Closed for Labor Day

eTech Parts will be closed on Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day. We’ll be closed to give our hard-working team a well deserved break after the past few months of record-breaking sales and long hours. We’re lucky to have such awesome and dedicated people on our team, who work harder each day to make eTech Parts the best supplier in the nation and the greatest company to work for.

Plus, FedEx doesn’t ship on Labor Day, and we can’t do much without being able to ship orders out or receive parts for packaging. Either way you spin it, we think this holiday is great to observe because it celebrates all of us — repair shop technicians, business owners, entrepreneurs, and everyone here at eTech Parts.

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Due to this national holiday, eTech Parts will not ship orders on Monday, September 1st. Get your orders in by Thursday, August 28th to stock up on parts before the busy weekend!

 

  • Standard overnight orders placed on Thursday, August 28th will arrive on Friday, August 29th
  • Standard overnight orders placed on Friday, August 29th will arrive on Tuesday, September 2nd
  • Priority overnight + Saturday Shipping orders placed on Friday, August 29th will arrive on Saturday, August 30th

 

We wanted to give a little background on the meaning of Labor Day and its importance to the American people. Here’s a quick snippet from History.com:

“Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.”

 

You can find out more about the meaning behind Labor Day on History.com. It’s actually pretty interesting and a good reminder of how lucky we truly are as Americans in the workplace. And after all your contributions and achievements in the repair industry, we think you deserve a day off too! We hope at the very least you get a chance to relax and take a moment to celebrate the holiday. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions about our shipping schedule, don’t hesitate to call us at 913-839-1718 and one of our dedicated account representatives will be more than happy to help you.

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There are no strings attached with our weekly drawing.  It’s just a good old fashion give away! If you win, all you have to do is send us an email with your full address so we can mail you the gift certificate.  Good luck next week!

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eTech Parts Affiliate Program Explained

Share a link and get paid! Sounds too easy to be true, right? With our affiliate program, that’s all you need to bring in a little extra income each month. Share a link to eTechParts.com and if a purchase is made using your affiliate link, you get 7% of the sales!

We get a lot of questions from members of the Repair Community asking how the affiliate program works and how they can get started as an affiliate with eTech Parts. It’s actually really easy — simply sign up to become an affiliate on our website and share your affiliate link. You can put the link on your website, in blogs you write, or you can directly refer people to us. That’s all it takes; if your website or blog gets a decent amount of traffic every month, you could be on your way to getting some pretty decent affiliate checks from eTech Parts!

 

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How to Become an Affiliate

  • Share the link — post it on your website, blog, or use it to refer people to eTech Parts
  • If a purchase is made using any of the links you provide, you receive 7% of the total sales (NOT including shipping and tax)
  • 2nd tier referrals receive 2% of the total sales (NOT including shipping and tax)
  • Once your referral totals reach at least $25, we mail you a check!

2nd tier referrals include any link that links to another webpage that refers to eTech Parts. Say you want to link to an article on iMore which links to a tool we sell. If someone clicks your link, then clicks the iMore link and purchases that tool, you would receive 2% of the sales and iMore would receive 7% of the sales.

That’s it! Pretty easy money, right? Let us know in the comments if you’ve been successful using affiliate or referral programs on your website or blog. Do you have any tips or tricks for others looking to get started? Let us know in the comments below, you know we love hearing from members of the Repair Community and readers alike! Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and have you signed up for our newsletter yet? You should do that too. We won’t spam you, we promise — just a bi-weekly newsletter to keep you informed on all the latest in the wireless repair industry.

How to Survive the Wireless Repair Expo

We told you how to make the most of your time at the Wireless Repair Expo at CTIA 2014… Now we’re going to give you some tips on how to survive the Wireless Repair Expo! Conferences and conventions are usually pretty similarly set up and organized, and since we’ve been to more than a few of these in the past, we wanted to share what we took (or what we wish we’d taken) to our conventions in the past!

Introducing the Wireless Repair Expo Survival Kit! Everything we have to help you survive the craziness of a Las Vegas conference. We’ll even give you 10% off each product when you purchase any of the following Survival Kit products for the Wireless Repair Expo. Read on for more information on how you can snag an awesome survival pack of your own at a great price!

 

Wireless Repair Expo Survival Kit

 

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Backpack

 

You will definitely need a travel-friendly backpack for your adventures in Las Vegas. Lugging around a heavy and uncomfortable sack on your back can make for a not-so-pleasant travel experience (and sore shoulders). I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that every single person who travels on behalf of eTech Parts, travels only with the best – Spigen Backpacks!

I never used a backpack during use my high school and college years because, typical of many teenagers, I thought backpacks were lame. Now I use my Spigen backpack every day to tote my laptop and business materials between home and work. My bright orange Spigen backpack is sleek, it looks great and there’s plenty of storage space for everything I need. It’s a perfect fit for any student or professional!

 

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These backpacks are seriously the best option for those of us who love technology and love to travel. There are tons of pockets for all your gadgets, a special protective pouch for your laptop, padded back and shoulder straps for comfort, and tons of room if you need to pack it really full. We have extremely high standards at eTech Parts and Spigen backpacks fit the script.

 

You can find Spigen backpacks on our website.

 

Charging Cases

 

Before you go to a conference of any kind, there’s something you need to know: your phone battery will die. Your phone battery will probably die before you even leave the convention so, if you’re even partially dependent on your phone for directions, contact information or schedule times, you need to be prepared.

Luckily, when we went to CES this past January, Emily hooked us up with everything we needed to succeed – including several options for backup battery power. My favorite and most useful choice was this Powercase for iPhone 5/5s. It came in handy more times than I can even count; I still use it from time to time when my battery dies and I don’t have time to stop and charge it. All you do is charge the case and when your battery dies, plug your phone into the case and with the push of a button it’ll charge your battery right up. We have a Powercase for iPhone 4/4s, too.

 

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Naztech claims the Powercase “nearly doubles” the battery life, but I’ve gotten up to 2 extra charges from a Powercase from only charging the case itself once. This is an absolute must-have for anyone attending CTIA.

 

Wallet Cases

 

When you’re not using a charging case to power up your phone, you’re going to need something else to keep it protected. Wallet cases for your phone are the best for traveling because you have plenty of room for cash, credit cards, your ID, your room key, and plenty of business cards. These Prodigee Wallegee cases are highly rated and eTech-approved. Just check out our Wallegee case review below!

 

 

Wallegee cases are available for the iPhone 5/5s in a variety of colors. Check them out on our website.

 

 

Charging Cubes & Cables

 

You’re probably going to need some extra wall chargers and charging cables for your trip, because there’s a good chance you’ll leave one behind along the way. We know how annoying it can be to pay retail price on charging cords and cubes when you can get it much cheaper elsewhere, so it’s best to have a couple of these on hand pretty much all the time.

We have tons of options for charging cubes and cables for iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Android devices. We suggest this 4-port travel charger by Naztech, mainly because it can charge 4 devices at once, saving you time and outlet space. As for charging cables, I personally recommend the Spigen 8-Pin Lightning cable for anyone with an iPhone 5/5s/5c. It’s longer and more durable than the lightning cord that comes with the iPhone 5s. You can find all of this and more on our website.

 

Chargers and Adapters for iPhones

Chargers and Adapters for Android

 

eTech Parts Shirts

 

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Don’t be afraid to stick out in the crowd with this bright red eTech Parts shirt! We know you’re gonna get tons of free swag at the convention but you want to rep the best, right? Show the crowd and your friends back home your eTech pride!

 

Screen Protectors

If you’re in Vegas, there’s a good chance you’ll have a couple drinks. When you have a couple drinks, you’re more likely to drop and damage your phone. Apparently drunk people drop their phones a lot. Keep your devices safe with these screen protectors from eTech Parts. We suggest the Rhino Shield or Spigen GLAS.t screen protectors, which are both created from shatter-resistant tempered glass. These will save you from a broken screen and the inconvenience of traveling with a shattered iPhone.

 

Screen Protectors from eTech Parts

 

Red TapeTM

 

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Because there’s never an occasion when you don’t need Red TapeTM. It’s a well-known fact here at the office that if you’re without Red TapeTM, something WILL break. Or fall apart. Or at least require some extra help from our sticky little friend, Red TapeTM. You never know when you’ll need it!

You can find Red TapeTM exclusively at eTech Parts.

 

Use coupon code “Expo2014″ at checkout to receive 10% off any of the items listed above! One-time use only, valid until September 9th, 2014. Quantity restrictions apply, contact us at 913-839-1718 for more details. Get your very own Wireless Repair Expo Survival Kit at a great price for a limited time only. If you’ll be at the Wireless Repair Expo at CTIA 2014, you can’t afford to miss out on this limited time offer!

Samsung Galaxy S5 & Note 3 Small Parts

We’re always looking for ways to better help our growing community of repair shops. Over the past year we’ve gotten a huge increase in calls and emails from repair shop technicians requesting we add more Samsung parts to our inventory.

 

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We can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard, “My shop buys everything else from eTech Parts — we just wish you had Samsung parts!” Thanks to our loyal customers for the suggestions, and thanks to Ryan, our procurement agent, for finding a stateside supplier with authorized Samsung repair parts; over the past year we’ve steadily increased our stock of Samsung repair parts to over double what it used to be!

Whether you need a Samsung Galaxy S5 charging port or a battery and rear camera for Galaxy Note 3, eTech Parts has you covered! We have new parts in stock and arriving daily so be sure to check out our growing selection of Samsung Galaxy S5 Small Parts and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Small Parts. And remember, if there are any parts, tools or accessories we’re not currently carrying — but you wish we were — let us know! You can drop us a line anytime, call us at 913-839-1718, comment below, and we’ll make sure your voice gets heard.

 

Battery Isolation Tool Demo

Here at eTech Parts, we consider ourselves strong advocates for high quality service. From the premium parts for iPhones we sell to the level of customer service we offer every day, quality is always our first priority. This means we’re constantly looking for the latest and greatest parts, tools and accessories to offer our growing community of repair shops.

So when we heard about a brand new, super affordable repair tool for the iPad, we jumped at the chance to offer it to the Repair Community. This tiny piece of plastic can save you hours of troubleshooting and soldering, simply by preventing electrical overload damage to the logic board.

Here’s a quick video demonstrating how to use the Battery Isolation Tool to disconnect an iPad battery. Just remove one screw holding the battery connector in place and slide the tool right under to safely remove the battery from the logic board.

 

 

The battery isolation tool for iPad is used to disconnect the battery from the logic board during iPad repair, reducing the chances of electrical overload damage to the board. You can find it on our website for under $2, and if you haven’t already you can sign up for a wholesale account to receive wholesale discounts and insider information. This tool is a must-have for any repair technician who performs iPad repairs.

Leave a comment below if you’ve gotten the chance to try out this new tool and let us know what you think! Do you find it helpful during iPad repairs? What’s one tool you wish we offered here at eTech Parts? We love getting feedback from the Repair Community so let us know — and be sure to head over to our Facebook page where hundreds of repair technicians gather daily to talk shop and share tips and tricks. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more from eTech Parts!

Save Time on Repairs

 

Save time on iPhone repairs with more complete LCD assemblies!

 

Sometimes it’s best to take the easy way… When purchasing a screen without small parts, in regards to the iPhone 5/5s/5c, a lot of your time goes into swapping parts from the old LCD assembly to the new one.

In fact, there are several parts that have to be swapped to the new assembly, including the LCD shield plate, home button with rubber gasket, home button bracket, home button flex cable, front camera with induction flex assembly, proximity sensor light flex cable, front camera, earpiece speaker and earpiece bracket! That’s 9 extra parts and a lot of little screws to replace before you can even start putting the new screen on the phone.

In our most recent iPhone repair timing survey, we discovered the average time it takes a technician to repair an iPhone 5 is around 20 minutes. There’s no disputing 20 minutes is barely any time at all when you think about how much profit is made during that time. But what if you could get those repairs done even faster?

So we did an experiment. We had David repair an iPhone 5 using an LCD assembly for iPhone 5 without small parts, timed him, and then had him do that same repair using an LCD assembly for iPhone 5 that included all those small parts. Check out the video below to see how he did!

 

 

So, 20 minutes versus 6 minutes repair time using the assembly with small parts already installed. This is a huge timesaving opportunity and a way to increase your overall productivity. If you put it in perspective…

Say you repair 10 iPhone 5’s a day and it takes you 20 minutes to repair each one. Taking the time to swap all those parts back and forth, those repairs combined take about 200 minutes, or over 3 hours of your time.

Using assemblies with small parts already included, you can save over half your time spent on repairs. While some technicians don’t mind taking the extra time to swap parts, if you find yourself crunched for time on a regular basis, or can’t find the time to complete projects due to the amount of repairs you’ve taken on, more complete assemblies are a great option for you. You can find these parts and more on our website.

 

 

What’s your biggest time-consuming part of repair? What tools have helped you save time during repairs? Let us know in the comments below, we love hearing from you! We also love making things easy for you, which is why we source only the highest quality repair parts from the highest quality vendors in the world. We know defective parts cost time, money and sometimes even your squeaky-clean reputation. Don’t risk your reputation by relying on low-quality parts; trust eTech Parts with your replacement parts needs and never lose another customer to defective parts or delayed shipments ever again!