iPhone Charging Issues

We have noticed quite a few iPhones coming in with charging issues recently and wanted to get some information out about the most common causes. Other guides may provide part of the solution, but we have yet to find anyone who explains all of the possible causes (except Jessa who is an exception to most rules).

Lint In Charging Ports can cause the phone not to charge. Ohh, the joys of pulling pocket lint out of iPhone charging ports. Although it is relatively easy to do with a pair of thin tip tweezers we strongly recommend relying on a third-party. There are two main reasons for this: (1) There are thin pins that can be damaged if not carefully avoided, (2) Additional diagnostics can be run on the device to verify that there is not another underlying issue contributing to a failure to charge issue.

Failing Batteries can cause a whole range of symptoms from unexpected shutdowns to a failure to charge properly. You can check the current health of your battery using a utility like Coconut Battery ( but there are more thorough options available to determine the current health of the battery which are not readily available to consumers.

Consumed Batteries frequently fail to charge as quickly as entirely functional batteries and in some cases can stop charging completely or simply not be able to provide the amount of power required to turn a phone back on once it is completely discharged. Most consumers hold onto their devices for long enough that their battery will enter a consumed state. Battery replacements are quite affordable 

Damaged Logic Boards are a possible cause as well either because of a device specific component failure like the U2 Chip in many Apple Mobile Devices which is supposed to control power flow or liquid damage. Luckily damaged logic boards can be repaired, but you should expect a turnaround time of about a week due to the complexity of troubleshooting required to identify problematic components.



Recognizing Battery Failure in Apple Laptops

Unfortunately, nobody has been able to come up with a battery to put in electronic devices that will last for more than about three years without either losing a significant amount of charge capacity or failing entirely. Fortunately, replacement lithium-ion batteries are plentiful and in many cases quite affordable. If you've ever found yourself running around like a crazy person to find an outlet to charge your laptop you may want to review the following symptoms and consider having your battery replaced!

Service Battery Warnings are a way for your laptop to let you know that it has detected either a failure to charge as expected or that the internal battery has been consumed, or is unable to hold more than a specific percentage charge. You will see notifications that the battery needs to be serviced near the top-right corner of your display.

Trackpad Not Working is one of those symptoms that may at first seem like it couldn't be related to a battery issue. More than a few times we have had a situation where we have quoted a customer for a trackpad replacement over the phone and it ends up being a failing battery. The reason the two symptoms are related is the location of the battery itself. For example, on non-retina Macbook Pro models the battery is located directly underneath the trackpad. When a failing battery swells the path of least resistance is towards the trackpad which can prevent movement of the trackpad and in some extreme cases even crack it!

Short Battery Life is quite common with both failing and consumed batteries. Although consumers are able to access information on their battery health we strongly recommend consulting a third-party for an analysis of that information. Most service providers will be able to provide a quick explanation of current battery health at no cost and recommend replacement options.

Overheating can be caused when the electrical current flowing to individual cells in the battery encounters unplanned resistance. The excess energy that builds up is released as heat and can cause significant damage to your laptop. If you notice that your device is overheating we recommend consulting a technician to ensure that there is no risk of fire.

Unexpected Shutdowns can occur when a battery is unable to provide the necessary amount of electricity to your computer. If you are plugged directly into an outlet periodic loss of battery power is less significant, but without that fallback anything that is unsaved will likely be lost when the device loses power and reboots.

Macbook Pro 13" Mid-2009 (Boot Issue, Keyboard, Trackpad)

Initial Description:

- Device powers on and displays an Apple Logo as expected for a few seconds, but instead of completing the boot into the user environment it displays the 'Do Not' icon after about fifteen seconds indicating that the operating system was unable to load as expected.


- PRAM Reset ... No Change in Symptoms,

- SMC Reset ... No Change in Symptoms,

- Booted into Recovery Partition ... Success!

- Determined that Keyboard is non-functional in Recovery,

- Determined that Trackpad can move cursor but not click in Recovery,

- PRAM Reset ... No Change in Symptoms,

- SMC Reset ... Keyboard works but Trackpad remains the same,

- Installed Known Good Battery ... No Change in Symptoms,

- Removed Known Good Battery,

- Installed Known Good Trackpad and Trackpad Flex Cable,

- Installed Original Battery,

- Booted into Recovery Partition ... Success!

- Determined that Keyboard is fully functional,

- Determined that Trackpad is fully functional,

- Boot Issue Persists,

- Removed Internal SSD,

- Rebuilt HFS+ Directory Structure,

- Booted into Install Media (USB),

- Disk Utility First Aid recommend a format reinstall,

- Unable to rebuild directory structure via third-party tools,

- Removed Internal SSD,

- Backed up Data to Known-Good Storage Media,

- Reformatted Internal SSD,

- Clean Install of 10.11.6 ... Success!

- Restored Customer Data,

- Service Complete,


- Malfunctioning Trackpad,

- Corrupted Operating System,