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The heavily-armored charging case proves to be a formidable foe, inflicting some damage on our weary teardowners. Desperate times call for desperate Dremel usage.

What lies beneath the impenetrable sheath? A battery does! It is tucked into a cozy slot within the iron polycarbonate fortress.

And in case you noticed, yes, half of the status LED flex cable did fall behind.

Upon removal, we spot the secret ooze adhesive that was fighting us—and we spot a single cable connecting the battery to the logic board of the charging case.

Oh look, a ZIF connector! At least recyclers won't have to break out a soldering iron after shedding blood, sweat, and tears to tear through the outer casing.