Fifth generation of iPhone. Repair of this device is straightforward, and requires screwdrivers, prying tools, and patience. GSM/CDMA / 16, 32, or 64 GB / Black or White.

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Water damaged iPhone novice

Hi guys,

Straight to the point (in a round about kinda way). I recently purchased Timothy Warner's repair book, which I found to be a very informative read. It got me thinking about performing iPhone repairs for potential (small) profits.

I've browsed eBay (UK) and damaged screen phones still seem to sell for astronomical prices where as a water damaged phone is a little cheaper. I understand that with a water damaged phone, you never know quite what you might be opening up BUT... From people's experience, what is the general success rate of a water damaged repair and its simplicity and also, what is the worst case scenario for a water damaged iPhone and are some beyond repair.

Any kind of feedback would be greatly appreciate! I look forward to hearing from people.


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Liam Taylor, big depends. If it was at least somewhat cleaned, there is a pretty good chance. If it was not and has been tried to be charged, synced, or turned on, the chances are getting pretty slim. A good cleaning can and will help, but there is no guarantee, plus the trouble shooting becomes difficult. I put it down to less than 20% chance of survival. Most of those repair will involve board level repair, i.e. soldering of very small components, reflow of IC's and a general reball of the IC's. So it's all a matter of knowledge and resources.

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