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Install Time: 20 to 30 minutes
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April 21, 2014
Low capacity battery
Careful methodical approach. Took over an hour. New battery fully discharged. Would not boot at first but short charge time enabled boot. Took just over 2 hours to charge to 100% for first time. All good.
Buy the toolkit. Not all miniature screwdrivers are created equal.
March 31, 2014
dying battery for iPhone
step by step process was wonderful a kid of 12 could do this .
Replacing the sim card part was a little tricky because you have to make sure all the numbered items are out of the way, but once you slip it into place and tuck it into its socket it is 1-2-3 placed back together.
March 20, 2014
I inherited my wife's iPhone once she upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy. Her old phone would only function for longer than a minute or two if it was plugged into a power source.
A replacement battery was just what the doctor ordered. The step-by-step instructions made the operation simple. My only snag was right off the bat pulling too hard, too fast on the suction cup to remove the display. This yanked out the first three ribbons altogether, but luckily did no permanent damage to them. The only shortfall is that the camera lens now does not function. I can still take a screenshot so I think I will re-open the phone sometime and check it.
Slow and steady will win this race. Look over the pictures a few times to get familiar with the steps and follow them exactly. Lay out a hand towel on your workbench to catch any "lively" screws you encounter. The old battery will be stuck hard to the case so use a hairdryer to warm-up/soften the glue and steady pressure with the spudger will do the rest. Keep in mind that the new battery will not have the natural sway to it that the old battery has developed over time, so cramming everything back together will be a tighter fit. But you can do it. Good luck!
March 17, 2014
Wife had an old 3GS which ended up in her lunch bag along with a half full coffee travel mug. Mug leaked, phone was soaked. Bought the wife a Samsung 4G (which I now think she planned). Decided to fix the 3GS and give it to my 5 year old minus the SIM card.
Replaced the battery, home button switch which had been intermittent, and waiting on a new speaker assembly. Home button was a pain as the switch I received from another vendor was missing the tiny raised nub which contacts the button cap. Had to make this part out of epoxy. Worked out fine. Unfortunately ifixit did not stock the 3GS home button switch so I had to look elsewhere. The battery pull tab needed a little trim with an exacto knife as it was a bit too big. The main board would not sit properly. No big deal, modification took 30 seconds. Got the phone working only to discover coffee took its toll on the hands free speaker. The tools I ordered made things so much easier.
Take it slow and don't drop your screws on the carpet. Spent 10 minutes with a large magnet trying to recover 3.
March 13, 2014
I had two 3GS iphones laying around since I upgraded 3 years ago. I decided to replace the battery on one and see how that would work out. My son who is almost 10 wanted to use it as an ipod. What a great way to re-use an old phone! So I ordered the battery and repair kit. Installing the new battery was easy, but the battery was a dud. So was the 2nd one iFixit sent me. But, the third time was a charm, battery charged perfectly. BAM! My son now has a new to him iphone 3gs he uses as an ipod. So, with my daughter having her birthday next month, I ordered a battery for the 2nd iphone 3gs and it charged fine. Now they each have their own and can play games together if they want. No need to spend 2 hundred bucks on a Nintendo 3DS. The old iphones do so much more!
Repair was easy, instructions were clear and helpful.
The screws are very small. Use a white rag or towel to work on so they are easily visible and don't roll around.