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All good, except closing it up

tmmak12 -

iPhone 5

How to replace your iPhone 5 battery

How to replace your iPhone 5 battery

15 minuten - 1 uur


Mijn probleem

It is a hand-me-down iPhone 5, but battery is going down faster than I wish (to last a day) with infrequent use.

Mijn oplossing

One of the penta-screw seems to stick, so I may have stripped it a little with the first try. Finally, with slight persistent force, it gave.

Everything else is as stated. I could not find any gap to apply the plastic prying tool, but the clips gave, again with persistent force on the suction cup.

I did not take out the screen. Instead, I taped the screen to vertical face of a bookend (with the body on the flat surface of the stand.

The old battery seems to bend slightly with all the prying from the side. The sticky tape which held it in place is really sticky. But since it is not to be reused (or can it?), it is fine.

I found my hands shaking more than I like. This made re-installing of the tiny screws (battery hold-downs) more difficult. I wonder how the assemblers can put this thing together? For those with shaky hands or big fingers, this is not a job for you.

Putting the screen back in place, I find that the top edge did not go in all the way, even though the other 3 sides are in. The clips at the top did not catch the right hooks. The top edge cannot be forced down in this shape. So, I had to re-open it. This time, I make sure that the top edge went in first, before snapping the rest in. Then it is perfect.

The new battery was 50% full and charged nicely. Time will tell if its charge hold longer.

Mijn advies

Make sure the top edge goes in first and catch before snapping the rest in.

Buy some extra screws (even change the penta-screw into regular Philips.

Would drinking less coffee helps?

iPhone 5 Replacement Battery afbeelding
iPhone 5 Replacement Battery


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