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Possible Overheating Fix!

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by modhatter6811, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. modhatter6811

    modhatter6811 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    So, I was looking at the back of my phone when I noticed a small removable strip of thick plastic. I removed said plastic, and much to my surprise, there is a heat vent below it! I have not had a single overheat ever since. Looks like someone at Zte isn't doing their job...

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  2. armymartinez

    armymartinez Well-Known Member

    Wow - just opened my phone and I've got that there... Now I gotta figure out how to get that out!

    Just used the point of a ballpoint pen to push it... It's not even thick plastic - more like tape. Anyhow, it's gone now!

    The real test will be if I can charge my phone while using the screen (GPS). If that works, you're a king!
     
  3. modhatter6811

    modhatter6811 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I would love to get some feed back about the results of removing that. Please keep us posted. If my knowledge of circuitry serves me well enough, that should be directly above the voltage regulator module, or whatever the cellphone equivalent of that is. I know damn well its the hottest part of the phone, so it makes sense to have a vent there.
     
  4. roadkill42

    roadkill42 Android Expert

    I noticed a big difference on heat on my phone and my wife's phone when charging I'm still testing though .that's was a good find
     
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  5. armymartinez

    armymartinez Well-Known Member

    So - I can't yet confirm it more than anecdotal. I used the phone this evening for about 15 minutes doing GPS, while charging. The phone never stopped charging and when I was done, the phone was very cool to the touch, something it never was before.

    Pretty amazing that opening a little hole to a confined space makes such a big difference.
     
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  6. edodson84

    edodson84 Android Expert

    U can remove the 2 round ones also... One above and one below his finger in op pic... They are antenna hookups and the one he removed is a jtag test port... Good find i think zte wanted them to get hot lol
     
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  7. edodson84

    edodson84 Android Expert

    I can verify this significantly reduces device temp :)
     
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  8. spock1104

    spock1104 Android Expert

    More anecdotal evidence, my phone no longer has a runaway overheat at 1.83GHz
     
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  9. DsyMnapTic

    DsyMnapTic Android Expert

    You can also rip off the fake NFC tag sticker thing on the battery cover..... Which just has some sort of metallic inner foily layer that might prevent heat from escaping through battery cover.
     
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  10. roadkill42

    roadkill42 Android Expert

    or drill some small holes like I did works great:)
     
  11. armymartinez

    armymartinez Well-Known Member

    What's under the 2 circle things? Pics?
     
  12. dragonhart6505

    dragonhart6505 Android Expert

    Yknow, that jtag port looks awfully useful...and I happen to have the tools for that...
     
  13. starkraving

    starkraving Android Expert

    Jtag ports were an effective hard brick recovery option for a lot of the original Galaxy series, Captivate, the Verizon version the Fascinate I think...definitely could be interesting.
     
  14. stolikat

    stolikat Well-Known Member

    Great find here guys. I wonder if I should remove case I just got?
     
  15. akito6776

    akito6776 Newbie

    wow, this is an awesome find! Has anyone taken the tape over the two circles yet? If so, could you upload a picture?
     
  16. jsngnzpr

    jsngnzpr Guest

    Thank you modhatter6811. This is AWEsome! Brittnearl was also correct about removing the 2 circle shaped stickers. I had attempted to post a pic for akito6776 with all 3 stickers removed but since I've never introduced myself with an initial post, its not allowing me. I can see how this allows more air flow to help drop temps. I agree with roadkill42. This was a great find! I would love to see a pic of the holes drilled through the battery cover and the fake NFC sticker removed. I would not mind doing that next to drop temps even more! Thank you guys!
     
  17. DsyMnapTic

    DsyMnapTic Android Expert

    Lmao @ entire thread
     
  18. roadkill42

    roadkill42 Android Expert

    why I noticed a big difference on how cool my phone is now
     
  19. armymartinez

    armymartinez Well-Known Member

    I popped the circles off. It doesn't look "nice" with them gone, but the holes are covered by the battery cover. I'll probably do the first one on my wife's phone when she's not looking, but the other 2, maybe not.
     
  20. DsyMnapTic

    DsyMnapTic Android Expert

    Oh... Just such enthusiasm over all this
     
  21. roadkill42

    roadkill42 Android Expert

    that's right every little bit helps especially if ur like me and clock to 1.8 or 1.9 all the time:)
     
  22. saidiadude

    saidiadude Well-Known Member

    Great find! This helped me fix quite a few of our family phones. I also modded the battery case a bit as follows:
    - Remove the 3 "stickers" mentioned above
    - Drill 3 holes in the battery cover right over the new holes where the stickers used to be
    - If you have a case, drill 3 holes in the case as well
    - Reinstall everything

    Obviously, the phone should not be near moisture with the holes exposed. However, I have not experienced any more reboots in the last 2 weeks! I've used the phone heavily at times with no problems. I had the GPS on for a 3 hour road trip with charger plugged in (email/txt on as usual) , and occasional use of the phone via bluetooth. No problems during the entire trip. The phone was a bit warm to the touch especially at the top/upper back area but was not uncomfortably so. I have since performed the mod on the other phones and I haven't seen a random reboot in the last 2 weeks. BTW, the phones are running "L" Awe 2.5, no mods.
     
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  23. devilschild26

    devilschild26 Android Expert

    Dang drilling holes in the device are u using an overclock I'm guessing ur whole family got the same device
     
  24. saidiadude

    saidiadude Well-Known Member

    No overclocking. I was just tired of the random reboots. We're all on the same device at the moment. I just drilled the battery cover, not the actual phone. Very easy to do. Remove cover and tape mentioned above, measure properly, trace out the battery cover on a paper first, mark holes on paper and lay the cut out over the open phone back. The holes don't have to overlay exactly, but it helps to be as accurate as possible.
     
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  25. roadkill42

    roadkill42 Android Expert

    I put my hole over battery it worked great for me
     

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