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Yes, You Can Easily Replace Your Battery on Your iPhone for $4

This has nothing to do with airlines, but if you travel a bunch and you have an iPhone 4 or an iPhone 4S you may be at the point (as I was) where the battery was lasting about, oh, 3 hours before it died. It seems that the phones are good for about a year or so, then the battery gives out.

I had bought a battery charger case, but it was bulky and heavy and ruined the design of the phone.

But then I stopped being a moron about it and learned that, despite everything Apple suggests, you can very, very easily replace the battery in your phone in about 10-15 minutes. And did I mention it costs about 4 bucks?

Here’s how:

- Go to eBay and search for “iphone 4s replacement battery kit” – it’s got a couple of small screwdrivers and a plastic prong thingy (technical term) and the battery. I’m looking at one right now that they’re selling for $3.39 with free shipping.

- Then watch this 4 minute video showing you how to do it:

That’s it.

Well, that’s not exactly it. It took me about 15 minutes. I had trouble getting a very, very, very tiny piece back on correctly. In the video the guy does it easily. Me, not so much.

Also, I dropped the world’s smallest screw on my floor, which led to 3 1/2 minutes of crawling around and swearing a lot. But the kids were there so I had to make up swears (flarksmuckle!).

But sure enough – I got it back together and lo and behold my phone is like new.

Good luck.


  1. What a steal! Recently I had the battery changed in my iPhone 5 at the Apple store. I have AppleCare and it was covered, but otherwise they charge $79 for the service.

  2. Got a real nice chuckle out of flarksmuckle LOL

  3. “But the kids were there so I had to make up swears (flarksmuckle!)”

    ALOL

  4. I’m too value-conscious to own an iphone, but I’ll note that ebay is also a great place to buy cheap batteries for Android phones — which you can easily replace.

    BTW, I realized I needed a new battery when the guy at the store did the “spin test” — weird, but it works, at least on Android batteries.

    http://techchannel.radioshack.com/tell-need-new-cell-phone-battery-1716.html

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