JBL Link 20 Charge Port PCB Replacement

Has your JBL Link 20 stopped charging? This guide shows you how to install our custom manufactured replacement charge port PC

If you would prefer to read a written repair guide, check that out below. Or if the tool cost seems prohibitive for a one time repair and you would prefer that we complete this repair for you, check out our Repair Catalog to see if we offer repair services for this device. 


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🚥 Repair Difficulty:  Moderate
(Tedious repair working with small ribbon cables, no soldering required)
⏰ Time to complete: 45-60 minutes
🛠 The tools and parts that you will need for this repair:

(If the tool cost seems prohibitive, check out our Repair Catalog to see if we offer repair services for this device.)

 Add all, remove what you don't need

  1. A Replacement Charge Port PCB
  2. Strong Pry Tool (a guitar pick, or the dull side of a butter knife can also do the trick)
  3. A Small Phillips Screwdriver
  4. Repair Kit 



    1. Remove the PCB cover

    Lift the edge of the bottom rubber cover using your finger, then slide your pry tool underneath it. 

    Lifting the edge of the bottom rubber on your JBL Link 20 with a pry tool and your finger


    Pull the rubber cover up and away using your pry tool and fingers. Its held on by adhesive, that you will reuse later so keep the adhesive as clean as you can. 

    Pulling the bottom rubber cover away from your JBL Link 20


    There are two smaller covers on the bottom of the speaker, remove the one with 4 screws holding it in. 

    Remove the cover with 4 screws on your JBL Link 20



    It can be a pain to remove the cover once the screws are out. Just flip the speaker upside down and give it a tap on the table top. If that doesn't work, you can stick your screwdriver in one of the screw holes to lift it up at an angle. 

    Tapping the JBL Link 20 to remove the bottom cover

    Lifting the cover up and away from your JBL Link 20 using your screwdriver


    2. Remove the Bottom Cover

    Remove the 4 screws, one in each corner of the bottom cover that hold the bottom of the speaker in its place. These screws are different from the ones holding the smaller cover in place, so keep them separated. 

    Removing the 4 screws in each corner of the bottom cover on your JBL Link 20


    Lift the cover up and away, being careful of the wires underneath it. 

    Lifting the bottom cover off of your JBL Link 20

    Be careful of the wires under the bottom cover of your Link 20


    Unplug the charge port plug by pulling it straight out from its connector. 

    Pulling the charge port plug out of its socket on your JBL Link 20


    Use your screwdriver to gently lift the clips that hold the two ribbon cables in their place. The clips are very fragile but the front of the clip should lift up and away from the PCB fairly easily allowing you to slide the ribbon cables out. 

    Removing the ribbon cables on your JBL Link 20 bottom cover


    3. Install the New PCB

    Gently pull the charge port PCB and two wires through the hole in the bottom cover. 

    Pulling the charge port wires through the bottom housing of your JBL Link 20


    Unplug the ribbon cable from its connector on the charge port PCB using your fingernail or screwdriver to lift the clip. 

    Unplug the charge port ribbon cable on your JBL Link 20


    Remove the black plastic piece from the charge port PCB by pushing the 4 pins out from the back. 

    Removing the plastic housing over the charge port PCB


    Install the plastic piece onto your new charge port PCB by lining up 2 of the 4 pegs with their holes then pushing it into place. 

    Applying the plastic housing to the new Link 20 charge port


    Carefully install the ribbon cable into your new charge port by sliding it in, then closing the clip. 

    Install the ribbon cable into the new charge port PCB


    Slide the ribbon cable and power wire through the hole in the bottom cover then lay the PCB flat into its place, making sure that neither of the wires are pinched. 

    Sliding the two wires through the hole in the bottom cover

    Laying the PCB flat in its spot


    When the PCB is properly in place, the charge port should be flush with its hole in the plastic housing and fully visible. 

    Making sure the charge port is lined up in its hole


    Put the cover on over the charge port then double check to see if the PCB moved out of place. It can take a few tries to get it to stay seated so that you can install the screws. 

    Placing the cover over the PCB


    If necessary, you can gently nudge the metal edge of the charge port through the hole in the housing to get it into place. If you do this, be very careful to not apply pressure to the plug in the center of the charge port as you could break it. 

    Carefully nudging the edge of the charge port to move it into place


     Once the PCB is aligned, install the 4 screws, starting with the two in the middle that hold the PCB in place.

    Inserting the 4 screws that hold the cover in its place


    4. Replace the Bottom Cover

    Plug the 3 wires back into their connectors on the main PCB. The slightly larger ribbon cable that comes from the charge port PCB, plugs in to the slot right next to the blue connector where the charge port connects.

    The slightly larger ribbon goes right next to the main charge port plug

    The charge port plugs into the blue socket

    Installing the ribbon cables into their spots on your JBL Link 20


    Line up the bottom cover with the speaker, then apply downward pressure to lock it into place.

    Install the bottom cover into the JBL Link 20


    Install the 4 corner screws into the bottom cover. 

    Install the 4 corner screws into the bottom cover


    Re-install the rubber bottom with the dot of the JBL exclamation point facing towards the charge port. 

    Install the rubber bottom onto the JBL Link 20


    5. Get back to enjoying your gear 🤓


    If you have any questions in regards to this repair, feel free to shoot us an email or text and we will do our best to reply to you as quickly as possible. Please inquire using our Repair Catalog if you are wondering how much a certain repair will cost. If you do not see your item in our repair catalog, it means that we do not offer repair services for it. 

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