Chargers, Cables and all that mess!

Hello all –

I want to try and shed some light on charging cables and wall plugs. We see a fair bit of customers that either send a device in for a charging port repair or bring their device in due to it not charging. We many times simply plug the device in and it works here at the store. That seems strange to most people… however it’s a rather simple answer.

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This shows the MFI Certified Chip that communicates with your Apple device. Many, many companies make knock off cables and charges $1.99, $4.99 etc… Well guess what? Those are not MFI certified and once you do a software update in iOS on your iPhone, iPod or iPad… it no longer will charge or be recognized as a working charger. Based on what I know from industry insiders the certification from Apple to use their OEM chips is approximately $5 to $7 USD per chip/per cable. So when you see a MFI certified cable by Belkin, Griffen or other brand name MFI certified cables for $19.99 you know it’s going to work. Not only with the current iOS software but future updates unlike the $2.99 charger you purchased a few months back.

Sorta reminds me of that saying… you get what you pay for? That still holds true after how knows how many years someone else mumbled those words. I’ve purchased a few of the cheap chargers and cables thinking I scored a great deal! Only to have one literally start smoking in my wife’s car… and another nearly burn my fingers when I went to unplug my iPhone. Ya that can happen. Fire, smoke, overcharging your devices etc…

Needless to say if your device is not charging we are always happy to take a look at it. I just wanted to pass along some knowledge before you bring in your device or ship it in. We get plenty of “Warranty” claims where they get their device repaired by Mission Repair and now days/weeks/months later they have a device that no longer takes a charge. Sometimes the simplest thing is the right one!

Happy Charging and be safe!

Jeff

Happy 4th of July!!

Hello everyone –

I hope  your summer has started out great and your vacations have been awesome. I can’t really believe the year is half over and the 4th of July is right around the corner. Here at Mission Repair we want to wish everyone a safe and happy 4th!

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We will be closed at both locations on July 4th so our employee’s can be with their friends and families. We will open again on Tuesday July 5th at 7am to 7pm and resume normal business hours.

Thank you all for the continued support and referrals!

Jeff

iPad Air 2: Falling Prices!

Hello Everyone –

It’s always great when I get to drop the prices on a repair due to falling part costs! June is the month that brings the iPad Air 2 under the $200 mark. Thankfully as each device ages the parts costs slide down to a point the repairs make sense. The iPad Air 2 parts costs had been slowly sliding down for months but now that the iPad Pro is out the prices have dropped to a point the repair makes sense. I’ve adjusted prices as quickly as possible to bring the best value on this repair over the past few months. Now I’m expecting to see the parts level out a bit as it’s settled into a reasonable price point based on the cost of the device. Wether you are looking to repair and keep using or repair the Air 2 if your looking to sell it to upgrade to the iPad Pro.

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Check out our Deal of the Month on the iPad Air 2 glass/LCD repair! This price is literally HALF the cost this repair was just 60 days ago. The part is more expensive than the normal iPad 2,3 or 4 and even the 1st Generation iPad Air due tot he fact the glass and LCD are fused together. The thinner the devices become more of a challenge for manufacturers to build so they turn to fusing parts and finding ways to make the devices thinner for each new generation of device.  Permanently bonding the glass and LCD allows them to shave  few millimeters in thickness. Great for marketing, not always great for consumers when it comes to the repair costs. However, the iPad Air 2 has many years of use left in it with cutting edge mobile components that will stream 4k video’s, run graphic intense mobile games and do just about anything a laptop can do.

Come by one of our Kansas City locations, or mail in your iPad today! Were happy to make the cracks disappear and return your device in like new condition!

Life happens… were here to fix it!

Jeff

Technical Difficulties! (Resolved)

Hello everyone –

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The issues on our blog are resolved! For the past few weeks when visiting our site www.missionrepair.com, the link to the blog, which has been down, is now up and live….wohoo! Strangely enough while my entire staff was unable to view the blog from our office computers, I could view it on my iPhone without issues?!?

Needless to say, when purchasing a business, there are always some challenges in the transition. Well as it turns out, the employee that setup the blog for Mission Repair some 7 or 8 years ago did the common thing and used his name and email when setting everything up. Smooth sailing for years… until I attempted to renew the domain and pay the renewal for the coming year. Ryan of course had paid the service year after year without a hiccup, but now  a new CC and my name caused Word Press to question who the owner is/was. I do not fault them, security is important and not just letting anyone take your blog or website over is very important! The staff at Word Press (the company that hosts the blog) were doing their job to make sure to protect that information of the listed owner yet also help me with the transition to take ownership of the blog. Needless to say after chasing down emails and chat sessions, and proving we were the true owners, Word Press was speedy in their effort to make the updates and get the blog back up and live on the web!

Thank you all for your patience during the past few weeks as we sorted things out. The lesson to reflect upon and one I won’t soon forget….just like backing up your personal data, it’s always important to keep accurate records and review that backup on a regular basis.

Thank you all again for your patience and continued support on the blog, website and of course in our stores!

Jeff

Vacation Tips to keep your devices safe!

Hello everyone –

 

Schools out, summer is here, let the vacations begin! Busy planning, packing and getting all the travel details ready? It’s easy not to think much about your cellphone right? It’s always just worked and been there when you need it….right? Well, a few things can change on vacation when your mind is on the family, fun and all the other details.

First off, while you never have an issue with battery life during your normal day being on the road can cause your battery to drain rather quickly. Why? well as you travel to different states you may end up “roaming” on another cell providers network. In fact as your phone searches for the best signal it can which causes it to use more battery power than normal, sometimes nearly double the amount of battery required! Grabbing a external battery pack or battery case can be helpful and extend the battery to what you normally expect.

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The second thing to think about is if you are using your smartphone for GPS navigation? Once again… BIG battery drain.Make sure you have a quality car charger that can keep up with the power demands of your trip. I recommend a 10watt or even a 17watt car charger like the ones we sell everyday at both our Lenexa and Mission stores.  However the biggest danger no one thinks about is if you mount your phone in the windshield and then jump out to grab lunch… Well your car can get rather toasty, sort of like an easy bake oven! Take an average sunny 85 or 90 degree day your car’s interior can reach upwards of 140+ degrees! Literally baking your phone to the point it won’t turn on! Luckily most of the time once it cools down it will power back on. Heat is the number one enemy of electronics, while rare, it can cause permanent damage if temps reach high enough.

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The third item is water… always be aware that if you’re at a resort or beach and you carry your phone I’ve heard more than a few stories of people forgetting the phone was in their shorts pocket and they jumped in for a swim! That rarely ends well. If it happens I know you want to turn the device on to see if its still working, but know that can be the worst thing you can do. Hitting the power button sends electricity throughout the device… and water that is likely inside can then short things out and literally kill the phone. The best thing to do is dry off the outside and then get it back to your hotel room and use a fan or a hair dryer on low heat or cool to blow on the phone overnight. We recommend twenty four hours but dry it for as long as you can before testing.

I hope these tips can save you some headaches and keep your smartphone or tablet safe and useful throughout your trip. Safe travels… and of course if the unthinkable happens Mission Repair is here to help!

Have a great summer!

Jeff

Mission:Repair New Store Hours!

Hello all –

Just a reminder to all of those that may not have heard…. We’re open at 7am!

Here at Mission Repair we are working tirelessly to change the game up and bring more convenience, great service at no added cost. Keeping the same quality and service with no added cost but making sure we are here to fit your busy schedule. We are now open 7am to 7pm Monday thru Friday! Saturdays will remain 10am to 5pm. (I have to let my tech’s sleep in one day a week!) Mission Repair is geared up for summer and we want to offer an “EarlyBird” special for those of you that head in to the office early. Just drop your device off between 7am and 8am Mon-Fri and we will have it ready the same day at no additional cost to you on popular Apple and Samsung smartphones/tablets.

 

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Let us make your early morning drop off easy! Come see us at one of our retail locations tomorrow. While we normally charge a nominal fee for same day service, the “EarlyBird” special lets you keep your cash and we take care of your device the same day!

One more added benefit of trusting Mission Repair to be your one stop shop for repairs and accessories for your mobile life!

Look forward to seeing you bright and early Monday morning!

Mission Repair New Store Hours!

Hello all –

Well in this case… the worm is a great deal and fast service!

I hope you all are having a great day today! Here at Mission Repair we are working tirelessly to change the game up and bring more convenience, great service at no added cost. Keeping the same quality and service with no added cost but making sure we are here to fit your busy schedule. We are now open 7am to 7pm Monday thru Friday! Saturdays will remain 10am to 5pm. (I have to let my tech’s sleep in one day a week!) Mission Repair is geared up for summer and we want to offer an “EarlyBird” special for those of you that head in to the office early. Just drop your device off between 7am and 8am Mon-Fri and we will have it ready the same day at no additional cost to you on popular Apple and Samsung smartphones/tablets.

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Let us make your early morning drop off easy! Come see us at one of our retail locations starting next week. While we normally charge a nominal fee for same day service, the “EarlyBird” special lets you keep your cash and we take care of your device the same day!

One more added benefit of trusting Mission Repair to be your one stop shop for repairs and accessories for your mobile life!

Look forward to seeing you bright and early Monday morning!

Jeff