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Broken battery connector to (GL502) motherboard

BlackLotus
Level 7
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I was trying to disconnect the battery from my laptop in which I accidentally broke off the entire connector to the motherboard. Does this look fixable/ you think it can be re-soldered on?
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xeromist
Moderator
Hard to tell but it looks like the two pads in the middle are significantly damaged and/or ripped off. If there is nothing to solder into then you won't be able to make a connection. I would call around and see if any local shops do soldering. Take it to them and see what they say. If you aren't experienced enough with soldering to know if you can do it then you won't be skilled enough to pull it off. Trust me, I've ruined circuit boards by trying to solder above my abilities.
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xeromist wrote:
Hard to tell but it looks like the two pads in the middle are significantly damaged and/or ripped off. If there is nothing to solder into then you won't be able to make a connection. I would call around and see if any local shops do soldering. Take it to them and see what they say. If you aren't experienced enough with soldering to know if you can do it then you won't be skilled enough to pull it off. Trust me, I've ruined circuit boards by trying to solder above my abilities.


I was going to take it to the Asus service center but the reviews there don't seem to be great... 😞

cl-Albert wrote:
Do you happen to have any ASUS Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) coverage for your notebook (USA/Canada only)?

https://www.asus.com/us/support/Article/693/

Anyway, if your notebook has liquid damage as mentioned at your other thread, you may want to check with your local ASUS support to discuss more. Good luck!

https://www.asus.com/support/CallUs


I took everything apart yesterday and let it dry so everything works now... just kind of mad that I broke off the battery connector. And my warranty expired two months ago so that's not going to help.


I'll probably just take it to the Asus service center. Hopefully it won't be too expensive.

cl-Albert
US Customer Loyalty Agent
Do you happen to have any ASUS Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) coverage for your notebook (USA/Canada only)?

https://www.asus.com/us/support/Article/693/

Anyway, if your notebook has liquid damage as mentioned at your other thread, you may want to check with your local ASUS support to discuss more. Good luck!

https://www.asus.com/support/CallUs

xeromist
Moderator
You could always check with a local shop first to get an estimate to compare with ASUS. ASUS may give you the price to replace the board so it might be useful to have a quote for just soldering.
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Korth
Level 14
Agreed, if you aren't confident it can be repaired then it's not the kind of repair you should attempt.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=solder+repair+near+me

I have a lot of experience with SMT solder rework (and a bunch of IPC soldering certifications, lol).

The damage in that picture can very probably be successfully repaired. The connector part may need to be replaced or rebuilt - it may even have to become a permanent soldered connection if no suitable connector part can be found or fabricated. Maybe one hour worth of labour, not more than two (and that includes bootup/testing time, lol). There is a chance that the local motherboard substrate was damaged from whatever shear/impact force tore the connector off the board - and cracked traces buried within a multi-layer PCB are basically impossible to properly repair - but since this is a power-carrying battery/charger connector it very likely only uses visible surface traces.
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Eleiyas
Level 10
As said above, ASUS will likely just replace the whole mainboard, which is likely going to be quite expensive

it does look like it would be able to be successfully repaired with a solder; just depends if you are confident enough to do it yourself.

I guess I should try a local repair shop first before checking out Asus then...