Hacking the iTrip

By increasing the ways in which the iTrip nano can be used, we engage in a subversive gesture against planned obsolescence and electronic waste. This hack is designed for the second generation iTrip nano from Griffin Electronics. There is an alternative to throwing your electronics in the garbage!

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Tools

  • Soldering Iron and Solder
  • Utility Knife
  • Wire Cutters
  • Electrical tape
  • 2 AA Battery Pack
  • 2nd Generation iTrip Nano (Griffin Electronics)
  • Programmer (LPC 900)

 

  1. Orient the iTrip with the iPod port facing you and on the bottom.
  2. Insert utility knife in between the plastic shell and the toggle button on the side of the device.  Make sure to insert the tool edge into the side of the button closest to you on top, so you crack open the plastic case and not the button itself.
  3. Rotate and lever the tool to crack the plastic shell open along the seams.
  4. Pry the plastic shell completely off with your hands, taking care to not rip any wires of the newly exposed printed circuit board (PCB).
  5. Inspect the plastic shell near the iPod and 1/8” port to identify another seam that runs around the area of the iPod port on the plastic shell.
  6. Using your utility knife, score this seam
  7. Place pressure with your tool on the seam while lifting up on the plastic shell from the top to completely separate the two pieces.  You may need to pry out the molded piece after initially breaking the seam.
  8. Remove the molded plastic from around the two jacks.  Do not bend or tug on the wires excessively.
  9. Near the mini-USB port, a thin black wire, emerging from a hole, is soldered the PCB.  This is the end of the antenna. Use your utility knife to cut the wire from the PCB.
  10. Push the loose end of the antenna through the hole in PCB and observe the wire bulge out the other side.
  11. Pull the antenna free.
  12. Making sure that the device is still oriented as in step 1 with the iPod ports facing up and on the bottom, solder the ground (the black wire) of a 2 x AA battery pack onto both of the first two pins from the left side of the iPod port.
  13. Solder the positive supply (red wire) to the sixth pin from the left. Ensure that no wire or solder from this joint touches other pins.
  14. Secure the wires of the audio jack and battery pack / power supply by wrapping electrical tape around the PCB and the wires several times.  It is fine to cover up most of the circuit, however, you must be able to access the 2 x 5 grid of holes on the right side of the PCB.
  15. Program the device as instructed. See our Programming Guide