Taking apart the Clip

Long story short my 2GB is collectig dust in a drawer for the infamous not charging failure. I live in a 19th century country and can’t send back the clip, so I would like to find detailed instructions, pictures, videos on how to take apart the clip and repair the red battery wire, if that exists. Please, help me, people.

Message Edited by cristiano007 on 01-29-2009 06:00 AM

I meant “can’t send back”. (Where is the edit post button?)

Taking apart the Clip shouldn’t be too hard - two halves of plastic pressed together.

Here is a link to dissasembled Clip : http://www.anythingbutipod.com/archives/2007/11/sandisk-sansa-clip-disassembled.php

@giltic wrote:

Taking apart the Clip shouldn’t be too hard - two halves of plastic pressed together.

Here is a link to dissasembled Clip : http://www.anythingbutipod.com/archives/2007/11/sandisk-sansa-clip-disassembled.php

 

It’s not taking it apart that is tricky…it’s putting it back together again that is.

One member of this forum mentioned doing a youtube video,  i checked her youtube but didn’t see a repair video.

I did however find this artical:   http://www.anythingbutipod.com/archives/2007/11/sandisk-sansa-clip-disassembled.php

Good Luck :slight_smile:

Edit -  I see someone beat me to this post :)   Sorry :slight_smile:

Message Edited by niko_sama on 01-29-2009 01:20 PM

Thanks for all your answers. I have managed to take apart the clip without major problems. At first glance the red wire was there but after a few movements it left the connection (only the red one) so I think it was loose. Eveything is very tiny but at least is not the one in the middle. I’ll try to solder this with the proper light and glasses. :manhappy: Wish me luck.

@cristiano007 wrote:
Thanks for all your answers. I have managed to take apart the clip without major problems. At first glance the red wire was there but after a few movements it left the connection (only the red one) so I think it was loose. Eveything is very tiny but at least is not the one in the middle. I’ll try to solder this with the proper light and glasses. :manhappy: Wish me luck.

GOOD LUCK :slight_smile:

My clip stopped working also. It worked fine while hooked up to the computer but cut off as soon as I unplugged it. I pried apart the case and found the red wire on the battery had become disconnected from the board. I used a soldering iron, connected the wire, snapped the case back together and after charging, worked fine. 

I had a chat with a tech support guy who told me it was dead. I imagine it was because they don’t have any repair facilities and would cost too much to repair. Anyway, hope this helps some of you having a similar problem…I think this is a common problem with Clips.

A couple of reassembly tips:

  1. Put a small bead of glue across the battery wires at the solder connections. This will tack the wires to the board and

    prevent flexing at the solder joints. Use a non-conductive flexible glue. RTV or 3M weatherstrip adhesive will work.

  1. Most broken wires are due to the battery coming loose inside the unit, causing the wires to flex. Clean the old 

    adhesive off the battery and shield plate. Reglue it with 3 beads using adhesive mentioned above or equivalent.

  1. Check the solder pads for the volume up/down switches. Some have very little or no solder on the pads. This will

    create a nonworking button after repeated use. Resolder it if needed as long as you have it apart already.

NOTE: Be very carefull soldering battery connections! Do NOT short any of the leads together! The battery could

          overheat or explode if it is charged and shorted. Work slowly with steady hands. This stuff is tiny!

Just wanted to say thanks for this thread!

With this info, we easily fixed my 6 yr old daughter’s beloved Clip by resoldering the battery leads. There are now a few nicks around the case edges, but otherwise she seems as good as new:smiley:.

Message Edited by fuzeuzr on 03-18-2010 12:08 PM

Having all the same symptoms mentioned here, but not being able to come to any real solution or conclusions, but not really daring to break the thing open… I went and bought a clip+ . …

 Despite being pretty irritated with the seeming demise of my clip for no apparent good reason,…I think these clips are great when they work… so I decided to “risk” a Sansa again.

Having the new one up and going well and more or less having given up on the old one,… I decided to open it (long fingernails are enough,… work around carefully from where you begin)… and yes indeed there it is,…  the loose red wire,… and the loose battery which caused the dislocation ,…the glue seeming to be something resembling molasses and not dry yet??.. mmm after more than 2 years…?

A pity that its such a common problem,… just one simple little oversight in the production quality ruining a perfectly good and enjoyable piece of technology.

I really hope that this problem was resolved with the clip +.??

Question is,… can I ,…with no soldering experience link that wire up with wire glue… are these litho batteries really so dangerous? … and then glue the battery down with a good non- conductive glue?

Or better just to take the thing to someone with experience ?

The easiest I’ve heard is, using conductive epoxy to glue the wire back and connect the circuit.

@14124all wrote:

NOTE: Be very carefull soldering battery connections! Do NOT short any of the leads together! The battery could overheat or explode if it is charged and shorted. Work slowly with steady hands. This stuff is tiny!

 Is there a simple, safe way to discharge the battery before soldering?

Herein lies the paradox: you cannot, and should not, completely discharge the LiPo battery, or you will render is useless.  The Sansa maintains the voltage above a safe minimum threshold to preserve the battery.  Manually discharging the battery completely will damage it.

The key is to work carefully, and don’t short the battery leads.  You can place a wee bit of tape over the other solder pad while working.

Bob  :smileyvery-happy: