Board level work pricing
Board level repair prices vary depending on the device model and primary issue. Please contact us for pricing based on your particular issue or look over prices for some of the most common microsoldering repairs. In general, board level repairs run between $100 - $200. On all microsoldering repairs a $40 non-refundable deposit is required. For the remainder of the repair cost our No-Fix No-Pay policy applies.
We also provide soldering and microsoldering services for those who are building or modifying an electronic device. For basic soldering that does not require working under a microscope, the labor rate is $75. For microsoldering work, which requires working under a microscope, the labor rate is $125. In these cases we are performing the soldering part of the process only for your project.
Board Level Repairs
Board level repairs involve using microscopic inspection, multimeter readings, schematics and other techniques and tools to identify faulty or damaged components or connections on a device's logic board.
What is microsoldering?
Microsoldering is soldering that requires working under a microscope to remove, replace or repair tiny components (millimeters or less in length) and traces on the device's circuit board. Specialized soldering irons and hot air rework stations are used to perform this work.
A Few Common Microsoldering Terms used in Phone Repairs
This refers to the electronic components (capacitors, resistors, diodes, coils, etc), integrated circuits (IC's or chips), pads, traces and connection docks found on the circuit board of a phone or other electronic device.
Solder Joint or Connection
This is the connection between two components made by the filler metal, i.e. solder
This is the process of remelting solder in a joint to correct a poor joint or to remove or replace a component.
Traces and Pads
Traces are essentially very small flat copper ribbons that electrically connect components on a logic board. Pads are the circular or rectangular terminal points of traces on which an electronic component is soldered.
Basic Board Level Problems and fixes with Phones and Mobile Devices
Short to Ground
Here a component, most often a capacitor or IC, fails causing the electrical current in a circuit to flow to ground instead of along it's intended pathway. To fix, the old component is removed and replaced with a new one to restore the circuit.
Filters act as fuses which when blown prevent the surge of electrical current from flowing and damaging other components in the circuit. To fix, the old filter is removed and replaced with a new one.
Traces can become torn and prevent or compromise the flow of electrical current between board components. To fix, a tiny copper jumper wire can be ran between components to bypass the torn trace or patch over the tear.
Corrosion and Oxidation
This generally develops after components have been exposed to water. Corrosion and oxidation can interfere with the functioning of a component and the flow of electrical current between them. Left unchecked it can eventually, like rust, eat away at components, traces and pads. To fix, ultrasonic cleaning is used to thoroughly remove existing oxidation and corrosion. Then solder joits, components and traces that were damaged by the corrosion can be repaired or replaced.
A Few Common Board Level Issues on iPhones
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus often develop touch disease. The touch screen quits working and you may see gray bars appear in the top of the display. Replacing the screen doesn't fix the problem. This is common when you carry the phone in your pocket and it is slightly bent. The underlying problem is flexion of the logic board which tears away at traces that connect the touch IC to other components in the circuit.
You can hear that your phone is on but you don't see a display and replacing the screen doesn't fix it. This is common after you attempted to replace a broken screen on your own and didn't unplug the battery. The underlying cause is a voltage surge that blew out the backlight filter. And in some cases other components on the backlight circuit are damaged if the filter didn't prevent voltage surge from traveling further.
Fake or No Charging
Your battery doesn't charge and or your phone won't recognize your lightning cord. You've had the battery replaced and tried multiple different cords to no success. This is common when you use a cheap aftermarket charging cord or car charger. The underlying cause is a voltage surge damaging the IC chips that govern battery charging and recognition of USB charging cords plugged into the lightning port.