The BlackBerry Pearl charger port provides a way to get power to the BlackBerry's battery, and allows the BlackBerry to connect to a computer. So if the charger port goes bad, the device can be nearly useless, especially once the battery runs out of power. The charging port has no moving parts, so once it goes bad you will need to replace it. Unlike several other Pearl components, the charging ports aren't modular, so you will need some experience with a soldering iron in order to replace the port.
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Things you need
- T6 screwdriver
- Pry stick
- Soldering iron
- Replacement charging port
Push the silver button on the bottom of the back side of the Pearl. Slide the battery cover up and remove it from the device. Pull out on the top of the battery to remove it, then remove the SIM and microSD cards, if necessary.
Insert your pry stick underneath the plastic cover that wraps around the bottom of the device. The entry point for your stick should be on either side of the gold buttons that surround the battery cover release button. Push down until the plastic cover pops off.
Remove the two T6 screws from the top two corners on the back of the Pearl. Then flip the BlackBerry over and remove the two T6 screws from the bottom two corners.
Place your pry stick between one of the silver side rails and the rest of the phone. Pull out to remove the side rail, and then repeat the process for the side rail on the other side. Once the rails are off, lift up on the back housing to remove it.
Place your pry stick underneath the right side of the control board and lift it up, releasing the clips on that side of the board. Do the same thing on the left side of the board, then lift the board up and remove it from the front housing. Place the control board down on the table in front of you.
Turn on your soldering iron and let it heat up.
Grasp the defective charger port with your tweezers. Touch the tip of the soldering iron to the two feet on one side of the port. Touch each foot once and hold the iron there long enough to liquefy the solder, which should happen almost immediately. Pull up on your tweezers to lift the feet out of the solder. Repeat the process on the other side of the port and when you lift up, the port will come away from the device.
Position your replacement port on the control board and hold it with your tweezers. Ensure that the four feet on the port are directly over the four dots of solder that remain on the board, and that the five tiny tabs on the back of the port align with the five silver marks on the control board.
Touch the solder under one foot of the charger port with your soldering iron. Push down on the charger port to sink the foot into the solder. Repeat this process with each foot.
Place the Pearl's control board back into the front housing and snap the back housing back into place. Return the side rails to the sides of the device. Replace the four T6 screws that you removed earlier, and then snap the bottom piece back onto the phone. Replace the SIM card, SD card, battery and battery cover.
Tips and warnings
- Soldering iron tips can reach almost 427 degrees Celsius, so never touch the tip of the iron and be careful that you do not accidentally let the tip touch anything you don't want to melt or burn.
- Always keep the soldering iron in its stand when you are not actively using it.
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