What’s the lifespan of a good book? Years, right? So why should your trusty iPad not match that? Unfortunately, all batteries age, and your iPad’s is no exception. The lithium-ion batteries installed in iPads are designed to retain at least 80% of their original capacity over 1000 charge cycles, with a charge cycle being defined as using and recharging 100% of the battery’s capacity. For instance, using 50% of your battery one day, recharging it to 100%, then using 50% the next day would amount to one full charge cycle. Therefore, if you complete a full charge cycle every day, your iPad battery could last almost three years. However, several factors can affect your battery’s longevity, including the generation of your iPad, the conditions in which you store it, and the type of charger you use. Older iPads might only last up to 500 cycles, while heat or improper charging can also diminish battery life.
But don’t worry, that’s where this guide comes in handy. In this blog post, we’ll navigate the steps to breathe new life into your iPad by replacing its aging battery.
Step 1: Order a New Battery and the Necessary Tools
The first thing you’ll need is, of course, a new battery. Make sure to purchase one that’s compatible with your iPad model. You can find this information on the back of your iPad or in the settings menu. Apart from the battery, you’ll also need a few specific tools, including a heat gun, a set of plastic opening tools, and suction cups.
Step 2: Prepare Your Workspace
Next, ensure you’re working on a clean, well-lit, and static-free workspace. You don’t want any unnecessary static electricity messing with your iPad’s internals.
Step 3: Turn Off Your iPad
Before you start, power down your iPad. Hold the power button, swipe to turn off, and unplug any cables attached.
Step 4: Remove the Screen
This is where your heat gun comes into play. Use it to gently warm the edges of the iPad, which will help loosen the adhesive that keeps the screen attached. Once warmed, attach the suction cups near the corners and gently lift the screen. Be careful not to pull too quickly, as the display is still connected by several cables.
Step 5: Disconnect the Display
Inside, you’ll see ribbon cables connecting the display to the rest of the iPad. Carefully disconnect these using your plastic opening tools. Always remember: patience is the key here!
Step 6: Remove the Old Battery
Now comes the main event! You’ll need to remove any screws securing the battery in place. Then, use your plastic tools to gently pry the battery out of its housing. Never use metal tools for this step, as they can potentially puncture the battery, causing it to leak or even catch fire.
Step 7: Insert the New Battery
Place your new battery into the battery housing, and secure it with the screws you removed earlier. Make sure the battery connectors are properly attached.
Step 8: Reassemble Your iPad
Connect the display cables back onto the motherboard, making sure they click into place. Then, lower the display back onto the body of the iPad. Apply gentle pressure around the edges to reseal the adhesive.
And voila! You’ve successfully replaced your iPad battery! However, if you are uncomfortable doing this yourself, it’s always best to take it to a professional iPad repair shop like GadgetMates. Happy DIYing, but remember safety first. Keep this guide handy for the next time your battery starts showing signs of aging. Here’s to many more years of use from your iPad!
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