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.

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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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Testing Cables for iPhone 6/6+ Now in Stock!

We know your customers demand the highest quality repair at the best prices – no matter if it’s a simple iPhone battery replacement or a more intricate iPad glass screen repair. That’s why we use LCD testing cables on a daily basis, to ensure the quality of our replacement screens remains consistent with the quality you expect from eTech Parts.

 

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With more inventory arriving in our warehouse for Chinese New Year, testing and quality control will become more of a focal point for many of us at eTech. This includes testing all our LCD Assemblies for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – aided in part by our testing units, an iPhone 6 testing cable and iPhone 6 Plus testing cable. It’s important for us to ensure the quality of each replacement part, by testing for functionality and inspecting each unit by hand.

Do you use LCD testing cables at your smartphone repair shop? LCD testing cables can be a great solution for testing your inventory of LCD screens without wearing down the devices at your shop. We have testing cables available for iPhones, iPods, iPad Mini, and Samsung Galaxy devices. Check out our wide selection of LCD testing cables and more from eTechParts.com.

 

 

Coming Soon.. Chinese New Year!

Here at eTech Parts we’ve been bulking up our inventory to support you when industry-wide shortages hit. Getting your hands on wholesale repair parts iPhone during Chinese New Year can be tricky, especially if you don’t prepare ahead of time.

We’ll do our best to stay well-stocked throughout the Chinese holiday, but we do suggest ordering a little extra inventory over the next couple weeks to prepare your shop for any possible shortages. Whether your most popular repair is fixing an iPhone 5c screen or you’ve been replacing a lot more iPhone batteries lately, you might add some extras to your next order just in case.

 

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Leading up to February 19th, all factories in China will shut down and suppliers stop shipping product. After the week-long holiday is over, workers return to factories and production begins – but it takes a couple weeks for production to reach normal capacity. So while stock is usually pretty healthy throughout CNY, shortages typically occur in the weeks following CNY.

You can check out our blog from last year for more information on the history of Chinese New Year and how it affects the iPhone repair industry. 2015 is the year of the goat and it is believed that anyone born in a goat year is calm, gentle, creative, thoughtful, amicable, and honest. If you were born in a goat year, congratulations – 2015 is your year!

New Free Shipping Rates

We’ve updated our free shipping threshold to offer the same great service at better prices to our Wholesale Repair Network. Starting today, all orders $500+ are eligible for FREE FedEx Ground and all orders $1000+ are eligible for FREE FedEx Standard Overnight.

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$500+ for Free FedEx Ground Shipping

Orders placed by 3PM CST, Monday – Friday

 

$1000+ for Free Standard Overnight Shipping

Orders placed by 4PM CST, Monday – Friday

 

At eTech Parts, we’re always looking for ways to improve the quality of our services and help the Repair Community – and when the Repair Community speaks, we’re all ears. Our customers have always loved the quality and speed of our shipping and handling; after negotiating our rates with FedEx, we’re now able to offer lower Free Shipping thresholds and pass those savings right to you.

Our shipping department is here to ensure the consistency of quality you expect from eTech Parts. Industry-leading service, premium wholesale parts iPhone, free tech support, easy returns, and informative content to help you market your iPhone repair business are just some of the ways eTech Parts supports small business repair shops.

If there’s another way we can help your repair business grow, we’d love to hear from you – just leave a comment down below!

2014: A Year in Repair

What a fantastic year to be part of the booming wireless repair industry! As we pause in reflection of the past year spent serving the Repair Community, we are inspired by the growth of the community and industry as a whole.

2014 was the year of Red Tape and the dawn of the gTool; it was the first year of the Wireless Repair Expo, and the year the Repair Community truly came together in alliance and camaraderie.

It was also a year of changes for many of us in the repair industry. News of longtime customers selling high to get out of the repair business is a bittersweet reminder that success means different things to different people. It also helps to remind us that change isn’t always a bad thing – and choosing to adapt to, rather than resist these changes, is the only way to keep up with such a rapidly changing industry.

 

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For the team at eTech Parts, 2014 was a year to remember. Attending CES in January was an event I’m not likely to forget anytime soon. CES is best described as all the sights and sounds of a rapidly evolving technological ecosystem, all in one place. When our heads weren’t spinning from the madness we were busy meeting customers, making new friends, and seeing the gTool iCorner for the first time.

 

In February, we survived yet another Chinese New Year thanks to early preparations and lots of overtime hours from our procurement team. Which reminds me.. It’s almost that time again!

 

 

In March, we introduced a new brand of iPhone repair tools to the repair industry. The gTool iCorner was every repair technician’s dream tool – a tool designed to repair bent aluminum corners on iPhones, iPads and iPods. Since March gTool has taken off and is now one of the top iPad repair tools on the market. eTech Parts is a proud distributor of gTool and we look forward to seeing what they come up with in the future.

 

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In April, warranty company SquareTrade announced partnership with local repair shops, including repair franchise UBreakiFix and Gadget Drop. This marked a huge advancement in wireless repair, as SquareTrade is one of the most well-known device insurance providers in the industry.

 

In May, Minnesota became the first state to pass a bill requiring all cell phones sold in the state to come equipped with antitheft software. The appropriately titled “kill switch” law goes into effect on July 1st 2015, and Minnesota wasn’t the only state to pass this bill. Similar legislature passed in California a couple months later, with similar bills proposed in Nevada and New Jersey. We’ll just have to wait as our government cuts through the red tape to see how this bill might affect the repair industry.

 

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Speaking of Red Tape… Though us true believers have always known the power of Red Tape, 2014 was the year you fell in love. 2014 was the year “#RedTapePower” became a “thing.” And while bragging isn’t really OUR “thing,” I’m pretty sure Red Tape really took off after we released the 1mm size tape back in April. The Repair Community goes crazy for Red Tape, which is why it’s our favorite item to giveaway during Facebook contests!

 

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In May, IBISWorld released a comprehensive report on the US Cell Phone Repair Industry. This 28-page report details revenue, profits, wages, industry performance, competitive landscape and tons more. To summarize… industry revenue reached $1.4 billion, with profits upwards of $71.6 million! Wages account for approximately 38.4% of revenue, which comes out to about $518.8 million. At the time of reporting there were 2,368 repair shops in the United States, with IBISWorld predicting an average annual growth rate of 5.8% or about 2600 repair shops by the end of 2014. The top 4 players in the cell phone repair industry account for less than 10% of industry revenue in 2014; meaning small business repair shops are still the reigning champions.

 

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In June, the repair experts at mendmyi discovered a newsworthy iPhone repair issue. After seeing an influx of iPhone 5 charging issues, they found their answer hiding beneath the microscope in the iPhone’s logic board – specifically, they found damage to the U2 IC chip, a portion of the logic board which controls the charge to the battery. Symptoms of a faulty U2 IC chip include a battery that won’t charge beyond 1%, and an iPhone that automatically powers itself on. Third-party, or “knockoff” chargers were found to be the culprit – just another reason to make sure you’re using and selling only the highest quality, authorized charging accessories.

 

 

In June we got our hands on the gTool B-Series All-in-one Kit, which includes every gTool iCorner headset needed to repair the aluminum casing on an iPhone 5 and 5s, iPad 2/3/4, iPad Mini, iPad Air and the 4th generation iPod Touch – all in one little package. The Repair Community’s response to gTool was outstanding and the B-Series kit quickly became a top-seller.

 

Some stuff probably happened in August, too, but we’ll skip ahead to when the fun really began. September 9th marked the first day of the first-ever Wireless Repair Expo 2014 during CTIA Super Mobility Week at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas!

 

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Not only was it the greatest week a group of technicians has probably ever had, the Wireless Repair Expo helped the Repair Community connect in a way unlike ever before. We were thrilled to be part of it but the true pride and inspiration came from seeing the Repair Community grow, share, connect and come together as a REAL Community. Thanks for letting us join the party!

 

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During the Expo we were lucky enough to debut the gTool Panel Press as well as reveal the next invention from gTool – the Pad Jack. It’s a box that removes the glass screen from an iPad in like 90 seconds. It’s pretty crazy. More on that later this year.

 

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While we were at the Wireless Repair Expo, Apple released not one but 2 brand-new iPhones – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Both devices are bigger, better, and more bendable than any other iPhone previously released. Once it was revealed to the world that thin aluminum bends, BendGate blew everything out of proportion and took over the Internet for about 2 weeks. It also taught us the lesson that, as a society, our jeans are too tight and our phones too thin. Lesson learned.

 

In October, Apple released the updated iPad Mini 3 and the iPad Air 2. Both devices featured minimal changes, the most significant being the addition of Touch ID functionality.

 

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While there was a lot happening in the months between October and December, one event – or rather, announcement – worth mentioning is eTech Parts has signed on as the Premier Partner of the Wireless Repair Expo 2015! Same time, same place, and hopefully all the same great people we met last year! Join eTech and the rest of the Repair Community September 9th – 11th for the Wireless Repair Expo 2015 during Super Mobility Week, powered by CTIA.

 

Through all the changes in the past year, the biggest change we saw in 2014 was YOU. The Repair Community shifted to become yet another resource for everyone to benefit from. Instead of considering other repair shop owners “the competition,” in 2014 you learned how to bond with others in the industry to share, learn and grow together. Thanks for another great year and here’s to an even better 2015!

 

What was your favorite part of 2014? What goals are you reaching for in 2015? We love hearing from the Repair Community so let us know in the comments below!

Small Parts for the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Arriving Daily!

The fall season is a busy time for us here at eTech Parts, with new Apple devices in September and October, and new replacement parts to research, source and purchase! Our procurement team has been hard at work ensuring we have these new parts available, along with ensuring the rest of our inventory remains fully stocked.

We’re happy to announce the arrival of brand new repair parts for iPhone 6 and parts for iPhone 6 Plus! Batteries, flex cables, home buttons.. you name it and we probably have it back in the warehouse!

 

iPhone 6:6 Plus BatteryCheck out the size of that thing! That’s an iPhone 6 battery on the left, and an iPhone 6 Plus battery on the right. The 6 Plus battery is just under 5 inches long!

 

While we’ve had LCD screens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in stock for over a month, the smaller components typically take a little more time to source and process. Now we’re proud to announce we have all the parts you might need to repair pretty much anything in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

We even got your glass only parts for iPhone 6! Is anyone out there in the Repair Community practicing or experimenting with glass only repairs on the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus yet? You should let us know your thoughts and repair experience in the comments below!

 

Glass only iPhone 6The pristine quality, perfectly beveled edges, and extreme durability of this piece of glass for the iPhone 6 make it nearly indistinguishable from the glass on my own iPhone 6.

 

Thanks for reading, and if there’s anything eTech Parts doesn’t offer that you think we should, let us know! You can leave your suggestions in the comments below, or reach out to us directly at 913-839-1718.

We’re always happy to help and even happier to listen to your feedback to know what we could be doing better as your partner in repair. Whether it’s a line of parts we don’t carry, or a service we could implement to better your business, we want to hear about it! After all, we’d be nothing without our loyal community of repair technicians. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too.

Battery Isolation Tool Demo

Here at eTech Parts, we consider ourselves strong advocates for high quality service. From the premium parts for iPhones we sell to the level of customer service we offer every day, quality is always our first priority. This means we’re constantly looking for the latest and greatest parts, tools and accessories to offer our growing community of repair shops.

So when we heard about a brand new, super affordable repair tool for the iPad, we jumped at the chance to offer it to the Repair Community. This tiny piece of plastic can save you hours of troubleshooting and soldering, simply by preventing electrical overload damage to the logic board.

Here’s a quick video demonstrating how to use the Battery Isolation Tool to disconnect an iPad battery. Just remove one screw holding the battery connector in place and slide the tool right under to safely remove the battery from the logic board.

 

 

The battery isolation tool for iPad is used to disconnect the battery from the logic board during iPad repair, reducing the chances of electrical overload damage to the board. You can find it on our website for under $2, and if you haven’t already you can sign up for a wholesale account to receive wholesale discounts and insider information. This tool is a must-have for any repair technician who performs iPad repairs.

Leave a comment below if you’ve gotten the chance to try out this new tool and let us know what you think! Do you find it helpful during iPad repairs? What’s one tool you wish we offered here at eTech Parts? We love getting feedback from the Repair Community so let us know — and be sure to head over to our Facebook page where hundreds of repair technicians gather daily to talk shop and share tips and tricks. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more from eTech Parts!