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I need a replacement battery cover

OK, this is vexing me. I have an Apple A1255 Bluetooth wireless keyboard for the life of me can't find a replacement battery door cover. I called Apple, and they said they don't sell the part and can't help. So, it's time to fashion or fix it another way. I gotta imagine other people have lost that end that holds the battery in.. any advice or help? Thanks!

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I had the same problem. I bought a 5/8" hex bolt at Home Depot for 95-cents. I used a SawsAll to cut off the excess material, and make the plug shorter. I used hockey stick tape to cover the outside of the plug (cover the sharp edge and threads). Works perfectly!

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or simply order from china via ebay $2 a piece =)

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I was able to get one of the covers for the newer keyboards and touch mouse. If you fold up a piece of tinfoil and put it on the last battery, you can easily cross thread the newer battery plug tight enough so it will stay.

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Two ingredients (or even just one):

1. A metal screw/nail

- the screw/nail has two parts. The upper part is round and like a ring, while the lower part is like a long narrow tail. You want to find a screw with an upper part in the same size as your lost battery cap and can be inserted inside the battery compartment hole with minimal gaps/spaces left

- it's fine if you cannot actually screw the "ring" into the hole. Check that when you push the screw hard against the battery (you need to test your screw by having batteries inside the compartment), and you press the keyboard switch-on button, the keyboard light goes on. When you release your hand, the screw no longer touches the battery so keyboard would switch off

2. Aluminum /Tin Foil

Next, we need tin foil. Cut up small strips and place them between the battery and the screw "ring". Turn the screw (add more foil as needed) until "ring" has descended into the compartment hole and stays in contact with the battery even after you release your hand.

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I did a search and I doubt you will find just that part. Your best bet will be to find a damaged keyboard and get the door off that. Here's one with a $6.99 bid that might work for you: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...

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Thanks, mayer. I highly appreciate it and I think that's the route I will go!

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Glad I could be of help.

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I took Lizzie's advice and went to ACE hardware.

Even with help, the parts were a little difficult to find.

Here are the details to make it a little easier.

In the lamp parts drawer

Headless Reducer 3/8 M x 1/8 F. $1.80

Reducer 1/4 F x 1/8 M. $.80

Robert Bourbonnais

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Hi,

I'm having the same issue trying to find a replacement part, no luck so far.

To make mine work I just took some stripped copper speaker wire, coiled it up and used that to both secure the batteries and provide the appropriate contact to make it work.

Additionally I have heard someone using a 5/8" bolt:

from: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/227...

''Go to Your favorite hardware store's, Hardware Section, your looking for their 2" long, 5/8" thick Hex Screws probably at the bottom with other larger screws. should cost $1. 9/16" is the technical width of the apple battery cap, great size choice apple, but 5/8" screw works for my solution.

Tinfoil about 1"x3" wide strip fold up enough so it will fit inside battery compartment.

Put in the 3 batteries flat side up, put the piece of tinfoil on the last battery, screw in the hex screw till its snug, press power, you have a working bluetooth keyboard. (Looks frankensteinesque) So if you have a metal saw, you could trim it down a bit and make your own more ergonomic caps.

Until I get a metal saw, Im working with this: (see picture)

http://gallery.me.com/vtmhealy#100014/Ke...

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Thanks. I have the same problem. Why Why doesn't Apple sell the replacement part. I hope Apple uses some sort of social media manager and finds all the complaints about this. Maybe if I add some words to get their attention Apple, NOT Happy with product, keyboard for my iPad,

Update

Thanks Thomas. Took your advice about the hex screw but actually was able to get something better. I went to ACE hardware store and was able to get a small screw within a screw that works GREAT and doesn't stick out. See pictures here

http://twitpic.com/76hbt2

and

http://twitpic.com/76hayh.

Small screw placed inward provides contact to battery.

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I too a can of dip ( grizzly wintergreen) empty took the lid and a pair of scissors and cut the middle and cut out a circle little bigger then the hole and pushed it in there. so the metal is right in the groves and it is perfect cost about 3 dollors and will hold till you have to take it out.

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THANKYOU! This shoudn't have taken me 20 minutes to find a temporary replacement DIY until i get a new cap shipped hahaha <3

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Robert,

Thanks for the specific details. I went to ACE yesterday and with a little help finding the lamp parts section was able to get the specific parts you detailed.

Thank You!!

Darrell

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I found one on eBay. The search WITHIN eBay didn't turn anything up... but when I googled it, a link was found that took me to a "But It Now" auction for one. Maybe you could have similar luck.

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Try using tin foil it worked for me

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Tried the 3D print solution; but in the interim, was also successful in simply crafting a plug sized cap out of FIMO (polymer clay), and hardening it. I was skeptical about the "tin foil" solution, but actually, it worked perfectly. If I needed to do it agin, I would use SUGRU, as it remains a little pliable after hardening.

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