Hey guys, so I just purchased the new IPV3 and though I love it one downfall is the screws you need to remove to put the batteries in and to take them out. I heard about the magnet swap on some forums so I decided to give it a try. Well to my surprise it was simple to do and I’m going to help you do it.
Tools you will need: 3/16th” rare earth magnets (purchased at radio shack for $2.99 plus tax), super glue, drill bits, permanent marker , toothpicks, paper plate, and a dremel ( not needed unless you’re a perfectionist.)
Step 1. Drill out the cover plate. I started with the 1/8th” drill bit and worked my way up using the 9/64th”, 5/32″, 11/64th”, 3/`6th”, and then the 13/64th” bit. You may not need to use the 13/64th” bit but I didn’t have a vice or anything to press in the magnets so I went a little larger.
Step 2. Once the holes are drill out I used the dremel to remove any metal burs left behind and to put a light bevel in the inner side of the cover plate. I did this to create a valley for the super glue to have more contact surface but this step is not needed.
Step 3. Place one magnet in each hole while the cover lid is laying down to see if they fit, If they do remove the magnets. Put four to five drops of super glue on to the paper plate. With a toothpick dip the tip of it into the glue and saturate the inner side of the drilled holes. Make sure not to over saturate or it will spread to the outside of the cover.
Step 4. Place the magnets into the holes. Dip the toothpick into the glue once again and touch the gap between the cover and magnets to allow the glue to fill in the space. TIP: If you use too much glue, acetone will help remove any excess. I used a Q-tip dipped in acetone to remove the glue. Make sure that glue didn’t seep through the other end, we don’t want your cover lid sticking to anything its laying on. Let it dry.
Step 5. Place the other two magnets on top of the others on the inside of the cover plate to make sure they will attract each other. I marked the top of the magnets with a permanent marker which reminded me to glue that side down inside the IPV3.
Step 6. Lay the box mod down with the open internals facing up. Lay the cover lid next to it making sure that the logo is in the correct position. Remove one magnet, using a toothpick place glue on the marked side of that magnet and around the screw hole in the box mod itself. Place marked side of the magnet facing down inside the hole and press firmly. Repeat on the other side. Let it dry.
Step 7. Enjoy!! It’s that simple, This took me about half an hour since I’m a perfectionist but I’m sure it can be done faster. Below you can find some photos for some visual help. By doing this modification you are doing it at your own risk. We take no responsibility if you damage or void any warranty of your box mod.
Thanks for looking and I hope this helped,