Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Do It Yourself IPod Battery Replacement

By James Keyes

A couple of years after the iPods first came out, bad things began to happen. The lithium ion batteries in the iPod were failing to hold a charge. In addition, the iPod wasn't designed to permit consumers to replace the battery. Here are a couple of choices you have to replace yours.

These days, when you purchase iPod, Apple guarantees it for the first year. As long as you don't cause it any damage by such things as dropping it, Apple will replace a failing battery for free for the first year. However, following that you have to pay for a new one.

It isn't inexpensive to have Apple replace your iPod battery. Also you have the option of taking it to an Apple retail store for repair. However, basically, what you get back is a new iPod. It seems when they replace the battery, they also replace the hard drive and anything that isn't backed up on iTunes, like photos or documents are gone forever.

Recently, some clever iPod owners have begun replacing the battery theirselves. If you want to do this you should know that it will void your warranty. In addition, if you replace the battery incorrectly, Apple may not be able to help you afterwards. Apple will only repair iPods that have legitimate battery problems.

It isn't difficult to find the correct battery. You can find many retailers who sell the lithium ion batteries that are made specifically for the various iPod models on the Internet. Usually, they are relatively inexpensive and much less than what Apple charges.

The lithium ion battery is located underneath the hard drive. Here is how to change the battery in your iPod.

Ensure that your iPod is turned off. Pry apart the casing with a wedge shaped, plastic tool. The iPod casings are usually held together with a series of metal clips. To open the casing, place a prying tool between the seams and press in on the clips to allow them to release. If you casing is held together by a ribbon cable, be careful not to damage it.

Detach the circuit board from the hard drive and set it aside. Place the prying tool under the battery and loosen it and then unhook the circuit board from the battery cable. Connect the cable from your replacement battery onto the circuit board and place the new battery in the compartment. Reconnect the hard drive and snap the casing back together.

If you have replaced the battery successfully, the iPod should turn on. Then you should charge it.

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