Originally Posted by t-turley
You guys are brave. I bricked yet another standard #3 just by trying to focus it. I didn't see any sparks or smoke, but there was a brief, acrid electrical smell. Then it was a paperweight. I was being careful, too. I wouldn't dare try it again with the basic #3, much less the new HD models.
Yes, it takes some care. Best to unsolder the red battery wire and tape the end before messing around with any thing metal that could short soldered points on the circuit board. Or as a minimum, tape over all the circuit board soldereded points after opening the case to avoid direct contact, even with your fingers to minimize possible static discharge zapping something. Sounds like you shorted something, though, if you could smell "that dying electronics" odor!