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Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement

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  1. Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Screen Cover: étape 1, image 1 de 1
    • Lay the watch flat on your workstation.

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    • Use the metal spudger to carefully pull apart the screen cover from the case.

    • Replace the metal spudger with a plastic opening tool to hold the cover open.

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    • Use the metal spudger tool to carefully loosen the rest of the cover.

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    • Carefully, pull apart the cover with the plastic opening tool.

  5. Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Screen: étape 5, image 1 de 1
    • Insert metal spudger into the side of the screen shown in the picture.

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    • Use the metal spudger to pry the screen up.

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    • Once screen is lifted, insert plastic opening tool between the screen connector and circuit board.

    • Disconnect the screen from the circuit board.

  8. Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Circuit Board: étape 8, image 1 de 1
    • Keep the watch flat on your workstation.

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    • Locate the three screws on the circuit board.

    • Remove using the J000 Philips head screwdriver.

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    • Carefully disconnect the connector wire on the bottom left edge of the circuit board using a plastic opener tool.

    • Move apart the connector to expose the fourth screw.

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    • Remove the final screw from the circuit board with a J000 Philips head screwdriver.

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    • Turn the watch to the side and use the plastic opening tool to lift up the circuit board.

    • Remove the circuit board from the case.

  13. Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Battery: étape 13, image 1 de 1
    • After removing the circuit board, the battery is located in the middle of the case.

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    • Locate the battery connector on the left side of the case.

    • Carefully disconnect the wire using a metal spudger.

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    • After disconnecting the battery use the plastic opening tool to lift the battery off of the case.

    • The battery might be glued to the case.

  16. Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Battery Flex Cable: étape 16, image 1 de 2 Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Battery Flex Cable: étape 16, image 2 de 2
    • The original battery (note my lovely swollen one here) has a special flex cable attached to it that's soldered onto the battery - if you're up for it, desoldering this cable is probably the cleanest/easiest way to install.

    • There are two contact points (second photo) in the middle that need to be de-soldered and re-soldered, and as you can see they are quite small and fiddly, and you don't want to bridge the two because they're connected to a live battery unfortunately.

  17. Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Trimming Battery Leads: étape 17, image 1 de 3 Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Trimming Battery Leads: étape 17, image 2 de 3 Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Trimming Battery Leads: étape 17, image 3 de 3
    • Something that I didn't do originally is to trim the battery leads - comparing the photos, you can see how much excess there is. This makes re-assembling the watch easier as there is less excess wire to tuck away and find space for.

    • I also didn't get a photo of the battery just on its own, to show just how long the leads are, but they're about 3 or 4cm I'd say. In terms of the length I ended up trimming them to, it was approximately 1 length of the top of the battery (the yellow taped portion in the last photo).

    • If you haven't potentially having a look at the Reddit thread linked in the Introduction is a good idea, as it gives you context for just how tight these batteries are to install, and how important selecting the right battery is, as well as knowing what you're getting yourself into!

  18. Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Insulating Solder Points: étape 18, image 1 de 2 Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Insulating Solder Points: étape 18, image 2 de 2
    • Once you've soldered the battery flex on, make sure to insulate your solder points else they'll ground out on the case, which wouldn't be good. Also, as you can probably see electrical tape is a bit too stiff for this application, so Kapton Tape is much better if you have it (or can get it).

    • Unfortunately when I re-did my battery due to this one failing, I forgot to grab a photo showing how it's supposed to be done!

  19. Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Replace Battery/Battery Flex Adhesive: étape 19, image 1 de 1
    • Make sure to replace the adhesive under the battery, especially if your new battery comes with some, but also replace the adhesive under the battery flex cable - this helps it stay in place, and makes installation a lot easier. You can see in the picture the new adhesive (with the peel still on) that's ready for its new life in the case.

  20. Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Button Cleaning/Adjusting: étape 20, image 1 de 2 Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Button Cleaning/Adjusting: étape 20, image 2 de 2
    • If you haven't already, now is a really good time to check your buttons and clean them, to make sure they work properly whilst you're in there (before you put the board in preferably, I happened to only take the photos afterwards - writing guides is hard!)

    • You'll see on each of the buttons on the casing that there is a little circlip on each, that should sit in a detent - double check/verify that it's where it should be, as otherwise this can make the button hard to press and not return to its normal position as well. There's also a write up here on iFixit that's great for the buttons.

  21. Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Put It Back Together: étape 21, image 1 de 2 Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Put It Back Together: étape 21, image 2 de 2
    • Now it's time to put it all together - for the most part, you can go back up this guide and use the steps in the reverse order as standard, however since I had excess lead length, I found it easier to install the Battery Flex Cable, then to install the Motherboard, and finally to tuck away all the excess lead and install the battery.

    • With the excess lead, I tucked this in slightly underneath and parallel to the inner left edge of the motherboard (where the two ribbon connectors are). The battery still fits reasonably well, but as you can see there is quite a lot of excess to store. The other battery I installed (last photo) is much better in this respect, with thinner wires.

  22. Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Test Before Final Reassembly: étape 22, image 1 de 2 Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Test Before Final Reassembly: étape 22, image 2 de 2
    • Before you adhesive everything back together, now is a good time to test that everything works as it should, and that your Pebble boots/vibrates etc. You can also see me reusing photos here, since I wasn't planning on making this guide when I replaced the battery in my watch - this just sort of happened later!

    • Also, installing that LCD Ribbon cable is a pain. Be prepared for that, and take your time as always. Use a spudger to press down and seat the connector. I found it easier to get the connector seated by moving the display to the right (2nd photo), and you can also get a side on view of the connector to check if the pins are lining up as well.

    • If you haven't got a plastic spudger, I'd highly recommend you grab one and use it to press down on the connector to seat it, otherwise you can damage the connectors (I've done it before, learned the hard way).

  23. Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, A Quick Note On Adhesives: étape 23, image 1 de 2 Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, A Quick Note On Adhesives: étape 23, image 2 de 2
    • This seems to be something most people struggle with - what to attach the screen back on with. Tesa Tape is a good option, otherwise in my first replacement I actually used a spare LCD Adhesive set I had lying around (refer to next step). My best idea was to use some Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) adhesive, and cut it down.

    • One note is to not use the red heat-to-melt Apple Watch Adhesives (first photo), as this was my original plan, which unfortunately didn't work. I've found commonly the adhesives themselves don't actually say they're heat to melt, but you can tell from the colour.

    • Over the coming steps, I would highly recommend putting the adhesive on the main frame rather than the top cover, as it's much easier to align and get it in the right places. There are two nibs (top and right when looking down at the Pebble) that need to be adhesive free, as they clip into holes in the top cover for alignment.

  24. Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Option 1: DIY Tesa Method: étape 24, image 1 de 1
    • For this one, essentially you place and cut a guide using Tesa 61395 to make your own adhesive. Having just pulled apart another broken Pebble for parts, my guess is that the adhesive is perhaps 1mm thick, but then compressed down for a quality bond.

    • It's worth noting if you go down this route, take the time to acquire genuine Tesa Tape (61395) - the knock-offs are nowhere near as good, and Pre-Cut Adhesive also doesn't really hold up the same way either. In essence, nothing else compares!

  25. Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Option 2: Apple Watch S5 (44mm) Adhesive Method: étape 25, image 1 de 3 Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Option 2: Apple Watch S5 (44mm) Adhesive Method: étape 25, image 2 de 3 Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Option 2: Apple Watch S5 (44mm) Adhesive Method: étape 25, image 3 de 3
    • Here's what I ended up using on my last re-assembly (30 mins ago as of writing this). This Apple Watch S5 (44mm) adhesive is pre-cut, and fits the corners of the PTS reasonably well. It is however a bit long, so I cut it about 3/4 down, applied the top half, and then cut the bottom half to size and applied it to meet flush.

    • It's also worth noting that this adhesive is quite thin, and needs to be triple-stacked to make contact with the top frame. I found two was too thin, whilst four was too thick! Fortunately, they come in packs of 5.

  26. Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Adhesive Installed: étape 26, image 1 de 2 Pebble Time Steel Battery Replacement, Adhesive Installed: étape 26, image 2 de 2
    • Here's me having installed the adhesive. On the DIY Tesa Method (first photo), the fit wasn't quite perfect, but Tesa Tape is quite flexible, and so can be curved slightly once the backing is removed so that it fits in the channel. Tweezers are quite helpful for this however!

    • The 2nd photo is the results of the Apple Watch Adhesive Method, which I'm really happy with overall - this is with the adhesive applied (3 layers), and the backing on both sides removed. You can see it just fits the PTS, but you do have to be accurate with the placement.

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    • Re-test the LCD once you've attached the adhesive and before you seal it up, and then you're good to go! Once it's back together, I also like to heat up the Tesa Tape/device slightly and apply light pressure so that the tape gets tacky and does begin to stick both sides together consistently.

    • You can also see from the 2nd picture that the LCD/Cover do sit quite flush with Tesa Tape (DIY Method), and seem to seat/seal well, so hence why it's my preferred option (aside from the Pebble being designed for similar stuff). The 4th photo shows the results after the Apple Watch Adhesive Method, which seems to sit even more flush.

    • But otherwise, you're done! Enjoy your new watch battery - also, a shameless Pebble Nav Me plug in there as well!

    • Make sure to calibrate your new battery by charging it fully, draining it fully, and then charging it until full again. And then, enjoy! (You must enjoy, that is an instruction, not a request).

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order (ish). In theory, if you've made is this far, you should be give or take done - enjoy your new(ish) Pebble!

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Aadi Bhamidipati

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Thanks for the helpful guide! Managed to use the official ifixit battery replacement for the pebble time steel, and also managed to attach it directly to the battery PCB and fanangle it to fit. I’m not super proud of the bend in the flex PCB for the battery, but it’s working again so can’t complain.

Raymond Tu - Réponse

No worries! Glad you managed to get it to work, as the photos really don't do it justice as to just how tight it is when you're trying to fit it all in there :D

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