Last week I reviewed the Chipolo Plus. It’s a small Bluetooth beacon which you can use as an item tracker – attach it to your keys or wallet and know where they are at all times.
As I said in the review, the only downside is that it has a non-replaceable battery. I’m not sure I want to buy one for £20 and then throw it away after 12 months of use.
A few of you asked how tightly sealed the unit is – so I’m going to take one apart and show you its guts!
Opening your Chipolo will almost certainly void your warranty, it will degrade its waterproof rating, and you risk breaking it entirely. Proceed with caution!
Opening it Up
There’s a thin seam running around the outside of the Chipolo Plus.
A thin screwdriver can get between the cracks.
You’ll need to go all the way around the casing in order to get it open. You will almost certainly crack and break the casing.
Once the top is off, we can see the battery
The plastic casing comes apart very easily from the electronics. We can see the three clips which need to be cracked in order to open the piece.
On the underside is a small foil disc which acts as the speaker, there’s a button in the middle for interacting with the unit.
What’s powering this unit?
The original Chipolo is a little fragile – but I’m not convinced that making the Plus unit sealed is a good idea. It feels wasteful to have a completely disposable unit.
It is possible to replace the battery, but you have to destroy most of the outer casing in order to do so. A slip of sticky-tape should be enough to seal it back up again – at the cost of aesthetics!
Manufacturers have to become more environmentally responsible when designing these gadgets.
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