Why would I fix a 30$ Bluetooth Boombox?
So here's what happened:
I get to my girlfriend's house and have an hour to spare. I look over and see her Soundkick Soundfreaq whatever bluetooth speaker sitting on the counter dead where it has been for a few weeks because she tripped over the cord and it will no longer charge. This speaker is known to retail for about 30$ brand new shipped to your door and the only reason she doesn't have another is because of the amount of time it would take to go buy one. I really like swing dancing and this speaker was more of a loss to me than I realized initially since it was the only thing capable of music at her place. I guess I missed the little guy.
And I'm like, whatever, I don't have anything to do. So I proceed to mangle the damn thing apart with the only flathead and phillips I can find in her closet. Kitchen counter operating table, lights, scalpel, action. Here are the basic instructions:
Of course I didn't take pics because I was on a time trial to see if I could finish before she got home. But you get the jist of it from above. Anybody familiar with consumer snap-apart plastic assemblies knows what this thing looked like when it went back together so I won't elaborate further. Wait, maybe I will. It looks like I dragged it behind a car for a block or so then rubbed anything that was still shiny with some sandpaper. I might upload a pic later if I get fiesty.
All the problem was, was that the DC input/charging jack was bent and mangled in such a fashion as to render it nonfunctional. To bend the tabs back this jack definitely had to be removed from the chassis. I was super close to ordering the .05c part on ebay and replacing it later but then I said nah I'll just bend it and roll the dice. Of course it worked! I had it back together and tested in a solid 45 mins. I bet I could do it in 10 minutes or less now that I know how the damn thing is put together and where all the hidden parts are!
Why would I waste 45 minutes of my time to return a smashed up Bluetooth speaker, which when new runs a measly 30$?
I'll tell you.
I left it in it's usual spot with the charger in place and the light obscured by some garbage. Later I nonchalantly fire it up vie my phone which paired easily, during a casual conversation about nothing really. The look in her eyes was priceless! I was all like "yeah that shit's no big deal whatever I'm the ultimate male. That's what happens when you leave me alone for a minute or two, I just get things done I can't help it."
That's right, I did all of that work just to have an opportunity to brag about how great I am.