbed the components with the sticky side to collect any loose q-tip cotton strands. Verified all was removed, by holding it against a light, before re-seating the logic board back in the iPad. Re-assembled the rest of the iPad, and attempted charging and powering up. It didn't seem like it was able to hold a charge, but the touch screen functionality returned. It occasionally still produced a Kernel Panic, but with patience and persistence, I thankfully was able to not only get a local backup to her new Macbook, but I was able to verify that I successfully had a complete backup to iCloud. She now is able to acquire a new iPad, and should be able to continue working once restored from the backups. In addition, I will have an iPad to fix up on my own - should I find I have the time to tinker around.

My Advice

Take your time, follow the instructions, trust in the tutorial and the equipment, and acquire the proper tools from here, They came in less time than they initially had for the delivery day, and it was very helpful to have all the necessary tools at hand.

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My Problem

After having cases on my iPhones dating back to the 3G, I bought the 6 and thought "The otter box on this is way too bulky. Maybe I'll try one of those thinner cases.." Thinner case did not save my phone when it was knocked off the bed of my truck. Glass on the screen was shattered and was randomly slicing my fingers reminding me how dumb it was to not have a good case or screen protector.

My Fix

Repair went off without a hitch. The iSclack worked great opening the display assembly from the case. The repair guides were well written and walked through each step.

My Advice

Slow and steady is the way to go with everything. Take your time and make sure you get the cables disconnected and reconnected properly. Check out your replacement before assembly and make sure you have all the protective films removed before being stuck in the middle of your project.

My Problem

1/3rd the price of visiting the Apple store.

My Fix

Your online videos show how to fix a 'perfect' screen that has no cracks at all. In reality, it's MUCH more difficult than what is demonstrated in your guides. My iPad was shattered into a million tiny shards. Those little guitar picks were helpful, but not strong enough to pry up the tiny little silvers of glass around the edges. I ended up using a small flat bladed screwdriver around the edge and a utility knife to scrape the edges free of all the glue and glass. I did use the iOpener magic tube of heat application to soften the glue which helped.

I did manage to get all of the glass and glue removed, then followed the procedure for removing the cables, cleaning the LCD, and then reassembling the replacement screen.

It works great now! Much better than looking through thousands of cracks in the screen.

My Advice

Yes, wear eye protection!! When you're bent over trying to pry off shattered, slivered glass, it will pop/fly up and get in your eyes. Protect them!!

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

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.

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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.