Tag Archives: iPhone Battery

FACTS You Need to Know About the Apple iPhone Slow Down / Battery Fiasco

So we have been asked hundreds of times about the Apple iPhone Slow Down Battery Fiasco. In case you’ve been under a rock or sick with the awful flu that’s going around, you can read about how Apple is slowing down phones with older batteries here and how they apologized and offered a discount to replace the battery here.  Many iPhone users are asking us why we aren’t matching the Apple price.

Remember, that Apple’s NORMAL price is $79.95, and they are only offering this promotional price after they admitted to misleading users and slowing down your iPhone – which you are now having to pay them to fix! For some, this point alone is enough to make them not want to have Apple replace the battery! But in case you don’t harbor the same angst as others, here are the OTHER facts that might affect your choice of where to get your battery replaced and speed up your phone as they relate to several options for replacement:

Option #1 – Replace your battery at the Apple Store

Apple will replace your battery for $29.95

  • Closest locations to Chattanooga: Atlanta, Knoxville, Birmingham (drive time is approximately 2 hours)
  • You must make an appointment. Earliest appointments are 4 weeks out.
  • Stand in line at the Genius Bar for your appointment = 10 – 60 minutes
  • You have to remove the ‘Find-my-iPhone’ and erase your iPhone before the repair can begin. (Be sure to backup your device) = 30-60 minutes
  • Your iPhone will be restored to factory settings at the Apple Store
  • Average wait time for the repair to be completed = 4 hours
  • Drive back to Chattanooga = 2 hours
  • Restore your iPhone data from backup = 30-60 minutes

Total Time = 4 weeks, 8-9 hours

Total Cost = $29.95 + Tax + Gas for your car

 

Photo cred: Getty Images

Option #2 – Replace your battery at an Apple Affiliate Store (Simply Mac at Hamilton Place here in Chattanooga, TN)

Apple will replace your battery for $29.95

  • If they are out of stock (which they DO NOT as of this post in January 2018, nor will until April 2018) they will SHIP your iPhone to Apple in California for the repair.
  • You have to remove the ‘Find-my-iPhone’ and erase your iPhone before the iPhone can be shipped. (Be sure to backup your device) = 30-60 minutes
  • Drive to Simply Mac = 10 – 45 minutes
  • Stand in line waiting for your name to be called = 10 – 60 minutes
  • Drive back home = 10 – 45 minutes
  • Average turnaround time = 5-7 days
  • Drive AGAIN to Simply Mac to pick up your iPhone = 10 – 45 minutes
  • Drive back home AGAIN = 10 – 45 minutes
  • Restore your iPhone data from backup = 30-60 minutes
  • If they have the battery in stock (which they DO NOT until April 2018) it is a 4-hour turnaround time.

Total Time = 5-7 days if not in stock | 4 hours if in stock

Total Cost = $29.95 + Tax + $6.95 for shipping | $29.95 + Tax

Photo cred: iFixit

Option #3 – Replace your battery locally with Oops Repair

Oops Repair will replace for $39.95 – $69.95 ($14.95 – $34.95 for OopsCare Members)

  • No appointment needed, walk right in to our Broad Street location in Chattanooga
  • Find-my-iPhone can be left as-is
  • Enjoy pleasant conversation with the owner and employees
  • Enjoy FREE coffee, tea, water or soda
  • Enjoy a comfortable place to sit and wait
  • Feel good about supporting a local business (that incidentally didn’t cause you to need this fix in the first place)
  • Get your iPhone back in 20 minutes

Total Time = 20 minutes

Total Cost = $39.95 – $69.95 ($14.95 – $34.95 for OopsCare Members)

 

Now I don’t know about you, but it seems like a clear choice when you know the facts! Give Oops Repair a try, you won’t be disappointed! With over 700 5-star ratings on Facebook, Google and Yelp, it’s worth a shot! You’ll even get a 6-month parts and labor warranty on the battery! What do you have to lose? Well….except the time spent waiting a lot longer for the first two options!

Are You a Battery Murderer?

frustrated-woman-1

 

“I just got this phone 6 months ago, and my battery won’t even last all day!  It goes from 90% to 10% in less than an hour! What’s the deal?”

Ignorance.

“Hey, I resemble that comment!”

No, really….it truly is.  People just don’t know that their bad habits kill their phone batteries. Don’t be a killer, your battery wants to keep you connected…it really does!

In the month of June, Oops Repair has replaced:

iPhone 6 Dead Battery

 

  • 8 iPhone 6 Plus Batteries
  • 20 iPhone 6 Batteries
  • 27 iPhone 5S Batteries
  • 21 iPhone 5C Batteries
  • 13 iPhone 5 Batteries
  • 7 iPhone 4S Batteries
  • 5 iPhone 4 Batteries
  • 3 Galaxy S5 Batteries
  • 7 Samsung Galaxy S4 Batteries
  • Various others as well

 

That is a fair amount of batteries…but if you notice the ones at the top of the list, it seems that the newer phones should have a longer battery life, right?

Lots of factors can play into the precious battery life of your phone.  Here is a list the top 3 common culprits.  They can be seen in everyday life, killing their phone battery softly and slowly. (Queue up “Killing Me Softly” by the Fugees)

The-Over-Charger: This not-so-rare phone user species leaves their phone plugged in ALL the time. They love to see 100% battery and panic whenever they see it drop below 90%.  They plug their phone in at any opportunity.  If it’s not in use, it’s plugged in.  Even if it is in use, it’s plugged in. The battery, over time, will “learn” that most of the battery cells are not to be used.   And without it using all the battery cells, it can’t hold a charge.  Eventually the battery will only hold a charge for a very short time.

The-Wait-Until-The-Very-Last-Second-Plugger-Inner: Typically found in the younger generation, this problematic habit forms from allowing their battery to get to 1% before plugging them in for 10-15 minute bursts, allowing the battery to only charge to 15% and rush off to their life of texting once again, only to plug it back in 20 minutes later at 1% yet again. Thus the cycle repeats.  The battery once again “learns” to never operate on a full charge and will not fully charge properly over time.

The-Chronic-Leaver-Of-All-Apps-Open-At-All-Times: We see this specimen constantly at Oops Repair.  They have a bazillion apps open and NEVER close them….like ever.  When you double tap that home button on their iPhone and you’ll spend the next half hour swiping up to close all the games, GPS, Maps, and the 217 Social Media apps they are addicted to. They smile wryly and ask “Does that really matter?” Um….in a word, YES! The background refresh on all those apps is killing your battery!  Stop it! If you have more than 15 apps running in the background at any given time, you’re this person.  Oops Repair sponsors O.A.A. (Open App Anonymous) meetings once a week to help overcome this addiction.  “My name is Josh, and I’m a chronic Open App user.”

Let me teach you now, Grasshopper, how to do it right!

BusinessMan

 

The “Model” Battery User: The ones that get 2-3 years of battery life are among the elite in this life.  They know the game, and play it right.  Bad habits….yeah, as if…What are those? The guidelines below will help you to be pro-life for your battery:

 

  • Wait until your battery gets BELOW 20% before charging it.  The lower you let it drain, the more life you’ll get out of it.  Even if you’re going to bed and it’s at 35-40%, let it go, charge it at work instead.
  • Allow it to FULLY charge before unplugging it. If you can allow it to charge to 100%, let it.
  • Don’t leave it plugged in longer than a few hours if it’s at 100%. Overnight charging is about the longest you want to leave it plugged in.
  • Close your unused apps throughout the day.  It’s a lot easier to close 15 apps than 200.

Bottom line: Plan your entire day around your phone.  It’s your life.  We know it is.  Just kidding.

Hope it helps! Let us know if you have any comments!