Replaced Iphone Battery

After many months of trying to avoid changing my iphone battery, I had enough of having to use a hair dryer to power up my phone.

I scheduled an appointment online with battery plus to replace my battery. It was 59.99 but they sent me a $10 coupon so with tax it was about $53.

I brought my phone in around 1115 and they checked my phone to make sure it functioned. They told me it would be fixed by 1215.

I returned at 1215 and the phone had a new battery. What a big difference it made.

I am fine with my iphone 5. I don’t need to spend money on the latest version. For $50 I just saved the hassle and cost of having to get a new phone.

I recommend batteries plus.

I could have tried to do it myself but from Amazon reviews it did not seem easy and it has risks including damaging the phone. My time and my desire to just get the phone working well was worth what I paid. Besides what would you expect someone to charge?

Iphone 5 chargers on Ebay

From experience, I would not recommend buying iphone 5 charger cords on ebay. They are all in the trash. Even the one in a Belkin box that looks legit and has the symbols on it. Some work for awhile and then they stop being recognized. Not sure why. Maybe the coating wears out on the plug or something.

One reason I am thinking of switching back to an android or blackberry is this whole cord issue. I am not going to pay 20 dollars for a cord.


The cord that came in Belkin box continues to work. However it often will say that the accessory is not compatible. If I plug and unplug it seems to work. Sometimes I have to disconnect it from my USB port and plug it into the wall.

I do have to say the wall plug adapters that come with some of the generic cables come in handy and may be worth the price. Also one of the vendors from China actually sent me replacement cords quickly. Unfortunately most of them also stopped working.

Further update

Did some research and found some articles on a couple people in China killed by a generic charger. Hmmm.

I also found this older article on snopes that discusses this topic as well. snopes. I have to say I could believe an improperly wired device could cause issues.

Hold on. I just realized something. Voltage in the us household plugs is usually 110 v. On China it is 220 v. Yeek. 110 v is dangerous enough but 220v ! I would not mess around with that. Other countries in Europe have the same voltage.

Also read that Apple usb plugs have a chip on them to identify authorized cords. One article says the generic cords may not regulate the power properly and could cause damage to the iPhone insides. Hmmm. Maybe.

What possibly in the piece of wire regulates the power? I don’t see a big block in the middle of the wire. Hmmmmm.

One thing I realized is when traveling in a 220 v country be mindful it could pack a punch.


One of my cords fell apart and I see there is a microchip on the end that goes into your iphone.

I bought an iphone certified cord at Ross. It works reliably. Look for the iphone iPod symbol.

I again bought more iphone like cords on ebay. I bought 10 for about $6 with free shipping. A number either stopped working or never worked but about 4 are working fine.

Probably better just to get a certified cord from a discount place like Ross. I think I paid $10.

If you shop online and don’t do this you may be throwing away money

Before you checkout and even as you shop go to your preferred search engine and type in…

(Store name) Coupons

Up will appear websites that conveniently aggregate coupon codes for you.

You can sometimes click on a link and the coupon is automatically applied or they give you a code to use at check out. Also, there will be % success rate and expiration. Sometimes it will still work past the expiration date.

Why would someone put together a site like this? I believe they get a fee from the vendor if you buy something after using their link.

Anyways, I have saved a lot of money over time. Just remember though some coupons have a minimum like 10% off of $50. If you were only planning to spend $15 but decided to spend $35 more to hit $50 and save $5. Great. You may have just bought stuff you did not want or really need. Also you probably wasted an extra 30 minutes looking for stuff to add up to $50.

All in all as with everything buying something for less still costs money and time.