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How to tell if old iPod needs new battery?

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KarenM Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Jun 26, 2012 12:50 PM

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!




iPod (5th generation)
  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jun 26, 2012 1:29 PM (in response to KarenM)



    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.



  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jun 26, 2012 2:18 PM (in response to KarenM)
    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 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.



  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jun 27, 2012 5:47 AM (in response to KarenM)

    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.


  • Bilbo_cheshire Level 4 Level 4 (1,765 points)
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    Jun 27, 2012 8:03 AM (in response to planb77)

    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!


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