Anyone replace their battery?

nmeed

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I'm getting terrible battery life on my iPhone 6 and coconut battery has my battery health at 85% so I'm looking to replace it. There seems to be a lot of venders out there claiming to be "100% Genuine" but there really don't seem to be any reviews or recommendations out there. If anyone has replaced their battery using a certain vender or knows where I can get a genuine Apple sourced battery that would be highly appreciated.
 

Mercenary

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Your 6 battery should not be degraded just yet and i wouldn't put any faith in battery health apps.

Try a full reset first before looking to crack open your phone.
 
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I'm getting terrible battery life on my iPhone 6 and coconut battery has my battery health at 85% so I'm looking to replace it. There seems to be a lot of venders out there claiming to be "100% Genuine" but there really don't seem to be any reviews or recommendations out there. If anyone has replaced their battery using a certain vender or knows where I can get a genuine Apple sourced battery that would be highly appreciated.
Apple does not sell parts to vendors. Only way you could get an official Apple battery is if they took it out of another phone. 85% is not bad but if you have to replace, take it to Apple. Do not believe the 3rd party claims of battery capacity as Apple crams the most they can be done until we come up with a better chemistry to store power.

Believe it of not the 3rd party vendors who run the phone kiosks will LIE to you.
 
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nmeed

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Thanks for the replies. Frankly I was thinking of using the battery from iFixit, I figured they would be legit. I've reset my phone and performed an IPSW install, nothing really helped. I wouldn't really care about the health percentage but the terrible battery life led me to check the health and then I saw it was at 85% that's when it clicked that that's why my battery life has gotten bad.
 

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Thanks for the replies. Frankly I was thinking of using the battery from iFixit, I figured they would be legit. I've reset my phone and performed an IPSW install, nothing really helped. I wouldn't really care about the health percentage but the terrible battery life led me to check the health and then I saw it was at 85% that's when it clicked that that's why my battery life has gotten bad.
I replaced the battery in my 4S with one from iFixit and was very pleased with the battery. It had only 4 full cycles when I installed it.

Most batteries on eBay and elsewhere are used and are worse than what you now have. I bought several, including a couple from Other World Computing that had about 145 and 200+ full cycles when I installed them.
 

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Thanks for the replies. At this point I think I'll just stick to my battery and if it gets really bad I'll probably just go to Apple...or iFixit.
 

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Thanks for the replies. At this point I think I'll just stick to my battery and if it gets really bad I'll probably just go to Apple...or iFixit.

I replaced the battery on my MBP with a battery from iFixit, and I am not very impressed. At first my puter said that I had 7200 mHa, but the battery drains twice as fast as my apple battery did when new. Now a year later, when just using battery power, it drains in minutes. I want to replace it with genuine Apple, but I'm a trucker and always away from town.
 
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I replaced the battery on my MBP with a battery from iFixit, and I am not very impressed. At first my puter said that I had 7200 mHa, but the battery drains twice as fast as my apple battery did when new. Now a year later, when just using battery power, it drains in minutes. I want to replace it with genuine Apple, but I'm a trucker and always away from town.
Maybe I was just fortunate with iFixIt, but your experience makes it worth going with an Apple replacement to be sure of what you get, if at all possible.
 
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That's the trouble, you can never tell if it's genuine or not. I always avoid the cheap batteries as I assume they're fake but some of the expensive ones are fake too. All you can do is gamble on the seller's feedback etc and claim a refund if the battery sucks.
 
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Broadus

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That's the trouble, you can never tell if it's genuine or not. I always avoid the cheap batteries as I assume they're fake but some of the expensive ones are fake too. All you can do is gamble on the seller's feedback etc and claim a refund if the battery sucks.
I assumed that iFixit's reputation would guarantee a good battery, and it seems to be a good one. Foggydog's experience seems to differ.
 
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As a phone-repairing hobbyist who has replaced dozens of phone batteries, I've never had any problems with any product from iFixit. I've used them as my sole supplier for years and consider them to be the top-notch Aftermarket supplier for phone parts. Aside from that, their teardowns are such a wealth of knowledge that I recommend them just for that.

@Foggydog I am sorry you had trouble with your purchase from them, but do keep in mind most of the products they sell do come with a limited 1-year warranty. I also just looked in their Customer Service section and you may find some useful tools there. See links below.

https://www.ifixit.com/support/56

https://www.ifixit.com/support/61?previous=56,58

In short, there are steps to take after swapping your battery that you may have missed. Let us know how it turns out!
 
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nmeed

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I wonder... can you buy the battery on it's own from Apple without them changing it for you?
 

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the only way to read the condition of the battery that i have used , unless you have access to IOS DIAGNOSTICS
is IBackupbot. its a program for mac. maybe those battery health programs give you the same information, i don't know. i never used them


don't forget. if you have applecare or if you ask for a waiver (the waiver " i recently installed iOS ! "always works ) you can simply ask them to send you remote iOS diagnostics, to find out if the battery is bad over the phone


apple only charges $79 for a battery. i don't think its worth the hassle to save $30, just ask apple to give you one

here is a link
http://www.icopybot.com/blog/check-ipad-iphone-battery-charge-cycle-count-without-jailbreaking.htm

what you do is you charge it to 100 %, and take full charge capacity / design capacity * 100
and if its less then 80 % and you have less then 500 cycles , you know you need a new battery
and it might be under warranty

i would of posted from my ipad, but i don't think it works with El captain, it says there is another instance of the program already running, heh
 
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nmeed

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the only way to read the condition of the battery that i have used , unless you have access to IOS DIAGNOSTICS
is IBackupbot. its a program for mac. maybe those battery health programs give you the same information, i don't know. i never used them


don't forget. if you have applecare or if you ask for a waiver (the waiver " i recently installed iOS ! "always works ) you can simply ask them to send you remote iOS diagnostics, to find out if the battery is bad over the phone


apple only charges $79 for a battery. i don't think its worth the hassle to save $30, just ask apple to give you one

here is a link
http://www.icopybot.com/blog/check-ipad-iphone-battery-charge-cycle-count-without-jailbreaking.htm

what you do is you charge it to 100 %, and take full charge capacity / design capacity * 100
and if its less then 80 % and you have less then 500 cycles , you know you need a new battery
and it might be under warranty

i would of posted from my ipad, but i don't think it works with El captain, it says there is another instance of the program already running, heh
I didn't know they can send you remote iOS diagnostics. Id rather know for sure if they'll replace it for free before I go in. That's fantastic. Can I just purchase the battery? I think they'll replace it for you but not just send you the battery. I use the app CoconutBattery and it just gives me the figures... Thanks!
 

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I didn't know they can send you remote iOS diagnostics. Id rather know for sure if they'll replace it for free before I go in. That's fantastic. Can I just purchase the battery? I think they'll replace it for you but not just send you the battery. I use the app CoconutBattery and it just gives me the figures... Thanks!
i would just have them install the new battery. after seeing those seals on the 6s i would never open my phone

i open mac minis and i always break them

it only takes them an hour to do an in-house battery swap
 
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I didn't know they can send you remote iOS diagnostics. Id rather know for sure if they'll replace it for free before I go in. That's fantastic. Can I just purchase the battery? I think they'll replace it for you but not just send you the battery. I use the app CoconutBattery and it just gives me the figures... Thanks!
They don't want people opening their own phones. It's not considered "user serviceable". So I'd wager no, they won't send you a battery. Is there no Apple store or Apple authorized repair center close to you?

C
 

rigormortis

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how to send remote diagnostics

go to support.apple.com
click on iPhone ( or ipad or iPod )
click on contact support
click on apple support
click on get started
click on battery power and charging ( or whatever the issue is )
ill click on battery issues or troubleshooting
they will send you a text message or email. click on that link
follow the directions
once the information is sent to apple, it doesn't actually tell you anything. it will always say
call us. it never tells you if you passed or failed. you will always have to call apple care and look up the results
for you or over the phone

I've seen the results once, and it was very skimpy
 

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I'm getting terrible battery life on my iPhone 6 and coconut battery has my battery health at 85% so I'm looking to replace it. There seems to be a lot of venders out there claiming to be "100% Genuine" but there really don't seem to be any reviews or recommendations out there. If anyone has replaced their battery using a certain vender or knows where I can get a genuine Apple sourced battery that would be highly appreciated.
I wouldn't use any vendors different from Apple .... especially when speaking about a battery, potentially very dangerous
 
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I'm currently overseas but I'll be back stateside in a couple of months.
You have given me a wealth of information, thank you all!
 

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So why not take it to an Apple Store and speak with them? This forum is littered with folks recounting stories of Apple replacing parts/phones, even out of warranty ones.

Best of luck. I hope it works out.
 
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