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Water damage iPhone 5s, already cleaned HELP!

Hello! I'm now one of those who dropped their iphone in bathroom water...

It was turned on at the moment, but I turned it off quickly to dry it with a towel, BUT I'm also one of those who then tried to turn it on and of course it didn't.

I tried the rice trick for 48hs and it didn't turn on either. I took it to a local technical service to open it, they used isopropyl alcohol and they gave it to me saying that the problem was the motherboard and changing it would cost the same as a new iphone.

They also recommended not to let it charging all night long.

Now to the point:

- When it's turned off the battery dies anyway!! This is what worries me the most.

- When it's turned on and I'm using it, battery discharges REALLY quick, like in 1 hour goes from 100% to 20% with normal use, in less than 5 minutes goes from 17% to 9%.

- Also when it's turned on and I'm using it, it OVERHEATS in seconds, the technical service told me that this was going to happen, it overheats on the motherboard side, so my father's solution was to put it on an aluminium plate when this happens to cool down and it works instantly. But I can do that when I'm at some place, not in the street and since I had it back I never seen the sign of overheating on the cellphone, I avoided the overheating sign, but my hands burn everytime.

- When it overheats I just have to lock the screen and that solves it. I don't understand why.

- Lightning connector has some difficult sometimes to recognize my charger, I have 2 and I tested them, it's not damaged chargers.

- When it's turned on, locked, battery discharges easily too.

- The screen has stains inside, looks like marks they did when cleaning it, that's not so important for me and they told me they will go and actualy they are now disappearing.

I'm interested in fixing it at home, it's in excellent conditions, but I don't really know what's exactly the problem.

From what I read at this forum, I would change the battery, motherboard and maybe lightning connector. But I have to be sure to buy all at the same time online and not damaging it even more. My fear is that the problem may be some motherboard piece, not the whole motherboard, and I don't know how to figure it out!

What do you think?

Thank you.

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Unfortunately the "rice trick" does more harm than good. The inside of your phone is chuck full of very tiny electrical components that are very sensitive. Water doesn't actually do much damage at all to your phone. I could soak a phone in water for a month and still have it work after. Its the corrosion that happens after the water that damages the phone. So now instead of thousands of tiny electrical components working, you have thousands of possible things that were damaged by corrosion.

From the sounds of your problems, you have damaged the charging system. There are a few different things the charging system does. One is to tell the phone when to charge and when not to. The way is does that is it has a sensor of sorts that measures the charge in the battery. If that system is damaged, the phone has no idea how much charge the battery has and does weird things like you described.

A motherboard swap will fix that. Changing the lightning connector should only be necessary if you see signs of corrosion on that.

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The heating problem is probably related to the motherboard also, right? Thank you!


Yes. All of those components are on the motherboard.


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