Has anyone broken down a Tile? Can the battery be replaced?

I use a number of Tile Bluetooth tracking tags (http://www.thetileapp.com) and was wondering: has anyone tried to replace the battery?

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I'd also be very interested in finding this out. I have 4 tiles currently, and am considering quite a few more for some of my family's devices. However, I don't like the idea of buying new ones every year. If they cost 50% of what they do, it would be a lot more reasonable, but $200-300/year for enough tiles to track things like backpacks, purses, remotes, etc, is pushing it.

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You’d think manufacturers would start adding Bluetooth trackers into things...but at least at the moment if your wallet gets stolen, less chance the thief’s will know what Tile is atm!!

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There are example videos from a year or so back showing how to do it, and I've managed to pop one of mine open. I can replace the battery and it makes all the sounds and such as it should, but then goes silent. It also doesn't seem to pair up to the app any more as it should. I suspect the manufacturer has built in some sort of safeguard to keep you from doing this. Can anyone confirm? Maybe I've just botched mine.

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I just peeled the side open very carefully with a knife and thats it. The battery was glued to circuit board but not trouble peeling it off.

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This piece of junk is meant to run for one year. They will then give you a 40% discount on a new one if you send them your old one back.

Here are a couple of video on guys that tore them up replacing the battery.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-BTStja...

This one probably had a lot of finger blood on him when he finished.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TwBrauQ...

This repair is much safer and better.

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Just print a new case.

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It is possible very possible on Tile gen 1 and the Mate. I have not tried on the newer models. I have done it myself on four units. It not only reactivated the tiles it also reset the battery life timer. But, it's insides are delicate and very near to the edges of the casing so you must be very careful if you try. Plenty of YouTube videos exist to show how to do it.

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I replaced the battery of my Tile Mate. The Battery iside is a CR 2025 and I replaced it with the very common CR32. It's a bit larger but it still fits. You have to make sure though that the spring contacts touch the buzzer. At the end I both halves together with superglue and DONE!

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Its possible. youtube vidoes freely available

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