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Wi-Fi only variant of the fifth generation of iPad, released in March 2017. Available with 32 and 128 GB storage options featuring a 9.7" Retina display and 64-bit A9 processor.

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Has anyone yet replaced the Lightningport connector

Dear community

Recently many of our iPad Air 1st Gen. have problems with the Lightningport-connector mostly because of a defective contact.

Furthermore the Lightningport is soldered to the Logicboard as far as I can judge or at least it is soldered to the cable connecting the Logicboard to the port.

The critical part of the Lightningport is a black plastic frame that gets worn out or brakes occasionally.

So my key question is as follows: Has anyone yet managed to replace this connector or the plastic frame - any of these parts? Is it even possible to replace it?

Best regards and thanks for your expertise!


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I've not replaced the lightning connector on an iPad 5 such as yours, but I've done it a couple of times on Minis and Airs. It should be about the same from what I've seen, thus I'd be answering yes, it's feasable.

However, in any case it's a troublesome needs removing touch, lcd, logic board, accurate soldering and reassembly. It would require top level expertise and skills and hours of work which are difficult to get paid for nowadays. Unfortunately this seems Apple's new course as of late..very expensive parts machine soldered and glued together, requiring plenty of headaches to fix, in exchange of saving a few screws and connectors and a couple of millimeters thickness, maybe.. A bonus that not many buyers ask and would be willing to pay for if they knew beforehand about the troubles involved in repairs. On the other end this allows Apple to get back their hardly fixable devices very cheap and announce the world, with Wwf back up on their side, how efficient are their robots in recovering precious raw materials out of expensive garbage that would go into landfilling otherwise. Glad to see someone still looking for alternatives..although quite expensive, it'd be still way cheaper than buying a new iPad.

Sorry for the rant, just finished glueing back a retina display and regretting the good old days :)

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Dear arbaman

Thanks for you quick reply.

The teardown of all the components might be in many ways time consuming and surely must be done with a certain amount of accuracy and concentration. I can full heartetly agree on that. However, it's no rocket science and I can benefit from some experience in this field. This far no reason for discomfort.

What would interest me MOST of your explanation - and does cause me some headache - are the details on HOW to solder those tiny contacts back together. Or on what to do with a broken or worn out plastic socket of the Lightningport. For all that it's worth, an unprepared aproach on soldering the contacts could easily just melt the contact to a single block or burn the plastic socket down to a crisp.

To be succinct:

1. What do I have to pay attention for when trying to solder the Lightningport?

2. How much heat did usually work for you?

3. Which tip do you recommend for such delicate work?

Thanks in advance for your expertise.


I'd recommend just not to be in a hurry, take your time and make sure you're not tearing anything because of insufficient heat. Indicating temperatures makes little sense, how much heat reaches the part depends on the station, size of the nozzle, airflow, room temperature.

Any tip you feel comfortable using for the job will do, personally I like using the largest possible tip that fits the soldering pad, the bigger the size the less time needed to get things done.


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