How to Replace the Battery on a SanDisk Clip

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The Sansa Clip battery is rechargeable, but will not last forever and eventually need to be replaced. The Sansa Clip battery is soldered to the motherboard. The motherboard and battery are only accessible by taking apart the entire Clip; there is no convenient battery cover. SanDisk, the manufacturer of the Clip, recommends sending the Clip to the manufacturer for battery replacement. Replace the battery yourself, but such activity could void the warranty, so be careful not to crack the case.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Case opener tool or flathead screwdriver or butter knife
  • Solder iron
  • Solder glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Plug the solder iron in and allow it to get hot.

  2. 2

    Power off the Sansa Clip. Disconnect any cables such as the USB or headphone cable.

  3. 3

    Wedge the tip of the case opener tool into the crevice between the front and back of the Sansa Clip case.

  4. 4

    Pry the front and back case apart with the case opener tool. Be careful when doing this--the case can break. Pry or separate the case in several places before the front and back case can be pulled apart.

  5. 5

    Pull the front and back of the case apart. Notice that all of the components, including the motherboard and battery, are resting in the front side of the case.

  6. 6

    Pull the battery from the motherboard and place it to the side. The battery is still soldered to the motherboard by three wires. Notice the configuration of the wires. The black battery wire is connected to the "-" (negative) lead on the motherboard. The blue battery wire is connected to the centre lead labelled "N." The red battery cable is connected to the lead labelled "+."

  7. 7

    Melt the end of the battery wires from the leads on the motherboard with the tip of the hot soldering iron. When doing this, be sure to place the tip of the iron right at the point where the wire is connected to the lead.

  8. 8

    Get out the new battery. Place the black battery wire to the lead labelled "-."

  9. 9

    Place soldering glue on the end of the black wire.

  10. 10

    Hold and solder the end of the wire to the lead with the tip of the hot soldering iron. Repeat Steps 9 and 10 for the blue and red wires. Remember the blue is soldered to the centre lead labelled "N," and the red battery wire is soldered to the lead labelled "+."

  11. 11

    Place the soldered battery on top of the motherboard. Push the front and back case back together.

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