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DIY Replace your cell phone battery instead of buying a new phone every few years

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  • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
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    DIY Replace your cell phone battery instead of buying a new phone every few years

    So I am a techie, and I generally like to have the newest and best things but I think upgrading a cell phone ever 3 years at prices rapidly exceeding $700 is extreme even for me.

    I have a Droid Turbo 2, but there are kits for almost every model of phone and walk through videos for all the popular models and a picture and text walk through at minimum for less popular ones. If you own an iPhone I think the batteries in many of the models are glued so you may want to pay a professional if you don't have small electronics skills. For almost all non-IOS phones they should just be secured by pressure or 3M tape.

    I looked on Amazon and there were a few kits for my phone. The one I got was $16 and came with a plethora of tools (most of them not even needed). There is a website that comes up when you google phone battery replacement that has very thorough guides and sells their own kits at $40-$60, but I figured I'd give the cheaper Amazon option a shot.

    I have pretty shaky hands for a person under 40, but had zero issues with the replacement. All in it took less than 30 minutes. My new battery brought my phone back to life. It was plenty fast enough for most things one would do on a phone and really the only 2 things I would upgrade for are a better camera and 5G, and neither of those will be that viable for a few more years.

    I would highly recommend everyone try this themselves to spread out the upgrade cycle of their phones and spend that saved money on a nice cut of meat, a new BBQ toy, or towards their MCS addiction

    The brand I used on Amazon was Euhan, most of their kits don't have many reviews but I took a risk. Know that LiPo batteries can be dangerous, but I'm very experienced with them thanks to my RC aircraft addiction and would say the battery seems to be quality despite the budget price. Obviously the chemistry and layout inside the battery may not be as great as OEM or the more expensive brands. Time will tell.
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    #2
    Thanks. That's a timely message as my Samsung S6 Edge is starting to show battery age!

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    #3
    I replaced the battery in my CAT phone last year I think. Just extended 18 more months when the phone was over 2.5 years old.

    I'm no techie. Not by a long shot. I liken my phone to pants, stay with me until you absolutely falls apart.

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    • Donw
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      #4
      Hardest thing on Amazon is to find a non-counterfeit battery. Many factory batteries, such as Motorola have chips in them so the device knows they are legit, otherwie the device will refuse to charge them. Get a legit battery and all goes well, a counterfeit and you toss the dice. All this learned from experience.

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      • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
        ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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        Didn't know that was a thing, but that's why I went with Amazon instead of the company that pops up first on google Figure worst case I'll leverage Amazon's return policy in my favor.
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      #5
      I have replaced batteries on several phones, and never thought it was a problem.

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      • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
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        My wife wouldn't let me do the battery on her phone last year after I showed her the video and said I thought it looked easy. She bought a new phone instead. So this was the first one I've done. I'll be doing all phones in the house at LEAST 1 time before upgrading from now on. It was too easy, just wish they made the batteries quickly replaceable from the factory like they used to.
    • Bighorn Dave
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      #6
      For those that are a little anemic skill wise for the finesse it takes, if you have a Batteries Plus Bulbs store in your area they can replace them.

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        #7
        Although I have replaced my own batteries on my iPhones over the years, Apple is replacing iPhone 6 or higher batteries for $29 through the end of 2018. That's cheap enough to probably not be worth replacing it yourself.

        https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-g...y-replacement/

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        • Rfuilrez
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          Yeah. My iPhone 7 is going on 2 years old. I looked into replacing it myself but the cost for a battery kit is nearly what Apple will do it for. So, in December I’ll have them do it for me right at the tail end of the promotion.

        • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
          ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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          Yeah at that price I'd just have them do it for sure. It was gonna be over $80 if I had the local mom and pop electronics store do my droid.
      • Buck Flicks
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        #8
        Up until my previous phone, all my Samsung Galaxy phones had swappable batteries... it wasn't necessary to take the phone apart and disassemble the innards to replace the battery.

        I have the Note 8 now and still have another 10 months to pay it off... but it's still working great and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down (yet.) But it's usually the 2 year mark that I start to feel it... right around the time that it knows I'm "due for an upgrade."

        At that time, I will miss the ability to just pop off the back and slap in a fresh battery.

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        • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
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          My wife's S7 died in way less than 2 years. I wish she would have let me swap the battery. Part of the problem was the charger input was known to be faulty but of course Verizon and Samsung both denied it despite multiple forums having stickies with hundreds of posts about the issue.
          Last edited by ItsAllGoneToTheDogs; October 22, 2018, 12:47 PM.

        • Buck Flicks
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          I primarily use wireless charging, so my S7 and my Note 8 both have had a longer life... but my car stereo requires a SUB cable for Android Auto, and I fear that it's wearing out the port. I do like the USB-C port for the Note 9. It's more durable than the USB-micro.
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        #9
        Thanks for the information, I may need it someday when I eventually have to upgrade. For now I'm sticking with my Galaxy S5. When I replaced the battery last month all I had to do was pop off the back and drop in the new one. I can also keep using my existing micro SD card; the lack of a memory card slot in many newer phones is a bigger deal for me since they want to charge so much extra for more memory.

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        • Buck Flicks
          Buck Flicks commented
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          Most of the Galaxy S and Note phones still allow SD card memory expansion. My Note 8 has a 128G card in it now.

        • MattTheGR8
          MattTheGR8 commented
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          Thanks for the heads up, I'll be looking for that when I finally have to upgrade.
      • LA Pork Butt
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        #10
        That’s a good reminder. It is a lot like an aging auto. Many times it is more cost effective to repair rather than replace. The only thing I would add is to watch that your operating system isn’t close to aging out beyond up dates.

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        • ColonialDawg
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          #11
          I still have a Galaxy S4. Replaced the battery about 2 months ago and added a wireless charging adapter.

          New phone prices are insane.

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          • Huskee
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            Yes they are. My last one was $700, and its successor which came out this past summer is $800. When I was a teenager my first car cost $600 (but it looked it )
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          #12
          I've read for best battery health on modern phone batteries, charge from 20% to 80%, or max of 10% to 90%. In other words, don't let it get down to 0% and try not to regularly charge it to 100%. Top offs are fine anywhere in between. I try to follow this and so far so good.

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            #13
            ItsAllGoneToTheDogs Thank for this inspiration. I always worried tearing apart a 'sealed battery' phone wasn't possible for a layman like me...but for $700-900 I think I will go this route when the day comes. My biggest issue on my last phone (which was 4 years old at the time) was the male part inside the charge port broke (micro USB), so either I paid $$ to fix an old phone or just get a new one. Obviously I opted for a new phone and 'better' camera. My new one uses the type C jack, which I think is way more solid and less likely to break due to less movement. So hopefully my only issue, if I must have an issue, will be a weakening battery one day.

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