iPhone 3GS will not charge

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by DonWrk, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. DonWrk macrumors member

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    My iPhone was going dead so I plugged it in the car charger and it charged up to about 5% and then stopped charging and went dead. I then tried using 3 different chargers and plugging it into the computer but it will not get any power. I can hold down the buttons and get the screen telling me that it is dead and I need to plug it into a charger but it is plugged into the charger! What could be wrong? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. JamesMB macrumors 68000

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    Could be a bad battery, some crud in the dock connector, preventing a good connection, or maybe a connection inside the phone is loose.
     
  3. DonWrk thread starter macrumors member

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    Would a bad battery just go out like that though? You would think it would still come on when plugged into a power source.
     
  4. JamesMB macrumors 68000

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    Sure, batteries can go bad in a lot of ways, besides just dying of old age.
     
  5. DonWrk thread starter macrumors member

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    But how does the battery still power the screen showing a dead battery and needing to plug it in?
     
  6. JamesMB macrumors 68000

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    Have you ever seen a battery in a car that would light the dash lights, but wouldn't start the car, and wouldn't charge?
     
  7. DonWrk thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, but I have also seen when it is hooked up to a power source it still gets power. So how could I find out what the problem is besides taking it in to somebody else?
     
  8. JamesMB macrumors 68000

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    Did you look in the connector for anything that could be causing it?
     
  9. DonWrk thread starter macrumors member

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    No I've opened the iPhone up and everything looks fine, I don't have a warranty anymore so that's why I don't mind opening it up myself. This sucks.
     
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    I'm not talking about inside the phone. Look in the dock connector! It is not unusual, for lint, etc to get inside that connector and prevent a good connection.
     
  11. DonWrk thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes I know what you mean, of course I've checked that, I'm just saying I went even farther looking inside to see if something was disconnected or such, but it's still the same.
     

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