As I was digging through the ABI forums, I ran across a good guide by zPoKE to replacing a broken clip on a Sansa Clip+ MP3 player. It’s nice to find a viable and cost effective solution to a very common problem like the clip breaking off of the Sansa Clip/Clip+, so I thought I would bring this easy tutorial back to the forefront to help anyone who has experienced this problem.
zP0KE recommends using ACCO KLIX Classic Metal paper fasteners as a replacement to the stock clip (you can use other types of clips as well provided they can withstand the strain). If you reside within the US, you can pick these up at a local Staples office supply store, or you can order them from Amazon directly.
For this project you will need:
Small piece of sandpaper (about 220 grit as was recommended by Voodude)
ACCO KLIX clip
Epoxy (I recommend 5 minute quick set)
Some disposable cardboard and Popsicle sticks (for mixing the Epoxy)
Rubbing alcohol (70% or higher works best)
The steps are as follows:
1. Having a well lit clean work area with everything on hand is the first step toward success.
2. Get the cloth mildly damp with the rubbing alcohol and clean off the back of the Sansa Clip. Then let it dry for a few moments.
3. Take the sandpaper and rough up the middle area on the back of the Sansa Clip as well as the back of the ACCO KLIX clip. (By roughing up both sides we are ensuring that the Epoxy has a firm surface to attach to.) Then wipe off the dust from both the Sansa Clip and the ACCO clip using the wet cloth, and again wait for both surfaces to dry.
4. Tape an outline of a small square where you will put the Epoxy to bind the two together permanently, where the inside of the square is the back of the player and the outside of the square is the tape protecting the surface (this will keep excess glue from scuffing up the back of the Sansa Clip).
5. Take the Epoxy, squeeze some out on the cardboard, and mix the two part combo together using the Popsicle stick (as per the instructions on the Epoxy).
6. Use the Popsicle stick to put the some of the epoxy in the middle of the square outline of tape on the Sansa Clip (it shouldn’t take very much) and then press the rough side of the ACCO clip to the Epoxy. Rubber band it in place so it will stay secure while it dries. (As stated in the original tutorial, you will want to make sure the ACCO clip is open while the Epoxy is drying as to not glue it permanently shut.)
7. Now let the player sit so the Epoxy has time to cure; while five-minute Epoxy sets in a short amount of time it does not gain its full strength until after 24 hours.
8. After the Epoxy has had enough time to fully cure, remove the masking tape off the back of the player by peeling it off gently. Clean off the back of the player with the soft cloth and rubbing alcohol to get rid of any left over residue if so desired.
Now you have a completed repair job! And one that looks dang good to boot!
You can also use this guide to attach a clip to another MP3 player or just about any other device, just so long the clip you are attaching is heavy duty enough to support the weight.
Any comments, questions, or suggestions? Feel free to let me know in the comments!