Anybody remember when Samsung made MP3 players?
Yep. I mean, Yepp.
Weird brand name aside, Samsung’s MP3 players were pretty solid. They played on for hours and the sound quality was not that bad. They folded back in 2014, obviously, now that we don’t know of them. But they still made good products!
While looking through my drawer of stuff-I-should-probably-throw-away-but-I-keep-for-sentimental-purposes ™, I found my old YP-S2 MP3 player. Here’s how it looks today:
It’s not the most prettiest thing in the world. But it’s a functional design, and I like functional designs! It reminds me of an iPod Shuffle.
And the charger is really similar to the iPod Shuffle as well:
So, uh, what’s the problem? Because I haven’t used it in years, the battery in it is dead. Completely. When I plug the player into a USB port, the player lights up, but I can’t test the actual player because there is only one headphone jack. As soon as I remove power from the device, it shuts off.
Time for some electronics surgery! Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to take any photos, but the disassembly was relatively simple. Slide a guitar pick around the groove of the entire player and it should just pop open as the chassis is held in by clips. Once inside, you’ll have two Phillips screws greeting you. Talk about repairability!
The only problem is that the battery connector is proprietary, so you’ll need to do some micro-soldering: either solder the wires of the connector to the new battery, or solder the battery wires directly to the motherboard.
Because I didn’t have steady hands and did not want to kill the motherboard, I opted to micro-solder the battery wires. Note that you will need lots of patience to do this – the wires are pretty small and thin, and getting them to stay in place while soldering was a complete nightmare. But in the end I managed to get the cables connected!
Just in case you have the same player, the battery inside has the following markings:
+ATL 3.7V 682820T B40825 307591
The batteries dimensions are 27mm x 18mm x 7mm (length x width x thickness/height). The capacity is 200 mAh, and the nominal voltage is 3.7 volts.
Once you have your new battery ready, plug it into the player and you should be good to go! Mine was slightly larger than the original so it was a tight fit, but the case closed up in the end. I just have to be careful not to sit on it or else I will puncture the battery.
So there you go! One old relic back from 2013 alive and kicking today.