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iPhone 5s No power cpu hot after water damage

Hi I damaged my phone with water, I have removed the EMI shields and cleaned the entire board (ultrasonic and IPA bath). And changed out the battery. There seems to be no visible corrosion any more.

The phone will not power on at all and CPU gets extremely hot, I tested it with the battery only and with lighting connector.

Where should i be looking for shorts. . How do i check the Power IC?

When testing the boot up does the board need to be screwed in for grounding?

And what components need to be connected for it to boot up ?

Sorry for all the questions, any help would be appreciated

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If you trying to solve this without schematics and electronics knowledge is like trying to cross a highway blindfolded.

Some things are a little bit too complicated to explain on a forum in writing.


Yea I have the schematics, but just need some guidance on where to begin looking for shorts


bump for help , will probably order another lightening connector


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@soros makes a good point. Troubleshooting logic boards, while not rocket science, still requires some basic understanding of electronics components. If you know what a capacitor or inductor does and why it does it, then you will be able to test it appropriately.

Now, to encourage you in your new venture, I would recommend you start with testing the main voltage lines (PP_BATT_VCC & PP_VCC_MAIN). First test them with no power to see if they are shorted to ground. If they are, you need to identify which component or IC is dragging it down. If they are not shorted then you need to start testing all the main voltage rails generated by the PMIC (U7) and see if any of those lines are shorted.

Once you power the device, check to see if you have the right voltages. Missing voltages (with no shorts) may be indicative of a defective PMIC. The easiest way to test a device is to connect a known-good battery, a known-good Lightning port and plug in a cable (preferably genuine Apple); it will activate the phone and you will see if it boots by whether iTunes recognizes it or not. You could also connect a screen when you need to test the backlight/LCD driver circuitry. You don't need to screw the board back in. If you have extra components (batteries, ports etc) you can just plug them together out of the housing. If you don't then put it back in the housing but you will have lots of variables to isolate, especially with water damaged phones.

Start probing and get back to us with your measurements and observations and we will give you additional guidance.

Here is something I usually post when repair techs ask about how to test a capacitor:

If you are going to be doing board level repairs as a business, I think you should be investing some time and effort to understand at least the basics of electronics. Once you understand what a resistor, capacitor or inductor (coil, choke, ferrite bead) does and how they behave, you will know how to test them and whether or not it can be shorted or removed. As I always say, electronics engineers put those specific components there for a reason so ideally you should always be replacing them with similarly spec'd components.

This is a good tutorial on how engineers deliver clean power to IC's. This is very relevant as the majority of the passives on an iDevice logic board are there for this specific reason. There are several articles in the series and they touch on capacitors and ferrite beads (filters). Another good source of materials is ElectronicTutorials. There are also some good youtube channels such as Afrotechmods, AddOhms and of course the EEVBlog.

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Perfect Thank you, this should get me started in the right direction


Quick update:

after probing around,

With no power

No shorts on PP_VCC_MAIN or PP_BATT_VCC

Id did fine a short along the PP1V8_SDRAM line around C293 /C443

The voltage accross PP_VCC_MAIN seems to read 2.2-2.8V, am suppose to be at 4.3V?

Also I noticed that C357 was loose so it is currently removed but I will be replacing it


Also it doesn't seem to be heating up anymore


PP_VCC_MAIN should read around 4.2V. Are you reading this with just the b battery connected? Try connecting a Lightning cable to the charge port and see what your voltage is.

You could have a weak/dead battery or defective charging circuit if your voltage is that low.


Yea sorry been gone for a few days, I was testing with both battery and lightening cable connected, still not reading 4.2V. Does that indicate my lightening connector is faulty? Is there a way to test it? My battery has slowly drained so I cant only used that to power the device


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