How to Repair a Broken Raspberry Pi SD Card Slot

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It's pretty easy to break the SD card slot on a Raspberry Pi (I broke mine by dropping it on the SD card). If you break yours, there's no need to cry over spilled Pi. Replace the disappointing SD card slot with a new one.
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Step 1: What You'll Need

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Soldering Iron
Flux Pen
Solder (Lead-free solder is harder to work with but less toxic. Choose wisely.)
Solder Wick
Wire Cutters
Würth Elektronik 693 063 020 911
Valcon 412D02F-09PC003-SV SD Card Slot (OEM Part)
A Well Ventilated Area or a Fume Extractor
The Internet

What appears to be a direct replacement for the SD card slot (Valcon 412D02F-09PC003-SV SD Card Slot) is available from Toby Electronics in the UK, but shipping to my place in Detroit is almost more than the cost of two new Raspberry Pi model B's. Currently Digikey stocks a suitable replacement (Würth Elektronik 693 063 020 911) that's much more economical for those of us in the USA.

Step 2: Remove the Offending SD Card Slot

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Removing the old SD card slot is the same regardless of which replacement you choose. Use solder wick to suck the solder off of the pins and mounting tabs. Try not to put too much heat into the pads as this can cause them to separate from the PCB.

Remove and discard the old, busted, SD card slot. This is easier said than done. Anyone with some electronics experience should have no problem removing this part, but if you're new to this sort of thing, go slowly.

Once the majority of the solder has been removed with the solder wick, it should be easy to pry the old socket away from the board. Start by heating the mounting pads with the soldering iron and prying the socket away from them one at a time. Only lift the socket enough to separate the feet from the pads.

Starting on one side, gently pry up the socket... heating and de-soldering the pins as you go. Once the old socket has been removed, clean up the pads with your iron to even out any little solder messes or stray solder.
bpwagner11 months ago

I can confirm that this works well. I just did a replacement with the part ordered from Digikey in the US. Thanks for the instructions. Good work!

Good job, I done follow this instrustion.

By the way, I Get a replacement slot from logictoyz