ismarttrader
Hi, Im looking for pointers other than eBay, for purchasing good quality tools for iPhone repairs. Im looking for tools to help with rebuilding LCDs and also test tools for LCDs. Ive seen some of this stuff about on Youtube.
Obviously Ive looked at the replace base tools section.

There are other tools I'm not familiar with but Reballing of playstation and Xbox boards all appear to require professional tools Ovens etc that would make repairs more pro than hobby.

Any Pointers greatly appreciated.

Regards

Mark
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Steve
Hi Mark,

Im a little bias as we do stock s range of tools but if nothing takes your fancy on the website dont worry - we have literally just taken delivery of G-Tools new rage including the Pen Driver and loads of other cool bits - they should be online over the next few days.

If its quality your after these are the best, if Apple make tools they would be on par with G-Tool. 

Steve 
Steve Garner | Replacebase Founder 

Need support? my team are happy to help - sales@replacebase.co.uk | 01604924700
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ismarttrader
Hey Steve

I look forward to the new range of tools, I have already purchased most of what you have to offer.

Of Course your biased ! and so you should be.

But really I'm trying to get at things like tools for laying films on LCDS or Stripping LCDS in a more controlled way. of course these could be very expensive. Im also looking for screen generators to test LCDS with out having to keep attaching to a phone to test the LCD is working, Dead or defective. They start at about £50 per model of phone on eBay, but I'm surprised there isn't one tool, covers a range of phones.

Regards

Mark
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NJH Repairs
Afternoon Mark, from the sounds of it you are stripping the old Screen Assembly and then looking to apply the OCA sheet and re-bond with a Digitiser and Top Glass (as you are likely to know most of the 4/5 gen screens are made up of 3 separate parts each bonded to the other, the 6 Gen and upwards are a more complicated brand of screen all together *May be wrong but haven't dared to mess with the thinner screens*) this can be a more costly than is wanted option as for a more effective separation you may need:-

1. Suction based heat-plate with adhesive cutting wire (this is the really thing and sharp stuff that snaps at the slightest tension) this can also be an automated process.
2. Screen cleaning station (automated).
3. Re-application station (makes it less hastle doing the application).
4. This is more of a perfectionist level bonding tool, but an Auto Clave (now these aren't cheap and we are talking £000's), this is high end production but it gets any bubbles out and also secures the bond better between the screens.

As for the Testing of the LCD's (there are a few tools that are in effect just power boxes that power the screens to test if they display). I am my self looking into the screen testing tools as using the Flex is fine but if you are bulk ordering screens you want to at least have some QC tests on them.

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Steve
Hi Mark,

Just to let you know that we have some gTools in now [smile] 

https://www.replacebase.co.uk/gtool-range/

I personally think that the ESG driver set for about £35 is great value, its a set you will keep forever. 
Steve Garner | Replacebase Founder 

Need support? my team are happy to help - sales@replacebase.co.uk | 01604924700
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TheMicroGuys
Hi Mark,
A lot of the equipment you are looking to source isn't really available in the UK. I would suggest doing a search on AliExpress as 99% of these tools originate from china. There are LCD testers available which test all models from the Iphone4 up 6+

A word of advice with the LCD screen repairs is to do your research on what  is available. There is a lot of choice in equipment but it is an extremely complex job which will take a lot of trial and error to get right. It may be more cost effective to ship your broken screens out to a good refurbisher 
The Micro Guys Ltd
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ismarttrader
The Micro Guys

Thank you for the tips and advice, as you can see this is all part of me doing my research.

Do you have a recommendation for LCD Refurbishers ? 
Im all lowering my hours !

Thanks in Again

Mark
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TheMicroGuys
I currently ship all my screens out to china :-/ So far I haven't found anyone in the UK who offers a reliable service. This may change as I am currently in talk with a UK refurbisher and intend to send a sample batch off as soon as I have a reasonable assortment of screens to send. I will let you know if anything positive comes out of this.

I am currently selling to LCDone, which I find terrible at customer service, and then they send me back the ones they won't use, and I send those to lcdbuyer. Customer service is ok, but they don't pay very well, and don't return displays they "can't use". Lcdswap are another one possibly worth trying.

LCD Buyback is a rogue business. Most of the them are absolute cowboys. When sending screens to refurbishers you are essentially asking them to count a box of money and hoping they give an honest answer. People know they can do whatever they want with the screens and you will believe it so they take advantage of it. Test results and honesty from a reliable company are far more important then price per LCD. I do it every month, and sell to two companies. There's nothing pleasant about it. The market is constantly changing, and you never get as much as you feel you should be getting.
The Micro Guys Ltd
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EMAIL service@themicroguys.co.uk
TEL    01803 467 477
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mobifixstudio
I agree with TheMicroGuys. Is it really cost effective to repair screens anymore? It seems to me that the price of Apple screens has fallen below the cost of the time taken to rebuild them.

Steve
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MACH Computers

I'm also in this same predicament. I've got a tidy pile of damaged displays growing in the office which I have been collecting over the last three years. Those which are too far gone (LCD being fubar) I strip down for the frame and any other handly little bits and then bin anyway, but I've been wondering if its worth looking at the in-house refurb service and make a good use of the screens which I take off for replacement. 

Naturally the biggest catch with all of this is getting the right reliable kit in the first place and perfecting the refurb process to produce a quality part at the end of the day. I've spoken to a guy on Reddit who starting doing this over in the states a couple of years back and he now gets a fair amount of work from others sending in screens for refurb before sending them back. Of course, if I can nail it and make it cost effective then it's something which i will seriously consider. 

Chris - Owner
MACH Computers Kent

W: http://www.machcomputers.co.uk
E: service@machcomputers.co.uk
T: 01622 236343
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Steve
We have some LCD testers here - they work OK

They usually run a picture cycle that is pre-programmed, annoyingly it doesn't allow for touch tests (it just tests if its present or not) 

We dont stock them as they are imported directly form the OEMs and a little rough around the edges (the one we use for the 6s is actually powered by a Samsung S2 battery that slips in the bottom!

If you guys think it would be useful i can see about getting some on stock but they are a little costly, i think ours were about $150 a unit and you will need one for the 5 series, one for the 6, one of the 6s and another for the 6s+

We have all of the machines too (de-laminators, vacuums ect) we dont really use them anymore to be honest, im sure they will come in handy some time soon! 

When i get time i may do a few pics of what we have with a little walk though to show everyone whats involved - it does require some effort and skill! 
Steve Garner | Replacebase Founder 

Need support? my team are happy to help - sales@replacebase.co.uk | 01604924700
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Mend My iPhone
As far as LCD buy back and refurb does there is a great company in London and the test and return any dead screens, don't keep them so you know they are faulty and refurb the rest in any combination of black/white colours you want. They also sell them directly. Obviously at a higher price. 
They are genuine/honest and reliable. Fair and they've always helped me out when i've sent stuff and needed a fast turnaround. Alwayssent back tracked.

If anyone want's their details please email me at info@mendmyiphone.co.uk
http://www.mendmyiphone.co.uk
Specialising in iPhone and iPad repairs.
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Andy @ ACE-Repairs
Mark, your basically saying you would like to purchase LCD refurb equipment for a hobby?  Its a big outlay and a hard job to do.  I spent about 2K on this type of equipment a year ago because screens doubled in price, there was a screen shortage & I had hundreds of good cracked screens to refurb etc so purchased everything to try keep screen continuity.  Used it a few times, hated it, poor results etc.  Screens became available again, drastically dropping in price and now the machines are not worth using for the 4/5/6 series.  The 6S screens were worth refurbing but they have just dropped in price by loads.  With the way Apple are designing iPads eg Air2 & Mini4 with 1 peice screens/LCDs these machines may be of use again.      
    Tip I do is use the rear red sticker from new screens, lay this on the cracked screen and write on model & if lcd & touch work plus if genuine screen or not.  takes a few seconds and you can easily see what you need to send to the recyclers work.   
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