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iPhone 6 suddenly not charging, not receiving current

Hi there,

I have received an iPhone 6 just shy of two years ago as a gift. I assume it was a refurbished unit since Apple stopped selling this model in 2016. A few days ago, I unplugged it from its charger, used it to the point it needed charging again, plugged it back, then nothing. It wasn’t charging. I did swap chargers/cables, third party, other brands, and of course original Apple, to no avail. Doesn’t even turn on when plugged in.

Had a Genius Bar appointment, had it checked, apparently their special tool could read the serial number and some other things I didn’t understand, but wasn’t pulling any current. Since it’s out of warranty (What a shame to provide 1-year warranty on such expensive devices!), the Genius mentioned a full replacement would be the same price as a brand new one, but advised against it since that would make for a pretty expensive iPhone 6 (about $400 before taxes).

The only issue I had with this unit so far was its enourmous power drain: 5 hours of moderate usage would run the battery dry. Battery Health 3 on the Mac reported 85% health, and of course, an unusually high number of cycles. Never took any water, no strong shock (I have a decent bumper).

From a quick search on the Internet, either the Lightning port is to blame, or the U1401 charging chip. How do I know what is the faulty part?

On the downside, I don’t have any microsoldering tools (I could never justify buying hundred $ of equipment “just in case”), nor skills for that matter. I saw some repairmen (and probably women too"!) advertising their services on eBay (All based in the US, so I’d have to add larger shipping fees as well as customs if I’m unlucky), but nothing local. Worse, iFixit doesn’t sell unlocked iPhone 6 boards. A few ones come up on eBay, though not exactly cheap at $120+.

What would be the best course of action?

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Based on the fact that you had such big power drain already, a board or part issue is quite likely. A replacement battery and dock would be the bare minimum to start troubleshooting but may turn out useless in the end, same as a replacement logic board if you have there a faulty battery or dock. There’s no real best course of action, DIY repairs are a try and error path with mistakes and unnecessary costs involved. Sometimes the best choice is just to have the phone looked up by an indipendent repairer, but if you want to try fixing it yourself either you buy parts or you’re stuck.

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Would the Lighning connector be to blame if Apple's own tools can read basic data from the phone?

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@cubytus No idea what kind of tool Apple uses and how it works.

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You can most likely open and change the battery in your iPhone 6 if you look up the cost of that and procedure on amazon/YouTube. I wouldn’t think there’s any other problem? If they are saying that there’s no current pulling the the battery CONNECTION could have been knocked loose, and just needs to be reconnected. In either case, the phone needs to be reopened probably in order to be fixed

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I doubt the battery connector can be "knocked loose". This phone never took any strong shock, plus the connector sits below a cover held with screws. Even with a dead battery, the iPhone is supposed to turn on whenever it's plugged in. And an about-to-die battery would sure give a few warning signs before. This wasn't the case here.

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