Saturday
Jul292017

“Your iPhone Battery May Need to be Serviced”

This notice might appear on any iPhone running iOS 10.2.1 or later in Settings > Battery. As Apple Support wrote, “this isn’t a safety issue, it’s just to let you know that your battery may need to be replaced. You can continue to use your iPhone until you have your battery checked.”

If this notice has appeared on your phone, it simply means that iOS diagnostics have detected that the battery in your phone may need to be replaced as it is starting to lose capacity. When a battery gets closer to the end of its lifespan, the amount of charge and the ability to provide power reduces. As a result, a battery may need to be charged more and more frequently, and your iPhone might experience unexpected shutdowns. There are various factors that can affect the performance and lifespan of your device’s battery, including number of charge cycles, age of your battery, and exposure to extreme heat or cold.

For more optimal battery life, one might want to replace their battery yearly, especially people living in colder climates. It's one of the cheaper services that are offered and can help to maintain proper phone function as well as prevent some of the damage that can be caused by a battery going bad (i.e. bloating up and cracking your LCD).

Technicians at Wires Computing replace batteries (and charging ports) daily, and would be more than happy to assist you in servicing your phone. No appointment needed— feel free to just drop in during our regular business hours.


Friday
Jun092017

iPhone not charging when plugged in? 

Once you're certain that it's not an issue with the outlet, charging block or cord— and the phone still isn't charging, then the problem can be reduced down to a few different options: a bad battery, charging port, or tristar. 

Any knowledgable electronics repair shop should be able to pretty quickly determine the source of the issue by observing if the phone draws any current with an ammeter, dryfitting a new charging port and new battery, and observing the response through the ammeter. 

A bad tristar might still result in the phone drawing current, but won't allow the battery to charge. To be certain, a known working battery might be dryfit onto the phone and if the phone still won't charge the new battery, then a tristar repair is indicated.

 

So what is a tristar?

A tristar is a chip (1610A3) on the motherboard that recognizes if the phone is plugged in, and addtionally determines if the battery is safe to charge or not. The tristar interfaces with the baseband and functionality of the chip can be definitely tested by using a digital multimeter on the battery terminal to see what voltage the terminal is carrying when the phone is plugged in. With a working tristar, the terminal might be carrying 3.6-4.2v, but a bad tristar will be indicated by 2v or less at the terminal.

What causes a tristar to go bad?

Typically, charging your iPhone using a third party charger or lightning cable that is not Apple MFI certified allows for larger variables in voltage and current, this then damages the tristar chip and can leave you with a seemingly dead/not charging iPhone. Lightning cables actually have a chip in them that regulate the voltage and current being pushed through into the charging port.

Another common reason for this is also charging your iPhone from the cigarette lighter of your car. This does not regulate the voltage as well as the original AC adapter, since alternatively the power is coming from the alternator. If you need to charge your iPhone or any electrical equipment in your car we would recommend a good quality inverter with your original charger and Apple lightning cable.

Fortunately for you, microsoldering techs at Wires Computing do this repair daily with essentially a 99% rate of successful repair. Send yours in today.

Friday
Mar312017

Surface Pro 3 Display Issues

Does your Surface Pro 3 have a broken or cracked screen? Are you experiencing touch issues? 

At Wires Computing, we can fix any issues related to your broken Surface Pro screen.

These issues can manifest from a cracked screen, broken glass, lines across the screen, or no image at all. Additionally these issues can manifest as a flashing display, or a blue or white screen. 

Regardless of the issue, even if you have an older or newer Surface model, feel free to give us a call or drop by our shop. Most of our repairs can be completed within a few business days, at a cost far less than that of a new device.

 

Feel free to give us a call: (802) 448-0403

and if you aren't local you can mail in your repair.

 

wirescomputing.com

Monday
Mar132017

Laptop Screen Repair

Do you have a cracked screen on you laptop?

 

 

 

 

At Wires Computing we will fix any problems relating to your broken screen on your laptop.

When your screen is broken it can show many different symptoms such as:

  • Cracked LCD
  • Broken Glass
  • Lines in LCD
  • Black Screen
  • No Image
  • Flash Screen
  • Blue Screen
  • White Screen

We repair all brands including:

HP

Dell

Lenovo

IBM

MSI

ASUS

Acer

 

Bring your broken laptop into our repair shop and we'll be glad to help fix your problems, which are typically fixed within a few business days and for much less than a new computer.

Give us a call today

(802)448-0403

www.wirescomputing.com

 

 

Friday
Jan202017

iPhone battery symbol not charging

 Plauged with an iPhone 5, iPhone 6, or 6S that does not charge even after a battery replacement and/or a new charger port install?

 

This may be the result of a charging ic on the motherboard typically referred to as the U2 or tristar.

This issue is normally caused by using cheaper third party charger that does not regulate the voltage and as such spikes in the voltage will ruin the charging integrated circuit.

 

Charging your iPhone using a third party charger or USB lead that does not regulate this as much allows for larger variables in voltage and current, this then damages the U2 IC and can leave you with a seemingly dead iPhone. Another common reason for this is also charging your iPhone from the cigarette lighter of your car. This does not regulate the voltage as well as the original AC adapter as the power is coming from the alternator. If you need to charge our iPhone or any electrical equipment in your car we would recommend a good quality inverter with your original charger and USB lead.

 

Having a phone that won’t charge or turn on is one thing, but knowing that there’s a chip inside that’s damaged and preventing it from turning on is an entirely different frustration. But, knowing is half the battle, both when it comes to the cables being used and the steps needed to fix it. Did you ever suffer from an iPhone  that wouldn’t turn on, or charge over 1%?

 

  • Take a look at Micro Soldering Repair's write-up about this issue:

iPhone Tristar Replacement