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These handy tools can diagnose and fix your broken iPhone

So the new iPhone 14 is the most repairable smartphone since the iPhone 7, according to the experts at iFixit. This makes sense, given that Apple has not only worked on: make it easier for owners to repair their devicesbut it also helps Apple technicians repair iPhones.

What is strange is that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max lines are not so easy to fix. Perhaps Apple has decided it would be wise to test the new design for durability before rolling it out across the board.

There are two things you should be able to do: successful repairs: Knowledge and the right tools.

And i’ll fix it has both.

For know-how, visit the company comprehensive repair manuals. 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 iPhonebut these are the things I use most when diagnosing or repairing faulty gadgets.

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My favorite toolkit for a number of years has been the iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit. Pretty much everything I need, all stored in one place and in a handy carrying case. I’ve owned – and used – my set for many years, and it’s still going strong.

If I had to describe the new iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit in one word, it would be “perfect”.

Kit contents:

  • 64 bit driver kit.
  • Anti-static wrist strap.
  • Small suction cup.
  • 3 x iFixit opening tool.
  • iFixit opening picks x6.
  • Reverse tweezers with nylon tip.
  • Curved ESD tweezers.
  • Blunt ESD tweezers.
  • 2x spudger.
  • Metal spudger.
  • Jimmy.
  • Magnetic pad.
  • Tool roll.
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Here is a detailed list of all the bits in the driver kit:

  • Philips 000, 00, 0, 1, 2.
  • Flat head 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4mm.
  • Torx T2, T3, T4, T5.
  • Torx protection 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.
  • Wrench 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5 mm.
  • Square 0, 1, 2.
  • Game bit 3.8, 4.5mm.
  • Key 4, 6, 8.
  • Triangle 2.3 mm.
  • SIM eject bit.
  • 1/4″ to 4mm driver adapter.

USB power testers have become an integral part of my test equipment. A good tester can test whether USB ports deliver the right amount of power, monitor device power consumption, measure how much capacity a battery has, check what loads USB-C cables can carry, and much more.

This is one of the easier to use USB testers out there. It comes with pretty good instructions and there aren’t too many buttons and controls to make it all confusing.

In addition to the display, this tool can store data in a PC logger, allowing you to run longer tests.

This one tool does so much that it is indispensable!

  • Screen: IPS 1.14-inch 240×135 pixels.
  • Connector: Full 24-pin Type-C ports with USB3.2 Gen4 10 Gbps pass-through.
  • Voltage Current Range: DC 4-26V (0.1-26V PC) 0-6.8A.
  • Resolution & Accuracy: 0.0001V 0.0001A 0.1%+2d.
  • E-Mark Reader: Support.
  • Gravity sensor: support.
  • VBUS Oscilloscope: 8Msps, 1mV 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 were never this good, but I managed. Since I found tasks involving small things a bit problematic, it was time to do something about it.

Enter this inexpensive loupe, which not only features magnifying lenses, but also comes complete with LED lighting.

  • The headband is adjustable and super comfortable.
  • The dual LED lights powered by two AAA batteries are bright and can pan left and right or tilt up or down.
  • Comes with three lenses (a fixed 1.9x stereo lens, a drop-down 1.9x stereo lens and a 4.5x loupe) for four magnifications up to 8.3x.
  • The lenses are of high quality and free of distortion.
  • It is lightweight yet durable.

I’ve been using mine for over a year now and I have no complaints. I really love the pan and tilt LEDs as they allow me to get the light exactly on what I’m doing.

When the diagnosis is complete, it’s time to fix things. And while most components are disposable these days, it’s nice when I come across something that can be repaired.

Maybe it’s a disconnected cable or a part that needs to be replaced.

Then a soldering iron comes in handy. I use a butane iron because it gives me the flexibility to fix things when I’m not near a power supply.

  • Cordless butane soldering torch, not only perfect for soldering, but also for pyrography, shrinking heat sinks, plastic cutting, heating and other hobby and craft projects.
  • Integrated ignition trigger with safety lock to prevent accidental ignition.
  • Variable temperature control for precise control, from 1022 °F – 2192 °F.
  • Flame lock mechanism keeps the torch on a continuous flame for easier operation.
  • Versatile 14-piece accessory set.
  • Refillable tank with a burn time of 75 minutes.
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My favourite android smartphone is the Ulefone Armor 9. It is rough. It’s thick! It is heavy. And it has a built-in FLIR Lepton thermal camera!

I thought so thermal cameras were cool toys for those with more money than sense. But having used one for a few years now, I find it invaluable to have the “superpower” of being able to see in infrared.

Why?

Because when it comes to electrical repairs, excess heat means something is wrong, and with this camera I can see this overload right away.

I’ve used the thermal camera in the Ulefone Armor 9 to detect bad connections and overheated components, and it’s a great tool for detecting heat buildup in PCs. It’s also great around the house for a variety of things, from spotting heat escape points to finding 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.
  • 8 GB LPDDR4x dual channel RAM.
  • 128 GB UFS2.1 ROM.
  • SD card Up to 2TB.
  • FLIR Lepton thermal camera with -10℃ – 400℃ range (assisted by a 5-megapixel rear camera).
  • Samsung 64 megapixel rear camera.
  • 2 megapixel secondary camera on the back.
  • Four LED flash.
  • 8 megapixel front camera.
  • 6600mAh battery.
  • 18W fast charging supported.
  • Unlock fingerprint.
  • Support for two SIM cards.
  • Headphone jack.
  • Endoscope port.
  • USB-C port.
  • IP68/IP69K/MIL-STD-810G classified.

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