iPhone SE Battery Replaced, won't turn on afterwards...

Johnny365

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 30, 2015
677
295
Apple OEM battery was 80%. Went to Apple Store to pay the $49 battery replacement, but they rejected servicing it since the metal frame was bent slightly (and I mean a slight wobble on the table). So they said they could work on it, but if the replacement battery didn't take or whatever, that they can't give the phone back and would be forced to spend the $279.99 device replacement price.

Went on Amazon, bought a battery kit, got everything swapped and my iPhone SE won't power on anymore. Reseated the LCD/Display cables, Battery cable, numerous times. Even put the Apple OEM battery back in, nothing.

Pressed Home/Power button XX seconds--nothing. Kept the phone on charger for 1+ hour--nothing. Connected USB to iTunes, no detection.

What else could be wrong?
 

Relentless Power

macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
30,649
30,917
Apple OEM battery was 80%. Went to Apple Store to pay the $49 battery replacement, but they rejected servicing it since the metal frame was bent slightly (and I mean a slight wobble on the table). So they said they could work on it, but if the replacement battery didn't take or whatever, that they can't give the phone back and would be forced to spend the $279.99 device replacement price.

Went on Amazon, bought a battery kit, got everything swapped and my iPhone SE won't power on anymore. Reseated the LCD/Display cables, Battery cable, numerous times. Even put the Apple OEM battery back in, nothing.

Pressed Home/Power button XX seconds--nothing. Kept the phone on charger for 1+ hour--nothing. Connected USB to iTunes, no detection.

What else could be wrong?
If I had to make an educated guess, I think the flex cables are damaged, which is very easy to do, which is why you are not seeing any visual on the display. And the reason I say that is, is because you put the OEM battery back in, and you’re still not seeing the phone the power on, that leads me to believe that the flex cables are damaged in some form or another.
 

BugeyeSTI

macrumors 68030
Aug 19, 2017
2,819
1,909
Arizona
Unfortunately @Relentless Power is most likely right. Sounds like you damaged the cable or pins on a connector during the repair process. You might try taking it apart and inspecting the connections to the battery..
 

Johnny365

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 30, 2015
677
295
Wouldn't iTunes detect it, even without a screen attached or no?
 

iApplereviews

macrumors 65816
Jun 3, 2016
1,447
885
The Internet
Apple OEM battery was 80%. Went to Apple Store to pay the $49 battery replacement, but they rejected servicing it since the metal frame was bent slightly (and I mean a slight wobble on the table). So they said they could work on it, but if the replacement battery didn't take or whatever, that they can't give the phone back and would be forced to spend the $279.99 device replacement price.

Went on Amazon, bought a battery kit, got everything swapped and my iPhone SE won't power on anymore. Reseated the LCD/Display cables, Battery cable, numerous times. Even put the Apple OEM battery back in, nothing.

Pressed Home/Power button XX seconds--nothing. Kept the phone on charger for 1+ hour--nothing. Connected USB to iTunes, no detection.

What else could be wrong?
If it's not showing in iTunes you can rule out a display issue. It's not required for the phone to boot and would still show in iTunes. Also if the battery was bad or not connected the phone won't go past an Apple logo but you should still get something on the screen. So this almost rules out the Battery, Battery Connector and Screen. Looks like the board may have been damaged. If the power button wasn't working or plugged in then plugging a charger in would power on the Phone. Next step i would take is get a multimeter and see if you are getting any power to the battery connector when the phone is plugged in.
 

Johnny365

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 30, 2015
677
295
At that point, it's better to just junk it. Shame as I really liked the phone.
 

Johnny365

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 30, 2015
677
295
I'll wait to see if Apple releases an updated version or something. Back to my iPhone 6s Plus!
 

Johnny365

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 30, 2015
677
295
Did you read the first post? I initially took it to Apple but since the frame was slightly bent, the battery repair would incur a total device replacement cost of 279 if they were unsuccessful in closing it back up.
 

Johnny365

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 30, 2015
677
295
I heard about that. More than I want to spend, plus no 64GB option. I paid $120 back in August 2018 and it was in great shape. Maybe I'll take it to ibreakufix locally to see if they can diagnose it (it's free).
 

Relentless Power

macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
30,649
30,917
Keep an eye on Apple’s clearance site for the next few days. They “found” some IPhone SE on two separate occasions last week and had them on clearance. Maybe they will “find” more. Price were $249 (32G) and $299 (128G). Good Luck.

https://www.apple.com/shop/refurbished/clearance
Good point, and if Apple returns the iPhone SE for a third time, I think they’re personally ‘testing’ the market somewhat.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Alch3mist

Johnny365

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 30, 2015
677
295
Took it to a local store, for diagnosis. Initial results are showing that it is pulling .58a (which Google indicates a short somewhere). If it's under $50 to fix, I"ll do it! If not, I'll take it back, and keep it for parts or sell it.
 

Johnny365

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 30, 2015
677
295
Got diagnosis: LCD ribbon cable was damaged somehow, but it's fixed and everything is in working order (for not much more than the $50).