Introduction: Tame a Quirky Kindle Audio Jack

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This is my Kindle Touch. It has an onboard MP3 player, as does the Kindle Fire. One night I wanted to listen to a Podcast on it before falling asleep. The jack is supposed to disconnect the speakers so sound comes only through the earphones. But, sound blared out through the speakers, too, and wakened my wife. She did not appreciate it. An Internet search revealed other Kindle owners have the same problem.

I never use the speakers, but it would be handy to use my Kindle as an MP3 player and know others are not forced to listen to my Podcasts. This Instructable will show a simple way to disconnect the speakers.

Step 1: Crack the Back

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Use a coin or a butterknife to unsnap the bottom of the Kindle's back. Raise it enough to unsnap the bottom half of the back on both sides. Go no farther. See the next step.

(For other views on how to remove the back of a Kindle Touch, see this Instructable.)

Step 2: Slide the Back

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The top half of the back does not unsnap, but slides to be free of the Kindle. While holding the unsnapped lower half up, slide the back away from the top of the Kindle. That would be toward the left side of the photo.

Step 3: Speaker Connections

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The photo was taken through a magnifying glass. In the center of the lens you can see a small black snap connector for one of the speakers. As the Kindle is face down on the table, this connector is in the lower right corner.

Step 4: Separate the Connector

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The point of a knife works very well for gently lifting the speaker connector from its socket. There are no exposed conductors on the bottom side of this connector. (The conductors are recessed and cannot touch anything.)

Move the connector to the side. It can rest on the screw next to the socket.

Disconnect the connector for the other speaker, too.

Step 5: Install the Back

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Position the top half of the back and slide forward. Press the bottom half of the back so the snaps hold the back in place. Check for gaps that indicate something is not in place and start again to make corrections.

Step 6: Use

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Plug in your favorite earphones and listen with the assurance no one else is hearing your audio.

If you ever decide you need the speakers, just remove the back and attach the connectors in their sockets again.

Comments

iceng (author)2014-10-02

Great solution for someone un-intimidated by manufactured electronic blunders.

Phil B (author)iceng2014-10-02

Thank you, but please do not ask me about the iPhone 4S i pretty well ruined with the help of a video at YouTube. I knew I was in trouble when parts now shown in the video began falling out. Up to that point I was quite optimistic about a fix.

iceng (author)Phil B2014-10-03

I seem to remember a car running down its battery in an airport parking lot that you overcame by finding a well hidden disconnect contact !

Phil B (author)iceng2014-10-03

Thanks.. I never actually had a dead battery at an airport, biut did have the car battery go down in my garage whie I was away on a trip. That made me wonder how to prevent it from happening at an airport. I poked around some owner blogs. I forget what it was, but something made me search the PDF version of my owner's manual and I found the fuse that shuts off a lot of the computer electronics running in the background and brings th current draw down to a tenth of what it would normally be.

I do give things a cautious and semi-informed try. I once did an Instructable on fixing an electronic fly swatter for a friend. The circuit uses one transistor, and the flat face of the original looked like a bomb crater. That suggested to me a new transistor might be needed. All information about the original was gone with the smooth face. I knew NPN transistors are more common than PNP transistors, so I started with an NPN transistor. I decided the application required only a low voltage switching transistor, and I had a blister pack of them. I had no pin out information, but decided to put the new one in as if it were identical to the old one. The fly swatter worked! (The transistor blew because a wire in the high voltage part of the circuit was placed too close to a low voltage trace and the transistor took a big hit. I moved the high voltage wire.)

Back in the late 1990s we had some near lightning strikes and home telephone equipment quit working. I did some simple checking and brought both pieces back by replacing a couple of diodes that tested bad.

In the late 1980s I bought an old Zenith Transoceanic multi-band tube radio. Someone helped me figure out which tube needed replacement. Then electrolytic capacitors began to blow one by one. Before I replaced them all, I improvised a signal tracer with a diode probe and a good guess on where to connect to the audio amplifier portion of my daughter's old radio/tape player. There was a lot of hum, but it helped me find and solve problems.

A friend was always ready to try to fix something. Occasionally he had what he called an "Oops!" Most of the time he came out ahead.

Phil B (author)Phil B2014-10-02

"not shown in the video," not "now shown in the video."

iceng (author)Phil B2014-10-03

You have the strength of faith, while I just realized I approach problems with fear, Its not too late to change that.

Thank you....

seamster (author)2014-09-30

Nice fix! Thanks for sharing this, Phil.

Phil B (author)seamster2014-09-30

Thank you for looking. I expected I would need to unsolder (desolder) wires. Finding snap on connectors was a nice surprise.

I could also mention inserting the earphone plug into the jack sometimes cancelled sound through the speakers, but most often not. Yet, the jack worked as it should when the Kindle was new.

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