Why does my iPhone not turn on after draining the battery (and re-charging)?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by lukeman3000, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. lukeman3000 macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2007
    Ok, here's what happened:

    1. I have a jailbroken iphone3G on the 2.2.1 firmware (i think)

    2. The jailbreaking process went fine and my phone has been great ever since.

    3. I was talking to someone last night, and I got the "10% battery remaining" notification. I ignored it and kept talking.

    4. Eventually, my phone just shut off, ending the call. I plugged it into the wall and waited an hour or two, but it still showed the "dead battery" icon where the battery is mostly empty with a little red at the very bottom of it, and it shows a little lightening bolt icon underneath the battery icon. I left it on the charge overnight.

    5. I woke up in the morning and my phone still had the "dead battery" icon with the little lightening bolt icon and barely any "red" in the battery at all, just like last night. It's as if it didn't even charge at all. Still won't turn on.

    I have tried several things, such has holding both buttons down, toggling the silence switch, pressing both buttons again, etc. etc. I have tried everything I could find, but nothing is allowing me to turn the phone on. It still just shows that battery icon with a little red at the bottom and that's all it will show.

    I would find it VERY hard to believe that my batter just happened to fail last night. I mean, it's possible yes, but I think the odds are greater that the battery is fine, but something else is wrong. Now, I was able to get it into recovery mode with itunes, but I really don't want to restore it if I don't have to, as I don't want to lose all my modifications on the phone.

    Which brings me to a question, is restoring the best thing to do? If so, should I restore from the firmware that I initially downloaded when jailbreaking my phone, or should I restore from a backup made of my jailbroken phone? (Assuming that restoring is the best option)
  2. mgirg macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2008
    I experienced this on my non-jailbroken iphone. The only way i could get it to recharge was by plugging it into my mac with itunes on.
  3. lukeman3000 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2007
    After it actually booted, were you able to charge it as normal? Did it return to normal function? Will this happen every time I drain my battery? What gives?
  4. xsecretfiles macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2008
    It might be that you have a bad battery.......can you send it back to apple?

    otherwise try to plug and unplug repeatedly the power cable from the iphone
  5. Switz213 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2008
    Blow into the dock connector on the iPhone. Then plug it back in. Then hold down home and power to do a hard reset. Should work fine.
  6. mgirg macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2008
    I just plugged it in to my mac and waited about 10-15 mins and it returned to normal - ie the power went into the green and it showed up in itunes (i cant remember if it was on or off when it came back, but i think it was on). It was very annoying because i was away that weekend so when it lost power i couldnt charge at all by any other method until I got home and plugged it into my mac. Since then i have been carefull not to let it fully drain again.
  7. lukeman3000 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2007
    You are the MAN. Thanks to your input, my iphone is fixed.

    Now what kind of a glitch is that anyways???

    I shouldn't have to worry about draining my battery for fear of it not charging! That's crazy!
  8. dhlizard macrumors G4


    Mar 16, 2009
    The Jailbreak Community
    You could just stop talking and put it on to charge. That's why the warning comes up.
  9. lukeman3000 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2007
    The point is that I shouldn't have to plug it into my computer when I drain the battery. The wall should work just fine. That's a flaw
  10. Tokiopop macrumors 68000


    Dec 6, 2008
    West Yorkshire, UK
  11. lukeman3000 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2007
    Doubt it. It charges just fine, apparently unless the battery is completely drained. Could a wall adapter be messed up so that it would charge just fine unless the battery was dead? Doesn't make sense to me...

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