We recently repaired an ipad mini 2 after a previous repair attempt. The customer had brought it in for intermittent touch freezes and ghosting where the screen will randomly touch itself.
This is very common on the ipad mini and is usually caused by poor quality screens being used. When the ipad mini first came out we found that cheap screens with copper traces on the digitiser would short and have screen ghosting. Unfortunately some companies still use these screens and cut corners with repairs.
This ipad was no different. Unfortunately the previous repairer had used a poor quality screen and also left out all of the shields from inside the device.
Luckily we had a set of spare shields to replace these. We also fit OEM screens on ipad mini’s to ensure that the quality is not affected when repairing unlike most other repair shops. We always do a bend test on our new screens to see how resistant the screens are, if a screen cannot bend without cracking it’s not good enough to fit on our customers devices.
The screen on this ipad was barely stuck down and dust had gotten into the lcd causing dust marks and stains. We use a special glass cleaner on dirty lcd’s to remove as much of the staining as possible. Unfortunately once dust settles and stains an LCD you will never remove them 100%, this is why it is so important to repair ipads properly the first time as to not cause permanent damage to your internal screen. We fit foam tape around the LCD as a second layer of defence from dust, we also use a special adhesive to seal the screen to ensure that the new screen will not lift like they do from other repairers.
We specialise in ipad repairs and fix other bodge jobs on a daily basis. If you want your ipad repaired right the first time please feel free to get in touch.
Games consoles get a lot of use over time. wether they are being used to play your favourite game for hours on end, chill out and watch a movie or streaming online they get very heavy usage. We often keep them hidden away in cabinets and other dusty places and as the fans spin to cool the consoles down they also suck in a lot of dust too, clogging up the grills and restricting air flow.
Because of this older consoles will often run hot or over heat, this can cause consoles to work much harder than needed to try to cool themselves and can cause lots of problems such as freezing, turning itself off and becoming slow.
Over heating a motherboard can cause it to warp over time and can cause some of the signature failures within a lot of the popular consoles such as Xbox’s and playstations.
At Pratts pods we recommend that you have your consoles serviced every couple of years to clean out the dust and dirt, clean up the CPU/GPU and reapply new thermal paste. On top of this it is good to keep your console in a clean and today environment and hoover the vents regularly.
By cleaning your console regularly and having it serviced you can increase its life span hugely, most failures are caused by overheating and this is very easy to stop.
If you would like to find out more about looking after your console or if you are having a problem with yours then please feel free to get in touch.
One of the very common issues in the iPhone 6 Plus and sometimes the iPhone 6 is touch disease.
Some of the symptoms are:
Unresponsive touch screen.
Grey bars at the top of the screen.
Touch screen freezing.
Having to bend the phone for the touch screen to work.
This fault is caused by poor design and flexion of the motherboard. On the iPhone 6 Plus the housing of the phone is weak and can bend easily, every movement in the housing passes through to the motherboard and over time traces in the motherboard break. In this instance the M1 pad under the touch ic in the phone breaks away from its track and causes touch disease, when the phone is bent in a certain way the connection is restored and this is why the issue can be intermittent.
At Pratts pods we are able to remove the touch ic, run a jumper to repair the broken trace and restore the connection to the M1 pad, then reball the ic and re attach it resolving the issue and restoring touch functionality.
This repair is future proof as the jumper put in place is stronger and less vulnerable than the original trace, meaning further flexion of the motherboard will not cause the connection to break again.
We repair a lot of this fault, along with other common issues such as audio ic repair on the iPhone 7, Tristar replacements for charging issues and baseband repairs for no service or searching faults. Below are some photos of some recent iPhone touch disease repairs.
Just Musings –
Did you know there is an app to measure things?
An app that can help you get fitter?
An app that will save all your passwords in one convenient place?
An app to turn your heating and lights off at home?
An app to help you with homework?
An app that will enable you to message people completely free just using your data allowance?
In fact there are so many apps now that it is hard to keep track. Want to know more about apps and what they can do for you why not check out your app store and search queries that are relevant to you.
Here at Pratts Pods we wanted to share our knowledge with you and help you understand how to get the best out of your devices battery.
1 – Batteries these days are rated by how many times you can charge them so believing that charging it overnight will damage the phones battery life is completely wrong.
2 – Turning off bluetooth and wifi will not necessarily help you preserve battery life because today’s technology ensures that these features only use battery life when they are being used.
3 – The auto brightness function on any device is now clever enough to ensure that your battery is preserved to the best of its ability so by turning it down you won’t necessarily save battery life in fact you may increase your usage from using the function.
4 – Experts within Apple have confirmed that turning all your apps off will not enable you to preserve battery life and in fact by switching them off and the re-starting them you could be using the battery more than you need to.
5 – Using the right battery (that is approved) for your device is definitely the best way forwards. Other cheaper batteries could in fact make your device less responsive and not power the device correctly therefore meaning you need more repairs than necessary.
Want to test the knowledge of an expert? Why not get in touch today by clicking here
The lifeblood of your business is communication and without phones and laptops your business would probably suffer and possibly lose thousands in the process.
Here at Pratts Pods we help local businesses ensure that they have a repair department that they can trust to turn a repair around quickly so that there is minimal fuss and trouble to your business.
For complete peace of mind we can even offer a maintenance contract where we can regularly test and replace any of the parts that may be a trouble in the not to distant future and all for an affordable monthly cost.
So if you need a repairs company that has the interests of your business at heart why not get in touch with Pratts Pods today by clicking here.
iPhone and iPad battery problems anybody?
Did you know it might not be the battery and could even be software related?
It could even be the power unit you are using to charge the device!
Here at Pratts Pods we offer a free assessment so that one of our technicians can pinpoint the issue and ensure that you don’t pay for unnecessary fixes that you shouldn’t have to.
With years of experience and a fully kitted out and dedicated repair centre we are the ideal choice for local repairs and can normally have it finished within an hour or 2. So why not get in touch with a friendly and professional team today by clicking here.
Did you know that most of our competition will replace the finger print scanner on your device and that this will mean that the functionality will no longer work.
One of the advancements of the latest in mobile technology is the ability to tap and open without having to type in a password.
Without this functionality you may find yourself spending a lot of extra time to open your device. Here at Pratts Pods we can micro solder and micro repair thus enabling us to ensure that your fingerprint recognition can be repaired so why not get in touch today to discuss your mobile repair needs.
At Pratts Pods Ltd we take water damage seriously. We know that your precious photos are one of the most important things on your phone and that we depend so much on our phones these days that dropping your phone in water can be very distressing.
Wether your iphones taken a dip in the loo or you’ve dropped it in a puddle we are here to help!
Firstly there are a few things you should do/know about water damage.
- Whatever you do, do NOT try to use your phone or charge it. Doing this can cause a short circuit and do a lot more damage to the device.
- Remove the back cover and disconnect the battery (if possible) and remove sim trays to make a gap for any water to come out of the phone.
- The rice trick is a myth, rice is a food and not for drying out liquid damaged iPhones.
- The corrosion that is deposited by the water drying can do as much if not more harm to the logic board than the liquid itself.
- Bring it in to us as soon as possible, if the phone is still wet then we have more of a chance of bringing it back to life for you.
We are one of the only local repair company’s that treat water damage properly, our advanced knowledge and experience means that we have a tried and tested method to guarantee the best possible success rate with water damage treatment.
We are able to remove all EMI shields to ensure every part of the board is cleaned, We use specialist cleaning equipment and cleaning agents designed for cleaning phone logic boards. We can also fault find to component level which means we have a higher chance of recovering your previous data than many other companies have.
It is commonly known that water damaged devices performance can deteriorate over time, especially if not cleaned as the corrosion will eat away at important parts of the logic board.
Have a problem and need it looked at? Get in touch today to find out more and book your phone in with a company that cares by clicking here
Over the last few months we have noticed that Sandhurst seems to be seeing a large amount of mobile phone repairs that are needed.
Did you know that we are in Wokingham which is just up the road? Did you also know that we can offer a collection and drop of for you?
Here at Pratts Pods we try to make your situation as easy as we possibly can and all of that whilst we ensure that we deliver you a service that is competitively priced and has one of the fastest turnarounds available.
So if you have a mobile phone in need of repair in the Sandhurst area why not get in touch today and let us look after your phone repair needs.
All you need to do is give us a call on 07972 841152 or email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you as quickly as we can.