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Revamped version of the iPhone 3G with faster processing speeds. Repair of this device is similar to the 3G, and requires simple screwdrivers and prying tools. Model A1303 / 16 or 32 GB capacity / black or white plastic back.

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Replacement battery only took charge once.

My 3GS stopped taking a charge. I replaced the battery, thank you iFixit! I was very careful, and when I was done I put the phone on the charger without booting it up.

Success! It charged rather slowly I thought, but it did charge completely. Everything worked. The screen even seemed a bit brighter. I was elated.

The charge did not last as long as I thought it should, and when I put it back on the charger, it would not charge.

It gradually drained out. Now it will not turn off, and when I touch the home button it shows the battery symbol, with just a sliver of red, and there is a lightning bolt symbol below that. It is on the wall charger, but connecting to a computer had the same result.

Any suggestions?

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I forgot to mention that I did read answers to similar questions on this forum. As a result I did try opening the phone again and making sure all of the ribbon connectors were securely seated.

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So the new battery behaves like the old one? you could try to get the battery replaced once more. If that does not work, you may have to check a bit deeper for a solution. Check the dock connector, measure the voltage on the battery contacts with the phone plugged in to see what you get. Also check the charging and battery fuse for continuity.

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Well, it is doing what the old battery did, except that it did take one full charge.

I don't see any problems with the dock connector. I don't have the equipment to check voltage. But I could buy a simple continuity tester.

Does iFixit have instructions for replacing fuses? Do they sell the fuses?

Thanks oldturk!

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A meter will definitely work. Once you find out if you have continuity, we can see what else we can find. I am sure we could make some guides for the fuses:-) and could also find a link on where to get those.:-) Start with a power test and continuity. Even the cheapest meter will work for this;-)

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Mr. oldturkey, I now have a cheapy Radio Shack tester. I was going to work with it this weekend, but Radio Shack did not tell me that I needed to buy a battery for it. I now have it set to go, but I'm also trying to get a garage built before the snow flies. I will try to check the battery contacts tonight and I'll get back to you.

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Sometimes when my 3GS won't charge, I do a Reset where I hold down both the HOME and POWER button until the Apple symbol appears. If this doesn't work, then it could be the Dock connector. I noticed on my iPhone that when I plug in the charger cable, the connection is very loose, i.e. I can wiggle the cable connector up and down. When I hold the connector in the down position, the iPhone would start charging, but not when the connector is in the up position. So that is how I have been charging my iPhone for the last two months. Keeping it in the down position with some weight on the cable. Hope it works for you.

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Thanks for this John. I had been wondering about the dock connector. But I messed with it every which way and could not get it to start charging. So that probably is not my problem.

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I forgot to mention this. I had my battery replaced at a repair shop but that battery failed after 6 months. So I bought a new battery from ifixit. When I opened the case, I noticed that the repair shop had put some thick tape on top of connector 4. Apparently they had problem reseating connector 4, so they added the tape. I went ahead an added more thick tape to the connector. This connector comes from the dock so if it is not fully reseated you cannot charge the iPhone.

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