The art of soldering is so intricate but not many people talk about it.
A week ago I invested in a 22 dollar soldering kit and was afraid to test it out because it sounded a bit too "fancy" for the things I do.
But I knew I had to take a step forward and dabble in a different form of art; soldering.
I wanted to test it out but was not sure how to be introduced to the product. Back in July I went for a swim with my Fitbit charge HR and it went to sleep forever. My pink "life" saver was asleep; like snow white-though she is not white, nor is she able to survive in the snow.
I wanted to revive her because as we ALL know, fitbits are not cheap.
I did eventually purchase a new one for fear I would not be successful in fixing my old one. But I wanted to try it out. I wanted to see what was needed in order to fix it.
So I youtubed how to reinstall a new battery and I found this site. This youtuber was a life saver. Had I not watched it a few times, I would not have brought along the proper materials. The people who sold me the battery were amazing. They ended up helping me out a great bit. Check out their facebook page here.
I am on the Vineyard and I decided I would repair the Fitbit Charge HR.
I started the repair at around 12:00pm and fully completed the process around 3:12pm. I had a few breaks in between to drink things like beer, apple juice, cranberry juice, and water....and beer.
The most frustrating part of this art was the amount of times I incorrectly soldered the plus and minus parts of the battery, causing a little spark...scaring the shit out of me and my dog Lilly.
My daughter just kept watching me, wondering what I was doing wrong and if we were all going to die.
Eventually, I realized I had to use the actual rosin, apply it to the "motherboard", and get that sticking to the + and - parts of the battery IMMEDIATELY.
I was SOOO excited once I got the battery on but then there was an issue with slipping a part back into its place and then clicking the little flap. The stupid flap didn't want to get in there. It took me a good 25mn just to get it in there. I eventually just shoved it in there...locked it...and hoped it works.
The "hard" part was done. But then I had to make sure the screws I had were the right ones to put everything back in place. I didn't have all the right screws so I had to substitute and use fewer screws just to get it in its place until I find the other ones.
I then went ahead and used some superglue (which probably was not the best idea) because the actual "house" didn't want to sit the way it did before. But I HAD to have this fixed...TODAY.
Once I had everything in its place, I tested the fitbit and guess what?
IT WORKED. Beautifully....my daughter was so excited and glad I didn't burn the house down.
The art of soldering includes not moving, not bumping anything, keeping your hands still the ENTIRE time, making sure the heat is not too hot. Making sure once the rosin melts, you attach the ends IMMEDIATELY.
I also learned how to UNsolder which was super interesting. I used the unsoldering method to actually remove any of the soldering from the motherboard before soldering the new battery.
I felt like a mini genius today. The pictures above are me trying to NOT die or burn myself.