This makes the new iPhone 14 the most repairable smartphone since iPhone 7, say the experts at iFixit. This makes sense since Apple has not only worked to make it easier for owners to repair their devices, but also to help Apple technicians repair iPhones.
The strange thing is that iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max lines are not that easy to repair. Perhaps Apple decided to test the new design for durability before rolling it out to the public.
In order to be able to carry out repairs successfully, you need two things: know-how and the right tools.
And iFixit has both.
For know-how, visit the company’s extensive repair guides. Simply the best information available and all for free.
But what about tools?
Let’s take a look at some of the tools I use. Not all of these are specific to the iPhone, but these are the things I use most often when diagnosing or fixing faulty devices.
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My toolkit of choice for a number of years has been the iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit. Pretty much everything I need, all in one place and in a handy carrying case. I’ve owned – and used – my set for many years and it’s still going great.
If I had to use one word to describe the new iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit, it would be “perfect”.
Contents of the kit:
- 64-bit driver kit.
- Antistatic wrist strap.
- Small suction cup.
- 3 x iFixit Opening Tool
- iFixit Opening Picks x6.
- Reversed nylon-tipped tweezers.
- Angled ESD tweezers.
- Blunt ESD tweezers.
- 2x spudgers.
- Metal spudgers.
- Magnetic pad.
- tool roll.
Here is a detailed listing of all the bits in the driver kit:
- Phillips 000, 00, 0, 1, 2.
- Flathead 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4mm.
- Torx T2, T3, T4, T5.
- Torx security TR6, TR7, TR8, TR9, TR10, TR15, TR20, TR25.
- Pentalobe P2, P5, P6.
- JIS J000, J00, J0, J1.
- Hex 0.7, 0.9, 1.3, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5mm.
- Three point Y000, Y00, Y0, Y1.
- Sockets 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5mm.
- Square 0, 1, 2.
- Gamebit 3.8, 4.5mm.
- Key 4, 6, 8.
- Triangle 2.3mm.
- SIM eject bit.
- 1/4″ to 4mm driver adapter.
USB power testers have become a staple of my testing equipment. A good tester can test that USB ports are delivering the right amount of current, check how devices are drawing power, measure a battery’s capacity, check what loads USB-C cables can handle, and more.
This is one of the easier to use USB testers on the market. It comes with pretty good instructions, and there aren’t too many buttons and controls to make things confusing.
In addition to displaying, this tool can store data on a PC logger, meaning you can run longer tests.
This one tool can do so much that it is indispensable!
- Display: IPS 1.14 inch 240 x 135 pixels.
- Connector: Full 24-pin Type-C connectors with USB3.2 Gen4 10Gbps pass-through.
- Voltage Current Range: DC 4-26V (0.1-26V PC) 0-6.8A
- Resolution and Accuracy: 0.0001V 0.0001A 0.1% + 2d.
- E-mark reader: support.
- Gravity Sensor: Support.
- VBUS oscilloscope: 8 Msps, 1 mV resolution.
- Fast charge trigger for PD, PD PPS, QC2.0/3.0, FCP, SCP, AFC, VOOC, SuperVOOC.
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My eyes aren’t what they used to be. Well, to be honest, my eyes have never been so good, but I managed. Since I found tasks involving small things to be a little problematic, it was time to do something about it.
Enter this cheap magnifier that not only has magnifying lenses but is also fully equipped with LED lights.
- The headband is adjustable and super comfortable.
- Powered by two AAA batteries, the dual LED lights are bright and can be swiveled left and right or tilted up and down.
- Comes with three lenses (a fixed 1.9x stereo lens, a fold-down 1.9x stereo lens and a 4.5x magnifier) that provide four magnifications up to 8.3x.
- The lenses are high quality and distortion free.
- It’s lightweight yet durable.
I’ve been using mine for well over a year now and have no complaints. I really love the pan and tilt LEDs as they allow me to direct the light exactly to what I’m doing.
When the diagnostics are complete, it’s time to start the repair. And while most components are disposable these days, it’s nice when I come across something that’s fixable.
Maybe it’s a cable that has come loose or a component that needs to be replaced.
This is where a soldering iron comes in very handy. I use a butane gas iron because it gives me the flexibility to fix things when I don’t have electricity.
- Cordless butane soldering torch, perfect not only for soldering, but also for burning, heatsink shrinking, plastic cutting, heating and other hobby and craft projects.
- Integrated ignition trigger with safety lock against accidental ignition.
- Variable temperature control for precise control, from 1022°F – 2192°F.
- The flame arresting mechanism keeps the flashlight on a continuous flame for easier operation.
- Versatile 14-piece accessory set.
- Refillable tank with 75 minutes burn time.
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My favorite Android smartphone is the Ulefone Armor 9. It’s rugged. It’s chunky! It’s tough. And it has a built-in FLIR Lepton thermal imaging camera!
I used to think thermal imaging cameras were a cool toy for people with more money than brains. But having used one for a couple of years now I find it invaluable to have the “super power” of being able to see in infrared.
Because in electrical repair, overheating means something is wrong, and with this camera I can see that overheating directly.
I’ve used the thermal camera in the Ulefone Armor 9 to detect bad connections and overheating components and it’s a great tool for detecting heat build-up in PCs. It’s also great for a variety of things around the home, from detecting heat leak points to locating airlocks in the heating system.
- MediaTek Helios P90 octa-core processor up to 2.2 GHz.
- 6.3 inch 2340 x 1080 FHD+ 410 PPI LCD multi-touch display with IPS technology.
- 8GB LPDDR4x dual channel RAM.
- 128GB UFS2.1 ROM.
- SD card Up to 2 TB.
- FLIR Lepton thermal imaging camera with a range of -10℃ – 400℃ (supported by a 5 megapixel rear camera).
- Samsung 64 megapixel rear camera.
- 2 megapixel secondary camera on the back.
- Quad LED flash.
- 8 megapixel front camera.
- 6600mAh battery.
- 18W fast charge supported.
- Unlock fingerprint.
- Dual SIM support.
- headphone jack.
- endoscope connection.
- USB-C port.
- Degree of protection IP68/IP69K/MIL-STD-810G.