Sixth iteration of Apple iPhone, announced on September 12, 2012. Repair of this device is similar to the previous models, requiring screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 32, or 64 GB / Black or White.

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iPhone 5 water damage, repair steps?

Ok, I managed to get my hands on a water damaged iPhone 5. I've worked on 2G-4S iPhones before. This is just slightly different.

Ive removed the board and cleaned the connectors and cables with alcohol. I have completely submerged the board in alcohol as the metal shields are SOLDERED onto the board. Is there a way I can get in there to clean off corrosion?

Also, the LCD and Digitizer sockets are burnt out? A few of the connectors are black... I am not sure if this board will work anymore, but any suggestions?

Thanks :) Will update!

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I use a Sonic cleaner on water damage, it takes cleaning 1 step farther and gets in places where you cant, I yet to fix water damage on an I 5 so didn't know the shields were not removable but was looking at the teardown guide on here and it looks like they are removable, here is a link to a sonic cleaner, these are basically the same thing a jeweler uses to clean jewelry so if you don't want to buy one see if you can get a jewelry store to do it for you.

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what do you put in the sonic cleaner machine if mixture what is it??? also How do i fix an iPhone if someone brings it to me for repair due to dropping it in the toilet??? Thanks Im new sorry


Thomas, it does not matter where the water damage comes from, it will have to be cleaned the same way. You will encounter all kinds of adventures, from pools, toilets to having been pee'd on. All the same, as long as it gets cleaned before corrosion sets in. Ultrasonic fluid comes in all kind of different flavors and is commercially available at places like this or you can make your own Good luck


Thomas I double old turkey and add Hot tubs, Washing machines and well's, to answer your question, the logic board goes in the Sonic cleaner.


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