Replacing iPhone battery Apple or third party

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  1. LovingTeddy macrumors 6502a

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    Hello everyone:

    I recently purchase an 64GB iPhone 5 as my music playing devices and back up phone while my iPhone SE and iPhone 6S as daily driver for private use and work phone.

    The iPhone 5 was a Apple certified refurbished phone, everything is like new condition. But the battery has very large charging cycle (currently at 652 cycles).

    Battery life is OK giving the age of the phone. But I would need plug in pretty often. I am thinking just to replace the battery.

    I have two option:

    1) Replace at Apple Store. It will cost me 99 dollars plus tax. This will give me brand new battery.

    2) Replace at third party repair store. It might be cheaper than Apple. But I am worrying about quality of battery. I don't know if it will explode on me any days.

    Have anyone replaced battery on third party repair store? How was your experiences? Have anyone replace battery at Apple Store?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. kpeex macrumors member

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    I was just given an iPhone 5 with a shot battery not covered by the warranty customer satisfaction program. https://www.apple.com/support/iphone5-battery/

    This morning, I ordered a battery (with tools) from Amazon. I picked the $25 model that had 1100 reviews, 4.5 stars. Who knows, I figured it was worth the extra $10 ahead of the ones with just 5 or 6 positive reviews. It is (No affiliation, just the one with the most positive reviews, you can do the search if you like.):

    ScandiTech 3.8V 1440 mAh Li-ion Replacement Battery for iPhone 5 with Tools and Instructions
     
  3. LovingTeddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I found several seller on Amazon.ca.

    Generally, is it easy to replace the battery? I am afraid that I might break something in process of replacing the battery
     
  4. HEK macrumors 68030

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    Only issue is in future if you ever wanted to have Apple repair something, they won't once you have opened it or added a non Apple part. But if you accept that Apple will no longer repair anything on phone even if you pay for it, then doing it yourself is fine. I would also be concerned that the battery you get on Amazon is not up to Apple standards. The non Apple parts are cheaper for a reason.
     
  5. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    this is an iPhone 5, so if you break it, its okay!

    if it was an iPhone 6 or above , i would warn you that if you break the touch id system transplanting the home button to a new screen, you are screwed and your touch id /apple pay will never work again unless you have the phone switched out!

    if coconut battery says you have less then 1000 charge cycles and your battery capacity is more then 80 % its probably a waste of money to replace the battery so early
     
  6. LovingTeddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't really care about Apple repairs anymore. It is refurbished iPhone 5 64GB just for media consumption. iPhone 5 still can play movies in various format just fine. At this point, I don't think spending 100 dollar is worth for phone like this.

    I always have portable battery pack with me and lightning cable is always with me.

    The only thing concerns me is subpar battery. I mean quality wise, if it takes less than 500 cycles to less than 80% level, I don't really care. I am afraid battery explodes or catch fire.
     
  7. Black Magic macrumors 68000

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    I would run the serial number through here first: https://www.apple.com/support/iphone5-battery/

    If you do have to pay for out of warranty repair, the cost should be $79 according to this: https://support.apple.com/iphone/repair/battery-power

    If the device is valuable to you and you don't want to take any chances, I would spend the $79 and get it done.

    Oh and yes my woman had her old iPhone 5 battery replaced at the Apple Store. Should have costed her $79 but they did it for free. Your mileage may very.
     
  8. LovingTeddy, May 9, 2016
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    LovingTeddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I plugged in to my computer and use iBackupbot to check the battery. It shows 1000/1500. So it is at 67% of design capacity. I don't know if it is accurate, but that is what I get.

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    --- Post Merged, May 9, 2016 ---
    Thanks for all the info. Apple charges 99 dollars for battery replacement in Canada, thanks to the exchange rate.
     
  9. Black Magic macrumors 68000

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    Ah ok. Run the serial to see if you are eligible for a free battery replacement.
     
  10. LovingTeddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately, it is not eligible. I am just going to hold out for now. I will go few repair store to check out their prices first. If close to Apple's price, I will do at Apple Store. Otherwise, I will use double sided tape to get one portable battery pack stick on back of the iPhone 5. I need find short lighting cable
     
  11. Black Magic macrumors 68000

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    Or buy a battery case?
     
  12. HEK macrumors 68030

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    What about getting a battery case like Mophie? Just a thought.
     
  13. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    The battery isn't hard to replace if you've done any small electronic work. Even if you haven't, it's not impossible. You are unlikely to break anything if you follow a tutorial/video and are careful not to pull or twist anything too hard.

    If you're only using it as a music playing device and are able to throw it into airplane mode at all times (and wifi on if you need it still) you're likely to get really long battery life even with a batter that has seen that many cycles. Unsure how much listening you do, but if the content is loaded on the device itself I suspect youll see a few days playback.

    Another option might be an external battery case, if you didn't want to go through the hassle of repairs. Mophie is a well reviewed brand with good products. Their 1,500 mah case sells for $19.99 new. Their $2,100 mah case goes for $28 new. Both on Amazon with prime. Prices in USD. Either of these options would be cheaper than any repair and give you much more total battery capacity.
     
  14. LovingTeddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I completely forgot battery case option. I will go check out.
     
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  16. LovingTeddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So i decided to go get battery replaced by Apple Store.

    Everything is fine. However, now the touch screen works weirded. There is a dead zone that the touch screen just won't respond or responding very slowly.

    How do I know, if I pull control centre slowly, the control centre will drop back down. When you drag one app icon and move around the screen, almost all time, you will drop the icon to somewhere. Miss touch happens sometimes.

    The most annoying thing is there are several line across the screen randomly.

    Now, the Apple Store employee claims that the screen is third party screen. Which I think she is could be right. However, the screen and touch screen worked perfectly before.

    It is almost too me is that the cable is not attached correctly. But again, this is third part screen. Maybe it won't functioning normally after Apple's official repairs. Then change battery should not impact screen performance anyway. I am not sure in this case, Apple would do some short of repair work, at least reattach the cable for me.

    Thanks.
     
  17. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    Take it back to Apple. The work they do is warrantied. They'll fix the issue. Afaik Apple denies working on any devices that have third party hardware, so it's strange they would even have done the battery swap on a phone like that.
     
  18. LovingTeddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Took back to Apple. They first refused to service the battery. I waited 30 minutes, then they same out to me telling me that the person who was in charge refused to repair.

    Then for some reason, the technican agreed to do the battery replacement. So I waited for other 20 minutes. Paid 113.99 (CAD).

    Take back to Apple today, arguing that the screen was fine before the battery replacement. I wanted a working screen. I also told them that the problem might just be a loss cable.

    So the technician agree to take a look. It was indeed a loss cable. So whoever did the original repair did not connect display cable correctly.

    Everything was fine now. Not happy with back and forth. But problem solved anyway.
     
  19. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    Glad everything worked out. Seems like they were working outside of standard SOP and decided making it fright would be better than potentially getting an issue escalated and getting busted for servicing a device with third party parts.
     
  20. LovingTeddy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    For what I know is that Apple would not service third party components. They will still service components that originated from Apple.

    For example, my case, Apple won't service the screen, because it is third party component. They will still service the battery, because old battery is from Apple.
     

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