Is it worth to pay $79 for iPhone 5 battery replacement?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dragonjinse, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. dragonjinse macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2013
    My iPhone 5 is a year old.
    I talked with Apple online, and they ran the test. They told me I need to get a battery replacement.

    My usage time is around 5-8 hours (check emails, facebook, texting, calling)
    And my standby time is no more than 14 hours.
    I'm using ios 7 right now.

    I don't have AppleCare, which means I need to pay $79 exclude tax to get the battery replacement.

    Is it worth money? I tried every single ways that list online to improve my battery life. All FAILED!
    Or should I just buy a external battery/battery case instead?

    Thanks guys
  2. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    5-8 hours usage seems to be what most on the 5 get. depending on a number of variables of course. worth is subjective. 79 to some is a lot. 79 to others is nothing.
  3. wicker21 macrumors regular


    Jun 27, 2010
    Your usage and standby times seem good to me. I get similar results with my year old 5. What was it like before you upgraded to iOS 7?

    I would also take it to an Apple Store and have them look at it before doing anything.
  4. dragonjinse thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2013
    I just checked it today.
    The most usage time I got is 5 hours.
    An the standby time is only 10 hours.

    Is it still normal?
    I can't go to Apple Store because it's 2 hours drive. And the Apple online customer service ran the test for me. It shows that I need to get a battery replacement though.

    $79 is ALOT especially it's exclude the tax just for the phone battery :(


    for ios 6, I got around 7-9 hours use
    and 17 hours standby.

  5. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    make sure bluetooth is off and the screen brightness is around 30% or so
  6. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Another consideration is if you're with AT&T, there is a new version of the 5 ( as of April or so) that is compatible with T-Mobile which increases it's value. My launch day phone was replaced in July due to a broken screen and I received one of the newer ones. The question is: Will it increase by $79? :)
  7. dragonjinse thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2013
    It every single way to improve the battery life.
    EVERYTHING = don't work for me.

    I just want to know if $79 is worth for battery replacement
    OR I should just buy an external battery/battery case?
  8. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    How long do you plan on keeping it, and are you running out of juice regularly? Only you can decide what is worth it. It won't increase (or currently decrease) your resale value, so if it was me I would just live with it. Mind you as I live in Europe I could just get the battery replaced by arguing it's not fit for purpose when it was sold.
  9. Eau Rouge macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2013
    Have you considered replacing the battery yourself? It's not terribly difficult on the 5.
  10. JulianL macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2010
    London, UK
    Can you put up with the current battery life for a bit longer? You're not the only person complaining about iOS 7 making battery life worse, although other people say it's great so who knows what the truth is, but it is possible that there are iOS 7 issues affecting only certain people that Apple might fix in the next release.

    I think there's a rumour article posted here in the last week that some sites are already seeing evidence of 7.0.3 in the wild and I expect that when the iPad 5 starts shipping, which might be early November or possibly even by the end of this month, that rollout could well be accompanied by another update to iOS 7.

    If I were you I'd wait for at least one more update of iOS 7 to see if that helps. If it doesn't then only you can really judge whether getting another few hours of usage is worth $79 to you.

    - Julian
  11. Idefix macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2012
    Yes, the UK has better warranty: you should definitely use the toll-free number again and then the "not fit for purpose" line. If you stay polite and insistent throughout, I bet you'll get a replacement free!
  12. It Is James macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2013
    Are you planning on getting the iPhone 5S any time soon? If not, and the battery is getting worse, I'd personally replace it.

    Alternatively, you could invest in a Mophie Juice Pack case which effectively doubles your battery life.
  13. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    I just bought a battery off eBay (which comes with the necessary tools) and replaced it myself. Took about 10 mins. It is very easy.
  14. AJ007 macrumors newbie


    Apr 16, 2012
    Syracuse, NY
    my GF has a new 5 about (3 months old) and she gets 5-6h some times 7 hours of use on hers with ios7. the numbers you are getting actually look decent, on ios6 it would be 6-8 hours. people getting 8-9h+ use in 7.... I find it hard to believe unless your screen brightness is 20%.

    (both ios7) i keep her 5 and my 5s, ~50% bright, auto bright off, background off, paralax off, LTE on, wifi on at home, off when leaving the house, shut down not used location service.

    5 - 5-6hours
    5s - 5-6hours

    i could probably do a little better with LTE off. If you got everything off and can't see the screen whats the point. lol.
  15. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    are you keeping the phone? if so, i would get it replaced in a heartbeat. how much is it bothering you?

    you can't put a pricetag on peace of mind.

    now if you're selling it in the near future, suck it up until u sell it. IMO.
  16. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    If you are not comfortable doing the work of replacing it yourself, as a local repair shop and you will see a similar price for a 3rd party.
    The best option will be to buy the battery here and tools and adventure into doing the battery replacement on your own following their instructions:

    An external battery case runs about more than $79, I think most are around $99.
  17. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    U mean he made you run something, and the result of that diagnostic sent over to him, then he went aha, the data says... or he just asked you a few questions and that's the basis of his conclusion (fake). Am skeptical of remote troubleshooting.

    Anywhoo according to what several people have said, yours sound like within a normal range. Getting a new battery doesn't sound like is gonna bump you up that much. In which case go ahead and get an external battery.
  18. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Only you can answer that as worth is always highly subjective.
  19. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    I'll chime in and say that your battery stats seem comparable to my experiences with my 5 (and my previous 5 that I had to trade in due to a broken sleep/wake button).

    My battery times are very similar to my wifes on her brand spakin new 5s.
  20. Jalopybox macrumors 6502a


    Nov 13, 2012

    No. Takes 5 min to swap out.
  21. blarivee macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2009
    If you use your credit card, Visa/Master Card/Amex has extended warranty that automatically extend manufacturer's warranty by one year. Defective battery would be covered.
  22. dragonjinse thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2013
    He made me run the diagnosis test and the info send to him.


    Thank you very much guys!
    I think I might just do nothing and use it because of lots of people told me it's normal battery life. I plan to keep this iPhone until it breaks down.

    I think $79 to get a battery replacement for the phone is WAT TOO MUCH!
    I paid $99 to get my macbook pro a battery replacement :(
  23. Ih8reno macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2012
    I had bad battery life myself with my 1 yr old 5. Tried everything even a fresh install and new setup. Did the online test and spoke to a rep who said my battery had failed. Luckily I had like 4 days left on my warranty and they replaced the battery in store free. Had it not been under warranty I would have paid. I have 0 interest in yearly upgrades and this phone with a new battery should last another 2 iOS upgrades.
  24. Hot Tuna macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2013
    $10-$15 and 5 minutes of your time beats $79 plus however long it takes for Apple to get to it.

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