The chargers for my laptop kept dying but there was nothing wrong with the rest of it so this is a lovely upgrade. I ordered the black but got the red but honestly don't mind enough to make a fuss or ask for the other one. A wonderful cheap way to update an older laptop!
Response from MikePDiy | Nov. 28, 2023
Thank you for the review Allie ! I am sorry I have mixed the colour! I am happy to send you a new mod if that will make the experience even better. Mike
Sept. 28, 2020
Neat design and concept, but ended quite poorly for me
I bought this kit to refurbish an old X230 that had been gathering dust for years. The concept is clever and the design is very clean. I was concerned at first about the fact that the USB-C opening is slightly recessed within the circular opening for the factory barrel connector, but the assembly was sturdy and USB-C cables fit snugly.
The installation is not difficult, but it is not entirely trivial. Careful disassembly and reassembly took around 30 minutes. After installation I plugged in the laptop to an OEM Apple 61W USB-C charger that I had on hand and everything worked perfectly — the battery charged to full overnight.
The next morning my Anker 65W USB-C charger (A2712) came in the mail and I plugged it in to confirm that it worked. The laptop immediately shut off and will no longer power-on. Now, whenever a battery is attached to the laptop, the front-left corner (near the PCI Express slot) slowly heats to an alarmingly high temperature. I wasn't able to identify any damage to the laptop after re-disassembling it and inspecting underneath the adhesive layer, but given the symptoms I have little hope of the motherboard functioning again. I may be the one unlucky person who has this happen, but caution is warranted.
Response from MikePDiy | Sept. 28, 2020
Dear Brandon, I am sorry for the poor experience that you have got out of this. I am ready to make it up to you so please email me or message me here on Tindie as I want to make sure you will not remain with a bitter taste. You are the 4th person to experience this problem out of 283 that are actively using this mod. The problem has nothing to do with my mod but rather with an IC that does the power management of the laptops pcb; it is exactly wha tis getting very hot on your pcb. I have put together a guide on how that can be fixed but again in your case as I did not have a disclaimer for this when you have ordered, I am waiting for a message so we can sort this. I have posted the guide on github and also I will add now a clear disclaimer to this listing. Again I am very sorry for this experience and I am looking forward to get your message. The guide posted is here : https://github.com/mikepdiy/thinkpad-mod/blob/master/Lenovo%20X230%20Thinkpad%20Dead%20-%20No%20Power%20up%20and%20Not%20Charging%20Debug%20and%20fix.pdf
Best Regards, MikeP