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Old 11-08-2018, 10:57 AM   #1
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It looks like the new Paperwhite has a serial port. See attached photo. It is also very easy to replace the battery, and it is the easiest Kindle to take apart.
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:18 AM   #2
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Did you take this apart, or are you sharing from another site?

I was worried that the waterproofing would make it very difficult to dissasemble.

That serial port looks identical to the ones for hte last 5 years. Im really hoping to find the part that actually fits in that pad.
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:32 AM   #3
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The thing that strikes me is how much wasted space there is!
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:46 AM   #4
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The thing that strikes me is how much wasted space there is!
A lot of that space is for the Cell phone modem that's included on the 3g version.

See the row of square blocks along the battery, those are likely the screw holes to hold the 3g modem in place, and from other teardowns it does take most of the empty space up.
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:48 AM   #5
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Did you take this apart, or are you sharing from another site?

I was worried that the waterproofing would make it very difficult to dissasemble.

That serial port looks identical to the ones for hte last 5 years. Im really hoping to find the part that actually fits in that pad.
I took it apart. It was easy. The screen, with the motherboard and battery are just held in by clips to the back framing. No glue.
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:57 AM   #6
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I took it apart. It was easy. The screen, with the motherboard and battery are just held in by clips to the back framing. No glue.



Thats good news and bad news then.

good that it is easy to take apart.

Bad that... How is it waterproof?

I will not be able to take mine apart until I get home from work tonight.

Can you show an image of the back framing? Is there a gasket or anything that presses up against the metal of the front?
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:08 PM   #7
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Thats good news and bad news then.

good that it is easy to take apart.

Bad that... How is it waterproof?

I will not be able to take mine apart until I get home from work tonight.

Can you show an image of the back framing? Is there a gasket or anything that presses up against the metal of the front?
Here are some more photos. There is a rubber seal around the edge that makes it water proof.
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Did you take this apart, or are you sharing from another site?

I was worried that the waterproofing would make it very difficult to dissasemble.

That serial port looks identical to the ones for hte last 5 years. Im really hoping to find the part that actually fits in that pad.
I posted it.

PM me an address and I'll mail you some (including the matching connector and pins).
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:35 PM   #9
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I posted it.

PM me an address and I'll mail you some (including the matching connector and pins).
I know you told me you thought you had posted it way back, but I could never find the posts.
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:43 PM   #10
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I took it apart. It was easy. The screen, with the motherboard and battery are just held in by clips to the back framing. No glue.
Can you tell whether the screen has a glass substrate or a plastic one?
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:52 PM   #11
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I know you told me you thought you had posted it way back, but I could never find the posts.
Taken from the (29-nov-2013) order form (K4 through current):

Board mount connector:
https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/538-78171-0003

Matching cable connector:
https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/538-78172-0003

Cable connector pins:
https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/538-78172-0410

Those links are to Mouser listings, the product is by Molex, each of the above linked pages has Molex part numbers and links to the Molex datasheet for each.

You will probably want to order a strong magnifying glass to go with those parts.
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@pdurrant: No hint of that in the Kernel, AFAICT.
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My eyes aren't good enough to determine the size of the battery. Can someone else tell?

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@pdurrant: No hint of that in the Kernel, AFAICT.
I wouldn't expect the substrate to make any difference to the software (although I know that you know a lot more about Kindle internals than me).
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My eyes aren't good enough to determine the size of the battery. Can someone else tell?

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The label on the battery gives 5.7Wh or 1500mAh at 3.8V
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