Best aftermarker iPhone battery?

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  1. serr macrumors regular

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    Looking for opinions on the best aftermarket iPhone batteries.

    I'm late to this game. I see the multitudes of scams. Fake OEM. Selling already dead batteries. Already dead batteries that even spoof the charge display!

    I was trusting Anker for laptop batteries the last few years but they appear to be going out of business sadly. I can't find any product from them for any iPhone at present.

    I have opportunity to replace batteries in a 5s and a 6 at present but this is a general iPhone battery inquiry.

    PS. I've seen good comments about ifixit supplying proper quality batteries. Anyone know who they buy theirs from? Not interested in their wild markup!

    Thanks!
     
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  3. serr thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's an external battery. A very different item from the internal battery!

    I couldn't find any product from Anker. Many of their batteries are still in stock but many models seem to be just selling out and not getting restocked. Hence the speculation.
     
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    I have always used a brand called Jackery, they have been very good to me and have a decent flashlight built in
     
  5. serr thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't see internal iPhone batteries anywhere in their products. I fear miscommunication again. I'm looking for a replacement internal battery. Not any of the external accessories. Thanks anyways though.
     
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    I used an amazon seller with good reviews and one year warranty. I changed my dad's iPhone 6 and my gf iPhone 6 battery. Both are working well and battery app measurement is showing very good battery health after 4 months. My dad's iPhone was showing "bad" battery health. You would need to go to the Apple Store if you want genuine apple batteries, otherwise, other makers make the batteries to apple spec but they're not genuine.
     
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    serr thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the tip EDH667. :)
    Those are the kind of comments I was looking for.

    I was hoping to see a consensus on a manufacturer or two (like Anker had going for a couple years with laptop batteries). Wouldn't mind seeing a new recommendation there either but that's a question for another thread.

    Does anyone know who ifixit buys their batteries from? And/or do people still hold their after market recommendations in high regard?

    OWC has had a decent reputation in the past with this stuff too.

    Both of them hike up the prices quite a bit of course as they are middlemen.
    I see OWC selling NuPower batteries. My experience with these is they had a real product 6 or 7 years ago but it devolved into Chinese bootleg quality and they stopped honoring their warranty about the same time. One manufacturer I will absolutely avoid! Kind of bad mark on OWC's reputation there IMHO.

    Anyway... Appreciate the comments!

    PS. Looks like Apple sells them for $80 with free installation. Same price with or without installation. I have absolutely no fear of taking phones/laptops/whatever apart (and Apple tends to be easy to work on in general) but with all the scams out there for even $20 or $30 I'm tempted to just buy it from Apple. Might as well let them install it since there's no discount for not.
     
  10. 1rottenapple macrumors 65816

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    That's the one I used. I think I read it here about their reputation
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    I believe Ifixit sells their own branded battery because I too was looking to buy genuine apple batteries and thought they would sell apple batteries. But from research I read it not genuine. But I'm sure it's good too.
     
  11. steve217 macrumors regular

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    Apple Store replacement was going to be my recommendation.

    Lots of pluses - it's their product, warranty, also there may not be anything wrong with your existing battery and your charging issues may be related to something else.
     
  12. serr thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't like the product personally but if it was my personal phone, I'd probably replace it myself and save the extra $60. I was considering offering the service as I do with refurbishing the Apple pro computers. (Coming from that background, the iPhone is kind of un-Apple like. YMMV.)

    I'd have to hit the $40 mark to make anyone even consider an aftermarket shop. So... use a maybe questionable battery and take the risk of more expense if something else breaks when working on it... for $20 profit? (And then the baggage that comes along. Customers that will neglect to remove their fingerprint ID beforehand. Or not do a backup - or even understand what that means and just say they did it anyway.)

    Yeah, no. Sorry folks, go to the Apple store for this one.
     
  13. serr thread starter macrumors regular

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    Heh. ScandiTech, the one with the most nods in this thread seems to have been removed from Amazon. I see Amazon pushing this Yontex brand now. "A trusted seller since 2017!" they say. Yeah...
     

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