Change battery on Garmin Forerunner 301
Hi - look at this solution for a forerunner 201, which has the same case design. I was just looking myself!
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I've made some progress here, I discovered that there is a small notch beneath the flat black pastic insert that holds the rubber button cover in.
By gently prising this out, I can at least expose the pcb with the buttons on.
I still can't figure out how to open the case though ****!
Jan 29, 2008 - Well, I got there in the end!
As above, I managed to prise the plastic insert cover off the rubber button cover, the peeeled this off as well. Underneath is a mylar printed circuit with the silver domeos of the buttons moulded in. This is siliconed down, but you can peel it up with a fingernail. The top left end (above the on button) is aatached inside the case, so start at the other end.
Jan 29, 2008 - .ctd..
Once you have lifted the mylar strip, you can get at the case seam underneath and prise it gently open with a flat blade. The case is glued together with a light silicon or something.
My problem was unresponsive buttons and by detaching and then re-attaching the small connector by the big silver block where the mylar attaches to the main board and then re-attaching it, it seemed to fix it! :-)
Oct 22, 2008 - As an end-note; I glued my 201 back together with a light Silicone sealer.
It seems to be at least rain proof anyway.
Forerunner 201 battery replacement (Expert level):
Opening the 201 was not easy and could not be done 100% clean, but thanks to R_nz (above) I got it open.
My problem was dead (almost) battery, after 6 years of superb operation.
I found the battery to be glued (double sided tape) to the back cover.
To remove, push it up slowely and pull out. Beware of the short wires.
1. It is a flat battery, wrapped in shrinkable tube. Made by MDTechnology, P/N 043048 3.7V, 500mAh see http://www.mydbattery.com/EN/products.asp?ID=12
2. On the cover, the battery is soldered to the underside of a small PCB, hard to get to (by expert!). If you find a battery, suggest to cut the wires and solder wire-to-wire.
Hope that helps
Jul 08, 2009 |
Garmin Forerunner 301