How to take apart

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by 500sd, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. 500sd macrumors member

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    Well i bought these skullcandy smokin buds the other day and i wanted to put the buds on the iphone headphones, but theres one problem. I cant get them apart! i tried using an exacto knife in every little groove but i cant seem to take them apart. so any ideas?
     
  2. neesh0 macrumors 6502a

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    I did the exact same with my skull candy's last month, I believe they put a little bit of adhesive in the parts and you have to use pliers to gently twist the two pieces apart, I sort of cracked mine because I did it too fast, but it was fixed with super glue. Good Luck

    EDIT: after I looked up a picture I realized my skull candy headphones look different from the smokin buds, my idea may or may not work as well on yours
     
  3. 500sd thread starter macrumors member

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    uhm yea you probably have the ink'd headphones..mine are totally different

    so any way on how to take these apart
     
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  5. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Show me some pictures and I might be able to help.

    But if they are glued or epoxied, and you want them open without damage - then I see heat in your future. Safest way is via blowdryer.
     
  6. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    I'd say take the same (but gentler) approach you did before, but using heat this round.

    If I had to take my own stab at it - I'd put my money on the yellow / red border - that looks the most promising from the picture.

    Do at your own risk, obviously.

    Or - if you want to use then with your iphone (but sans click button / mic) just give the plug of the new buds a circumcision. I posted a lame "how to" a while back, just dig er up if you want.
     
  7. 500sd thread starter macrumors member

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    they already work with my iphone, not cutting needed. and how would i go about "using heat" this time around
     
  8. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Use a blowdryer to warm them up to 140-150F - keeping a watchful eye that they don't get TOO soft. (140-150F is about the threshold of human pain for most people)

    If they're held together with glues or epoxies - most of them will weaken up or let go entirely around that temp. (at least the type to be used on headphones would)

    Just be careful as the plastic will be more prone to scratching at this temp as it's a lot softer.

    Also bear in mind that it might take a little while to actually warm up the insides (epoxy) itself - as plastic is a poor conductor of heat. So the outside will feel warm, but the inside could still be cold.
     
  9. 500sd thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright, and is this perfectly safe for the internals of the headphones? will anything get damaged?
     
  10. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Extremely unlikely. Unless you attack it with a heat gun set to 900F. Keeping your hand nearby and touching it as you heat will give you a good indicator. Most plastics will not be damaged within the range of human comfort.

    You're more likely to do damage trying to open this thing cold - especially if it is epoxied together.

    Most coils (even the tiny ones) are held on with kapton tape and hi-temp epoxy, and the diaphragm should fare well, too. You're only going to heat it long enough to gently pry the 2 pieces apart.

    If you're afraid, don't do it. But I've taken apart MANY things this way, and my track record is pretty damn good.

    Edit: Did I mention I did it with $350,000.00 dollar lasers? I think once you can rip them open - all bets are off. ;)
     
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