View Full Version : DIY replacement of a damaged Kindle 3 screen


anoved
09-24-2012, 04:30 PM
Hello,

I thought I would share my positive experience replacing the screen on my Kindle 3, for the benefit of anyone else in a similar situation trying to decide what to do.

The background is that my Kindle's screen recently stopped displaying a strip along the top of the page (it was cracked in one corner). The Kindle was out of warranty so seeking a replacement from Amazon was not an option.

I searched for "kindle 3 replacement screen" and found a number of sources; I ended up buying one on eBay. I followed a very helpful disassembly guide found on YouTube and was able to swap the screens successfully in about an hour. You may be able to do it faster - I was just proceeding cautiously.

The only tools I needed were a very small Philips head screwdriver and a flat head screwdriver, which I used to help pry off the back cover as I did not have a "spudger" tool. The cover is held on with plastic clips around the edges, but I actually thought it was the hardest part to remove - I guess I'm just wary of snapping small plastic bits. It is helpful to have a couple small containers handy to keep the screws organized as there are two or three different sizes.

I posted a few photos, links, and more detailed comments here: anoved.net/2012/09/rekindled/ (http://anoved.net/2012/09/rekindled/)

Jim

GlassX
09-24-2012, 06:47 PM
Thanks a lot.
How much did you pay for the replacement?
Do you think it was worth it, I mean not buying a new one.

anoved
09-24-2012, 08:38 PM
I paid US $63 (with free, albeit slow, shipping) for the replacement screen.

I am happy with how it turned out and satisfied with my decision to replace the screen instead of buying a new reader.

I admit it was not an obvious choice, since a new Kindle NT would have cost only a few dollars more than the replacement screen. However, other than the crack in the original screen, I knew my Kindle was in perfect functioning condition, so I thought it would be materially wasteful (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_waste) to discard it when a repair was possible.

In conclusion, if you take pride in fixing things and keeping them going, I would recommend the replacement screen route. On the other hand, I think it would be perfectly reasonable and defensible to put the money towards a new reader instead.

SteveEisenberg
09-24-2012, 08:53 PM
I admit it was not an obvious choice, since a new Kindle NT would have cost only a few dollars more than the replacement screen.
Yes, but, for my purposes, the Kindle Keyboard is better. I'd do this.

Rian11
09-25-2012, 12:17 AM
Thank you for sharing this information. The information was very helpful and saved a lot of my time.

AZImmortal
09-25-2012, 02:21 AM
I also agree that the Kindle Keyboard has some definite advantages over the Kindle NT, especially if you have a 3G version, and I commend you on being environmentally conscious. I'm a fix-it kind of guy myself and it always feels good to not need to throw something out.

Pismire
09-25-2012, 04:32 AM
I compliment you on your decision to not throw away an entire device because of a single malfunctioning element. If everyone would think like that (and not update any device simply because a company has launched a very slightly modified one) we would be sitting on a considerable smaller amount of trash on this planet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence
http://www.storyofstuff.org/

Cheers,
Pismire

anoved
09-25-2012, 10:16 AM
Thanks for the kind words regarding the choice to repair things. The short lifespan of some gadgets (as measured by how quickly they are eclipsed by newer models) is conspicuous in contrast to more enduring technologies - this topic always makes me think of hand tools, as I've got a few that are practically heirlooms yet are as useful today as they ever were.

As an avid ebook reader, it's certainly food for thought, since I suppose a similar argument could certainly be made about ebook file formats and printed text.

DustyDisks
09-25-2012, 10:41 AM
It is heartwarming to see others repair what can be replaced in this disposable society. As others here have said, with most of our "toys" the cost of repairing is is more expensive than buying a new one, they get tossed out.

Especially with electronics, used to be one could see electronic repair shops in every town/city most of them were radio/tv repair shops. With the drop in prices for our electronics, the cost of parts and labor usually was more than a new one was. So out the door and into the landfill it went.

Good job on breathing new life in your kindle.

geekmaster
09-25-2012, 11:00 AM
It can cost more to pay someone to remove malware from a computer than to buy a new one. Some companies discard and replace infected computers, including the monitor and keyboard in some cases. Sad, really.... Great hardware going into a landfill like that.... :(

CRussel
09-25-2012, 03:08 PM
FWIW, when my DW cracked the screen on her Kindle Keyboard (WiFi, no special offers), Kindle support offered her a 1/2 price replacement even though the Kindle was well out of warranty. Given the cost of replacing the screen, I'd say it's about a tossup. And, of course, it came with Amazon's usual FAST shipping, even though we were in Canada. Only requirement was to ship the other back. Which they paid for.

anoved
09-25-2012, 03:59 PM
FWIW, when my DW cracked the screen on her Kindle Keyboard (WiFi, no special offers), Kindle support offered her a 1/2 price replacement even though the Kindle was well out of warranty.

Good to know. I didn't inquire about my options with Amazon, since I assumed there were none.

tango7
09-25-2012, 05:38 PM
good to know
I have one with broken screen

:) :) :)

hn333
09-25-2012, 07:08 PM
I paid US $63 (with free, albeit slow, shipping) for the replacement screen.

I am happy with how it turned out and satisfied with my decision to replace the screen instead of buying a new reader.

I admit it was not an obvious choice, since a new Kindle NT would have cost only a few dollars more than the replacement screen. However, other than the crack in the original screen, I knew my Kindle was in perfect functioning condition, so I thought it would be materially wasteful (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_waste) to discard it when a repair was possible.

In conclusion, if you take pride in fixing things and keeping them going, I would recommend the replacement screen route. On the other hand, I think it would be perfectly reasonable and defensible to put the money towards a new reader instead.

For a few dollars more you could have just got a new one.

AZImmortal
09-25-2012, 10:45 PM
As an avid ebook reader, it's certainly food for thought, since I suppose a similar argument could certainly be made about ebook file formats and printed text.
The environmental impact of ebooks vs printed books is definitely something that I've thought about and looked into, and although there are some obvious advantages to ebooks, I don't think that enough people (excluding you) consider the environmental disadvantages when they decide to upgrade e-readers every year since there's a lot that has to go into both producing and disposing of such devices. The Green Press Initiative (http://www.greenpressinitiative.org/documents/ebooks.pdf) has a pretty good document that outlines some of the things to take into consideration when trying to be green (although I question some of the numbers they use, such as saying that a Kindle's carbon dioxide equivalent emissions are higher than an iPad's).

For a few dollars more you could have just got a new one.
He already explained why he didn't buy a new one in the very post that you quoted.

hn333
09-25-2012, 11:15 PM
The environmental impact of ebooks vs printed books is definitely something that I've thought about and looked into, and although there are some obvious advantages to ebooks, I don't think that enough people (excluding you) consider the environmental disadvantages when they decide to upgrade e-readers every year since there's a lot that has to go into both producing and disposing of such devices. The Green Press Initiative (http://www.greenpressinitiative.org/documents/ebooks.pdf) has a pretty good document that outlines some of the things to take into consideration when trying to be green (although I question some of the numbers they use, such as saying that a Kindle's carbon dioxide equivalent emissions are higher than an iPad's).


He already explained why he didn't buy a new one in the very post that you quoted.

I can't read.

GlassX
09-26-2012, 03:54 AM
That's a bummer in an e-reader forum...

AZImmortal
09-26-2012, 04:57 AM
Haha, well, it's not like I'm proposing that nobody buys an e-reader (I own one), but just to be mindful of what happens if you throw away your old devices (not just e-readers) or buy new devices.

pchrist7
09-26-2012, 08:39 AM
That's a bummer in an e-reader forum...

:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
:thumbsup:

iamfred
09-26-2012, 09:29 AM
Not so many trees being cut down though
Maybe a bummer but more air to breath

GlassX
09-26-2012, 03:12 PM
You probably didn't realize to whom I was replying, but it's OK

:)

AZImmortal
09-26-2012, 08:08 PM
Lol, I did miss that. I get jokes. :)

geekmaster
10-04-2012, 10:19 AM
I just discovered that the K3 and K5 have the same eink display connector. Now I am tempted to try swapping screens between them. I hope no "magic smoke" escapes while trying this procedure. :eek:

Being able to swap screens with a different model adds to the repair possibilities, if it actually works.

But not now... later... :D

markdek
10-04-2012, 02:10 PM
I just discovered that the K3 and K5 have the same eink display connector. Now I am tempted to try swapping screens between them. I hope no "magic smoke" escapes while trying this procedure. :eek:

Being able to swap screens with a different model adds to the repair possibilities, if it actually works.

But not now... later... :D

Keep us informed!...........

celladore
12-01-2012, 01:40 PM
Hi Jim,

I think it's great you fixed your Kindle. I fixed mine as well - using the kindle repair tutorial on scribd http://www.scribd.com/doc/111612727/Kindle-Repair-Tutorial-how-to-replace-your-kindle-screen-Created-by-www-kindle-repair-com

The kindle 3 is quite easy to fix. I've also fixed my wifes kindle touch - this was a lot harder! it involved using a hair dryer. The hair dryer was used to heat up the glue that holds the metal skin onto the kindle case (once you remove that you can then undo screws and get at the screen.

I've yet to see a good tutorial for fixing the kindle touch but saw this method on youtube I think. BTW I've heard the Kindle 4 version with the single button is impossible to fix - so don't bother.

Not sure why they need to make it so hard to fix some of these things.

Anyway - if you have a broken/frozen kindle 3 screen - fix it! its easy.

Lucske33
12-03-2012, 09:02 AM
After reading these posts desided to replace my broken k3 screen.
I ordered a screen in China cost 56euro and 4 weeks.
Downloaded a utube movie with a tutoreal to disassemble the k3.

After only one hour My kidle was as new again.:thumbsup:

Thanks for the idea.

sdjamie
12-07-2012, 04:18 PM
Thanks to the OP for this thread. Nice to know that there are others who feel the same way about fixing things. I've just replaced the screen on my wife's kindle. Very rewarding. For me, removing the old screen was the trickiest bit as it was gummed down. I levered it up at a corner and slid a credit card into the gap and then down and around the four sides. Nothing snapped or shattered, but I'm very glad that the screen was broken to begin with!

sdjamie

frahse
12-09-2012, 02:56 AM
I paid US $63 (with free, albeit slow, shipping) for the replacement screen.

I am happy with how it turned out and satisfied with my decision to replace the screen instead of buying a new reader.

I admit it was not an obvious choice, since a new Kindle NT would have cost only a few dollars more than the replacement screen. However, other than the crack in the original screen, I knew my Kindle was in perfect functioning condition, so I thought it would be materially wasteful (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_waste) to discard it when a repair was possible.

In conclusion, if you take pride in fixing things and keeping them going, I would recommend the replacement screen route. On the other hand, I think it would be perfectly reasonable and defensible to put the money towards a new reader instead.

Very sound reasoning about the condition of your Kindle.

And the pride of accomplishment is worth a lot too.

anoved
12-09-2012, 01:01 PM
I'm glad to hear others have successfully fixed their Kindles, too. Reuse, repair, recycle!

windspeedo
01-24-2013, 03:06 PM
Replaced the screen of my Kindle 3G. Less than one hour.
The kindle repair tutorial on scribd is very helpful.
Thanks:2thumbsup.



Hi Jim,

I think it's great you fixed your Kindle. I fixed mine as well - using the kindle repair tutorial on scribd http://www.scribd.com/doc/111612727/Kindle-Repair-Tutorial-how-to-replace-your-kindle-screen-Created-by-www-kindle-repair-com

The kindle 3 is quite easy to fix. I've also fixed my wifes kindle touch - this was a lot harder! it involved using a hair dryer. The hair dryer was used to heat up the glue that holds the metal skin onto the kindle case (once you remove that you can then undo screws and get at the screen.

I've yet to see a good tutorial for fixing the kindle touch but saw this method on youtube I think. BTW I've heard the Kindle 4 version with the single button is impossible to fix - so don't bother.

Not sure why they need to make it so hard to fix some of these things.

Anyway - if you have a broken/frozen kindle 3 screen - fix it! its easy.

hunnymonster
01-30-2013, 08:35 AM
I used this (embedded below) YouTube to replace my K3 screen. Screen was $40/25 delivered to my door (albeit slow shipment from China).

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No issues in doing it in about 35 minutes including rectifying the schoolboy error of not removing the protective plastic from the display before mounting it... DOH!

Watch out though - the "naked" display is only 0.045" thick (1.14mm) and is extremely fragile. Ham-fisted best avoid (or contract it out :))

andreabc
01-30-2013, 08:58 AM
Screen was $40/25 delivered to my door (albeit slow shipment from China).

Hi! My dad just broke his K3's screen...
Could you recommend the seller for your replacement screen?
Thanks!

hunnymonster
01-30-2013, 09:38 AM
I'm absolutely not recommending any particular seller over another - but I found the required part on www.aliexpress.com - saw no advantage or disadvantage of any particular seller there over another except on the basis of cost - the one I chose took 15 days elapsed to get to me.

andreabc
02-18-2013, 09:28 PM
Update: I bought a repacement screen (also got here in 15 days), installed it (using a youtube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyUvpZgKfVE)) and it worked!
Thanks for the advice everyone.

hunnymonster
02-19-2013, 10:09 AM
Great when you do stuff like this and it works eh? :-)