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 way to open a glue-laden device.
  • Heated in a microwave, the iOpener melts adhesive.
  • Follow our guide and open an iPad in about 30 minutes.
  • Kit designed to service every generation of Apple iPad, but also services many more devices, such as the Microsoft Surface and Moto X.

Kit Contents:

Product Details

$19.95 Kit

 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Standard warranty

Notes:

  • A complete iPad service solution. This kit includes everything you need to repair every generation of iPad.
  • This product cannot be shipped to Mexico.
  • Este producto no puede enviarse a México.

$12.95 Individual

 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Standard warranty

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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Product Details

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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.

 

Stories

My Problem

The digitizer was cracked and I was repairing it for a customer.

My Fix

The repair went well, I'm a computer Tech and I would always use a hot air gun. I decided to purchase the iopener. It works great, it took a little longer to do the repair but you don't have to risk damaging anything to get the digitizer off.

My Advice

Just be patient the iopener will help, it just takes time.

My Problem

Voltage issue with USB port on PC made USB data pin on phone to stop working but charged just fine. Not a problem with wireless adb but while flashing new rom, I mistakenly deleted everything on the phone including the rom zip. I tried everything to get the rom zip on the phone from usb-otb to different cables to battery drains but nothing worked.

My Fix

Having given up, I got a cheap phone. While m7 sat in the closet. Recently, I was cleaning my room and spotted my m7 abandoned it didn't feel right. Decided to get a new m7 usb port and replace the faulty part. Hardest part was taking out the back cover off m7. Replaced the usb and it worked! Finally back from dead.

My Advice

Turns out m7 is really hard to get the back off without damaging the cover so I got $11 back cover replacement. Youtube video on replacing just the usb without removing all the other parts with help of tweezers helped lots. Shipping to Canada is a strange paradox, I want product to arrive fast however if I pay over ~$30USD (~$40CAD) for 2 day fedex shipping, I get charged extra $15CAD by fedex for faster customs passage. And regular delivery takes minimum 1 month and costs ~$15USD (~$20CAD). ifixit needs to update shipping speed and costs to Canada. And oh I got rid of the faulty usb ports on the PC as well, took less than 3 minutes and a Phillips screwdriver.

My Problem

I cracked my iPad air screen

My Fix

Removal using the ifixit opener and kit with the magnetic tools and picks for opening went extremely easy,

My Advice

Have a little patience and keep reheating the adhesive

My Problem

I have a 180 lb. Great Dane who is very jealous of my iPad. This is the second time I've had to fix it, the first time she stepped on it and bent the frame, causing the volume button to stick. I sent the ipad off to be repaired to the tune of $100. This time she jumped on it while it was lying on my bed, shattering the glass and bending the frame. I again sent it to be fixed, this time for $200. When I got the iPad back this time, the glass and frame and the glass were repaired but the wi-fi, Bluetooth and cellular were not working. Frustrated, I decided to open the iPad up myself to see what the issue was. My husband was completely against this decision, having little faith in my ability to do the repair myself, even with help from ifixit, but I knew better.

My Fix

I began by researching the problem using the ifixit data base. Once I was familiar with the inner workings of the iPad and had a pretty good idea of what the problem likely was, (in this case the wi-fi antenna had been broken during the replacement of the front glass) I ordered the antenna and the tools needed to make the repairs from ifixit, specifically the antenna, magnetic parts mat,and an iopener. The parts arrived quickly, within 3 days of placing the order. While I was waiting for the parts, I reviewed several of the instructions regarding the repair, so I would be ready to make the repair.

My Advice

First, the glue is a real problem. It took patience and time to get the iPad opened up to work on it, and it's important to begin inserting the spudger exactly where the instructions suggest, it's the one area where there isn't an abundance of glue. Secondly, don't attempt this repair without a magnetic parts mat, there are so many screws it's impossible to remember which one goes where. Thirdly, if you're going to open your iPad for any reason, have a spare bezel, you're going to need it. As a P.S. I suggest you order a set of spare screws, even with the parts mat, you're going to lose at least one screw, never to be seen again, having a spare set solves that problem, and you'll have extras for when your dog decides to destroy it again, and again and again.

My Problem

Unable to turn off the the screen and dock connector was mangled.

My Fix

Followed the guides and things went ok, but I damaged the wifi antenna opening it... and the cable to the digitalizer pulled loose (left side of screen went dead) when I laid the glass flat next to it. So ordered both of those and finished up in about 20 minutes.

My Advice

When opening separate the wifi antenna from the glue on the digitalizer or you will replace it. Set a cup or something next to it and lean the digitalizer standing up at 90 degrees verse laying flat... no stress on it that way.

My Problem

I had a broken display in my iPhone 5S

My Fix

It was easy, with the tools that come with the spare part.

My Advice

Check the proper attachment of display cables on the logic board.

My Problem

Microphone wasn't working at all. Apple wanted me to buy a new iPad (which is ridiculous).

My Fix

At "Step 29" I encountered a problem which I was not prepared for. The tiny plastic retaining clip that holds the little ribbon cable to the main circuit board went "PINGGGG!" and popped right off. Due its size and peculiarities, it took me more than an hour to put it back on.

It is shown being pried up here: https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/ig...

Be ever-so-careful when you perform this step!

Other than that, things went very very smoothly. It felt like I was defusing a bomb. Removing the glued-together outer layer was a frightful experience, although it was made MUCH easier thanks to the iOpener.

When I restarted my iPad, the front-facing camera was distorted/malfunctioning, but I just powered the iPad down and re-started it and everything was fine.

Apple wanted me to shell out $250 for another iPad, but I got the job done for about $50 (including postage!)using parts from iFixit.

My Advice

IF YOUR RIBBON CABLE CLIP POPPED OFF, THEN READ THIS!

Be careful - oh so very very careful - opening the little retaining clip that holds down the ribbon cable to the main circuit board. If you get it back on, you'll need a magnifying glass, tweezers, nerves of steel, and the patience of a Titan to get it back into place again.

Hint: When re-attaching the retaining clip (if it popped off like it did in my unfortunate case), you must attach it in the "open" position (popped up), and with the ribbon cable NOT plugged into the little retaining socket (be sure you unplugged the ribbon cable).

Then you'll notice that there are *two* little rows of gold pins: An upper row and a lower row. You'll also notice that the little clip has a bunch of tiny holes on it. Those holes must be aligned *carefully* with the upper row of pins (the row furthest from the aluminum body of the iPad). This will not be easy, so d-e-l-i-c-a-t-e-l-y kepp on trying. You may have to do this 20 or 50 times before everything lines up right, unless you have a magnifying glass and the hands of a surgeon.

Once those holes are aligned, try to push the retaining clip onto that upper row of pins. If you are lucky, it will verry gently "snap" with a delicate action back onto the place whence it came.

If it happened the way it happened to me: May god have mercy on your soul. Be patient! It came off, so surely it can go back on. Man-handling this operation may result in bending the pins or causing other problems. If you feel frustrated, take a break for 5 min and psych yourself up to be patient and gentle, then return to work.

Furthermore, you should note that although it is tiny, there is definately a "top" "bottom" "left" and "right" side to this tiny little plastic part. There is another ribbon cable at the bottom right of the inside of your iPad which is identical to this one. That cable is still attached, so don't disturb it. Instead: Look at that one CAREFULLY under magnification, and you will see a little "groove" will be visible atop the securing plastic piece once it is in the "closed/down" position. Keep that in mind and think it through, and you'll be able to see which way to orient the little piece while you struggle to align and re-attach it.

It came off - and unless you break it or bend the pins or something, it WILL go back on. Take heart! I feel your pain!

My Problem

Wife decided to drop iPad onto kitchen floor and complaint afterwards that the device is very fragile - "it was only 4ft onto tiles".

My Fix

I didn't even know that the front panel is glued onto the frame and ruined my freshly manicured finger nails. After getting another manicure I then found the iOpener, ordered it, heated it, applied it and unglued it!

Nails are still in perfect condition!

My Advice

Read the instructions before starting to rip your iPad to shreds. Otherwise you end up like me when trying to replace the screen.

Steps 1-30 tell you to use the force because evil rests within the glue which makes it impossible to remove.

Step 31 warns you to be careful in step 2 - "if you apply too much force to destroy the wifi chip that is glued to the frame."

Step 32 - find your tools in the garage and solder the wifi card back in (that wasn't in the manual).

So read the instructions to the end before you begin!

But the iOpener is a neat idea and definitely saves your finger nails...

My Problem

My iPad 2 has been amazing for several years. Last 6 months, it won't last more than an hour without a charge...time for a new battery

My Fix

Nerve wracking, but good. Toolkit was great, instructions nearly flawless. It still made me sweat, but went well

My Advice

Two lacks overall. First, and most annoying, you sold me the battery, suggested the toolkit and iOpener, but neglected to tell me I needed thin adhesive strips to put it all back together. I think you would know that better than I would...I ordered some but lost nearly a week in total due to the lack.

Second, are there any tricks to re-attaching the WiFi antenna leads to the logic board construct.? Ultimately I got it together, but felt like it was pretty hard on the components. Maybe there is an angled flat squeezing tool to clip the things on easier? Sort of like a tiny vise-grip, angled with a little cup on the end to hold the lead, and a padded flat spot opposite for squeezing. Wish I could draw one for you, but I' m not great at such things.

Overall, great resources. Thanks.

My Problem

My brother *stepped* on his iPad 4 and hella cracked the outer glass screen.

My Fix

Opening the iPad at first was slightly difficult, something that can be perfected with experience. The rest went very smoothly. iFixit iPad screens were too expensive so I bought off Amazon for 25$, but the tool kit I bought from Ifixit was something you just cant find anywhere else. nice selection of tools. the iPad openers, the blue sharp ended pens were very crappy makes, they bent the first time I tried to pry up the iPad screen, but everything else was great. i included a picture of the old bezel and digitizer that was replaced. if you're replacing a broken outer glass screen, be prepared for the glass to crack more as you attempt to open up the iPad. wear glasses, even if you feel stupid, because glass shards WILL fly and chip off...

My Advice

be very careful when first opening the ipad and cutting the adhesive. especially the bottom left corner. ifixit warns you, but once you get started you want to just do it yourself from there. be smart and follow the directions, or you can sever ribbon cables underneath the edges of the screen. everything else is easy, just be careful and use canned air to clean off dust and small glass shards. if small glass gets everywhere, use a slice of bread to pick then up. it sounds crazy, but bread makes the pieces stick to it very well.