What does a constant iPhone 3G low-battery indication mean (and how to solve it)

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  1. Granitel

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    For days, on various cables and chargers, my kid's iPhone 3G has been stuck on this low-battery indication:
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    We let the battery sit for days, so as to die, so that we might reboot it; but upon plugging it back in, it still just sits there at this low-battery mark.

    Unfortunately, the only working button on the phone is the home button as the top and left buttons fell off long ago.

    The reason I post this is to ask if you guys with iPhone experience recognize what kind of state the iPhone 3G is in - and perhaps - you have the experience to suggest ways to get it out of whatever mode it's stuck in?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Europa

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    Is that screen glitches at the top? You could try blowing out the dock port with some compressed air and using a different charging cable and outlet/USB port. If that doesn't work it's likely hardware failure.
     
  3. Granitel

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    Thanks for your reply. The phone was dropped a thousand times as it's used by a kid.
    But the kid says he didn't drop it recently.
    That's a great suggestion. I just blew it clean with compressed air. Used a whole bottle of the stuff and plugged it back in. I will report back if it makes a difference.
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    I had tried that. I used different cables, tied to the PC, to the car, and to the wall. All had the same results.
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    Is there a way to reboot the thing without having a top button?
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  4. Europa

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    Letting the battery die is the only way in your situation and that didn't work. It sounds like hardware failure.
     
  5. Granitel

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    One thing I don't know, having had no experience with iPhones, is whether this empty red battery symbol is common.
    I was hoping that this "symptom" would be something that at least has been seen before.
    Am I the first one with this particular symptom that you know of?
     
  6. Europa

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    No, I've seen it before. Those screen glitches are a bad sign and indicate that there is likely something wrong with the hardware. I imagine you could get a replacement 3G for about $50 on eBay or Craigslist. You can get a 3GS for less than $100 now.
     
  7. AdamDaieh

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    Maybe it's something to do with the battery or the hardware itself. I suggest that you have it check or you can get a replacement for it.
     
  8. AdamDaieh

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    Maybe it's something to do with the battery or the hardware itself. I suggest that you have it check or you can get a replacement for it.
     

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