Author Topic: Resisted buying new iPhone 6S and instead replaced battery in old iPhone 5  (Read 4569 times)

hoppy08520

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OK, so maybe this is not very high on the Bad Ass Scale, but I was lusting very hard for a new iPhone 6S and resisted. I was especially drawn to the improved cameras, since the iPhone basically is my camera. Instead I'm going to chug along on my iPhone 5.

My iPhone 5 battery was almost dead. It was erratic and unreliable and couldn't get through the day. It would drop down to 50% and just turn off. I ran iBackupBot and the measurements it showed me indicated that the battery was basically worn out, which is not surprising for a 3 year old phone.

I was under the impression that only Apple could replace the battery, at $79 plus $6.95 shipping. I didn't want to spend $87 on a 3-year-old phone that might only be worth $100. So I figured I would get a new iPhone.

I was at the Apple store and was about to drop $849  (!) + $38 sales tax on a new iPhone 6S Plus with 64 GB data, out of contract. In the middle of checking out, a wave of revulsion swept through me, like a chill you feel when it's winter and you open the front door and feel the cold air outside. I just could not drop $887 like that.

So I did some more research and found that you can actually replace the battery yourself fairly easily for around $25 (battery plus a few tools). I bought a ScandiTech battery and tools for $25. I watched some online videos and replaced the battery in under 15 minutes with no mishaps.

Now I'm delighted. I feel like I have a new phone. I can probably drag out the iPhone 5 for at least another year or two. My wife has a iPhone 4S which also has a nearly-dead battery, so I bought a replacement battery for her as well. She doesn't use the phone much, so she can probably chug along on that old phone for a while longer too.

One benefit of my shopping for a new iPhone is that I learned from the Apple employee that my AT&T plan could be improved. I changed my plan to one that fits our usage better and I'll be saving an extra $25 per month. (Yes, I studied some of the threads about cheaper plans, and maybe I'll do that one day, but one step at a time...)

So, the point of my post is that you shouldn't think that you need to drop $87 to change a phone battery, and you shouldn't justify that expense to get a new phone if you don't really "need" one.

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iPhone 5 battery kit. I went with ScandiTech because they had the best reviews, although there are many other options.
ScandiTech Replacement Battery Compatible with iPhone 5 | iPhone 5.

You can get the ScandiTech on Amazon.com here. The battery alone is around $17, or $24 including tools.
Amazon.com: ScandiTech 3.8V 1440 mAh Li-ion Replacement Battery for iPhone 5 with Tools and Instructions: Cell Phones & Accessories

Be sure to get the correct battery for your iPhone model. The 5S and 5C batteries are different.

Amazon.com: Replacement Battery for iPhone 5S & 5C by ScandiTech / Repair Kit

I found that Scanditech doesn't make batteries for the iPhone 4S, so I went with a different manufacturer. This one has 4-star (out of 5) reviews on Amazon.

Amazon.com: TechAhead® IPhone 4S Replacement battery (For all models): Cell Phones & Accessories

Also, I used iBackupBot to check my iPhone battery health. It's a computer program, not an iPhone app.
Check iPad iPhone battery charge cycle count without jailbreaking
iBackupBot - Software Informer. Helps you browse, view, export and even edit files backed up to iTunes.
« Last Edit: January 02, 2016, 06:17:08 PM by hoppy08520 »

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Re: Resisted buying new iPhone and instead changed battery in old iPhone 5
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2016, 08:22:25 AM »
This is quite badass!
Congrats on the new skills and the saving!

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Re: Resisted buying new iPhone and instead changed battery in old iPhone 5
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2016, 02:20:14 PM »
I took my iPhone 5 to an Apple store, they said my battery was bad, they gave me a new iPhone 5 instead for free. Did the same on dh's iPhone 5 as well, and then he sold it to Amazon for $132.

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Re: Resisted buying new iPhone and instead changed battery in old iPhone 5
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2016, 02:26:35 PM »
That is awesome. Job well done. We are in exactly the same boat, except my phone actually doesn't need a new battery (the Apple tech actually stopped me from buying one when I replaced my screen 6 mo ago). I'm going to drive this thing until it dies.


So I did some more research and found that you can actually replace the battery yourself fairly easily for around $25 (battery plus a few tools). I bought a ScandiTech battery and tools for $25. I watched some online videos and replaced the battery in under 15 minutes with no mishaps.


Care to share any links? I might order this for my husband since he needs a new battery.

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Re: Resisted buying new iPhone and instead changed battery in old iPhone 5
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2016, 04:39:55 PM »
Commenting to follow. Now that I'm not doing one of those phone plans where I get a "free" phone every two years I can see myself replacing the battery when it dies vs. buying a whole new phone.

hoppy08520

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Re: Resisted buying new iPhone and instead changed battery in old iPhone 5
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2016, 06:09:09 PM »
I took my iPhone 5 to an Apple store, they said my battery was bad, they gave me a new iPhone 5 instead for free. Did the same on dh's iPhone 5 as well, and then he sold it to Amazon for $132.
Apparently, there were a batch of faulty iPhone 5 models and Apple will replace them. They checked mine but it was a good one.

Various links (also added to the OP)

iPhone 5 battery kit. I went with ScandiTech because they had the best reviews, although there are many other options.
ScandiTech Replacement Battery Compatible with iPhone 5 | iPhone 5.

You can get the ScandiTech on Amazon.com here. The battery alone is around $17, or $24 including tools.
Amazon.com: ScandiTech 3.8V 1440 mAh Li-ion Replacement Battery for iPhone 5 with Tools and Instructions: Cell Phones & Accessories

Be sure to get the correct battery for your iPhone model. The 5S and 5C batteries are different. Here's a link to the battery for the 5S/5C:

Amazon.com: Replacement Battery for iPhone 5S & 5C by ScandiTech / Repair Kit

I found that Scanditech doesn't make batteries for the iPhone 4S, so I went with a different manufacturer. This one has 4-star (out of 5) reviews on Amazon.

Amazon.com: TechAhead® IPhone 4S Replacement battery (For all models): Cell Phones & Accessories

Also, I used iBackupBot to check my iPhone battery health. It's a computer program, not an iPhone app.
Check iPad iPhone battery charge cycle count without jailbreaking
iBackupBot - Software Informer. Helps you browse, view, export and even edit files backed up to iTunes.
« Last Edit: January 02, 2016, 06:16:44 PM by hoppy08520 »

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I had a similar experience recently.

My phone is already fairly humble: a Samsung S5570 on the Android system, and I have a SIM-only deal with Virgin which costs I think around £17 monthly here in the UK.

But recently the phone was behaving weirdly, receiving multiple copies of the same texts; and the battery was on its last legs.

Of course, like anyone with consumerism pickled into them from a young age, I lusted after a new phone with an absurdly large screen etc.

But then sense took hold and I basically, having saved my contacts to the SIM, did a factory reset which both sorted out the texts problem and got rid of a load of downloaded apps I wasn't really using. Then I bought a new battery for about £4 from Amazon. It is like a new phone, and having streamlined the apps is brilliant, as apart from a Spending Tracker, I only really need what comes with the phone. So what if my little machine is evocative of 2010? I don't care!

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Well done OP, I can relate since I'm currently undergoing a list i6 lust myself. I like my old nokia, but soon it will be unusable since the network it uses will be turned off.

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Its good isn't it? I replaced the battery on my iPhone 4S recently. I ordered it off eBay along with the correct tools and watched a You Tube video for the instructions.

I was also at the point where I was about to replace my phone due to battery issues. Now its working really well.

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Thanks for the links, OP! I ordered a kit for my husband. Can't beat that price.