Archive for September, 2012

This iPod Touch is Full of Pennies

September 27th, 2012

Our Gadget Sale program has been a huge success. To date we’ve purchased around $650,000 worth of devices from individuals and companies.

Most people want checks or Paypal for their devices the same day we receive their device, but every device that comes in must be thoroughly diagnosed first. Some people wonder why we must diagnose systems, so we thought we’d post one of the reasons why this is necessary.

Yesterday we received an iPod Touch 4th Gen via our Gadget Sale program that was full of pennies. It had some “components” inside most of which were modified just to look like the item was a real iPod. The LCD and digitizer look real enough, but the LCD is just a cosmetic backing.

The fake is actually very well done. It was a good attempt, but in the end, we aren’t going to buy it.

iPry Power Adapter Bottle Opener

September 26th, 2012

Today we’re unveiling another one of our repurposing projects. We’ve done several of these throughout the 10 years we’ve been in business such as our Mac Jewelry project a few years back.

Today, we’re announcing the iPry.

The iPry quite simply is the coolest bottle opener ever. Having a party? Bring out the iPry and have your friends drool over your totally unique bottle opener. Unnecessary, yes. Cool, absolutely.

The iPry is made from used non-working power adapters. Rather than have the adapters end up in a landfill, we decided to repurpose them. If you have a non-working adapter already, then don’t buy one from us! Keep yours out of a landfill by cutting the end off and sticking it in a kitchen drawer.

As the iPry is made from used adapters, the condition of every iPry will be slightly different. These ARE NOT NEW. The iPry units will have scratches and blemishes consistent with used adapters.

What’s the point?

The mission of PowerbookMedic is to reduce the amount of electronic waste going into landfills by providing services to increase the life cycle of a gadget and by implementing recycling programs for electronic components that have reached the end of their life cycle. One way we achieve our mission is by repurposing otherwise useless material.

Where do all these used adapters come from?

We purchase large volumes of used devices in working and non working condition from individuals and businesses via our Gadget Sale program. Have a device to sell, then click on the Sell It navigation tab to find out what we’re paying for it.

How to Replace Macbook Feet (Unibody and Macbook Air)

September 25th, 2012

Here’s a video on how to replace feet that have fallen out of your Macbook (Unibody) or Macbook air using our
Macbook Feet Replacements.

Macbook Unibody Feet Replacements Now Available

September 24th, 2012

Due to a large number of requests for them, we have manufactured replacement feet for the Macbook Unibody, Macbook Pro Unibody, and Macbook Air models.

These replacement feet are identical to the original feet in appearance but are made of rubber rather than plastic. They also have a strong 3M adhesive to adhere them to the bottom case. They have been manufactured to be a perfect fit for the foot location on the bottom case.

These feet can be used to replace a single foot that has fallen out of your Macbook or to replace all of the feet.

The set of 4 feet is $12.95 and is available from the link below:

Macbook Unibody Feet Replacement Set Black

iPhone 5 Loose Battery Rattle Thud Fix

September 24th, 2012

The day after receiving an iPhone 5, we discovered an issue where whenever the device is turned there is a noticeable thud in the device. (The device had not been dropped or misused in any way.)The issue appears to be widespread and due to the battery not being properly seated on the adhesive.

The issue has been documents at the Apple Discussion Forums:

And Mac Rumors:

There is a way to fix the issue without opening up the device or taking it back to Apple. We do recommend taking the device to Apple as the unit is under warranty. However if you’re looking for a quick fix, here it is.

Suction Cups like the ones used in the video are available from our website at the link below:–iPod-Suction-Cup-p-17634.html

How to Reassemble the iPhone 5

September 21st, 2012

One of the most common requests we get from our take apart videos is to put them back together. So, starting with the iPhone 5 we decided to do just that.

This video will show you how to reassemble the iPhone 5. See our previous blog post for a video showing how to take apart the iPhone 5.

How to Take Apart the iPhone 5

September 21st, 2012

Today we released our iPhone 5 take apart repair guide. In addition to taking the device apart, this time around we’re doing a reassembly video as well. (The reassembly will be posted shortly after this one.)

This video will show you how to take apart the iPhone 5 to replace the various components such as the LCD and Digitizer assembly, logic board, back case, etc.

The video is embedded below:

iPhone 5 Part Locator Released

September 21st, 2012

With the release of the iPhone 5, we’re unveiling a new service still in Beta that we call Part Locator.

Many times when someone wants to replace a component in their gadget they have no idea what the proper name for the part is. To solve this problem we’ve created a visual system to help people locate the parts they need. Our system provides several internal shots of a device along with markers over replaceable components. Clicking on the marker will show more information on the part as well as a link to the component on our website.

We believe we have a created the most user intuitive system to ordering replacement parts for gadgets.

Give the new Part Locator a spin with the iPhone 5, and let us know what you think.

iPhone 5 Part Locator (Internal View)

iPhone 5 Parts for Repair Now Available

September 21st, 2012

Today we’ve added iPhone 5 Parts for sale at our online store. Quantities of parts are limited as the iPhone was just released today. We expect to have a good stock of parts within a few weeks time.

You can view our iPhone 5 parts category at the link below:

iPhone 5 Parts for Repair and Service

iphone 5 parts

How to Reassemble the Kindle Fire HD

September 21st, 2012

Today we released our Kindle Fire reassembly video. This video will show you how to reassemble the Kindle Fire HD after taking it apart.

The video is embedded below: