Replace your Moto360's Battery using only Household Items


Here's the actual video that I've followed. It was uploaded by Seaian Dunn on Youtube entitled "Moto 360 v1 Battery Replacement (the easy way)."


Here's my watch along with the replacement battery and the actual household tools that I've used following Seaian Dunn's video.


Here's an amazon link from where you can purchase a replacement battery for the Moto 360 1st genereation: https://amzn.to/2qo03JS.

The Story

Four years ago,  I received a very special gift from my significant other. Being a gadget enthusiast (nerd) that I am, she knew that I was very excited by the announcement and concept of Android Wear, an on-wrist extension of your Android phone's screen for glanceable notifications, timely information, and assistance. She also knew that I was into the design of the very first Moto360, in particular. So she decided to surprise me on my birthday by getting me one (I'm a very lucky guy). I was very happy to wear my shiny new Moto360 every day, day-in and day-out and didn't have much to complain about.

(photo care of Amazon.com)



Fast forward to 2017, even though lots of other manufacturers were making desirable Android Wear watches, not just tech companies but designer brands as well. I was still happy with my Moto360. Although admittedly it was already showing multiple signs of aging, my watch had a couple of scuffs on the bracelet, the screen now has a few visible scratches, and the lag was slowly but surely beginning to creep in, and my now discontinued 1st generation smartwatch was no longer ineligible for new software updates. But the biggest thing that got to me was the now abysmal battery life. At first, I was getting 14 hours of standby time from my watch, then it got down to 8 the next year, and the following year it got down to 3, and by the end of the year it finally gave it's last spurt of battery life and would immediately die 10 seconds right after I lifted it from its charger. I knew that day would come eventually. I have felt my moto360's battery deteriorating little by little. And so I bid my beloved Moto360 farewell and returned it to its box and kept it at my cabinet. Days and months have passed and with me having to contend with my regular "traditional" watches on my wrist. There was nothing wrong with traditional watches, they did their jobs extremely well. They told me the time and date just by glancing at them, no need for the "lift-the-wrist-to-turn-on" gesture and no need to recharge them every night. Their batteries last for a couple of years. But whenever a chat message comes in, a Facebook notification buzzes or someone calls me, I do miss the buzz and convenience of an extra display on my wrist for deciding whether to tend to my phone right away if it was urgent or just dismiss it for now and tend to it later in my free time, all while having my phone inside my bag or pocket. In short, I do miss my Android Wear smartwatch, my Moto360.

So one fateful day, I decided to Google around if there was a way for me to revive my beloved Moto360 and to my delight, there were some articles and videos showing me exactly how to do it. But first I needed to find a spare battery and after a little searching around, I found an eBay seller that had the battery I needed and was able to ship it to the Philippines. After 5 or 6 weeks of waiting, my parcel finally arrived.

(photo care of theregister.co.uk)


Here's an amazon link from where you can purchase a replacement battery for the Moto 360 1st genereation: https://amzn.to/2qo03JS.


Now, it's time to replace the old battery with the new one. I've bookmarked a pretty comprehensive iFixitguide on just how to do this (https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Motorola+Moto+360+Battery+Replacement/37852) but to be able to follow the steps in the guide I needed to buy a couple of tools needed to pry open and disassemble electronic gadgets and equipment. This was exactly what Ifixit was selling on its guide. And it did seem that the tools were adequate for the job and seemed to be of good quality but it would cost me upwards of $30 US plus shipping to our country here in the Philippines. For a battery replacement job that I intend to do just once for the Moto360, spending extra for the tools didn't seem like a good option to me. If I had other intended uses for the tools, I might have considered. But alas, I couldn't think of any. I don't intend to take up gadget repair and tear-downs for a hobby or profession anytime soon, so I opted not to buy in.

(screenshot from ifixit.com)

So my search for a free or more cost-effective solution continued. Luckily, I was able to come across a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl61mDJlu9E) uploaded by Seaian Dunn (Shout out to you man, you rock!) entitled "Moto 360 v1 Battery Replacement (the easy way)" wherein he shows every step on how to do just that and with the use of only household item tools: a thumbtack and a cut-out piece of a thin laminated plastic. No extra cost involved.

(screenshot from youtube.com)


following the steps in the video is not for the faint of heart, especially if you have no experience or aren't comfortable with working with electronics. It really does require tearing the whole LCD and PCB out and removing all the ribbon cables just to get to the battery. Luckily, I was feeling brave that day, motivated by the thought of being reunited once again with my Moto360, I was able to do all the procedures and luckily did not break anything. At first, I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to do it, but thank you Lord for giving me confidence to try and so I did, and it was successful.



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