6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 27, 2012 8:03 AM by Bilbo_cheshire
KarenM Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I have a Classic A1136 gen 5 iPod I used on a trip six years ago. I'm now taking another long trip and want to use it again.

 

Is there a way to test whether the battery will remain strong or is reaching it's life limit? Would someone at the Apple store have a test they can do? I don't want to have it die on me in the French countryside!

 

Thanks,

Karen


iPod (5th generation)
  • 1. Re: How to tell if old iPod needs new battery?
    planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,270 points)

    Karen,

     

    See here: Accurately determine your iPod battery life

     

    Have you used your iPod at all in these past 6 years since you went on that trip?  If not, the battery is likely long gone and in need of replacement as the iPod's lithium-ion battery needs contact movement and activity to maintai any sort of capacity.

     

    B-rock

  • 2. Re: How to tell if old iPod needs new battery?
    KarenM Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    No, I haven't used it at all since the last trip. But today I used it to listen to an audiobook for an hour or so, walking, and it was fine.

     

    So, are these easy to install?  I buy one online and then install it myself? From my experience with you so far, my guess is you have a link to instructions! From the link you posted above, testing sounds like a PITA. I guess installing a new one preventively would be smart.

     

    Karen

  • 3. Re: How to tell if old iPod needs new battery?
    planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,270 points)
    No, I haven't used it at all since the last trip. But today I used it to listen to an audiobook for an hour or so, walking, and it was fine.

     

     

    Wow.  Consider yourself extremely lucky.

     

     

    So, are these easy to install?

     

     

    According to the exellent step-by-step guide over at http://www.ifixit.com the battery replacement procedure for the 5G iPod Video is of moderate difficulty.  If you'd like you can purchase the replacement battery from them if you'd like, but you could probably find it cheaper still from eBay, Amazon, or other online retailers.

     

    Here is the step-by-step guide.

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installing-iPod-5th-Generation-Video-Battery/603/1

     

    B-rock

  • 4. Re: How to tell if old iPod needs new battery?
    KarenM Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Okay. I just ordered a battery from eBay. No thanks to self-install. I'll try to find someone locally to do it without robbing me. I'm sure Apple Store wouldn't be interested in doing it on a 10 minute counter visit....

     

    Karen

     

    Thanks so much, by the way.

  • 5. Re: How to tell if old iPod needs new battery?
    planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,270 points)

    No thanks to self-install.

     

    Might not be a bad idea.

     

    I'm sure Apple Store wouldn't be interested in doing it on a 10 minute counter visit....

     

    Unforunately they will not. They would rather swap it out with a battery of their own and charge you quite a bit for the job as well.

     

    Best of luck.


    B-rock

  • 6. Re: How to tell if old iPod needs new battery?
    Bilbo_cheshire Level 4 Level 4 (1,770 points)

    Just sharing my experience.

    The difficulties

    1. Opening the iPod Classic Casing - If the person haven't do it before, he will damage the casing, the plastic thingy on sale from ebay is practically useless for unopened  or sealed iPod Classic. There are a few Youtube videos, which shows you how to damage the casing. (Actually the title is How to open iPod classic case)
    2. Disconnecting the fragile battery ribbon from the connector - most cases the connector is damaged while doing the unclip
    3. Getting the wrong battery- I think there are 3 different battery types for the numerous iPod Classic model.

     

    It would be more economical and less frustrating to have Apple or 3rd Party replace the battery, unless you know someone who has done it before nicely or else

     

    from youtube

    ipod case.gif

     

    Have a nice day!