Solder On, Repair Community!

In the cell phone repair industry, micro soldering is an important skill to have. With devices shrinking in size, certain repairs have become more advanced as more components are soldered to the logic board. This hasn’t stopped repair shop technicians from diving in and perfecting these repair skills. Many of these techniques can be learned at a cell phone repair training school, on YouTube, or by attending professional training courses taught by the experts at BEST Soldering school.

On Board Repair Parts eTech Parts

To meet the demand for these cell phone repair parts and equipment, we’re increasing our selection of on-board replacement parts for iPhone and iPad! Check out our list below to see what we have to offer. And if there’s anything missing that you’d like to see at eTech Parts, let us know and we’ll keep them in stock for you.

Have you mastered the fine art of micro soldering? Or are you just getting started on the path to advanced repairs? Either way, we’d love to hear about your experience – share your thoughts in the comments section below!

 

On Board Replacement Parts for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

 

On Board Replacement Parts for iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c

 

On Board Replacement Parts for iPhone 4/4S

 

On-Board Replacement Parts for iPad

 

On-Board Replacement Parts for Samsung Devices

 

NOTE: These replacement parts require advanced micro soldering techniques to properly function. Repairs using these parts should only be performed by a skilled and seasoned technician. If you are not skilled in the fine art of micro soldering, give us a call and we’ll direct you to an eTech-approved technician who can help you!

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Price Drop on Replacement Parts for iPhone, iPad & iPod

You heard us right – it’s price drop time at eTech Parts! Thanks in part to our most recent visit to vendors overseas and our increased volume, we’ve reduced our prices significantly to help out our growing number of wholesale dealers. So you can make more money on each repair by paying less for the high quality parts you need.

It’s the same quality you love – now at a lower price. Check out the list below and log in to see your newest wholesale price!

 

eTech Parts Price Drop

 

Repair Parts for iPhone 5

 

Repair Parts for iPhone 5c

 

Repair Parts for iPhone 5s

 

Repair Parts for iPhone 6

 

Repair Parts for iPhone 6 Plus

 

Repair Parts for iPad Air 2

 

Repair Parts for iPod Touch 5

 

Prices on our website show retail value until you log into your account. Log in to view your discounted pricing or sign up to join our wholesale network today.

The End is Nigh..

For the Chinese Spring Festival, that is! Demand is high and supplies are low as Chinese New Year 2015 quickly comes to an end. It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the New Year in true eTech Parts fashion – with over 100 yellow boxes arriving for our final shipment from China.

 

 

Like every year we plan ahead to stock the cell phone repair parts you need to keep your shop running at full speed. We have wholesale repair parts for iPhones, iPads, iPods, and the most popular cell phone parts in stock and available for same-day shipping. We made sure to keep heavy stock on parts for the most popular repairs, such as screens for the iPhone 5c.

Check out our selection of wholesale repair parts and see if we have what you need in stock today. Remember to log in to your eTech Parts account or signup for a wholesale account to view your discounted pricing. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, give us a call at 913-839-1718 and one of our friendly customer support reps will be happy to assist you.

 

We wish you luck, but so far it seems to be faring well for most. How’s your CNY going? Was this your first time preparing for the Spring Festival shut-down? Or are you a seasoned expert at stocking up for the new year? We want to hear what you think, so share your experience in the COMMENTS below!

Parts for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Arriving Daily

eTech Parts is pleased to announce the arrival of some very big repair parts to our warehouse! Replacement LCD assemblies and small parts for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are arriving daily, with many more on the way or shipping soon. With National Day (Chinese holiday) wrapping up on Tuesday, in the next couple weeks we should see a lot more shipments of parts for iPhone 6 and parts for iPhone 6 Plus. We even have RhinoShield screen protectors for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as Prodigee and Spigen cases with more options arriving daily.

 

iPhone 6 and 6 plus screens

 

You can find parts for iPhone 6 and parts for iPhone 6 Plus on our website. Be sure to login or signup for a wholesale account to see your discounted pricing.

 

While you might be surprised to see some of the pricing as it is now, please keep in mind these devices have been on the market for less than a month. This isn’t surprising to the repair industry veterans out there; for those of you who are new to the industry… these prices might shock you, but we promise there’s no reason to panic.

You can thank economics and the law of supply and demand for the price of repair parts following the release of any device, as there are very few replacement parts available right off the bat. Once manufacturers have a larger stock of LCD assemblies and parts, and once aftermarket parts start flooding the market, prices will drop considerably. We usually see a significantly lower price on all parts about 6 months after the release of any device.

 

We’ll have lots more parts arriving daily as well as cases and accessories for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Be sure to login or signup for an account with us to get special discounts on parts, tools and accessories from eTech Parts. We’ve already heard several of our customers and members of the Repair Community have completed iPhone 6 and 6 Plus repairs, even with the price of parts as is. There are still people out there who have more money than time, who will gladly pay $450+ to have their brand new phone repaired in a day or two, so it’s best to keep your options open. Have you repaired the brand new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus yet? Let us know in the comments below and as always, thanks for reading!

Troubleshooting iPhone 5s Blue Screen of Death

By offering free technical support here at eTech Parts, we have a tremendous opportunity to help members of the Repair Community on a daily basis. One technical hold-up we’ve been hearing recently within the Repair Community is the so-called, iPhone 5s blue screen of death or iPhone 5s boot loop. This is where an iPhone 5s screen gets stuck on a constant boot loop of the Apple logo followed by a blue screen, and the screen doesn’t return to functionality.

Thanks to our friends at iFixNC, who tipped us off to the cause of the issue and what people in the Repair Community can do to prevent the blue screen of death during an iPhone 5s repair.

 

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The screw located in #4 position requires the use of the shortest available screw. When a different length screw is used the potential to damage the logic board is high. The extra tension placed on the board from the threaded portion may cause a downward force, which can cause cracking and breaking.

 

When this damage occurs, it reportedly causes a grounding issue that ultimately leads to the front facing camera/proximity flex cable to fail. When this cable fails the phone may experience a boot loop of Apple Logo followed by a temporary blue screen. This is apparently the device failing a hardware detection phase of the boot up. In some cases we’ve seen, replacing the front facing camera will fix the issue. If not, board level repair may be required.

 

Hopefully this helps prevent the “blue screen of death” from happening to you, but if you think this damage has occurred to a device you’re working on, you may need to perform board level repairs on the logic board to eradicate the issue. If you’re less than highly skilled in advanced micro-soldering at board level, there are many technicians and repair shops nationwide who take on soldering work for other repair shops all the time. If you need to find a qualified technician in your region, please call us at 913-839-1718 or check out the following eTech-approved technicians!

 

Here are a few eTech-approved technicians you can trust with any of your iPhone logic board repairs:

 

 

Update: Brandon Jackson informed us the above diagram is incorrect. The top right corner screw length should read 1.7mm. Thanks for the correction Brandon! You can follow him on Instagram @technojackrepair for more awesome repair info

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Drop Tests Prove… They Break!

Today Apple announced its first weekend sales of 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, once again setting a new record for iPhone launch sales! This is a staggering number of new iPhones on the market and creates a lot of potential repair business for the iPhone repair industry. While there was some concern within the Repair Community with rumors of “unbreakable” sapphire glass displays, after seeing all these different torture tests we’re pleased to announce the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are far from unbreakable devices. Apple also revealed their updated out-of-warranty repair costs, showing an increase in repair prices across the board.

Now it’s time for eTech Parts‘ favorite aspect of any new iPhone release… the drop, dunk and torture tests!

 

The Good

 

Not every iPhone performed poorly in each drop test, including the first iPhone 6 drop test — which fared well for being the “iPhone drop heard ’round the world.”

 

Android Authority’s drop test shows the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus passing the test with just a couple scuffs on the sides.

 

 

The Bad

 

While those iPhones may have gotten by unscathed, Fixpod proves we’ll see plenty of broken iPhone 6’s in the near future.

 

This drop test from the guys at PhoneBuff shows screens separating from assemblies following the iPhone’s face-plant.

 

TechSmartt compares the fragility of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with that of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8.

 

Two passes and a fail from the guys over at RatedRR.

 

 

The Ugly

 

While RatedRR’s tradition of shooting bullets at new iPhones and iPads has always been my most anticipated torture test, they took it a step further this year with 6 torture tests on 6 iPhones in 6 days!

 

RatedRR’s 6 Days of Torture continues by answering everyone’s biggest question… Will it blend? (Spoiler: the answer is no.)

 

We can’t wait to see what other terrible torture tests RatedRR has in store for this week! After seeing the mixed reviews on each drop test it’s clear that regardless of how you drop a device, there are an infinite number of circumstances that go into whether the screen will shatter instantly, or just scuff up the frame. Though it does appear the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have a little more resistance to shattering than previous iPhone models, the side drops and face-plants featured in these drop tests remind us these are still incredibly fragile devices created from very thin aluminum and glass.

 

We’re sure you’ll see plenty of broken iPhone 6/6 Plus screens — and when the time comes, you’ll know where you can find iPhone 6 accessories and the highest quality parts for iPhone 6 and parts for iPhone 6 Plus on the market. Luckily our friends at iFixit found both devices are pretty easy to fix when compared to previous iPhone models. Check out their iPhone 6 repair guides and iPhone 6 Plus repair guides to get a head start on learning these repairs! Thanks for reading and be sure to subscribe to our blog feed, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @etechparts for the latest news and updates from the iPhone repair industry.

iPhone 6 Weekly Rumor Roundup

‘Tis the season for Apple iPhone rumors! Starting now and lasting until Apple unveils their newest iPhone, eTech Parts will be posting rumor mill roundups to keep the Repair Community in the loop! Stay up to date with the latest rumors, compiled only from the most reliable sources in the technology industry.

 

Release Date

 

We can nearly guarantee the phone will be released sometime in September, with various sources throwing around a couple different dates. According to iMore, if Apple were to keep up with the pattern they’ve set for releasing the previous two iPhones, the iPhone 6 would be released on or around September 9, 2014 with a release date of September 19, 2014. However, Apple doesn’t always hold to patterns – you know they like to keep us guessing. Most sources agree with the September 19 release date, but of course we won’t know for sure until Apple tells us.

Some speculations suggest a separate release date for the two devices, with the larger model arriving later in the Fall of this year.

 

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Rumored Design Specs

Apple will likely release two iPhone models: a 4.7” model and a 5.7” (or 5.5”) model. Some speculators believe they will be released at the same time, while others believe the larger of the two devices will be released later this year.

Will the next generation iPhone leave users satisfied or clinging to outlets as depicted in Samsung’s latest Apple-bashing ad? According to an article from Modmyi.com on Monday, July 7, the rumored 4.7” iPhone will feature a “battery sized somewhere between 1800 and 1900mAh.” The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c both feature a 1570mAh battery so the boost should increase battery life by about 15%, depending on certain features of the phone (such as screen size).

The larger 5.7″ iPhone model is rumored to have a 2500mAh battery.

Sonny Dickson is at it again, this time with leaked video footage of a supposed iPhone 6 front panel withstanding a quick bending stress test. Though the title of the video mentions sapphire, there doesn’t seem to be any confirmation that the screen is created with sapphire.

 

 

Apple has increased its production of synthetic sapphire glass, leading many rumor mongers to believe Apple intends to use a great deal of sapphire in the next iPhone(s). This would likely increase the price of an iPhone by about $100. My guess is this calculated increase in sapphire production has to do with the iWatch, which is rumored to release this October or November. But this is just another speculation in the rumor mill.

 

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Lots of leaked photos suggest the next iPhone could mimic the slim design of the latest generation iPod Touch. This could spell trouble for the device’s level of repairability, with lots of soldered parts and extremely fragile components (similar to the iPod Touch 5th gen repair).


iPhone 6? iPhone Air?

The next iPhone is currently being referred to as “iPhone 6,” though word on the street says the 5.7″ model might take after the latest iPad and go by the name “iPhone Air.” Or it could be called something completely different. Who knows? Apple does what Apple wants.

 

iWatch?

The iWatch, if it is to be released this year, probably won’t be announced until after the iPhone 6 is announced. I expect the iWatch to be revealed sometime in October or November, and be released in time for Christmas. Similar to last year’s iPad Air reveal on October 22, the iPad went on sale on November 1 in time for pre-ordered devices to arrive by Christmas.

 

Let’s talk repairability…

All this talk of sapphire glass production has tech journalists talking about an “unbreakable display” for the next generation iPhone. This is doubtful, as Apple has never created devices with durability in mind. Maybe they’ll change their tune and create a “harder to break” device instead of one “harder to repair,” but only time and an iFixit teardown will tell. We’re sure they’ll have a teardown and repairability score ready in time for the device’s release.

 

 

Thanks for reading and let us know in the comments below what YOU want to see in the next generation iPhone. Personally, I hope the next iPhone features much better battery life and NFC — or wireless — charging, simply because us “wall huggers” are tired of poor battery life. Wireless charging would greatly reduce many of the issues iPhone users have with the iPhone. But only time will tell — let us know your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to join the conversation over on Facebook!