1. sta18ff's Avatar
    Has anyone done a battery replacement themselves? Doesn't look too terrible, but hate to mess it up, as there are currently no phones available that I want to replace it with if I ruin the Z in the process. I was looking at the ifixit kit for $40. Alternatively, does anyone know what a repair place would usually charge to do it? It is obviously out of warranty at this point.
    10-08-2018 09:22 PM
  2. Scott337's Avatar
    I haven't cracked open a Z Force but have replaced a screen on a Z Play and it didn't look too more difficult to get to the battery. But then again the Force is a little different with that Shattershield screen. My local shops charge $60 - 80 just to start working on the phone + parts + more if it's not a standard phone (aka, anything other than a simple iPhone repair). That's when I bought a phone repair kit and started replacing broken screens myself.
    Redbert31 likes this.
    10-08-2018 09:31 PM
  3. sta18ff's Avatar
    Decided to give it a go myself...and I'm very glad I did! Bought a heat gun for $9 at Harbor Freight, $15 battery on eBay (it appears to be OEM as advertised) and a $6 roll of double sided tape. I followed the ifixit guide, and the two hardest parts were getting the two glass panels off the back (took more heat than expected, and ended up using a super tiny precision flathead screwdriver bit, as the plastic tools weren't working, as well as peeling the battery from the housing, due to extremely strong adhesive. I am now back to having amazing battery life! I think I will probably end up sticking with the phone longer than planned, even with the Z3 on sale for $10 a month.
    Scott337 likes this.
    10-31-2018 07:28 PM
  4. wilsodw's Avatar
    Wow, nice job on the replacement!
    11-03-2018 01:43 AM
  5. Rukbat's Avatar
    Congratulations on not destroying the screen - that's where many people fail.
    11-09-2018 12:53 PM
  6. jesta192's Avatar
    Destroying the screen isn't really as much of a problem as most phones because of ShatterShield. I did my former phone (now my daughter's) last night. Screen flexes quite a bit with no damage.

    I did break both top and bottom glass pieces trying to remove them (used a SlyPry on the bottom one and it cracked instantly; top one flexed a bit but then busted). I put packaging tape over the open spots in the shell and she has the phone in my old Incipio DualPro so you can't even see them. I figure if I need to crack it open again (maybe for a new camera glass?) this gives me much simpler access. Still might order the glass pieces eventually.

    Still have to do the wife's... Any additional advice to keep from breaking the glass(es)?
    Yesterday 05:35 PM

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