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  1. We recommend that you clean your microwave before proceeding, as any nasty gunk on the bottom may end up stuck to the iOpener. Place the iOpener in the center of the microwave.
    • We recommend that you clean your microwave before proceeding, as any nasty gunk on the bottom may end up stuck to the iOpener.

    • Place the iOpener in the center of the microwave.

    • For carousel microwaves: Make sure the plate spins freely. If your iOpener gets stuck, it may overheat and burn.

    which temperature must be used for heating? Thx

    fbarletta - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I found you need to be very patient when using the iOpener. It's worth taking your time, giving the heat time to work on the glue. When I finally got the battery out, there were some strips of glue left behind that I just cleaned off with some isopropanol before installing the new battery.

    By the way, I had to run the iOpener for longer in my microwave for it to get hot enough. When it was too hot to touch, I figured it was hot enough for the batteries.

    Fredrik -

    I didn't find this to be as hard as I had built it up in my mind to be; HOWEVER, saying that I need to say years ago I was the local Nokia service center in my town. But many years ago right after they got rid of analog times. Yeah. A classic installer/repairer mistake when starting something they haven't fixed or installed before is picking up the instructions, flipping through them; maybe even reading a section that is new-then tossing the instructions over the shoulder. "I got this." This usually comes right before something major gets broke. And I can tell you when you try to do it yourself and then mess it up horribly then take it to the repair shop. Well we called that "I can do it myself" syndrome and charged extra to put back together what they brought in in the box. Now knowing all this - I can't stress this enough because I am stupid, stupid, stupid. COVER YOUR SCREEN IN CLEAR BOXING TAPE AND READ ALL THE INSTRUCTION BELOW THROUGH TO THE END BEFORE EVEN ATTEMPTING THIS FIX. Take my advise.

    windizy - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I didn't have an iOpener, so I used a wheat type heat bag. If you do this though, make sure you put a layer of plastic between your Mac and the bag, or you'll get condensation in places you don't want it.

    Martin Gray - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I started out using the iOpener but switched to my wife's hairdryer. A heat gun or hair dryer proved to be much more convenient and is a time saviour. You can heat more and the glue becomes more fluid make the next steps with the opening picks much easier

    Jan Van Puymbroeck - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I know this is obvious, but backup your iPad with iTunes before you start. I'd also turn off your passcode if you have one.

    Laurie Higgins - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Ther first time you heat up the iOpener for this repair when its room temperature I had to heat it up for more than 30 seconds. I remember I had to heat it up for around 45 seconds. However, after that when you need to reheat it again during the repair 30 seconds will be enough.

    Yousef Ghalib - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I used the wheat bag in a sensor microwave heating up to 65-70 deg C (155 def F).

    ian cheong - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Get yourself a cherry pit bean bag the size of your iPad. Heat it, put the iPad on it for 3 to 5 minutes or so, reheat the cherry pit bean bag, again put your iPad on it. Then heat the iOpener and start working. The cherry pit bean bag will have to be reheated several times, but it will soften the adhesive so you have less problems with the iOpener

    Tim Feyaerts - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The heating can be done very effectively (and quickly) with 3d printer heated bed. Make sure the bed is clean. Set the temperature to 60c, (130f ) and put the ipad face down for +/- 10 minutes. Repeat as needed throughout the “gentle prying” stages.

    polleyphony - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The iOpener did not work at all for me.

    I had to use a heat gun and bring the edges of the case up to ~200 degrees (used an infrared thermometer to measure) before the glue would weaken. This obviously superheated the metal frame, so I also had to wear gloves to handle the phone while prying the back off with the included picks.

    Mike Jeanette - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Repair instructions worked like a charm. Had to be patient with the iOpener and getting the screen off. I tried repeatedly without success until shifting the suction cup a bit to the left side where perhaps the glue had loosened up a bit more.

    Kyle - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The iOpener, in my opinion, is of no help. Many warnings to say “don’t warm it too much”, but the glue doesn’t melt if not warm enough. As a result, a complete waste of time and energy. In addition, too much liquid in it, so it doesn’t lay on the device on a sufficient surface. I took a hairdryer and it worked much much better.

    laurentvidu - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I used an immersion bath to heat this to 180F and applied it to the device until the outside temperature of the opener read 150F with an IR thermometer. Removing the screen took very little force with this method.

    breadandbits - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    My experience. I was replacing the screen which had been cracked and a little shattered in some places. The iopener is pretty much useless, so was the suction cup. The suction cup would probably be more useful if I was doing something besides the screen. Also you probably want the clean the screen before using it so it can get good suction. I used a hair dryer on high for a couple of minutes at a time (someone on this tread suggested that). I used my exacto knife and a razor blade to get into the adhesive. First the exacto to get the initial cut, then the razor blade to go a little deeper. Could have probably just used the razor blade, but the exacto has a little more finesse. I got the razor blade in and a little under the glass then I used the picks to wedge in. I didn’t want to risk anything using the razor blade too much. Used tape to keep the shattered glass together.

    trebor65 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    My experience pt2

    Fortunately the shattering was mostly on the edges and most of it had adhesive on the back so it stuck together. Just take your time and work your way around following the guide to get the screen off. Have some goof off or goo be gone to clean the frame when putting the new glass on or putting the existing one back. (someone suggested that also, very good idea). Be careful of the LCD (you should know that). The cable on my LCD was pretty tight, so I propped it up while taking the cable cover off and when I put it back on I did the same thing. I just put a bottle on the battery and leaned the back of the LCD on that while attaching the cables and putting the screws back on the cover. Also be careful with the home button and the bracket on the back of it. I had enough old adhesive on left on the bracket that it stuck back to the new glass fine. So far only 12 hours in, so we will see how that holds up when the kids get at it.

    trebor65 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Another alternative if you do not have the iopener is to use a bed time hotwater bottle. Do not over fill it though. Just put enough hot water in to support the phone while you work around the adhesive.

    I use both the hot water bottle and iopener together on Samsung's. It makes life easier

    gazza667 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I followed the directions and heated my iOpener for 30 seconds in a 1000 watt microwave, and it came out at 160 degrees F, as verified by a infrared thermometer. This allowed me to separate the last bit of the back of my Samsung S8, which was already coming off due to a swollen battery (hence the reason for the repair).

    Dennis - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hallo,habe den Akku erfolgreich getauscht.Doch seitdem gibt es bei Telefonaten eine Rückkopplung für den anrufenden.Bei mir ist alles normal.Woran liegt das?Mfg

    Manu R - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    If you follow these instructions, you will crack your screen like I did. Heating the iOpener for 30 seconds, using it to melt glue, then waiting 10 minutes to reheat is useless. The iOpener can be used to maybe warm the glue on whatever side you aren’t working on. You need a hairdryer and/or a heat gun to melt the glue and separate the glass from the iPad.

    Anyone want to buy an old iPad with broken glass and a dead battery?

    mpulliam - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Not everybody has a microwave. You should provide a target temperature for the iOpener and instructions for a conventional oven, or pot of warm water, or whatever. Although I will probably use a heat gun …

    Esmond Pitt - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Three times heating opener and no luck. Tried pressing down gently on opener with a towel, and the opener broke. Wondering if I now replace table mats, fancy table cloth, etc. or will this stuff wash out.

    Not impressed so far. Maybe the hair dryer next.

    doug - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I support the comments about the iOpener. Everyone has a hair drier, FHS, so get a cheap IR thermometer (£18) and blow heat until the area is 60+ deg C. Still takes w while, and getting the screen off is v scary, but just add more heat if you feel resistance.

    The rest of the kit is good, esp the magnetic screwdrivers.

    Richard O'Brien - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    #### WARNUNG WENN MINIMALSTER SPRUNG IM DISPLAY IST FUNKTIONERT DAS NICHT!!! ######

    Hatte einen winzigen, minimalen Sprung im Display. Ich dachte es könnte gehen, weil der Sprung “abgeschlossen” war. Er hat in einer Ecke ein winzige Glasteil rausgeschnitten. NEIN! Geht nicht. Habe alles mit viel Geduld dem iOpener und einem Föhn erhitzt. Es ist trotzdem sofort über das komplette Display zersprungen…

    T z - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I’ve started with iOpener but changed very quickly to a heatgun. That was more efficient.

    Mizzoo, s.r.o. - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I could not get the iOpener hot enough to melt the glue on my ipad 6. I heated for 45 seconds once and it was boiling and it still never worked. Thank goodness contributors mentioned using a hair dryer. Using an 1700w hair dryer on high did the trick to get the screen off. Still took some time and the case got pretty hot but be patient. It took twice as long and a lot more patience to get the battery out.

    Randal Haufler - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I have an Ipad with touch screen issue, if i replace this part it should be Ok?

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  2. Heat the iOpener for thirty seconds.
    • Heat the iOpener for thirty seconds.

    • Throughout the repair procedure, as the iOpener cools, reheat it in the microwave for an additional thirty seconds at a time.

    • Be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair. Overheating may cause the iOpener to burst.

    • Never touch the iOpener if it appears swollen.

    • If the iOpener is still too hot in the middle to touch, continue using it while waiting for it to cool down some more before reheating. A properly heated iOpener should stay warm for up to 10 minutes.

    I had to heat mine up for more than 30 seconds. After 30 seconds on high it was only warm. It had to keep trying different times and checking it until it got hot. I think the initial time that I put it in for was over a minute.

    whale13 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    DO NOT USE IN NON ROTATING MICROWAVE! It will pop a hole. I had it in for 45 seconds the first time. It wasn't very hot inside and I saw it started to leak on the paper towel I put under it. Just a fair bit of advice. I think I will just stick with the heat gun. Loud but useful.

    Alex Jackson - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I heated mine up for 30 seconds, tested, then again for 30 seconds. It felt adequately hot. Leaving it on the left side, per the instruction, for a minute did not loosen the adhesive. I ended up pulling the suction cup hard enough to shadder the old screen. Moral of the story, I don't think it gets hot enough safely to have an affect.

    Travis Dixon - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    There is a clear problem here with the heating part using the iopener things....no details are given. Whoever is testing them needs to make it clear - What temperature does it need to be? And for which phone models, because they differ in what's needed. It's only £10-15 for a laser guided temp sensor unit, and the designers/repairers should have one of those already for doing these kinds of repairs. Explaining half a repair, is worse than not explaining at all :-(

    assortedrubbish - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    All phones/devices differ it’s unrealistic and unsafe to put a exact time/temperature needed to soften the adhesive. It’s really quite simple you warm the device evenly and in a controlled manner just enough to enable pry tools and picks to begin separating. Best tool in my opinion but again this is because I have experience is a hot plate and heat gun both of which are used at nearly the lowest settings and I can handle flat palming the plate for almost 10 seconds I leave the device to conduct heat until approx it’s about 110 at most 120 ish this will be plenty to soften all the adhesive if any problem areas I use heat gun while prying. Again you need go slowly and learn with a throw away phone

    Greg Latta -

    I used a hot water bottle, works well as it covers the whole screen and stays hot for longer.

    dave - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    If I may suggest include your microwave wattage so people can get an idea on time for there own

    Patrick Storey - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I ended up using a hair dryer. That iOpener thing took forever.

    mark fitzgerald - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    30 seconds sure isn’t cutting it… 45 didn’t get the screen of my iPad air 2 to budge either… even after resting on the ipad for 4 minutes.

    60 seconds in the microwave, the iOpener burst.

    I’ll get a new one and try once more with heating it 45 seconds and repeat that for 30 minutes like others have said here. If that doesn’t work it’ll have to be the heat gun.

    K

    Karl Marble - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I can’t recommend the microwave. If the the iOpener becomes too hot, it bursts. Better put the opener in cooking water. Dry it and use it. Instead of an iOpener you can use hot/cool packs as well.

    Bernhard Keim - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Great idea with using the heat packs. I will try that next time. Thank you

    Collins -

    Trust the directions! I forgot and left it in the Microwave too long and after 1 minute I had Mt Vesuvius - the iOpener burst and spewed the goodies out. The problem is, the Digitizer can be damaged by a hot air gun, so I had to tough out and remove the glue the hard way. I made it … with lots of patience! Tough lesson.

    Larry Bennett - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I also used a hairdryer. I used it on the low setting and I cut a piece of carboard to protect the rest of the screen. The iFixit tool and method is vert tedious and very time consuming in comparison. With the hairdryer method you can literally have the display apart in a few minutes. Using your other hand nearby the area you are heating it should be very hot but not enough to burn your hand. You only have to heat metal part of case near glass edge. If you have a cellular model then you need to be very careful because the black antenna area is plastic. So less heat and work your way up in adding heat just enough to separate around the area but not so much you melt the plastic!

    Fixrights - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    iOpener was the worst part of the kit. Followed directions for :30 in microwave and took 4 trips to the microwave to loosen adhesive on left side of home button. I thought I was figuring it out and it was working well… even set a timer to wait 10 minutes between heating it up. Was on the right side and was on my 12th heat up when it exploded in the microwave. My only tip is that if you set it clear side up, as soon as you see any bubbles or boiling in the liquid, STOP! If you put a pot holder over the iOpener and press slightly to make good surface contact, that seemed to help. I finished heating with a “Corn Sack” that held heat better than the provided iOpener.

    digital_only - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Mon iopener n'a pas tenu une réparation. Je ne vous conseille pas ce produit

    Berard Romain - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Bonjour,

    Nous sommes désolés que votre réparation ne se soit pas déroulée comme prévu. Il se peut que le produit était défectueux. Veuillez contacter notre service client support@ifixit.com (boutique américaine) ou eustore@ifixit.com (boutique européenne) en décrivant ce qui s’est passé.

    Claire Miesch -

    Readers looking for temperature advice might check the comments of the previous instruction, as there are more there. I used an immersion bath to heat this to 180F and applied it to the device until the outside temperature of the opener read 150F with an IR thermometer. Removing the screen took very little force with this method.

    breadandbits - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Thank you for posting some actual temperatures. I have a heat gun with a very fine self-temperature regulation setting capability.

    I will set it for 150-180 F, and use that to soften the adhesive.

    G Trieste -

    I followed the directions and heated my iOpener for 30 seconds in a 1000 watt microwave, and it came out at 160 degrees F, as verified by a infrared thermometer. A second heating about 15 minutes later in the micro and it came out at 190 degrees F. Plenty hot enough to soften the adhesive for removing the back on my S8. Based on the comments above I think people just need to use more patience.

    Dennis - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I used various time settings. It got very hot. It would soften the glue but not a whole lot. If my screen had been intact and I was replacing something that was not a digitizer, it may have worked. A broken screen makes the process significantly more difficult. I ended up breaking the home button cable. Good bye TouchID…

    cvela90 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    After reading previous comments I didn't even use the i-opener. Used the heatgun ( hairdryer ) which works great for me. Maybe I was lucky as this is my first attempt at replacing a cellphone battery. Motoz 3

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  3. Remove the iOpener from the microwave, holding it by one of the two flat ends to avoid the hot center.
    • Remove the iOpener from the microwave, holding it by one of the two flat ends to avoid the hot center.

    • The iOpener will be very hot, so be careful when handling it. Use an oven mitt if necessary.

    I did this repair. I used a hair dryer, I think it works better: gets very hot fast.

    Cobus de Beer - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Readers looking for temperature advice might check the comments of the previous instruction, as there are more there. I used an immersion bath to heat this to 180F and applied it to the device until the outside temperature of the opener read 150F with an IR thermometer. Removing the screen took very little force with this method. I don’t know how much microwaves vary in heating consistency with these pads, but knowing how inconsistent the temperature of a bowl of plain rice gets in my microwave, I wasn’t interested in even trying to use it for this.

    breadandbits - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I used an electric griddle set to the lowest setting. It seemed to work very well.

    John - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I vote for the hair dryer. The other methods work too but if you aren’t having any luck, switch to the hair dryer. While holding the iPad in my hand, I found that I am aiming the dryer at my finger at the same time and it gauges how hot it is. I stop when my finger can’t take it - maybe five seconds up close. Repeat as needed like I did.

    Robin - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    This thing melts when placed up side down in the microwave…

    Mark - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  4. If you don't have a microwave, follow this step to heat your iOpener in boiling water. Fill a pot or pan with enough water to fully submerge an iOpener.
    • If you don't have a microwave, follow this step to heat your iOpener in boiling water.

    • Fill a pot or pan with enough water to fully submerge an iOpener.

    • Heat the water to a boil. Turn off the heat.

    • Place an iOpener into the hot water for 2-3 minutes. Make sure the iOpener is fully submerged in the water.

    • Use tongs to extract the heated iOpener from the hot water.

    • Thoroughly dry the iOpener with a towel.

    • The iOpener will be very hot, so be careful to hold it only by the end tabs.

    • Your iOpener is ready for use! If you need to reheat the iOpener, heat the water to a boil, turn off the heat, and place the iOpener in the water for 2-3 minutes.

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I do not have a microwave because I think it is unhealthy for food preparation. When I need fastfood I often just eat raw fruit which is much faster, healtier, and tastier than most microwave foods.

Does the iOpener Heating also work when it is baked in a frying pan?

R de Bruin - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hello! Thanks for the good question. Actually we dissuade from using a frying pan to heat the iOpener because the coating would melt. Instead, use a saucepan filled with cold water and heat it on the stove. But be very careful not to overheat the iOpener and not to hurt yourself handling with the hot iOpener! You can do as well without iOpener and alternatively use a hairdryer to heat directly the device you want to open. Good fix!

Claire Miesch -

You are aware thought that there are no proven side effects of microwaving your food though right? A microwave isn’t inherently unhealthy. I think it helps to look at how a microwave works. A microwave oven heats food by passing microwave radiation through it. While microwave radiation sounds scary its really not. Microwaves are a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation. Non ionizing meaning that it doesn’t make stuff radioactive. Water, fat, and other substances in the food absorb energy from the microwaves in a process called dielectric heating. The water molecules are electric dipoles, meaning that they have a positive charge at one end and a negative charge at the other, and so they rotate as they try to align themselves with the alternating electric field of the microwaves. The friction of the incredibly fast movement heats up the various molecules. Sometimes microwaves are in fact healthier and safer than there counterparts, because the microwave heats food quickly, the nutrients have less time to seep into the water making it more nutrient filled when compared to alternatives. Also, steamed vegetables tend to maintain more nutrients when microwaved than when cooked on a stovetop.

[All sources can be found https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microwave_... at the bottom of the wikipedia page]

nithin -

Its actually halarious that hes like “sure thing! Fry that thing up, lol…gotta put some water down, …but yeah…lmao…too funny

dannyhall16 -

And much more expensive.

Jiří Sítko -

I’m not sure about health drawbacks, but it takes away all the taste and texture from the food. I’ve heard that it takes away healthy vitamins from the food; it’s just hearsay, but I’m inclined to believe it.

Hyper John -

Answered my question on alt-method as I also do not own a microwave for same reasons as Rde Bruin cited. I would use either heat gun or hairdryer to heat the iOpener.

Edward Gallagher - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Pistola de calor, secador de cabelo e placa quente são alternativas pra não usar o iOpener não é isso? Será que compensa financeiramente falando ter por exemplo da pistola de calor e mais o iOpener? Para que serve o soprador?

Robson Marcelino -

To Robson Marcelino:

(Tradução automática, desculpe-se por qualquer erro.) Você pode usar uma pistola de calor diretamente no telefone, se tiver muito cuidado, mas há algum risco de derreter ou danificar os componentes plásticos. O iOpener foi criado como uma maneira de fornecer calor uniforme sem pontos de acesso, portanto, há menos risco de danos.

English:

You can use a heat gun directly on the phone, if you're very careful, but there's some risk of melting or damaging plastic components. The iOpener was created as a way to deliver even heat without hotspots, so there's less risk of damage.

FeRD -

(Heh. In fact, “pontos de accesso” => “pontos quente”. I was not referring to wireless access points!)

FeRD -

No, anything that applies “direct” heat from a heating element like a regular baking oven or a toaster oven to the plastic outer shell will melt and damage the plastic. Use a Microwave or a water bath to heat the iOpener.

Michael Arm -

How hot am I heating the iOpener to? Water boiing? or a bit less?

Roman Makuch - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

What surface temperature should be expected with 30 seconds in a 1000 watt oven?

notstupidgguy - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

It’s designed to be used with a microwave. If you don’t have a microwave, just skip the iOpener and use a hair dryer to heat your device directly.

Jeff Suovanen - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hello, I have the same question as already some other users posted above. How high is the temperature of the iOpener supposed to be? 70°C? more, less? just to get a better understanding what temperature is needed to “melt” the adhesive. Thank you :)

Pia Diet - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hi, I baked this at 400 for 12 minutes and now my house burned down. Do you have a repair guide for a 3 bedroom house?

Alex Rumball - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Yes! There is a repair guide for

a burnt down 3 bedroom house in the new iPhone 12-128GB that you’ll have to pay in full for those erections. Lol

jon.myles.becker -

Hi. If I make a hotwater bottle and sit the device on there for a while to heat up will that work the same as the iOpener? Would it be the right temperature? I usually make the hot water bottle with slightly-cooler-than-boiling water. Thanks

Lucy Gordon - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hi there,

Thanks for this guide! Can you tell me what temperature am I aiming for please? I don’t want to overheat my phone so it would be good if I could check the iOpener temp with a thermometer.

Thanks!

tim belina - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Using a heat gun or hair dryer used carefully a little at a time to soften the adhesive works well along with the suction cup tool. Apply masking tape to the screen to prevent scratching the screen or if it were to crack to contain any glass shards.

michael kotarba - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Honest question: Can you use a suction cup over masking tape?!? (I imagine if you use wide tape that’s larger than the suction cup, so there are no seams underneath, then maybe. Trying to get a suction cup to stick over multiple separated or overlapping pieces of masking tape seems like it would be a problem, though.)

FeRD -

Heat it in a water bath like some food is controllably heated -never be burned / never be hotter than boiling water. The water serves a heat buffer, equalizer and transfer / bridge with easy temperature control.

Take a large pan and fill it with partially with water. Place second pot / (cooking) vessel with a lid / ‘tupperware’ container with a lid with steam valve with the iOpen in it in the pan with the water. Heat the water to the temperature you like and keep it there until iOpen has heated up as well. Using the lid accelerates the heating. Do not let the water come to boil or bubble.

The temperature is easy to measure with what ever temperature gauge you have in the kitchen..

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es wäre mehr als hilfreich wenn die Wattzahl angegeben wird auf die man die Mikrowelle einstellen soll.

Ohne diese Angabe bringt mir diese Anleitung überhaupt nichts, schade.

Holger Franke - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

HOT WATER vs MICROWAVE OVEN.

I can’t believe iOpener’s been on the market for years now & iFixit has yet to include a microwave-less heating method in their iOpener “How-To”.

If heating the iOpener with hot water does work (w/o damaging the iOpener), this info should assuage new-buyer’s doubts as to whether or not they can buy one even if they don’t own a microwave. I myself had to buy the one I just just received yesterday before knowing if this method will work. We’ll see, but my 4 email inquiries to iFixit didn’t yield any definitive answers from them, but still, having an iPhone to repair & not wanting to risk overheating it with a hairdryer, here we are.

ericlmercer - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

So I just received my iOpener yesterday & I got a neighbor to microwave it for 30 seconds in a high-powered microwave (don’t know the wattage) and then I measured the iOpener’s temperature with a laser thermometer, getting a reading of 70°C.

So my plan’s to heat a pot of water to 70°C & submerge the iOpener in it for maybe 5 minutes until it attains the same temperature, then dry it off thoroughly with a bath towel. Now seeing for myself how well the iOpener is constructed, I don’t see any reason warm 70°C water will damage it. We’ll see… I’ll post my results (after I change my iPhone 7 Plus battery), so customers without microwaves can decide if they want to try this heating method for themselves. iFixit may even sell a few more iOpeners to customers who wish not pioneer non-microwave heating alternatives.

Q: How do you spot a pioneer? (They’re the ones with the arrows in their back…). Peace…

ericlmercer - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Results of using HOT WATER vs MICROWAVE to heat an iOpener: Part 1

Results of my using hot water to heat the iOpener were 100% successful. 30 seconds in a high-powered microwave heats the iOpener to about 70℃ (158°F). Hot water will achieve the same results at 70℃. I wouldn’t place the iOpener in boiling water & I didn’t try. I used a laser thermometer to control the temperature. The more water in the pot, the more stable the temperature will be. A wide pan will allow the iOpener to lay flat in the water, which seems best I wouldn’t place the iOpener into the water while the heating element of the stove is heating the water as I’m sure the pan will be much hotter near the element, so let the element cool down to 70℃ before immersing the iOpener into the water. The whole concern here is to not damage the iOpener.

… (see part 2)

ericlmercer - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Results of using HOT WATER vs MICROWAVE to heat an iOpener, Part 2:

Leave the iOpener in the 70℃ water for 5~10 minutes & keep a lid over the pot it to retain heat while you’re preparing your reparation. When ready, remove the iOpener from the 70℃ water & it will be at the same temperature as if microwaved 30 seconds. Dry the iOpener thoroughly with a bath towel & you’re ready to go.

The iOpener retains a useful working temperature for 5-10 minutes. Keep the water ready at 70℃ in case you need to reheat the iOpener.

Worked perfectly for me and w/o any apparent damage to the iOpener, which was my main concern. Now I know this method works. Peace! -e

ericlmercer - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hey, isn’t an iOpener basically just like one of those hot cold pads that you use for sprains and stuff? If so why not recommend those to people if they can’t really get their hands on an iOpener, as it would probably serve the exact same purpose, is safer than a hair dryer, and almost everyone has one of those laying around. Just an idea.

Linus Guglielmo - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

what wattage in microwave should I use

Domantas Moisejevas - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

As the red warning Text says: “For carousel microwaves: Make sure the plate spins freely. If your iOpener gets stuck, it may overheat and burn”

Couldn't agree more. A small hole melted in the end and goo went everywhere. It was only in for 20 seconds (950w microwave). I used a hairdryer instead which worked fine removing pixel back

Dharman Gersch - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

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