Skip to comments.How to get Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacement
Posted on 01/03/2018 9:10:20 AM PST by fireman15
Most phone owners come to realize that an old battery is a weak battery, one that gradually loses capacity. But it turns out that an old battery can also be a performance-killing battery, as evidenced by Apple's recent revelation: Owing to an intentional software feature, some iPhones will run slower if they have older, failing batteries.
Fortunately, there's a simple fix: Get a new battery. Previously, Apple charged $79 for such a swap, but effectively immediately, you can get a replacement battery from Apple for just $29. That's for any iPhone 6 (£27.00 at uSwitch) or later.
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You of course still have the option of purchasing a "kit" from Amazon that includes a battery, the tools you need, along with instructions for about $20 if you would rather see inside of your phone.
I bet you waive right to participate in the lawsuit.
Get $50 off a battery or ...? in the future.
Be careful what you sign.
After the class action attorneys take their share you would probably be lucky to get 50 cents.
My wife’s used but nearly perfect Samsung S4 cost us just $50 last month from Groupon. Extra batteries cost around $5 and take about 30 seconds to change.
Actually sounds like a good deal. Even if I don’t swap the battery, I would rather have slower performance than my phone setting my pocket on fire.
Apple needs to be sued.
I sent my 5S to Apple a while ago (October?) for a battery replacement. They sent it back to me saying that the batter didn’t NEED replacement - was within their specifications.
I thought that was strange since I had planned to pay for the battery swap.
Apple needs to be sued.
They probably have the largest team of lawyers ever assembled so their legal team might even agree with you. Suing Samsung and other tech companies probably gets tiring after awhile. And sparing with a bunch of class action ambulance chasers might help keep them out of trouble.
I got $200+ bucks from a class action suit a couple years ago. Forget what it was, but I think it was Apple / cell phone.
Yes, usually the lawyers get the money and the participants get squat. I think this one will likely be free batteries eventually.
Uh huh...Having a platoon of lawyers don’t mean zip when your in the wrong.
Yep but some of us already paid $60.00 to a 3rd party vendor last summer to replace a battery. It was not an apple OEM battery. It was from Batteries Plus.
Tell that to Samsung and a bunch of other companies who Apple has sued or extorted money from, mostly over complete nonsense. Apple has a long history of incorporating other people's ideas into their products and then suing them to confuse the situation. Believe me, I think it is hilarious that Apple is on the receiving end of this one. But their army of lawyers will tie this up in court so long that no one will ever get squat.
Batteries have a finite lifespan, regardless of manufacturer or technology used.
Simply put: They wear out.
That lifespan is determined by the number of charge-discharge cycles, and the depth of discharge.
Running down your battery to 20% or less will wear it out faster than running it down to 50% before recharging.
With thin phones, space for a battery is at a premium. Less space equals less battery, and a shorter battery life.
Imagine trying to use a cellphone battery to power your laptop. Your phone is actually a laptop with a cell modem built in.
The fact that manufacturers have reduced the power requirements to such low levels, and have improved battery technology to meet such a demanding application is testament to ingenuity.
The only negative I can see is the difficulty in replacing batteries on some models of phones.
Last I heard, there were 2 Class Action suits already moving forward.
It is probably a better battery than the Pegatron or Foxconn POS that was originally installed so you should probably count yourself lucky. I have had some devices with Li-Ion batteries that still work fine after years of service and others that crap out after a short time. Sometimes it is the type of service that is partially to blame, but often it is the quality of the battery.
Cell phones place a wide variety of demands on batteries depending on the user and the way that the phone is used. That is one of the reasons why users have such varying experiences. However when a manufacturer does what Apple got caught doing... it is a good indicator that there was a problem with a whole generation of batteries.
I am not a electrical, chemical, or quality control engineer so I would not be qualified to say why the failures have been so widespread that Apple was forced to take secret measures in an attempt to hide the problem. But I think that it is safe to say that replacing one of their crappy batteries with one from a reputable supplier has probably saved you a lot of trouble.
Replaceable batteries should be top priority.
All this engineering to make them smaller is a waste of money when everyone puts them in some kind of protector anyway.
Thanks to fireman15 for the posting.
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