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Z12 / Z14 Keypad Replacement

If a keypad for FlexClocks Z12 and Z14 become worn, it is possible to replace the keypad. Contact support regarding a new keypad and follow these steps to replace it.

Needed Tools
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Philips head screwdriver
  1. Remove back cover - Pop the 3 pin and 4 pin com-connectors out by the Ethernet port using a flat head screwdriver (see image below, area outlined in yellow). Take out the four screws (circled in red). The back cover pulls straight off.
PICTURE 1: Z12 Flex Clock back cover
  1. Disconnect keypad ribbon cable - Release the small brown bracket holding the cable in by sliding it up. The cable should come free at that point. (see image below, area in top left outlined in blue)

PICTURE 2: Inside of Z12 Flex Clock
  1. Remove the key pad - This can be done with any fine tipped tool (flathead screwdriver recommended). Carefully pry up one of the edges. There are three layers to this key pad: the outside keys, a middle with metal brackets and a bottom directly adhered to the clock casing. The keypad is just glued with a strong adhesive to the clock casing. While removing the keypad, it may be a good idea to put the back cover back on (without the screws) to protect the insides while prying off the keypad.
  2. Remove the main board - Remove the 2 pin connector that attaches to the speaker on the bottom of the board (see image above, outlined in orange). Take out the three screws holding it down (circled in red) and flip the board up to get it out of the way.
  3. Add new keypad - Take off the adhesive cover on the back of the new keypad. Line it up and stick it in the same crevice the old keypad was in. Make sure to get the ribbon cable through the slot in the top. Bend the ribbon cable up so that when you put the main board back in the cable is accessible.
  4. Replace the main board - Place it back in the same position (there are a few little black tabs by the left and right screw holes that will match up) and screw it down.
  5. Re-connect cables - Slide the ribbon cable back into the white connector with the brown bracket. Tighten down the bracket. (Picture 2 area outlined in blue) Reconnect the 2-pin speaker cable connector (Picture 2 area outlined in orange).
  6. Replace back cover - Be sure not to pinch any cables as you set the cover on top so the Ethernet, power and USB ports align with the holes in the cover. Replace the 4 screws (Picture 1 - circled in red). Replace the 3 pin and 4 pin connectors (Picture 1 outlined in yellow).

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