iPhone 7 battery, according to Apple, should remain up 80 percent of its initial capacity after 500 charging cycles. Lithium-ion batteries are not made to last forever, and it’s natural that after some period of time the battery should be replaced. After google searching “Iphone 7 battery replacement New York” the first website (fixny.com) states, that it costs 69.95 USD to complete this operation. It is expensive, and there is a way to save money here.
DIY! Special battery replacement service can, of course, guarantee a successful replacement, without any damage done, but who says that it can’t be done at home? Conversely, the replacement kits are about 3 times cheaper and can be found on Amazon, however, undoubtedly, there is some risk involved. Moreover, keep in mind the fact that iPhone 7 is waterproof from the factory. Replacing the battery breaks the seal of the iPhone, so you should not be 100% confident, that it is waterproof after the battery has been replaced.
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Table of Content
- 1 JEMESI kit – a well-rounded product
- 2 ZeroLemon kit – a questionable option
- 3 NOHON kit – simply the most reliable
- 4 So which product should I buy?
- 5 Q&A about iPhone 7 battery replacement
- 6 Step-by-step instruction on how to easily replace the iPhone 7 battery
JEMESI kit – a well-rounded product
The kit is the priciest in this list, it’s rating is rating is rather good as well (4,3 / 5). The battery has shown to be rather reliable, and there has been the small number of complaints.
However, the battery is rather expensive, and there are cheaper rivals. Moreover, the kit doesn’t provide a new waterproof seal, so you will never know if your phone remained waterproof or not. Finally, there have reports of customers unable to get a refund within the first 30 days of purchase
Although, the battery has shown to be reliable. The kit contains all the necessary tools to replace the battery.
- Kit contains all the necessary tools
- The kit lack waterproof adhesive
- Reports of the inadequate refund system
- High cost
- Short warranty, compared to the products from the same price range
ZeroLemon kit – a questionable option
This kit has all the tools to replace the battery. As all other kits from this list, it has an instruction on the process. It is the cheapest kit, but it also has the worst Amazon customer rating (3.4 / 5).
There have been numerous reports of the battery not working. Moreover, some reports convey, that the kit was missing some necessary tools to replace the battery. It looks like, the packaging of the product is faulty in some cases. Moreover, the kit does not have a brand new waterproof seal.
The battery replacement kit can work. At least in theory.
- The kit should contain all the necessary components
- It is the cheapest from the list
- The kit sometimes misses some tools
- Reliability is a questionable
- No waterproof seal
- Some customers found that the instructions were unclear.
NOHON kit – simply the most reliable
NOHON kit is the most expensive from the current list. On the contrary, it has a really good customer rating of 4.7 out of 5. The kit seems like a very reasonable purchase also because it contains a brand new waterproof adhesive. Although, the kit only has 17 reviews on Amazon, which is about 3 times smaller, compared to the listed rivals. This may be the reason for such a high rating, accounting for the possible inaccuracy due to a small data sample.
The kit has none 1-star reviews on Amazon. The only negative review says that the process of replacing the battery is complicated in general, thus he does not recommend the product for inexperienced people, which is not really a product criticism.
- Waterproof seal present
- Long warranty
So which product should I buy?
NOHON kit has proven to be the most reliable from this list. It is as expensive as Jemesi kit and considering the customer ratings, and the warranty length, there should not be any reason to buy Jemesi.
ZeroLemon cheaper than its competitors, but it offers poor quality in comparison to its rivals. In theory, it works, but on the practice that does not happen all the time. On Amazon pages of each product, the seller recommends watching some videos about replacing the battery, because some people may get confused with the text guide. That may not be due to the poorly written text, but because it is generally complicated to explain without any visual representation. Just go and have a look at the YouTube tutorials. There is a link for a rather good one at the end of the article. That will give you some confidence.
Q&A about iPhone 7 battery replacement
– Does the kit work for iPhone 7 Plus?
- No, iPhone 7 Plus has a different battery. It is larger and also has a higher capacity.
– What should I do if the battery does not work or does not keep the charge at all?
- Contact the seller or Amazon support and ask for a refund or a replacement. Sometimes the factory produces faulty batteries, but also check, that you have installed it correctly.
– Will my iPhone 7 stay waterproof after the battery replacement?
- You can never be sure about that. From the factory apple guarantees, that the phone will be secure underwater, but after you’ve broken the factory waterproof seal, you can never be sure about that.
Step-by-step instruction on how to easily replace the iPhone 7 battery
In order to replace the battery you can use one of the kits from the list. The kit provides you with all the necessary tools.
Step №1. Firstly, discharge the battery below 25%. Lithium ion batteries can explode if you break the battery’s seal. Afterward, turn the phone off, to prevent short-circuiting. Thit is done by holding the top button for a couple of seconds, and then moving the slider to the right. If you don’t feel very confident, you can film the whole process, so that if you get lost, you can watch the video and see exactly what you’ve done.
Step №2. Next step includes unscrewing the two star-shaped screws at the bottom of your iPhone with the appropriate screwdriver. During the whole iPhone battery replacement process you will remove 6 screws. Make sure you know where each one is going, because all the screws, except for the two bottom ones, are different, compared to each other.
Next steps will have you working around the motherboard, so make sure you do not touch it, as it may cause short-circuiting within the motherboard, and the iPhone will basically be dead. You may want to wash your hands to remove any dirt from your hands or put thin medical gloves on. Also, the next step will involve breaking the iPhone 7 waterproof seal, so you should no longer consider your iPhone 100% waterproof.
Step №3. Place the suction cup as close to the left side of the screen, and then using the pry tool carefully start separating the screen from the body. As you are gently separating the screen from the body using the pry tool, pull on the suction cup nicely. Move around the iPhone in the clockwise direction. Do not make any harsh movements, as they may damage the iPhone. Note that all the cables are located on the right part of the body, if you are looking at the front part of the phone, facing upwards. Separate this area with extra caution.
Step №4. After the seal is broken all the way around all the edges, your iPhone should open like an “800$ book”. Make sure, that you place as little tension on the cables connecting the screen to the motherboard.
Step №5. Next step involves removing 4 more screws, as displayed on the picture. Note, where each of the screws comes from. Different colors indicate a different diameter of the screws. After the screws are removed, carefully remove the metal plate, which covers up the connectors. At this point, you should have removed 6 screws in total during the Apple iPhone 7 battery replacement process.
Step №6. After that, carefully disconnect the connector, which was under the metal plate, you have just removed. Now, the battery has been disconnected and is ready to be removed.
Step №7. At the bottom part of the battery, you will see two black stripes, which are slightly highlighted. You will have to carefully pry them and pull them gently. Once you’ve started the operation you will notice that the stripes are actually white. They make the battery stick to the body.
Step №8. Next step actually involves lifting the battery up and replacing it. Repeat the process in the reverse order. Make sure, that all screws are placed correctly. The cable must be connected gently so that it does not get damaged. If you have a waterproof adhesive in the kit, don’t forget to replace the old one.
Step №9. Once you’ve assembled everything turns your iPhone 7 on. Once it gets started, you should discharge the new battery below 10 percent and charge it straight up to 100%, without unplugging it. That will calibrate the new battery. If the iPhone doesn’t start, do not panic right away. The battery may be not charged from the factory. Just charge the phone for some time. If that still doesn’t solve the problem, check if the cables are all connected properly, that no connector is loose. If that still doesn’t make your iPhone work, you’ve damaged your iPhone and you should consider bringing it to the special service. Most likely the Apple stores will not accept it under warranty, as you have made an intervention into the body of the phone.
In case you are looking for a better visual representation of the battery replacements’ steps, you are welcome to watch this video.
The article provides with three examples of the kits available on Amazon.com. This is not an advertisement, this is purely for educational purposes. The comparison, which this article gives, displays the types of offers available on Amazon. Some solutions are more reliable, some are cheaper. Personally, I would go for NOHON kit, as it just seems the most reliable, has the best price/quality ratio. HOMSUN seems to be an unreasonable choice, as for the same price NOHON kit is available, which is unarguably better. You could save some money on buying the ZeroLemon kit, but the price difference is not that significant, while the quality is drastically worse, according to the customer reviews.
The purpose of the article was to display that replacing a battery is not a very complicated task if you break it down. If you carefully follow all the steps, you should succeed. At the same time, you are saving enough money to buy more than a dozen coffee portions, which is always nice. But the greatest thing about replacing the battery by yourself is how you feel afterward. And let me tell you, that you will feel amazing.