Revamped version of the iPhone 3G with faster processing speeds. Repair of this device is similar to the 3G, and requires simple screwdrivers and prying tools. Model A1303 / 16 or 32 GB capacity / black or white plastic back.

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Battery seems not to hold charge.

I've got a black 32GB iPhone 3GS that I've bought as faulty on eBay. I've managed to kick it off of recovery loop and properly restore it, and now it turns on nicely and every feature works well.

The problem is, that it doesn't charge. I can not start the phone without plugging it in to power, and when I do, it boots, and I can use it for approximately 3 minutes - with power attached - after which it would restart. If I remove the cable after booting it, it would shut down very soon. Also, if I leave it plugged in, it would heat up a little bit, unlike my other, properly working 3GS. The battery percentage shows 0 or 1%.

Interestingly, iTunes shows that it's charging for a minute or so, and afterwards it only shows an empty battery icon near the phone's name.

Do you think it's the battery, or can it be some other stupid software issue?

Thanks for you time!


Yeah, replacing the battery did solve my problem.

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I would suspect the battery. That is the cheapest repair you could do. If that does not help there could be something wrong with the dock connector that does not really charge the battery even if it says so.

Try a new battery and let us know if it works better!

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I've ordered one already, as they are indeed cheap, and I'm sure I can use it later if it won't solve me this problem.

The dock connector could be broken as well, I haven't thought of that. I really hope I won't have to spend $50 on that.

Will let you know when I got the battery! (I'm afraid it will take weeks to arrive to Hungary though.)


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