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Removing SD card from Flirc case with Raspberry pi 3

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Does the thermal pad stick to both sides?   With the new sd-card slot I've read you have to open the case to remove the microsd card.  My question is if the thermal pad is sticky on both sides, in effect "one time use" that cant be reattached after opening the case?

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You can re use thermal pad i took my pi2 out and stuck pi3 in and temps are fine 1400 40-50c loads.

You don't have to remove case just stick piece of tape on end of SD card enough that you can pull it out

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Yea i read a bit about that and put a piece of tape on the sd card.

My thermal pad tore when i was removing the plastic even though i was careful... i stuck it on the heat slug anyway and just hope it doesnt damage the pi.   Does anyone know how i can get a spare thermal pad?

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we are not talking about removing plasic for instalation he is asking about reusing the thermal pad its fine.

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I agree that the thermal pad is easy to tear (mine is in 3 pieces), and there should be a way to get a new one.  Does the FLIRC staff read these posts?  (They don't seem to answer the phone at 11:30AM on a weekday.)

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You should be able to buy thermal pads in most computer/electronic stores. You can even buy a little thicker one, as CPU on RPi2 and RPi3 has lower profile than that on RPi B+, for which the case was originally designed. Also you should place the side with glue on the heat sink post in the case, not the CPU. Then you won't have an issue when replacing RPi board in the future.

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Thanks for the reply.  I found a place online that sells 1mm pads; however, it seems that the supplied pad is already 1.4mm, so maybe a 2mm pad is in order?

Also, if the glued side really should be towards the case, then perhaps the FAQ needs tweaking:

Q9:  How do I attach the Thermal Pad?

A9:  No right answer here. Remove the thermal tape plastic pieces and apply to the case's heat slug. That's it. You can also apply it to the chip, either one is fine.

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Maybe I've used wrong wording in my post (English is not my primary language :)). Writing "should" I've meant only that doing it this way you don't loose the pad when you upgrade your Pi in the future. From purely technical point of view (the way the head is transferred) there is no preferred way of placing the pad, but if you stick it to the CPU then the removal attempt may end in damaging the pad making it impossible to reuse it.

I would go with 2 mm ones.

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Removing micro SD cards from the RPi3 in a Flirc case is easy. Simply trim 2mm of soft plastic from the Flirc base with a utility knife. There is no need to open the case or attach tape.

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