The 11 series charge port is one of the trickier things to repair. Like with previous models, the component’s flex is adhered to the back housing, behind many of the small parts. To replace this part, you may need to remove the display, antenna, loudspeaker, vibration motor and sim tray, as well as several shields and brackets. Needless to say, it’s a bit more complicated than replacing a broken screen. Unfortunately however, it gets worse if you’re working on an 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max.
This is because their charge port flexes are soldered to a daughterboard that is used to connect the vibration motor, loudspeaker, battery, and volume buttons. Most after-market charge ports do not include this daughterboard (which means you will need to separate it and solder it to the replacement charge port flex) and those that do are much more expensive.
The part on the right features the soldered daughterboard, which is usually not found on aftermarket parts.
However, it’s not all bad news. If your customer also needs a housing or back glass replacement, then we have a bit of a workaround for you! Our new 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max Back Housings include the charge port with the daughterboard pre-soldered. They also include the connected small parts (vibration motor, loudspeaker, buttons, and wireless charge/NFC chip) pre-installed and ready to go!
Of course, replacing the entire housing is clearly overkill for a simple charge port repair. But for the right customers, it can be an excellent and time-saving solution so make sure to consider it! After all, we’ve seen some of the extreme cases that have come into your shops and there have certainly been a few that these housings would be perfect for!