The $0.85 Apple Keyboard Repair
Apple sells these really nice wireless keyboards ($69) that we use in our Assistive Technology Lending Library, but they don’t sell a simple replacement battery cover… So when one that we’ve loaned comes back without the simple cover, we now have a $69 piece of finely sculpted aluminum.
Because I’m always looking for a way to fix things like this, I took the keyboard to the local hardware store and found a 5/8” hex cap that fit the hole perfectly – almost. The end sticks out a bit, but other than that, it’s functional. As someone once said, “If it’s stupid and it works, it’s not stupid.”
This nice little 5/8” hex cap cost $0.85 and needed only to have a small amount of the black oxide finish scuffed off on the end that contacts the negative side of the batteries. Once installed and turned on, the Bluetooth keyboard showed up immediately on my iPad and Nexus tablet, and we’ve saved a otherwise useless device from the trash.