How to check your Macbook battery health.

Have you noticed that your Macbook battery is not lasting as long?. Typically the average user can expect their Macbook battery to last 2 years before starting to notice that the battery is not performing at its optimal or as it did before.

The good news is batteries can quite easily be changed in your Macbook and at very affordable prices too. So please do not give up on your Macbook just because you're not getting those 10 hours that Apple promised you when you first purchased it.

To check your battery health on your Macbook navigate as follows: click the Apple icon on your destop (top left) - then - "about this mac" - click system information - then find power. You should see something similar to the image below.

Macbook Battery Health Check
Macbook Battery Health Check

A device will have 80% of its capacity once it has reached 1000 cycles. By Apples standards your battery is actually categorised as consumed once it reaches 1000 cycles. See Apples Blog. We wouldn't say to take Apples advice for gospel and change your battery when it reaches 1000 cycles. Especially if it is still operating OK  at this cycle level. However if you are experiencing battery related issues and your cycle count is over 1000 it may be best for us to have a look into this for you.

Another good indicator is the battery condition status. This should say normal however if you notice any other warnings then it may be best to have a professional look into this for you. Even if the count is showing less than 1000.

If you feel that your Macbook could do with servcing or you require your battery to be changed please give us a call on 01494 534 008 or get a quote online.

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Gaming PC Repair UK

Today we had a Vibox PC in for repair where the power supply had failed.

There was a bang and some smoke on the pretest as a result of the failed components on the power supply.

Having experienced this surcharge we decided it was best to quote the customer for a new power supply rather than trying to fault find and repair the existing one.

Vibox Gamers PC Repair

Anyone that has changed a power supply on a PC will know how long this takes. Especially when the previous build has poor cable management.

It took our technician from start to finish just over 2 hours including testing to get this sorted. It now starts perfectly with no smoke, bangs or surcharges.

Our service includes cleaning all components and applying new thermal paste. If you have a PC that requires repair, whether it is used for gaming or general use. Give us a call on 01494 534 008 or complete our quotes form.

If you are a keen PC Gamer it is important that your PC is cleaned at least once per year - some may even recommend much shorter intervals depending on the gamers usage and playing environment.

Thermal Paste Application on Graphics Card

PC's that are used for gaming generally are used more than the average PC and can build up substantial amounts of dust and dirt more quickly. This can lead to performance issues as the dust is often built up within the fan and heat sink which can cause the CPU and other vital components not to be kept as cool as they should be for optimal performance.

Moreover the thermal paste that is applied to keep the CPU cool can often become brittle in texture rather than smooth and soft. This may mean that the CPU is overheating which can result in system failures.

How often thermal paste should be reapplied is hard to confirm as it will depend on the quality of the thermal paste used initially by the manufacture or the last place that serviced the machine however if you are system cleaning every 6 - 12 months then this should be changed during this service.

Graphics Card Cleaning

If you feel your system needs cleaning please get in touch with us and we will arrange a booking with you. Tel: 01494534008

Has your laptop stopped charging or has your DC In Charge Port been damaged or become faulty.

Don't panic your laptop may not have succumbed an instant death and Gadget Rehab may be able to recover this for you.

Laptop DC In Charge Port Repair

Give us a call to diagnose and repair this issue and hopefully we can get your device back up and running as quickly as possible.

Most of us have been there, our original Apple lighting cable comes to its sad end. Now you must decide whether to buy a genuine Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod charger. You know you can buy a copy charger from the market for £2.00-£6.00. Below is a breakdown of the two to help you make a better decision next time you are put in this predicament.

By using a counterfeit Apple charging cable you could be putting your device at a risk of damage. These risks can include;

  1. Battery Issues
  2. Cable may break more easily
  3. The connector end may become very hot
  4. Connector end may not be a good fit into your device
  5. May not be able to sync the device via USB
  6. PCB on board issues with your charging circuit.

The above are a few issues with using fake or uncertified Apple Lighting Cables. Another big issue with using uncertified Apple charging cables is that they can cause harm to the Motherboard (Logic Board) of your device, this is due to a similar issue as to why these fakes cause battery issues. The problem that causes many of these risks is that these copy lightning cables are unable to control the current being fed into the device. What this does is drown the internal components of the device with a surge of excess voltage/current.

For the battery this means unlike an original Apple lighting cable the fake will keep putting full current to the battery when charging, where as an original charging cable has a regulatory chip built in which will lower the current as the device hits 100% leaving just a small amount to hold the battery at 100%.

The same principle applies when looking at the damage caused to PCB/motherboard. As this power surges through the board it can begin to cause damage to the charging circuit. The most common chips that tend to go are U2 (Tristar) or Tigris

Spot the difference

There are many differences between an original and copy lighting cable. These come in many forms from the variation in size of the end of the cable to stickers on the packaging of the boxes.

  1. The place of production will be written on the cable followed by a 12 digit serial number.
  2. The width of the end of the cable will be variant from the 7.7mm of the original.
  3. The plate of the charger will be a black or off white compared to the originals metallic/silver.

The above are a few of many differences between an original and fake Apple charging cable.

Here at Gadget Rehab we provide Original Apple Lightning Cables as well as the older 30 pin cables. For your iPhone, iPad and iPods. For Android users we also have Micro USB and USB Type C cables. 

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Laptop and Macbook Repairs

Here at Gadget Rehab our technicians LOVE  completing Laptop and Macbook Repairs.

We cover repairs such as;

  • Screen repairs
  • Keyboard repairs
  • Port repairs
  • Liquid damage
  • Data Transfer

As well as;

  • Storage issues
  • Backup
  • Data recovery

The above listed is only a short list of repairs that we do here at Gadget Rehab. Our team will be more than happy to diagnose your device and we never shy away from repairs and try our very best to help where possible.

For further information

Call 01494 534008

Email info@gadgetrehab.co.uk

1. iCloud Restore

You have just bought a new iPhone 8, but you would like to transfer your contacts, photos and more….

You realise you now need to complete an iCloud restore as you had iCloud backed up your previous device.

  • Follow the  steps that your phone will ask you to do when getting a new phone until you reach the ‘Apps and Data’ screen. On which you will be given multiple choice question, on which you must select ‘restore from iCloud backup’
  • You will then be asked to sign into iCloud.
  • Followed by options as to which backup you would like it to use. Using the dates and sizes select. Once you have chosen it will begin the back up. During which you must keep the device connected to a wifi network.

 

                                                                            


2. iTunes Restore

If you have backed your iPhone up using iTunes, don’t fret, I haven’t forgotten about you 🙂

  • Open iTunes on the computer/laptop you have used to back it up on
  • Connect your new iPhone to this computer/laptop using a usb cord- you may be asked to put in your password to ‘trust’ previously mentioned computer/laptop
  • The device should then appear on the iTunes you have previously opened

 

  • The next step is to select ‘restore Backup’
  • Ensure it is restoring to the right backup using the date as a reference
  • Finally simply select restore and let the magic commence, it may ask you to insert your password again for your encrypted backup
  • Leave the device connected until the restore is fully complete the phone should then restart automatically.

Source link: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/ht204184#icloud

Many people don’t realise their consumer rights when it comes to manufactures warranty!

Gadgets in today’s world generally have a warranty between 1-5 years, depending on the product. What this warranty gives you, the consumer,is the right to go back to the company of purchase or manufacture if you have any manufacturing faults or defects with the product.

Manufacturers have been known and have a tendency to void your warranty for reasons they are not always permitted to do. A common reason for manufactures voiding your warrant is third party repairs. Now in some cases this makes sense, for example if you get your motherboard replaced and then follow to have a motherboard issue,however in many cases you could have a screen replacement and then when you have a completely unrelated issue for example a battery problem they will still void your warranty. But is this really right...

Gadget Rehab advises you have read of this article titled: “what really voids your warranty”. You should also read your manufactures terms and conditions and contact them should you have any concerns or need further clarification.

If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contacts us on;

Call - 01494 534008

Email - info@gadgetrehab.co.uk

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How to speed up your Laptop or Desktop PC including iMac and Macbooks.

Many of our professional clients (graphic designers, web designers, architects etc.) are constantly complaining that their computers are running slow, that the programs they use (adobe creative cloud, Maya, Photo Shop etc.) are taking longer and longer to load and even start up.

Now the above issues could be down to many things however a majority of these issues are caused by lack of hard drive space and speed . As these professionals work with rather large files the PC/iMac/laptops etc. can’t handle the sheer capacity of files, as they may be running out of storage or be running on a standard mechanical hard drive rather than a digital solid state drive. Furthermore memory such as RAM can have an impact on the performance of your computer. Upon review of your computer system the team will be able to determine and advice you on what the best type of upgrade would be for you.

Even if for example your RAM is up to date/spec if your hard drive is not as advance it could be that the system is slowing down because the hard drive is trying to catch up to the RAM, visa versa. In most cases we find upgrading your to an SSD dramatically improves  the  performance of your computer. The Samsung EVO 850 this is the hard drive we generally use as it comes in multiple sizes and is well trusted etc however if you prefer another type such as Western Digital or Crucial these can be ordered in for you.

For more information contact us on;

Phone - 01494 534 800

Email - info@gadgetrehab.co.uk

Data Destruction and Recovery

Internationally Certified Data Destruction and Recovery

Here at Gadget Rehab our in house technicians can help you find your lost files. We know that sometimes we can accidently lose files or ‘delete’ them however no need to fear these files have, in the majority of cases, just been hidden or stored beneath the surfaces. We work with software and expert skill to retrieve this missing/deleted data.

Causes of data loss are:

Over two fifths of data loss are caused by hardware or system malfunctions, this is why it is important that you keep your computer systems up to date and regularly service it. Here at Gadget Rehab we offer expert advice on ways to keep your system healthy. Some more causes are listed below;

  • Human errors – also known as user interference i.e deleting a file by mistake
  • Software corruption – we have all experienced this, when halfway through an important report the application just shuts down, resulting in all our hard work being lost, or is it?
  • Computer viruses and malware – data protection is an important thing with our computers containing some of our most private information, banking detail and addresses, therefore it is vital that you have a well known and respected, established security system on your computer such as the likes of NORTON, AVG  

Due to this we also highly recommend that you backup your data. This is such an important thing to do and in today’s modern world with cloud storage and auto backups it quite literally at your fingertips. There is no excuse not to do so! If you need help with iCloud storage and automatic back ups we are more than happy to give you some free advice or we can help you set this all up for a small fee.

Data Destruction:

We understand that on many of our devices we have sensitive data, especially our corporate clients, so we also offer a data destruction service, which completely destroys all data, what this means is no one will ever be able to access those sensitive files, as they will no longer exist.  Gadget Rehab are partnered with some of the most secure data destruction providers which meet international data privacy regulations including ISO 27001 and ISO 27040.

We cover flash drives, hard drives and mobile devices and will provide an industry recognised certification for each device where that we wipe the data for. If you are a personal or corporate client that requires a trusted data destruction service then please give us a call for a quote using the details below:

For more information contact us on

Phone – 01494 534008

Email – info@gadgetrehab.co.uk