3rd Party iPhone Battery for $25 (plus $20 Install)

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Not happy with the $84.95 iPhone battery replacement from Apple?

    iPodJuice is now offering a 1400 mAh replacement battery for the iPhone which claims to be comparable to the original iPhone battery.
    The battery itself only costs $25 at this time, but "is very difficult for the average consumer to replace" according to iPodJuice. They offer install/shipping options that range from $20-$70. If you are technically inclined, you can buy the battery by itself and have a go yourself.

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  2. macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2004
    Well they wont have any customers for awhile. If anyone already has to replace the iPhone battery, then it must be a really crumby phone. :confused:
  3. macrumors 65816

    Jan 20, 2003
    First to market, news coverage, free advertising, et.al.
    10 years? And why do they feel the need to specify "8gb?" It's like they are trying too strong to appeal to buyers. "Hey look at me!!" kinda thing.

    Don't get me wrong, 'tis nice to have alternatives, I just wonder about the whole decade thing. I mean, who will have the original 1st gen iPhone in 2017? :confused:

    (I'll probably buy one lol).
  4. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I just never know about 3rd party batteries since one fried my nikon a while back.
  5. Guest


    Jan 7, 2007
  6. Guest


    Dec 12, 2005
    Is the battery not covered by warranty for the first 12 months?
  7. macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2004
    wondering the same thing. What all is covered under the warranty and how easily they are to handle warranty issues such as poor battery performance.
  8. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Fair, they should do that. But for now, they're offering a replacement battery at less than half Apple's charge ($45 vs. $85), installed. That seems like a pretty good to me. Although, if they can offer a larger capacity battery right now, they might actually get people who upgrade (non-dead) batteries purely for capacity reasons.

    Then again, the Treo offers a bit more space to work with than the iPhone... the Treo batteries I've seen are rather beefy, to say the least.
  9. macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2007
    Island Heights, NJ
    It will be interesting to say the least to read the first conclusive review of one of those batteries/this company's service.

    A few things that one should consider before doing this:

    1. If you dont trust yourself to take apart the iPhone to replace your battery, why would you then trust anyone but Apple? If your phone has issues as a result, you're in the same boat as far as Apple is concerned... SOL

    2. Apple has undoubtedly tweaked the software to maximize the battery they are using. It is also probably the best battery compatible with this phone. Anything else would be sub par.

    No one should be paying to replace their battery inside of 1 year anyway, and $90 with a loner iPhone, and iin the hands of Apple sounds better than any conceivable alternative, given the non user replacable aspect.
  10. macrumors 603


    While it is predictable that some fool would file a class-action lawsuit against Apple (deep pockets) on iPhone having "fixed features", in this case non user replaceable batteries, this does not amount to deceptive advertising. No such feature was promised. As such it also was not expected.

    Apple DOES disclose a factory replaceable battery and 3rd parties also offer the same service at a lower price. This only a day or two after the iPhone was released under a general cloud of secrecy, the battery being no exception, of course.

    In addition batteries last and fail at different rates. It is non-predictable by either the user or the manufacturer. Simply offering replacement of batteries under the original warranty, under an extended warranty or at user expense outside of that criterion solves the problem.

    The people filing the lawsuits should be penalized for excessive litigation. The litigation preceeds the damages.

  11. macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2007
    I trust these guys, they got me a new <a href="http://www.ipodjuice.com">ipod mini battery</a> a while back and it's worked great for me. Great customer service there too, I'd recommend them.
    :) Laura
  12. macrumors regular


    Aug 9, 2007
    I'm assuming that you need a battery just in case right. No ones battery should be on the fritz yet.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2006
    Wanna buy a bridge?

    A lithium battery guaranteed to last ten years? Sure.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2008
    The scoop on batteries

    I am rather surprised to see the comments here and not a single person hitting on the points. So here goes:

    1. The biggest disappointment with the iphone is the battery lifespan (now that the new software patch has debugged many of the other major issues). With moderate use, not even heavy use, I drain the battery in 24 hours if not less. And the phone is brand new. 800 maH is a joke. Even 1400 is really a joke, but I recognize that there are size limitations, so fine. Since we are limited on the battery life, it seems like a no brainer to me that a replacement battery would be very nice. Oh wait, apple makes it absurdly difficult to replace the battery. Big problem. Yes, I know apple is all about proprietary control over everything, but come on. We are not talking about hacking their operating system. It is a stinking battery. It should not be so hard to replace.

    2. Regarding 3rd party battery concerns, you have it backwards. Do some research. Apple has a long history of battery problems. They even had to do a recall years back on their powerbook batteries. I have a macbook pro. The battery is already below it's half-life in just over a year. The reality is you are better off buying a 3rd party battery most of the time over Apple's. All batteries will eventually suck though. That is the way it goes. Buy the one with the highest maH and get on with your life.

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