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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Will not charge after battery replacement! Where to start?


Purchased a replacement battery here and tools and used the excellent guide to replace the battery in my 3GS. All went well, and it initially fired up and ran fine, but it became apparent that the battery was not charging. I just re-skinned it and very carefully reassembled it, no change. I get the lightning bolt and empty battery icon with a sliver of red, and it has not moved or woken up past that after a half-hour of charging over USB off my laptop.

I tried rebooting by depressing both buttons for 8 seconds, and it does shut down and then reset momentarily afterwards, but returns to dark screen w the same display - empty battery and lightning bolt.

I purchased the stuff in June of this year and I think I saw posts referring to a bad batch of batteries. Is that a possibility? I do believe I have it back together correctly and the dock connector and its contacts both look fine.

Thanks in advance for an approach to troubleshooting this.

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It is very possible that you received a bad battery. Does it do the same thing when you put the original battery back in? Best way to troubleshoot it, unless that one is completely dead as well.

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Thanks Hector. The excellent folks at iFixit agree with you and are sending my another battery, with absolutely ZERO hassle. Fantastic. I will report back the final resolution for the knowledge base.


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