Our Alberta shop is able to repair Android devices ranging from phones to tablets. Give them a call to get a quote for your device!

An iPhone Teardown

Avoiding the Headache: Choosing a Repairable Phone

A lot of people, ourselves included, get swept up in the marketing hype whenever a new phone comes out. New features like beveled glass edges, 4k cameras, and all-glass bodies seem innovative and attractive… until you drop the phone.

Suddenly an all-glass body or a beveled edge is much less appealing when it means spending upwards of $400 or more just to fix the screen! This information isn’t common knowledge for a lot of people until they break the phone and can be quite an unwelcome surprise.

We here at the Fix Hut feel your pain, and want to help you make an educated choice regarding what phone is not only a good blend of features, but also fast and cheap to repair.

Our friends over at iFixit have put together a handy chart to help you choose what phone is the best. Their Smartphone Repairability Scores list a number of popular Apple and Android phones with a 10-point rating system to separate the best and worst. A perfect 10 is always going to be our top recommendation to the consumer, but any device that is a 7 or up, would also stand to be a solid choice.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to give any of our four shops a call. Repairing phones is our passion, and sharing the knowledge of what is possible helps make the world a better place for everyone.

Greener Choices: Ethical Consumer Electronics and You

In 2017, Greenpeace released a report unprecedented in its scope. In Greenpeace’s “Guide to Greener Electronics 2017”, a comprehensive analysis of seventeen of the world’s leading manufacturer’s of consumer electronics was made. Heavy hitters such as Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, and Amazon are listed, as well as other brands that have a significant effect on the environment through their choices.

By 2017, the global volume of waste produced in the manufacturing and use of consumer electronics surpassed 65 million metric tons of waste. That’s enough waste to cover the entirety of Manhattan, from street-level to it’s tallest building. That’s a lot of waste. The final results are sobering… but there is a way that you, as a consumer, can affect immediate change:

  • Step One: Research your brand. Check out Greenpeace’s company report card. See what decisions companies are making to fight their environmental impact, and vote with your dollar.
  • Step Two: Push for legislation that holds companies accountable to a better environmental impact in its manufacturing processes, and fight for your Right to Repair.
  • Step Three: Bring your phone in to get repaired by us! Extending the life of your phone by having it repaired in our shop drastically reduces the impact to landfills, and also sends a message to corporations that planned obsolescence is unacceptable. We at The Fix Hut believe in a world where future generations don’t suffer under the weight of a disposable society. Help us change it!
  • Step Four: Let us recycle your old phones. We understand that sometimes a broken phone is a broken phone, but even in the end of your phone’s life, there is a way to decrease the impact of throwing it away. Choosing to let us recycle your old phones not only decreases clutter in your home, but is an ethical way to make sure that impact to the environment is as low as it possibly can get.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to drop by at your local Fix Hut and say hello!

3 Easy Steps to Fix Wet Phones

Does this sound familiar?

You’re texting a friend in the bathroom, your fingers slip, and suddenly…. *plunk* your phone falls into the toilet.

 

Or how about this?

You’re getting out of the car, it’s raining cats and dogs, and *plunk* your phone slips out of your pocket into the gutter.

 

Or this oldy-but-a-goldy…

You’re having a blast at the river/lake with your friends, things get a little rowdy, and… *plunk* your phone falls into the water.

 

We here at Fix Hut have heard it all, and although everyone can universally agree what can happen that leads to a phone getting wet…. not that many people seem to know what the best steps are after you’ve pulled your phone from it’s watery grave. Fret not, and follow these three important steps to ensure the best chances of us recovering your phone from it’s water damage.

Step One:

Assume water is in the device, even if it’s a “water proof” or “water resistant” device. Water wicks into small electronics surprisingly fast, and even if the phone doesn’t appear to have water in it, you don’t know what’s going on inside. You’d be surprised how many phones we’ve opened up where the owners have snatched it out in seconds, and it’s soaked on the inside.

Step Two:

Try and turn the device off. Water and electricity do not mix, and the sooner you can prevent power from circulating in your device, the less damage will be done to your phone. Can’t turn it off? Don’t fret…. the next best thing you can do is to let the battery drain naturally. This means not plugging it in. Remember: electricity = bad.

Step Three:

Do not put it in rice. DO NOT PUT IT IN RICE. Putting it in rice is an old wives remedy that is just as ineffective as wrapping your phone in toilet paper, or sticking it in a drawer for a few days. Corrosion happens as soon as the water hits the device, and rice is not going to remove that corrosion and in fact the longer your device is sitting in a bag of rice the more that corrosion is going to spread within the phone. Do yourself a favor, avoid the hassle, and save the rice for a meal. 😀

 

There you have it. Three things that will turn the tide of any water damaged phone. All you have to do now is find the closest Fix Hut to your location and drop off your phone. Using our special water damage service, we meticulously take apart and clean your phone of any and all corrosion. Three passes in a sonic cleaning bath and a battery of tests give your phone the greatest chance of bouncing back from it’s dip.

 

The Fix Hut’s Teal Pumpkin for Trick of Treat Alberta Street!

We’re proud to have our phone and tablet repair shop, The Fix Hut, participate in the second year of Trick of Treat Alberta Street, organized by Alberta Main Street in NE Portland. We will still be open to repair broken iPhone screens, broken glass on iPads, and other devices too while we hand out non-food treats to cool kids in cute costumes. You may notice we’ve painted our pumpkin teal, and it’s not just because it’s our store’s color. It’s because we’re participating again in the Teal Pumpkin Project, creating safe places for kid’s with food allergies to trick or treat as well. Our non-candy treats this year include a fun variety of halloween goodness like tattoos, glow sticks, stickers, and vampire teeth! It’s so much, we hope you stop by to see us later this afternoon or follow along on our Instagram page for The Fix Hut or on Facebook to see all the action! And if you drop your phone in a puddle this Fall, keep in mind we repair water damage too! Happy Halloween, Portland!

Cell Phone Repair In Portland

It sure was a busy summer, but we are proud to now offer 4 locations in Portland for cell phone repair and tablet repair services! Not only did we open our new Milwaukie phone and tablet repair location, but we kicked off the summer by moving our NW Tualatin phone and tablet repair shop from 7010 next door to 7014 SW Nyberg St. in Tualatin. Our new SW Portland shop offers a lot more space and it’s much easier to find, especially thanks to our brand new big light up LED sign! It’s fun to see our original Wired iRepair sign still up to remind us we aren’t tucked down an office hallway anymore, but we sure do prefer our new big THE FIX HUT one! We even have room to keep a fun foosball table up front for you to play while you wait for your repair, and of course we still offer the same cell phone repair services; specializing in iPhones and iPads. This includes broken glass, busted LCD replacements, buttons that aren’t working, battery replacements, water damage and so much more!

Our new cell phone repair store in Tualatin specializes in iPhone and iPad repair

iPhone screen repair and iPad repair shop in SW Portland Tualatin

 

iPad Repair for Broken Glass Here in Portland!

Did you know we work on iPads and other tablets as well as iPhones and smartphones? We can fix cracked glass, broken LCDs, busted buttons, and even often repair water damage. If you’ve broken your iPad, swing by one of our 4 Portland-area shops soon to get it fixed. We are located in NW Portland by the streetcar line by the Pearl, on NE Alberta St., in Tualatin right off the I-5 exit for SW Nyberg, and in downtown Milwaukie at the MAX stop right after the Sellwood neighborhood.

For our most current iPad repair prices, call the shop nearest you or check the “pricing” page on the website. We drop our prices as our part’s costs drop so we can pass the savings on to our customers.

Thanks for supporting local keep being awesome, Portland!

Excited to announce our iPhone repair shop in Milwaukie!

We are thrilled to announce we’ve just opened our 4th phone and tablet repair shop in historic downtown Milwaukie, Oregon. Like our other Portland-area shops, this one in Milwaukie also specializes in iPhone and iPad broken glass repair and water damage services. Located right at the trimet MAX orange line stop for Main St./Milwaukie, we are directly across the street from the new Milwaukie Station food cart pods and beer garden. Next door, we have local Rohst coffee shop, owned by the grandson of the man who built the building (how cool is that?)!

Grand opening of The Fix Hut Milwaukie and Food carts

The iPhone and iPad repair techs at The Fix Hut Milwaukie party

Trimet MAX train stop orange line passing through to Sellwood from Milwaukie

Inside the new Milwaukie iPhone and iPad repair shop for The Fix Hut near Sellwood

MAX train headed for Sellwood from Milwaukie

Milwaukie iPhone repair shop mouse pad in new store

Milwaukie MAX train stop from The Fix Hut window iPhone and iPad repair shop in Milwaukie OR

Milwaukie Water Damage phone repair tablet and smart device information brochure at the new The Fix Hut shop

Our grand opening party was a blast, with lots of balloons, high fives, food cart meals, and little kids passing out free cookies and coloring in broken iPhone glass drawings! It’s always fun to get our team of repair techs together, who all specialize in iPhone and iPad repair!

Coloring in broken iPhone glass coloring pages

The Fix Hut Milwaukie phone and tablet repair shop opening party and balloons

Milwaukie Food Carts and cookies in an iPhone costume!

Passing out cookies at Milwaukie Station food cart and beer garden by the MAX stop from iPhone and iPad repair shop The Fix Hut Milwaukie

We are excited to be in this neighborhood, right by Sellwood Portland, offering iPhone repair Milwaukie!

 

Follow The Fix Hut on Instagram!

We’re excited to announce our new Instagram account for The Fix Hut!

Instagram.com/TheFixHut

The Fix Hut Instagram

We kicked things off with some behind the scenes photos of the team painting our new little mural at the NE store on Alberta St. after hours one night. We’ll be posting photos of iPhone repair, iPad repair, fun promotions, contests, Portland themed goodness, and more! Be sure to follow along for the latest from the Fix Hut family!

We’re Still Wired iRepair, But We Have a New Fixed Up Name!

Don’t you worry, your favorite iPhone repair shop is still here in Portland! We’re the same owners, we’ve just taken on a fresh new name and an updated look. Welcome to The Fix Hut! You can still bring us your toddler-smashed iPads, broken glass smartphones, and water damaged devices with the same confidence in quality of care.

Wired iRepair Logo and Cars

Why the change?

Back in 2009, when we decided to open our first store front, the space was a coffee shop on Burnside. The landlords accepted us, but with the stipulations that we remain a coffee shop and we keep the named “Wired”. We developed a concept in which we would serve coffee while you waited for your repairs to be done, and thus the coffee-cup resemblance of our logo. The name Wired iRepair was born, but as it turned out, we switched gears and opened in the ActiveSpace building on NW Lovejoy St. instead. We already had our name and logo, so we ran with it.

Wired iRepair

Fast forward 7 years and today we have two additional shops in town, none of which serve coffee, and our own parents never get our name right. “How are things at iWired going?” they’ll ask and we’ll cringe. Also, we’ve accepted that we’re better at repairing iPhones then brewing a perfect espresso, so the logo needed to go.

The Fix Hut is our fresh name and we’re kicking off some new ideas for ways to make your experience an even better one. Swing by one of the shops or connect with us on Facebook to see all the new things we’re working on to serve our community better. Thank you for all your support, PDX. Keep Being Awesome!

The Fix Hut iPhone repair Portland logo

Win Back 1/2 Your Repair Cost With The “Give Me A Break!” Contest!

It’s broken and we’re here to fix it, but how did it happen? After years of hearing stories ranging from hilarious to pitiful, from unbelievable to mundane, it seems a shame to keep it all to ourselves. Introducing the “Give Me A Break” contest!

Here’s your chance to share what happened to YOU. And if our customers think you deserve a break, we will refund you half the bill from your device repair!

It’s simple: we will collect stories submitted by our customers about what brought them in to see us and then share those stories on our Facebook page. Then, voting will begin and we will let the fine people of Portland and beyond be the judge of who deserves a break!

To Participate:

Email TheFixHut@gmail.com your short story AND a photo. Title your email “Give Me A Break!” The photo can be of your broken device, your shiny, like-new fixed one, a selfie in one of our shops, your cute new kitten, whatever you want. We will post an album of photos with the stories attached and notify you to let you that voting has begun. Please limit story to reasonable length. Whoever clocks in the highest number of “likes” by the end of the voting period will be declared winner and issued a 50% refund on their single device repair!

May the best break win!

Keep being awesome, PDX!

Eligibility: The contest will run every month and is only eligible for the repair cost of one device. To be eligible, you must have had your device fixed in one of our shops in the past 30 days in any of our 3 stores.

Voting: Voting will be based purely on the number of “Likes” associated with your story’s image on our page Facebook.com/TheFixHut. All of the previous month’s entries will be posted together, so there will be no advantage given to some stories having additional “face time”. The voting period will last one week before the winner is announced.

Refund Payment:  If you the contest, you will receive half of your repair cost back as a refund. If you paid with a credit card, you will be credited back to your card and if you paid cash you will receive a check from us in the mail. We will confirm address and payment method after the contest closes.