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Charging paused. Battery temperature too low.

I originally had a power button problem, but fixed it by removing the old power button and soldering in a new one. Now the power button works! But the phone no longer charges. Every time I plug it in, I get the error message "Charging paused. Battery temperature too low."

I don't think it's the charging port because a) it worked fine before the power button replacement and b) I bypassed the charging port by connecting USB wires to the little open ports in the back of the phone like this guy demonstrates ( and trying to charge the phone that way - same problem.

I don't think it's the battery because I used two other batteries and encountered the same problem.

In addition the phone can't access the camera, so I think that part of the board is fried somewhere, possibly one of the itty bitty resistors, or maybe a short somewhere. Or maybe the thermistor, but I don't know where the thermistor is, what it looks like, or how to check if any of the resistors are blown.

I'm getting a new motherboard, which is the logical solution, but it would have been fun and interesting to be able to fix this.


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Hello Harry,

Sorry for your situation, new board and all. For me, I would imagine it's one of 3 Issues.

  1. 1: Battery - you solved that one
  2. 2: Charging port - A lot less likely as it wouldn't really give you that message
  3. 3: Your Charging IC - Real possibility, easy to short or damage while repairing.

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Thanks for the response Eddy! It's nice to know you've been seen, even when there's no solution.

I agree with you: probably not the battery or the charging port. Very interesting that it might be the charging IC. I'm going to try to check it out, but I'm not sure how I would repair it if that's the case... but I'll see what I can find.


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