Published on: 07.08.2023 | updated on: 16.02.2024
The battery has a limited lifespan, and its health degrades over time. If your iPad is losing charge more quickly than it should, the battery needs a replacement.
Why not replace the iPad battery yourself? Not only will you save a lot of money, but you can get the iPad repaired in a single day. Don’t worry if you have never done this repair before because this article has a step-by-step DIY guide for iPad battery replacement. Problems can happen because of different reasons and situations, and we are trying to cover as many scenarios as possible and give solutions for all.
Unfortunately, there comes a time when you need to repair your battery. If your iPad battery is charging slowly, not holding the charger, or overheating when charging, it could mean you need a replacement. Before starting work, follow the steps and watch videos to familiarize yourself with the parts and internals. Avoid mistakes like a cluttered workspace or forcing parts in when aiming for a successful repair. You will need a special iPad repair tool kit and a high-quality battery, as standard shed tools will not work for this type of repair. Professional advice and repair are available if you need them.
If you feel that you cannot follow all the steps correctly or the damage is more serious than you thought, try to contact a professional repair store who can fix your device in no time.
It can cost, on average, around $20 for the older model devices and up to $40 for the newer models. This amount is just for the new battery. You must pay extra for specialized tools like suction caps, prying tools, and specific screwdrivers. It can be cheaper to replace the battery at home if you can purchase the screen and tools cheaply enough.
If you now think it is not a good idea to carry out the work yourself and you wish to get a professional to do the repairs, you can contact the Apple repair store, which can swap over the old battery with a new genuine battery. If you prefer to see a third party to keep the cost lower, then Simply Fixable can help, as they have an extensive platform of partners specializing in iPad repairs.
Here is a table to help you compare the iPad battery replcement costs:
Average Battery Replacement Cost
Local repair service
Official iPad repair service
Table. iPad battery replacement cost
*Data in the given table is based on Simply Fixable's market research and the official Apple website
It is important, no matter what type of insurance or warranty you have on your iPad, that you check with the provider first about repairing a broken iPad battery. Some companies will only cover the repair if you get the device repaired with their partner stores. You can void your warranty, and if you make a mistake or cause further damage, you will not be covered for anything. Talk to Apple or your personal insurance company first about your repair options.
It is common to see those carrying out a DIY repair on their broken iPad commit the same mistakes. Let’s look at the common mistakes DIY repairers make so you can avoid it in your repair.
If you have a broken iPad battery, you might be inclined to buy a replacement battery from places like eBay, but they are very low quality, can heat up too much, and can actually cause damage to your device. It is a good idea to buy genuine batteries or very high quality to ensure they are safe for your iPad and will last.
It is important that you keep your workplace clean and clutter-free. You want to ensure that the parts from your iPad are not mixed up with other parts and tools you already have on the workbench. It can lead to confusion and the loss of parts. Unfortunately, it isn't something that will still work, with a part missing. Every internal, no matter how big, is vital for working on your device.
You need to tackle the symptoms from the root cause. If you do not find out the main cause, like a device charging slowly due to a degraded battery, then the right solution for the problem cannot be found. If you do not fix the main problem, you will end up with the same problems occurring repeatedly.
It is wise to work out what you can do first before jumping right in and doing it, as that is where problems and damage can occur. If you lack the skills and confidence to do the repair yourself, we recommend getting in touch with Apple or a third-party repairer to do the job for you. Unfortunately, some mistakes can be unrepairable.
To ensure the job is done properly, you need to be organized and have everything you need ready with you. The tool kit, the new part, and the device. Go over the steps and equipment that you need and check everything off to make sure it is there so you can get started without any hassles. Having everything you need with you ready will help to prevent problems from occuring.
When you have decided you want to conduct the repairs yourself, you must understand it is not an easy process. It can be quite daunting when you look at the toolkit and the large number of steps in the process. Find tutorials, watch videos, and read each step first to ensure you understand it before beginning. Keep the information and guide with you so you can refer to it at any time.
So many people begin their DIY replacement battery in their garage or on their kitchen table without clearing all the mess away first. You need to work with a clean slate to ensure no parts are lost or mixed up with other parts. The device internals, like screws and pins, are tiny and can get lost and mixed up easily. To avoid confusion and make the process easier, try to work within a clean space.
Prior to commencing any repair work on your iPad, it is advised that you create a comprehensive backup of all your data. This step will guarantee that all your important information is safeguarded in the event of any unexpected problems.
It's important to consider the potential risks associated with attempting the repair yourself, such as the possibility of causing further damage to your iPad or struggling to reassemble the remaining parts correctly. Seeking advice from a repair store could also result in additional costs, on top of what you've already paid for the tools and parts.
These types of repairs can be time-consuming for professionals not only beginners trying their luck at DIY repairs. The parts are fiddly and tiny so it can take time. You will need to allow extra time to read and understand the steps and become familiar with the tool kit pieces.
If you are a beginner at device repairs, it is a good idea to start small. Learn how to take the backs off the devices and become familiar with the internal components before taking on a full repair like a battery replacement. As your skills grow, you can attempt harder repairs.
If you are having trouble with a step or you cannot achieve something, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are videos with tutorials that can walk you through the repair process and online forums where you can talk to people about your problem, and they can offer their experience and tips. If you are stuck and cannot sort the problem out you can talk to the local repair store who can help with the repair even if you have already started it.
If you are stuck and cannot sort the problem out you can talk to the local repair store who can help with the repair even if you have already started it. Never try to force parts in as this can cause further damage that you will have to pay a professional to fix.
First of all, after the device has been put back together again try to turn the iPad on. If it fails to turn on, there is a problem, and you will need to recover the steps and see where you went wrong. If the device turns on check to see if it starts up as normal and the screen and functions are working. You can check the battery health of your iPad. The process can be complex and the data may be confusing to beginners. Check out the video here to help you do this.
The following tools aid the iPad battery replacement process and help streamline the process.
The average time needed to complete the repair greatly varies depending on the user's level of expertise and how hard he is willing to push the repair. On average, most users take 3-5 hours to complete the iPad battery replacement process. Needless to say, a lot of spare time is required if you want to attempt this repair.
The difficulty level of the repair varies from person to person. It depends on how familiar you are with the tools and if you have previously repaired an iPad before.
Someone who hasn’t repaired an iPad before will find the DIY iPad battery replacement to be quite difficult. Generally speaking, on a scale of 1-10, the iPad battery replacement gets a 7 for difficulty.
There are signs to look out for that can indicate that your iPad has a degraded battery.
Device failing to hold a charge for long
Not charging at all
Becoming hot while charging
The back of the device is swollen and hot
Battery percentage changes one minute saying 60% the next 70% then 40%
To extend the life of your iPad battery you can do a few things to help look after it.
Turn on low-power mode
Limit battery-draining apps
Turn off location services when not needed
Use auto brightness
Turn off Bluetooth and wi-fi
Close apps when you are finished with them
Avoid using the iPad while charging
Avoid overcharging the device
The average is four years. This will differ based on your charging habits, how well you look after the battery, how often you charge it, and whether you use a branded charger or a third-party one. A study done in 2018 found that they can last longer than four years if looked after well and not charged as often. There has been an increase in the timeframe batteries can last as a newer model is released.
Look at it this way: if the iPad works fine and you can still complete everything on it you wish to do then there is no reason to not repair the device. The cost of a battery is significantly less than what it would cost to buy a new device.
However, if your iPad has several problems like a broken screen, degraded battery, water damage, and running slow, then it would not be worth fixing it especially if you have an older model. If you are unsure of the problems you have with the device a repair store can assess it and give you a quote on the repair cost.
If the battery is showing signs of a damaged iPad battery and the device is brand new, it may be a fault, and you need to get onto it as soon as possible. If you wait too long, it may not be covered under warranty. Keeping track of the battery health can help you understand when the health is starting to decline so you can assess your charging habits and use of your phone and see whether you can help the situation. It is also a good idea to monitor the health so you can get ir repaired before it completely dies and you cannot turn the device on.
Yes, you can. The process is not easy, and it can be confusing to beginners, but it is possible. We recommend doing your research first and studying the steps of the process first to become familiar with what you need to do to avoid problems. Remember, if you cause further damage, it may need to be repaired, which will incur a cost.
You can repair the device at home to save on the extra costs of the repair store, but it is only recommended for those who know what they are doing and have the right tools and skillset to perform the job. A DIY job can lower the cost of the repair, but you will need to buy the battery and the toolkit from a reputable company. Professional help is available if you change your mind and wish to get a technician to replace the battery.
Professional iPad battery replacement is available from Apple or third-party platforms like Simply Fixable. You just drop the phone off or send it in and wait for a call to pick it up. You don't need to mess around buying parts and sourcing toolkits. The battery replacement is an affordable fee that is worth it if you feel worried about doing the job yourself. Check with Apple first if you have insurance or a warranty, as some repairs can void your warranty.
Buying a new iPad is worth doing if the repair cost if there are several problems and if the iPad is nearly obsolete. If the device runs great but lacks battery power, a simple battery replacement can fix this without the unnecessary fees of an upfront payment to pay for a new device. If you wish to buy a new one, you can purchase it through your phone company, the Apple store, or most electronic stores that stock most models.
A battery overheating is a common one, and it happens a lot when charging your device. If you find that while charging or after you take the device off the charger, it is hot, then it usually indicates a battery problem. Ensure all apps are closed while charging the device to avoid the system heating up too much. If the problem persists, you may need a new battery.
Another common indicator of a bad battery! Before coming to a conclusion ensure all your background apps are closed and see if that changes the battery life. When too many are running at once, or you have a powerful game going in the background, the battery can drain quickly. If, after closing the apps, the battery is still draining quicker than usual, talk to the repair store about a replacement.
iPads generally have good battery life. They are usually not as good as phones, but they hold fairly well even when playing games. Unfortunately, if the battery has started to decline the first sign you will notice is bad battery life. You can try to do a soft reset in case there is a glitch, but in most cases, it is related to a degraded battery that will only get worse without a replacement.
If you have had your phone on charge for hours now and the battery percentage has not gone up much, then it can be a concern. First, try charging with a new cord and box to see if that makes a difference. Next, check to make sure all the apps and things going on in the background are closed. If this doesn't make a difference, then you will need to seek advice on what you can do next.
It can seem daunting to replace your iPad battery yourself, but just make sure that you read over the steps several times and make yourself familiar with the internal components and toolkit by watching tutorials before you start the repair. There is professional assistance available if at any time you feel worried about making a mistake or would just prefer to leave it in the professional’s hands.
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