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Replace mobile phone battery?


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I’ve got a couple of mobile phones with clapped out batteries. Typical cost of a battery seems to be around £20, or £60 fitted.

There’s videos of how to do it on YT, I’ve got an anti static wrist strap left over from when I successfully replaced the mother board in a laptop.

Should I give it a go, or am I going to wreck the phone(s)?

One of them is a waterproof iPhone 7+.

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I looked at the videos showing how to do it, decided there were too many small parts, it was too fiddly and my general lack of patience would mean disaster.

I took my Samsung S8 to a little shop in the high street in Alton and half an hour and about £75 later it was done.

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I think you did the right thing, i tired to change the battery on a nexus 5 years back, got to the bit where it said loosen the glue with a heat gun, I didn't have one so thought I'd gently pry it off anyway, it just snapped. Messed it up and threw it in the bin.

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16 hours ago, Mirror Mirror said:

I’ve got a couple of mobile phones with clapped out batteries. Typical cost of a battery seems to be around £20, or £60 fitted.

There’s videos of how to do it on YT, I’ve got an anti static wrist strap left over from when I successfully replaced the mother board in a laptop.

Should I give it a go, or am I going to wreck the phone(s)?

One of them is a waterproof iPhone 7+.

If it's an iPhone don't even think about touching it - just get someone to do it for you. 

 

Oh and search round iPhone 7 Plus Battery replacement (lovescreen.co.uk) is £24 + 2 lots of postage. 

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Just now, eek said:

If it's an iPhone don't even think about touching it - just get someone to do it for you. 

Ok thanks. Could I ask why you say that?

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These are the instructions 

 

There are just too many things and places where it can go wrong - plus you will need a whole set of tools for what would be a one off job - just look at the equipment list required and then check how many of those you have.

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3 hours ago, eek said:

These are the instructions 

 

There are just too many things and places where it can go wrong - plus you will need a whole set of tools for what would be a one off job - just look at the equipment list required and then check how many of those you have.

Ok thanks for that, and the link to the instructions.

You get a set of tools with the battery, so that’s not a problem.

I reckon I can do most things with my hands so I’ll give it a go, I think. I’ll report back with any tips of tales of failure.

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I've done a few and have a screen to replace.  Not easy at all for the phones I did (no iPhone) due to the number of small delicate parts to remove and reconnect.  Can be done though.  I bought the right tools, the stuff they supply are poor.  There are specialist shops on the net supplying the trade.  My biggest issue is getting a battery as good as the original.  Checking the prices of getting a pro to do it is a very good idea.

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I've done this on a couple of phones, the first time it went fine, the second time I broke the screen which cost a lot more to get fixed than I saved on the changing the battery myself! I think I'd be less likely to damage the screen if I were to do it again. I used the tools that came with the batteries, they were good enough for me plus my own headtorch/magnifying glass/tweezers.

 

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OK, I did the phones yesterday.

As reported a bit fiddly but the tools supplied with the battery are OK, and in addition youll need a bright light and a good pair of reading glasses - even if you see well, they act as magnifying glasses.

The 7+ was a bit more involved as it has a waterproof gasket, but replacement is not to difficult, although I think I had a bit of luck in that it went on in exactly the right position first time.

The instructions on fixit.com are excellent, with photos showing exactly what you need to do, so thanks for that @eek.

Another £100 saved. :Passusabeer:

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