When I discovered an iPhone 6 ($197 at eBay) on eBay for less than £75 ($95, AU$145), I used to be immensely happy. However I used to be much less happy after I discovered the battery had aged to the purpose the place the software program throttled its efficiency. However as an alternative of putting off the cellphone and getting purchaser’s regret, I made a decision to purchase a substitute battery and instruments from iFixit to have a go at changing the battery myself.
After an hour of labor, I swapped out the battery and the iPhone 6 was operating completely once more. I am not giving step-by-step directions right here — head to iFixit and seize a equipment if that is what you are after — however I do need to give my experiences, together with how straightforward it was to do, and hopefully reply among the questions you could have when you additionally want a brand new battery.
Notice that any upkeep you do by yourself units is completed fully at your personal threat.
Why do you might want to substitute a cellphone battery?
Batteries age over time, and contemplating that the iPhone 6 was launched six years in the past, it was no shock that the one I purchased wasn’t operating in prime situation. One time, the cellphone unexpectedly restarted whereas in use, and it flashed a warning dialogue that learn, “This iPhone has skilled an sudden shutdown as a result of the battery was unable to ship the mandatory peak energy. Efficiency administration has been utilized to assist stop this from taking place once more.” Even the cellphone itself knew it had a bum battery.
In brief, a cellphone’s efficiency might be throttled if it could possibly now not address energy calls for. There’s the choice to show throttling off, however this can lead to extra frequent crashes. Neither scenario is good, so a battery substitute appeared like a sensible method ahead for me.
How a lot does a substitute iPhone battery value?
The issue with my scenario particularly was that I purchased the cellphone for thus little within the first place that spending extra money on a battery substitute service negated a few of these preliminary financial savings. Apple‘s official substitute service prices £49 ($49), which is greater than half the worth of my iPhone 6 I purchased. Being in the course of the coronavirus lockdown additionally meant that attending to an Apple retailer is not actually an possibility, and sending it in by means of the mail would convey the full value to £56.44.
iFixit, nonetheless, sells a DIY substitute pack for £35 (together with postage to my house in Scotland). It prices $30 within the US and with delivery prices that involves $37.96. It is not an enormous saving over Apple’s official substitute, however each little bit helps.
What comes within the equipment?
iFixit’s equipment comes with a third-party substitute battery that’s not from Apple, since Apple doesn’t promote its elements individually. It additionally has all of the instruments wanted to open the cellphone and take away the outdated battery. The one further factor I wanted was a hairdryer to warmth up and take away the glue.
Does changing a battery void your guarantee?
Opening up an iPhone will void the guarantee, but when your battery is aged to the purpose that it wants changing, odds are you are already out of the 12-month guarantee interval.
Is it protected to exchange a battery your self?
This one is not so simple to reply. iFixit’s information offers very detailed directions on the steps concerned, however there have been a few factors that made me nervous. One step concerned heating up the again of the cellphone with a hairdryer to be able to loosen the glue holding the outdated battery in place.
Particularly, it famous that the warmth be “barely too heat to the touch comfortably,” which I discovered a bit of obscure. Particularly since that part additionally warned that “overheating the iPhone could ignite the battery.” However how scorching is just too scorching? What indicators would I see if it is overheating? I couldn’t discover this info, and as such wasn’t too certain how near overheating I’ll have been.
Shortly after, whereas attempting to pry out the outdated battery, I by chance ripped into what seemed just like the black wrapping round that battery. I used to be fairly certain that the battery itself wasn’t punctured — there was no smoke or hissing — however I might have felt much more comfy if I had “emergency” directions available about what to do if the battery did ignite.
Is it straightforward to exchange a battery your self?
Up to some extent, sure, and I am not usually “useful” in a DIY sense. iFixit’s directions have been straightforward to observe, and there have been solely seven inner screws to take away, which have been straightforward to exchange.
What I discovered a bit of complicated was that iFixit’s directions on its internet web page finish on the level the place you take away the outdated battery. The one instruction within the conclusion was to observe the earlier steps in reverse order. Admittedly, that wasn’t significantly tough to do, however I’d have appreciated extra steering at that time.
One situation I bumped into independently from iFixit was that, through the elimination of the display screen, I cracked the display screen protector that was in place. I observed the hairline cracks and was frightened that I might broken the show itself, however fortunately that was unhurt.
Is it value it?
It actually is dependent upon the age and worth of your cellphone. If, like me, you acquire an affordable used iPhone and simply need to get it again in control, then it is an effective way to breathe new life into outdated tech with out spending a fortune. Keep in mind, although, that this wasn’t going to be my primary cellphone, nor did I purchase it with my very own cash. For me, the chance was low and had I completed it fallacious and ruined the cellphone, it would not have been an enormous drawback. You will want to think about whether or not you actually can handle with out it, simply in case the worst occurs.
Should you’re utilizing a newer handset, like an iPhone X ($900 at Dash), for instance, I might most likely simply take it on to Apple. The financial savings you may get from doing it your self aren’t so nice as to justify the potential value of damaging a extra priceless handset.