What Your School Needs for a Chromebook Repair Tool Kit

What Your School Needs for a Chromebook Repair Tool Kit

Ready or not, back to school is here. Soon, tech-tastrophes will descend upon many a technology department. As more schools opt for in-house repairs through dedicated IT departments or student-led electives, preparing your workspace with a Chromebook repair tool kit is essential.

Today, we’ll outline everything your school needs to be ready to replace “oh-no” with “oh yes!” (Spoiler alert: it’s more than your standard screwdriver and pry tool). Before we dive in, let’s review why more schools choose in-house repairs.


Why In-House Repairs?

A popular choice amongst 1:1 Chromebook deployments, in-house repairs offer these benefits:

  • Ease of repair: Since parts of a Chromebook are few, repairs are generally straightforward, making repairs ideal to perform in-house.
  • Cost savings: Only pay for parts rather than labor and parts.
  • Time savings: Get your devices back into your students’ hands faster.


Chromebook Repair Tool Kit Essentials

Here’s everything you need for a Chromebook repair tool kit to handle in-house repairs like a pro. You can grab our entire repair kit here.

5-Piece Chromebook Repair Tool Kit

Anti-Static Accessories

Anti-static accessories include an anti-static mat and an anti-static wrist strap. These accessories provide grounding and prevent static electricity discharge that can damage a unit’s motherboard. While they’re essential when handling motherboards, it’s highly recommended to incorporate these tools into your regular repair routine.

Anti-static wrist strap


Einstein famously quipped: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

While it’s a great question to ponder, let’s agree the best workstation is organized, especially regarding Chromebook repairs. Work mats with organizers or containers can help you keep screws and components separated as needed. Bonus points if organizers are magnetic.

Incorporate a work mat with organizers but keep your motherboards protected by using it in conjunction with anti-static accessories.

Did you know? In a pinch or under tight budgets, you can use clean lids from food containers as quick, inexpensive organizers.

Silicone repair work mat


A good tool set is worth its weight in gold when performing Chromebook repairs. Here are the staples you’ll need:

  • Screwdriver set – pick one with a magnetized head and changeable bits
  • Spudgers/pry tools – a mix of metal and plastic preferred
  • Tweezers

Other items that could be helpful are a carrying bag, eject pin, and ruler. Good thing our universal tool kit includes everything you’ll need for your in-house repairs.

78-Piece Universal Tool Kit


Easily overlooked leaving you in the dark, appropriate lighting will make seeing those teeny tiny screws and handling components so much easier. Shoot for LED lighting that can easily be moved, like our Flexible USB LED Light with Desk Clamp.

Flexible USB LED light with desk clamp


Let’s face it, back to school can be filled with tech-tastrophes 😱 We’re here to make sure you can conquer anything that comes your way. We’ll help you minimize downtime and stay within budget with our large inventory of Chromebook parts, buyback services, and more. Contact us today!



Chromebook 101: Parts of a Chromebook

Chromebook 101: Parts of a Chromebook

If your district is implementing a computing program, Chromebooks are an essential consideration. Low in price and secure, Chromebooks are internet-heavy devices running on Chrome OS.

One of the most attractive features about a Chromebook is the fact that they are relatively low maintenance. With little to no software, OS and app updates are often automatic and occur in the background. In terms of hardware, there are very few moving parts in the device.


Parts of a Chromebook

Even though they are lean on hardware, you should still be familiar with their parts. Here are the parts of a Chromebook:



The heart of your Chromebook, the motherboard is the main circuit board. It holds and enables all communication between many crucial systems in your Chromebook. The motherboard holds the central processing unit (CPU).



Chromebooks use lithium-ion batteries, which are rechargeable. Another draw about Chromebooks is their long battery life. Most Chromebooks can support an eight-hour school day easily on a single charge.


A/C Adapter

Also referred to as a power cord or charger, a Chromebook’s A/C adapter is its external power supply that recharges the battery.



Referred to by many names, a Chromebook’s display is composed of an LCD and the glass screen. Depending on your Chromebook, it may also have a digitizer.

  • LCD: Liquid-crystal display, or LCD, is a flat-panel display that uses liquid crystals in its primary operation. LCDs are extremely common today, and largely replaced light-emitting diode (LED) displays.
  • Screen: The protective glass that covers the LCD
  • Digitizer: If your Chromebook features a touch screen, it will have a digitizer which enable s the touch screen functionality.



Typically made of plastic, the bezel is the border around the display.


Web Cam

The web cam is located above the display in the bezel.



The microphone is typically located beside the web cam.



Chromebooks come equipped with a variety of ports which can include:

  • USB ports: type A, C, or both
  • Headphone and/or microphone jack
  • Micro SD slot for expandable storage
  • SIM card slot for Chromebooks with LTE capabilities


Keyboard, Touchpad, and Palmrest

Often sold as one part, the keyboard, touchpad, and palmrest is where the action occurs on the Chromebook.

  • Keyboard: Although still in QWERTY format, Chromebook keyboards differ from a Windows laptop or MacBook. The caps lock key has been replaced with the search/launcher key. There are also no enhanced function keys (F1-F12).
  • Touchpad: Also referred to as clickpad or trackpad, the touchpad is a touch-sensitive panel that controls point-and-click functionality.
  • Palmrest: The plastic cover surrounding the keyboard and touchpad is the palmrest.


Top and Bottom Covers

The shell of the Chromebook is comprised of the top and bottom covers. They can be made of plastic or aluminum.


Repairing Your K-12 Chromebooks

Although Chromebooks are low maintenance, they sometimes do need to be repaired. The good news is that they are generally easy to repair and oftentimes the repairs can be completed in house.

All you need is a reliable Chromebook parts supplier to source parts and a tutorial. That’s where we come in! AGParts Education has the capability to support school districts of any size in parts procurement with:

  • An inventory of 500,000+ OEM new and reclaimed parts
  • Orders that ship the same day plus free shipping
  • Discounts on bulk order
  • A dedicated sales executive to simplify and assist your district in managing your 1:1 program
  • A comprehensive YouTube library of 250+ repair tutorials for a variety of models and variety of repairs


AGParts Education has been in the classroom since Chromebooks were first introduced, partnering with Council Bluffs School District, one of Google’s pilot schools. Find out why 7,500+ school districts, including Council Bluffs, rely on us for their Chromebook parts, technology buyback, and more. Contact us today to see how we can help your school district today.


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