How to Replace a 30Gb iPod Battery

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The first piece of your iPod to give out will probably be the battery. Fortunately, replacing your iPod's battery with an aftermarket battery available from online retailers is cheap and relatively simple. Three generations of iPod included a 30-Gb model--3rd generation, 4th generation (photo) and 5th generation. The following instructions should work for any size model from those three generations.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • iPod
  • Spare battery
  • Non-marring pry tool
  • Torx T-6 screwdriver (4th-generation only)
  • Flat screw driver (5th-generation only)

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Instructions

    3rd-generation iPod

  1. 1

    Verify that you iPod is a 3rd-generation model and that the problem is in the battery. The device should have four buttons underneath the screen and a touch-sensitive wheel instead of a click-wheel. Plug in your iPod to verify whether your problem is the battery. If it works when plugged in, but doesn't work without A/C power, the battery is likely dead. If it does not work when plugged in, your iPod may need further repair.

  2. 2

    Power off your iPod, and put it on hold to keep it from turning on during repair.

  3. 3

    Force your fingernail between the plastic and metal to create a gap in the casing seam. Pry the two sides of the casing (plastic and metal) slightly apart with the pry tool, then slide the tool all the way around the device to release the tabs.

  4. 4

    Remove the hard drive by lifting the drive, then pulling out the copper connector.

  5. 5

    Pull out the battery and snap out the connector with your fingernails. Plug in the new battery, lay it in place and accommodate the wires on top of it.

  6. 6

    Replace the hard drive by plugging in the copper connector and laying the hard drive back in the enclosure. Close the enclosure and snap all tabs back into place.

  7. 7

    Turn on the iPod. If the screen displays the Apple logo and moves on to the menu, you have installed the new battery correctly. Charge the battery for at least 5 hours.

    4th-generation iPod Photo

  1. 1

    Verify that your iPod is a 4th-generation model and that the problem is in the battery. The device should have a click-wheel similar to newer models. A thicker, blockier casing distinguishes it from the slimmer 5th generation. Plug in your iPod to verify whether your problem is the battery. If it works when plugged in but doesn't work without A/C power, the battery is likely dead. If it does not work when plugged in, your iPod may need further repair.

  2. 2

    Power off your iPod and put it on hold to keep it from turning on during repair.

  3. 3

    Force your fingernail between the plastic and metal to create a gap in the casing seam. Pry the two sides of the casing (plastic and metal) slightly apart with the pry tool, then slide the tool all the way around the device to release the tabs.

  4. 4

    Pull off the back plate connector, then lift up the hard drive and unplug it by pulling on the black tabs.

  5. 5

    Unplug the battery by tugging loose the coloured battery cable's transparent connector. Unscrew the Torx screw next to the battery plug and slide the battery cable from underneath the logic board. Use your pry tool to pry the old battery off gently.

  6. 6

    Set the new battery inside the enclosure, then slide its cable underneath the logic board and toward the plug. Replace the Torx screw to secure the logic board and plug in the new battery.

  7. 7

    Plug in and replace the hard drive, then snap the two sides of the enclosure back together. Turn on the iPod. If the screen displays the Apple logo and moves on to the menu, you have installed the new battery correctly. Charge the battery for at least 5 hours.

    5th-generation iPod Video

  1. 1

    Verify that your iPod is a 5th-generation model and the problem is in the battery. The device should have a click-wheel, colour screen and ability to play video. A black or white plastic faceplate distinguishes it from the brushed-aluminium 6th-generation casing. Plug in your iPod to verify whether your problem is the battery. If it works when plugged in but doesn't work without A/C power, the battery is likely dead. If it does not work when plugged in, your iPod may need further repair.

  2. 2

    Power off your iPod and put it on hold to keep it from turning on during repair.

  3. 3

    Force your fingernail between the plastic and metal to create a gap in the casing seam. Pry the two sides of the casing (plastic and metal) slightly apart with the pry tool, then slide the tool all the way around the device to release the tabs.

  4. 4

    Release the battery connector by pushing on the tab with a small flat-head screwdriver before completely removing the back plate. The connector is on the lower right-hand corner when the device is face down. Push under the battery with the non-marring pry tool to release the adhesive. Be careful not to tear any of the ribbon connectors.

  5. 5

    Replace the new battery on the adhesive strips and press down. Snap on the battery connector by aligning it with the bottom-right corner and pressing on the tab again with a screwdriver. Snap the two enclosure plates back together.

  6. 6

    Remove hold and turn on the iPod. If the screen displays the Apple logo and moves on to the menu, you have installed the new battery correctly. Charge the battery for at least 5 hours.

Tips and warnings

  • The adhesive on the battery can be loosened by heating up the unit slightly.
  • It is easier to create a gap between the two enclosure plates by pressing them together near the middle of the device with one hand while shoving a fingernail in the crack with the other.
  • Do not use your iPod before fully charging the battery. Failure to do so will decrease battery life.

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