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How to repair a Chinese tablet that won’t turn on or charge



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Lately, many people have been buying tablets from China because of the low price and easy accessibility of Chinese products. It is a tricky situation when unbranded tablet won’t turn on, and that is why we are writing this tutorial. Though these products are affordable and easily accessible; unfortunately, some of the tablets are of low quality with very high chances of becoming faulty.

There are different types of possible faults, but I have seen many tablets with the same problem. The most common problem with Chinese tablets is that most of them won’t charge or turn on or even boot.

However, in this how-to guide, I will be showing you how to fix an unbranded tablet that won’t turn on or charge. As I stated earlier, this is a common problem with Chinese tablets, and I am ready to work you through a step-by-step procedure on how you can fix such a tablet for yourself, friends and family.

How to detect the problem

Detecting the problem of some of these Chinese tablets is not far-fetched. You only need to notice the abnormal performance once you start using the gadget. Some of these issues develop slowly until they become so unbearable and disgusting at the same time. Also, some of these Chinese tablets’ problems are aggravated by using the wrong accessories on them.

Another essential thing that will help you detect the fault in your gadget is observing if your device’s charging rate has slowed down over time from the time of purchase. And probably if your tablets now hang more often than necessary.

So if you have any of this problem with any of the tablets from China and you have tried too hard to reset the device. Then, I have a solution for you in this guide.

The DIY and easy-to-follow solution for your Chinese tablets

There is no doubt that Chinese tablets are good alternatives for other costly tablets in the market. However, the incessant faulty they develop makes them less quality to most other tablets out there.

And if you have detected any of the problems on your tablets- maybe it’s not turning on or charging, then follow me as I unravel the DIY fix before decoupling or even taking it to a technician. The tablet can be an easy fix for you because sometimes it might only be an issue with the battery. Here comes a tutorial – how to repair unbranded tablet that won’t turn on?

Check the battery

Sometimes the battery freezes and does not recognize the charger. And at other times, the power on and power off functions could be the ones with the problem. Either way, you have to cross-check and ascertain which of them is responsible for the problem.

Moving on, before you do anything carefully, try to charge the tablet with another charger that you can attest that is functioning 100%. Doing this will help you confirm if it’s a faulty charger or maybe the charging port. But kindly use a charger that only has the same output voltage.

After doing all that, if the tablet still doesn’t work, then you should try to connect to a computer via a USB cable. Charging with a USB cable will help understand the nature of your gadget’s problem without any stress. However, suppose the tablet now refuses to work correctly even after connecting to the computer via a USB cable. In that case, unfortunately, your charging port will be at fault, and you might need to decouple your tablet eventually.

Ideally, I won’t recommend that you open your tablet all by yourself because of the technicality, expertise, and high level of carefulness you need to maintain. Nonetheless, since it’s a DIY guide, you definitely can do it, and with my guidance, you will be able to do it.

It is time to open it

Now that you have decided to open your tablet, you have to carefully open it up to avoid causing more damage to the device. If you are not careful enough, you might end up damaging your screen- and this will be more painful and even difficult to repair.

A quick point of attention- most tablets do not come with screws; they have holders. So sometimes it doesn’t prove easy to open such devices. However, with the right tools at your disposal and your readiness, you can do it. Moreover, many videos on YouTube teach and show easy-to-do tutorials you can watch to achieve your aim.

Okay. When you open the tablet, it will look something like the photo below. It is a tricky situation when unbranded tablet won’t turn on, but fortunately they looks the same from inside. The first thing you have to do is check the voltage and amps of the battery. If voltage or amps are zero, then you need to try directly charging the battery with a li-on charger. Please only use the appropriate charger to do this because the battery can explode if you use the wrong charger.

Once you have ascertained that the battery is okay, then let’s continue. You should check the motherboard, and you would see that the battery is connected to the motherboard with two wires. While one of the wires is red, the other is black. You will need to disconnect the red wire from the motherboard. To do this, carefully use a soldering iron and endeavor not to tamper with any other thing.

Tablet motherboard repair

When you have disconnected the red wire from the motherboard, then you need to put the red wire somewhere isolate where it is not touching anything. After that, all you need is to connect your Chinese tablet to a charger only for a few seconds. When the tablet is charging, it may show sparks and try to bring the battery backs to life.

After a few seconds, disconnect the charger from the tablet and reconnect the red wire to the motherboard. When you do that, try to turn on the Chinese tablet. If the problem was only in the battery, the tablet should work, but if the problem is somewhere else like on the motherboard, then, unfortunately, the tablet will not work.


Chinese tablets are affordable and easy to come by. And in all honesty, they are excellent alternatives for other expensive tablets on the market. Since the tablets are not too pricey, they tend to be less quality and highly problematic. But you can follow the stepwise procedures highlighted above to repair your Chinese tablets by yourself. For an unbranded tablet that won’t turn on, you can try to repair it by yourself.

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any possible problems or damages; you are doing this at your own risk.

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  1. ebrahim mehrandish

    Jan 26, 2015 at 12:45

    my dear friend
    I had test your method but this wont work for me
    In one model never power up and in other power on then hang on logo page
    That cant connect to the PC for flash or any thing .
    However thanks for your shared education.

  2. sunny goyal

    Mar 3, 2015 at 15:57

    My datawind 7c+ china tablet motherboard is not work properly how to fix it.

  3. Jason

    Mar 22, 2015 at 07:54

    This worked for me. I de-soldered the red wire, left it for 60 seconds then plugged the charger in and pressed the power button. The tablet booted. I soldered the wire back on and the tablet is working fine now. Thanks for the tip!

    • Ivan Vovk

      Mar 22, 2015 at 12:03

      Great, I am happy that worked for you 🙂

  4. gcobisa

    Apr 8, 2015 at 11:30

    Mine broke the screen please help me

    • Ivan Vovk

      Apr 8, 2015 at 15:29

      If the screen is broken, then you need to buy a new lcd screen.

  5. Tony

    Jul 17, 2015 at 23:50

    Thanks for this guide!!

    I’ve tried with a chinese tablet and I desoldered the red wire and connected the power adapter and the tablet turned on and left connected for ~60seconds, disconnected the power adapter, soldered the red wire and again I connected the power adapter but the tablet wont turn on

    I think that the battery it’s deffective, I’ve no tried yet but it’s possible to charge directly the battery with power adapter 5v 2000mA?

  6. fandoog

    Nov 4, 2015 at 00:30

    Do you know of any website that supply new batteries for broken Chinese made ones, like batteries for the Chuwi DX1 with the rotating camera? The manufacturer support is below par, and the retailer is in HK, so all very difficult to fix the otherwise perfect tablet. It just won’t boot up any more.

    • johnny

      Nov 4, 2015 at 12:39

      Hi, I must see. but are you sure that the battery is faulty ?

  7. Brian

    Dec 5, 2015 at 11:41


  8. Lou Bourque

    Dec 29, 2015 at 16:49

    Hi ! Thanks for all this information. Unfortunately, I don’t see it helping me with my problem. My Chuwi Vi8 dual-boot stopped working after I reverted back to Windows 8.1 from Windows 10. At the time, both Op. systems worked fine. Since, I keep getting a boot loop when I turn it on and it doesn’t stop until I hold the on/off key for a few second after it shuts down. The message I received is: 🙁 Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We’ll restart for you. If you’d like to know more, you can search online later for this error:

    I’m no wizz at this stuff, so I don’t know what to do to get my tablet working. Has anyone had this problem? Can anyone offer any help? Thanks in advance. Appreciate anything you can do. Lou

  9. Raff

    Jan 11, 2016 at 00:43

    Hi! Thanks for this solution!! Followed your guide and now my Chuwi Hi8 works like a charm!

    • johnny

      Jan 11, 2016 at 08:46

      Great ! I am happy that to you it was useful.


    May 5, 2016 at 03:46

    i dont have problem with the battery ,the problem i have is i can’t get my laptop to see the tablet
    all it show is as a hard drive e and f but it wont even boot pass the android screen,ive tried all different programs but most say i need to have the tablet’s usb enable to see the laptop, but i cant even do that when it cant even pass the android screen so there is no way i can figure out how to re install the 4.4
    it used to show a mtk65xx but when it tries to turn off that part goes away so cant even install the drives or anything

  11. Gabbro

    May 11, 2016 at 16:06

    Thanks a lot !!! It worked for me with my Chuwi Vi10 Pro.

    • johnny

      May 12, 2016 at 11:54

      Great !!! good to know 🙂

  12. abdul rauf

    Jun 27, 2016 at 19:26

    hi. how to riper my androd tab. not chaging i chang battry and filashin but not open only battry chaging mark wiht charger remove charger closs tab agen conact chager only chaginv mark pls help

  13. ionut

    Jul 11, 2016 at 14:05

    work om my chuwi hi8. thank you!

  14. Claudia

    Jul 19, 2016 at 01:29

    Hopefully someone can help me out… I have the Chuwi Hi8 and I can’t get it to connect to my laptop, the touch screen will not work when it’s in the windows OS, the network driver is not working so I can’t get online. Not sure what to do. HELP!!!



  15. Hassan Ali Nama

    Jul 20, 2016 at 04:02

    Dear sir,

    thanks a lot, my chuwi hi12 was not changing, I have linked it to my PC USB portal 2.0 and it started charging again

  16. Diver Jose

    Jul 21, 2016 at 20:25

    This worked for me. Mine is a Chuwi V88. Tks a lot. I had already tried everything else and had already bought a Hi10. I gave this V88 it’s last chance to live and it did. This V88 was headed to the garbage if this last attempt failed.

  17. Abu 10 rockz

    Aug 30, 2016 at 08:31

    I didnt had soldering, so i cut the red wire and connected the charger then the screen started blinking. But then i removed the charger and connected it to the mother board. Then i pressed the power button but it didnt switch on! Pls reply me

  18. Bar

    Sep 5, 2016 at 16:37

    Thankss it did helped!!

    • johnny

      Sep 7, 2016 at 06:45

      I am happy also 🙂

  19. KHAN

    Oct 2, 2016 at 16:42


  20. Hosting

    Nov 1, 2016 at 12:15

    Any ideas about the pattern lock if it is still present once I get the device back up and running? Is there a hard reset or some way to remove it? I can t even remember what my google account details are for this tablet and it s all in chinese so don t even know what it is saying.

  21. Mario

    Nov 2, 2016 at 13:39

    Thank you, it work for me, i have a Chuwi vi 10

  22. Bayram

    Nov 21, 2016 at 13:57

    .not worked

  23. Theboardrider

    Nov 23, 2016 at 18:10

    I disconnected the red wire, plugged it in and it lit up immediately! So I let it run for a few seconds, then unplugged it, resoldered the red wire and plugged the charger back in. No reply…..

    Should we leave it plugged in when we resolder the red wire? That seemed to be what some people did for whom it worked.


  24. Arie Halperin

    Dec 10, 2016 at 18:03

    My tip- before opening the tablet is to re-calibrate the battery.
    I have a Chuwi iv10 and it work for me.
    I just go into BIOS setting by pressing ‘Esc’ key when
    Chuwi chinese writing logo appear when booting,
    Left it on for approx 45 min until it powered off because battery is completely drained.
    Then charge it (tablet stays off) until 8-9 hours.
    Mission complete .

    • johnny

      Dec 11, 2016 at 08:56

      great, good to know !

      thank you


    Dec 21, 2016 at 06:52


  26. zargana07

    Jan 31, 2017 at 16:08

    Chuwi hi8 I did changed bios stting usb did not work wi.dows no android.dnx mod is ok no firmware install still %11 and are in buble menu ok but no screen is touchable there.charging ok but no start any can i fix it.there is no jumper in bios how can i reset bios technically?

  27. Phillips

    Feb 26, 2017 at 08:23

    My cube Talk8 has booting problem in that it boots endlessly.
    Problem started during a factory reset as battery ran out before completion.
    The battery still charges to 100%, but it boots but does not on.
    Tried factory reset again but will simply boot endlessly
    What can be done please?


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  29. Joe

    May 28, 2017 at 20:03

    I bought a broken Cube iWork10 tablet that would just briefly flash the blue LED when the power button was pressed and this fixed it for me. Thank you so much!
    After resoldering the battery I just had to leave it plugged into the USB-C charger for about 10 minutes (the charge LED didn’t light up during this time). After about 10 minutes the blue charge light began blinking and it powered on as normal.

  30. Muse

    Oct 16, 2017 at 12:03

    i have a chinese tablet with 3 colour of wire.. red,white and black. can i perform the same method?

    • johnny

      Oct 18, 2017 at 06:56

      I really dont know.

  31. G

    Jan 21, 2018 at 01:09

    Great ?

  32. Arım

    Feb 2, 2018 at 06:21

    I did like you said, it worked again. but after I charged my tablet, charging light continue blinking and I couldn’t turn on again. I unplug and re-solder the red wire and worked again but, after I charged, again don’t turn on. I need to unplug and solder again after every charge. What could be the problem? what can I do to solve the problem.

  33. Tom

    Oct 5, 2018 at 19:31

    Johnny, My Sur-Book battery went to 0% before I could charge it; And now I’m having the problem of not charging!
    It sounds like you are trying to charge the battery directly connecting to Red wire (un-soldered) And so you are by-passing the USB-C charging Port is this correct?

  34. Miky

    Oct 24, 2018 at 22:05

    working, thank you
    1) soldering red wire out
    2) ~60 seconds on charger
    3) soldering back
    4) working again

  35. Prakash

    Dec 22, 2018 at 08:34

    Hello ! Can you please help me to solve an issue with my tablet maxxed mavigator. The problem is first it go stucked on android logo. When I took it for repair now it wont power on. When i open the cover and touch the board the ram and some components are overheating.

  36. Giznp

    Apr 18, 2019 at 01:09

    I have Chuwi Hi 12. Its not turning on. Please, help.

  37. Jonathan

    Jul 30, 2019 at 01:45

    Oh yeah, this helped me a lot. Thanks for this guide.
    It took some minutes to recharge the battery and see the results, but it worked like a charm.

  38. panos

    Dec 18, 2019 at 23:58

    Didn’t work for me 🙁 chuwi hi 10 plus … dead as a brick I even tried to flash bios with the clamp but no result… dont know what to do anymore

  39. Geert

    Jan 20, 2020 at 20:16

    Unbelevable, this was the last I wanted to try but it was my only solution left for my Cuwi VX8 3G, runninwindows 10 latest edition (Nov. 2019). Guess what, it worked amazingly!.
    Thank you very much; Great work!

  40. Tracins

    Apr 30, 2021 at 21:18

    Hello. Have gotten into a problem. Used my tablet once probably in like 2 or 3 years. Now after wanting to boot it, it doesn’t work. Half a year ago it booted. Its cube iwork 11 model. Disassembled the case. Got to the battery packs cables. And there are 3 red wires,3 black and 1 white one couples together in one. Can somebody explain, if the topic is still alive?
    Recently my old tablet got smashed and need this one to work. Do i just remove the red cables that are positive (+) and leave the other in. Plug the charger hold for 60s and the turn on? The tablet isn’t charging anymore. And when i turn on its not showing charging led. Shows only that the battery is low with an screen animation. Tried 3 chargers none helped.

  41. nobadi

    Oct 28, 2021 at 06:16

    i have the same problem but I just solved it.

    So, i want to share it maybe someone is looking for a solution. Here was what I did.

    1. open the phone housing/casing and you will see the circuit/battery etc. remove any salotape if any to see it clearly.

    2. find the battery cable(red/black) which connected to the circuit/board. Disconnect it for a while, may be for 8 second. if not work may be try again for longer period.

    3. after that, reconnect the wire back to its place.

    4. connect a charger and see if that works.

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