4 Options for Replacing a Dead iPad Battery

iPad Battery Replacement
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The iPad's battery is arguably its most important feature. After all, if your iPad doesn't have any power, it won't work. The iPad's battery generally lasts a long time, but if your battery is starting to fail, you've got a problem. You can't easily replace failing battery with a new one because Apple designs its products with solid cases.

But that doesn't mean there's nothing you can do. Here are four options for what to do when iPad battery won’t hold a charge any longer and needs battery replacement.

Battery Replacement for iPads Under Warranty/AppleCare

If your iPad is still under its original warranty, or you purchased an AppleCare extended warranty and it's still in effect, you're going to be pretty happy. Apple will replace the battery (the entire iPad!) for free.

Read this article to learn how to check if your iPad is still under warranty (the article is about the iPhone, but everything in it applies to the iPad, too).

If it is, just go to this Apple website and click the Start a service request button. You can also set up an appointment at an Apple Store and take your iPad in directly. Remember to backup your data before handing over your iPad—otherwise, you might lose all your data. Your repaired or replaced iPad should arrive 3-5 business days after you give yours to Apple. 

There is some fine print, of course: Apple may test your iPad to see if the problem was caused by something not covered by the warranty.

Also, if your iPad had engraving on it, the turnaround time can be up to 2 weeks, since they'll need to engrave your replacement iPad (if you're getting one).

iPad Battery Replacement Without a Warranty

If your iPad is out of warranty, the news is still pretty good, though a bit more expensive. In that case, Apple will repair your battery or replace the iPad for US$99 (plus $6.95 shipping, and tax).

The process for initiating this repair is the same as for iPads under warranty: call Apple or go to an Apple Store.

That's a good price for getting your iPad working again, but you should consider that cost versus the cost of getting an entirely new iPad. If the iPad whose battery has failed is pretty old, it may be better to use that $107 towards the cost of buying a new iPad rather than repairing an old one.

Authorized Repair Shops

There are lots of shops that repair iPad screens and batteries. They're so numerous you can even find them in kiosks in many malls. They may charge less for a repair than Apple, but be careful. If you want to use one of these places, look for one that is Apple authorized to provide repairs. That means they're trained and experienced. Otherwise, you could try to save money on a repair but end up with an inexperienced repairperson causing more problems. And if you get a repair from an unauthorized source that causes a problem, Apple may not help you fix it.

DIY iPad Battery Replacement

I strongly recommend against this option ​unless you're really handy and don't care if you totally destroy your iPad. That said, with the right tools and skills, it's possible to replace an iPad battery yourself.

For about $50-90, you can buy all the tools and parts needed to replace your iPad battery yourself. I'm not sure that's worth the risk, considering that Apple's replacement only costs $99, but that's up to you. Just keep in mind that trying to repair your own iPad voids its warranty (if it's still under warranty). If you ruin your iPad, Apple will not help you. You're truly on your own.

If you still want to replace your own iPad battery, check out this tutorial from iFixit.