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# 138518 7-Jan-2014 19:07
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Hi All,

I got myself the iPhone 5 at the start of December which was an ex-demo unit. I've noticed of late the charge in the battery is not holding as well as I'd expect which I assume comes down to its life as a demo phone.

In regards to replacing the battery, I've asked a few places around Hamilton and had quotes ranging from $80 to $120.

Looking at Trademe I can see DIY kits for around $20, even on Amazon.com for $3.34 USD.

I can likely take the phone back to Noel Leeming but would be without it for several days, but given the price of the DIY kits is there much risk using an aftermarket battery or best to stick to genuine apple?

Thanks.

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  # 962656 7-Jan-2014 19:29
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Have a read of this thread in relation to battery quality - if it's from a name brand supplier you're probably OK.

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=73&topicid=138487

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  # 962657 7-Jan-2014 19:29
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Taking the iPhone (or most Apple devices) apart is definitely not for novices, but if you have good experience taking sealed devices apart, then it shouldn't be too much of a problem ... of course it will completely void any warranty you may have left. If you do take it back to Noel Leeming, then the chances are that you won't get the same device back again (Apple tends to replace rather than repair, and the replacement is usually a "refurbished" model).

 
 
 
 


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  # 962658 7-Jan-2014 19:30
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Are you sure its not just something on the phone draining the battery?



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  # 962662 7-Jan-2014 19:34
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skewt: Are you sure its not just something on the phone draining the battery?


I'm pretty sure its not a certain app, I've been through every setting on the phone and switched off things like background app refresh and e-mail checking but still watch the battery indicator reduce. 
I don't have the likes of Skype installed which I read is a good drain

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  # 962674 7-Jan-2014 19:42
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Is it still under apple warranty? I'd still do a reset to factory settings before putting a new battery in.



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  # 962677 7-Jan-2014 19:46
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lxsw20: Is it still under apple warranty? I'd still do a reset to factory settings before putting a new battery in.


Its out of Apple Warranty unfortunately 

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  # 962683 7-Jan-2014 19:54
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DjShadow:
lxsw20: Is it still under apple warranty? I'd still do a reset to factory settings before putting a new battery in.


Its out of Apple Warranty unfortunately 


Consumer Guarantees Act

 
 
 
 


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  # 962746 7-Jan-2014 20:58
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DjShadow:
lxsw20: Is it still under apple warranty? I'd still do a reset to factory settings before putting a new battery in.


Its out of Apple Warranty unfortunately 


was it through telecom one or vodafone one as noel leeming source from those guys. Remember a vodafone iPhone has a 2 year warranty. Telecom branded iPhone now has a 2 year warranty not sure if that was the case when you bought it.




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  # 963006 8-Jan-2014 09:16
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I forgot to say that you should first take a look at the various "take apart" tutorials and videos on the Internet to make sure you're happy with the process involved. I haven't needed to take apart an iPhone, but iFixit.com is usually pretty good.



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  # 963061 8-Jan-2014 09:55
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Buzz Bumble: I forgot to say that you should first take a look at the various "take apart" tutorials and videos on the Internet to make sure you're happy with the process involved. I haven't needed to take apart an iPhone, but iFixit.com is usually pretty good.


I saw a tech pull my old iPhone 4 apart to investigate a problem but the battery component alone looked fairly straight forward.

I've done a full factory reset incl reloading iOS onto it so going to see how it performs today

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  # 966523 13-Jan-2014 23:38
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DjShadow:
Buzz Bumble: I forgot to say that you should first take a look at the various "take apart" tutorials and videos on the Internet to make sure you're happy with the process involved. I haven't needed to take apart an iPhone, but iFixit.com is usually pretty good.


I saw a tech pull my old iPhone 4 apart to investigate a problem but the battery component alone looked fairly straight forward.

I've done a full factory reset incl reloading iOS onto it so going to see how it performs today


It's a much easier replacement on the iPhone 4 than on the 5 since you don't need to pry the LCD out unlike the 5.

Just make sure you don't puncture the battery like my colleague did...





 


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