Posted on September 10, 2014
After two and a half years, my iPhone 4 battery suddenly would not hold a charge longer than a few hours. Since I was used to it lasting all day, or close to it, this caused me problems. I haven’t felt a need to upgrade to either the iPhone 4S or the iPhone 5, so I searched for information on replacing the battery to assess how much of a hassle it would be.
I have to admit I’m quite surprised at how easy it turned out to be. I’ll get directly to my path to battery happiness:
1. Watch this YouTube video on “How to Easily Replace an iPhone 4 Battery” by HighT3chDad.
2. Order a replacement battery. I ordered this one on Amazon for only $7.05 with free shipping through Amazon Prime (currently only $4.99 + $0.99 shipping), and it included the tools along with the battery. “Genuine Iphone 4 16G 32G Battery 3.7V 1420mAh and Tool”
3. Set aside 30 minutes to review the video, and replace the battery.
Really! It’s that easy. I’m very happy to have a new battery and not have the hassles of upgrading my phone!
p.s. This post is a bit after the fact, and the replacement battery has performed well for the past year and a half. With the iPhone 6 having just been announced, I’m likely to upgrade soon, but I’ll probably keep my iPhone 4 as a development device, so for anyone still hanging onto a iPhone 4, don’t be afraid to replace that battery!
I wasn’t really invited to the Summer Camp Counselor’s meeting since I wasn’t going to be a counselor, but we all knew each other and I went with Mrs. Project. It turned out that the camp director mentioned that they wanted their own Quiz Game Controller rather than borrowing the one we made long ago.
I’ve been itching to do an Arduino project for a while anyway, so I figured it would be a fun Saturday project. I should have known. Start programming something and time goes into the “time evaporator” machine. The project turned out pretty well, details are at projectnotions.com as well as instructables.com.
I have to make at least one more, so there will be more time evaporated, however, here are some things I learned:
I’m looking forward to doing a software update to implement a “Wheel of Fortune” mode in addition to the existing “Jeopardy” mode. I offered family members an Arduino Starter Kit if they found the Easter Egg in the game code. (NO, this is not a public offer!!) The prize still isn’t claimed, but I’d be happy if a young person got interested in electronics by finding the Egg and getting the prize!
Buy a Dremel, program an Arduino, have fun, and enjoy life!
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