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I fixed the wonky battery in my friend's iPhone 5

mmaluchnik -

iPhone 5

How to replace your iPhone 5 battery

How to replace your iPhone 5 battery

15 minuten - 1 uur

Moderate

Mijn probleem

The battery in one of my friends' iPhone 5 battery failed and being the computer and assorted electronics wizard in my social circle the job fell upon me.

Mijn oplossing

Since my friend had been told that the phone was dead and out of warranty after a Genius Bar appointment 2-3 months ago and was resigned to the fact that it was just an expensive paperweight. Once I showed him that for a total of $40 including your battery kit with one liberation kit to go along with it, he figured that it was worth a go despite not believing that I could actually pull it off.

Well, I ended up proving him wrong after about 20-30 minutes, but it really could have been done in just a fraction of that time. Instead of going through it at my regular pace, I'd taken the time to show and explain every part of the repair to him as I worked. He ended up thrilled with the results and definitely was blown away by the IFIXIT kits used and will be keeping you guys in mind for anything in the future in addition to recommending IFIXIT to anyone in need of the kind of work your products can facilitate.

Mijn advies

Nothing about this particular repair is anything that I would classify as being difficult, but there were points that were just tedious and annoying to do. The one that stood out the most to me was the physical removal of the dead battery due to Apple's penchant for sticky adhesives. I found that it was taking way longer than I wanted and I broke out the hair drier to heat the back of the case up for about 30 seconds at which point the hold of the adhesive was lessened just a little bit and the rate at which I was able to remove it had been improved so dramatically that it was easily identifiable by both of us. Also I think that the video should at least mention when finishing up the reassembly that getting the clips and other methods used for the retention of the screen assembly should emphasize the fact of needing to get the very top of the assembly into place before getting the rest of the assembly back into place.

The sizes of the screws and other parts weren't too tiny for me to be able to work with as I've been doing some amatuer servicing of some mechanical watch movements (you haven't seen tiny parts until you've found yourself in a situation where some/most of the bridges have been removed) for some years now, but to my friend they were tiny beyond belief. I think that offering some inexpensive watchmakers/jewelers loupes along with some of these kits would be a great addition to make the repairs even easier than they are now.

iPhone 5 Replacement Battery afbeelding
iPhone 5 Replacement Battery

$29.99

iPhone 5 Liberation Kit afbeelding
iPhone 5 Liberation Kit

$9.99

Pro Tech Toolkit afbeelding
Pro Tech Toolkit

$59.99

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