Need to replace iPhone 5 battery... Questions

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Jonesythecat, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. Jonesythecat macrumors newbie

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    My warranty is well over (bought the phone in December 2012) and my battery is not what it used to be anymore, perhaps it's time to change it.

    1) Is it worth to buy one of those DIY kits (25 dollars including battery) or is it better to just leave it to a "genius", spend real money and avoid the hassle and the risk of a homemade procedure?

    2) if I had to go for the DIY route, have they created any new battery in these past two years? I mean, is there anything above 1440mAh that I could fit into the iPhone 5?

    Thank you for your help.
     
  2. eddiec312 macrumors 6502

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    1. Definitely worth it to do it yourself. It shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes to replace a battery. It's really simple. You can find tons of videos and guides on this.

    2. Most likely no. Iphone's don't have the option for enlarged back panels that are designed for larger batteries. And then there's what you can actually fit inside the phone which isn't anything other than a Iphone battery.

    Just buy the battery from a reputable vendor like Ifixit or something and put it in yourself.
     
  3. Jonesythecat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. I thought DIY battery replacement was a dodgy procedure but if it's easy as you say I'll definitely try
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Some guy at a Mall kiosk said he will do it for my iphone 5 for $50.
    Its a cellphone screen and iphone repair place that sells cases and chargers etc.
     
  5. Charadis macrumors 6502a

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    1.) As the previous commenter posted, yes, it is fairly easy to get to the battery and perform a DIY battery replacement on the 5. I stress being careful with the procedure, however, if you have not opened up your phone (or any iPhone) previously. If your screen is uncracked, then you shouldn't have any problem removing it with the suction cup; the last iPhone 5 I worked with, a screen replacement, the OEM screen was stuck so tightly in the casing, that I ended up damaging the screen even more just removing it, partly because my suction cup would not work on the cracked area.
    Another 5 and a 5c that I worked on weren't so bad, though, and I removed the screens off of those fairly easily.

    2.) I have not researched battery tech on the iPhone 5 enough to offer a suggestion, but I usually try to find as close to OEM spec as possible, just to avoid any potential conflict with functionality. When browsing for parts, I advise browsing through as much of the feedback of the vendor, and take time sifting through the reviews of past sales. That should help build expectation for the quality of parts the vendor is offering.
     
  6. Jonesythecat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was going to get a kit from ifixit. My screen is not cracked but it has a screen protector on, it shouldn't affect the suction should it?
     
  7. Charadis macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think it should, as long as you can get an air-tight hold with the suction cup on the surface. There is possibility that the suction cup might pull up the screen protector, but this never happened in my past experiences. Sent from my MacBook Pro.
     
  8. Jonesythecat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I would also need the complete kit with all the screwdrivers etc, not just the battery
     
  9. eddiec312 macrumors 6502

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    You can buy cheap iphone driver sets on ebay for really cheap. You really only need two types. One for the screws on the bottom, and another to remove the battery.
     
  10. Kyotoma macrumors 68000

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    Just an FYI for anyone searching, you can find parts and a guide on how to do this Here.
     

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