How to Replace the Battery in a Creative Zen V

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How to Replace the Battery in a Creative Zen V
Creative Zen V (green mp3 player image by patrimonio designs from

The Creative Zen V was created to be as small and portable as possible. Since it was manufactured to take up as little space as possible, the battery was build in with no simple way of replacing it once it has reached the end of useful life. The battery itself must be specially ordered by online suppliers, since it isn't known to be a standard rechargeable battery. Accessing the battery requires you to carefully pry apart the front and back plastic panels.

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Things you need

  • Thin-bladed pocket knife
  • Jeweller's screwdriver set (standard flat-bladed screwdrivers included)
  • Model glue

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  1. 1

    Acquire a battery designed for the Creative Zen V model of music players. The replacement battery for this device is the Dantona 3.7 Volt, 650mAh battery pack which can be found using the search utility on any electronics supply website, such as Radio Shack ( ), Hawkee ( ) or others.

  2. 2

    Hold the Zen V player so that you are looking at the side of the unit, with the front facing your left. Insert a thin-bladed knife or a flat jeweller's screwdriver into the crack which divides the front and back covers, inserting only about a quarter of an inch from the bottom. Gently pry the two halves apart, and then flip the unit around so the front is facing your right and pry the other side in the same fashion. Use caution, as the lower-front piece will fall off once pried.

  3. 3

    Remove the coloured cover which is immediately behind the first piece which was removed in Step 2. Grasp the sides of the inner cover and lift it from the Zen V, being careful to lift it straight up so as not to damage the small joystick controller unit which appears through the centre hole.

  4. 4

    Lay the player on it's back with the bottom facing you and the screen facing upward. Locate the small screw in the lower-right hand corner of the player and remove it carefully with a jeweller's screwdriver.

  5. 5

    Use the blade of a thin-bladed knife and pry the top screen faceplate apart the whole way around, as it is glued into place at the factory. Be slow and gentle, keeping the unit with the screen facing up. Don't allow the screen to dangle from the unit, as it is connected to the inner board with a delicate ribbon cable. Once the screen is pried apart, pull up along the top edge of the screen, lifting only the top, and fold it over so the screen is laying facedown over the lower half of the unit.

  6. 6

    Remove the small screw that holds the circuit board in place. It is the only screw which holds the board, mainly just to help in preventing it from moving about in the plastic encasement.

  7. 7

    Grab hold of the edges of the entire circuit board and slowly pull it away from the back of the unit. Lift it carefully, as the battery cable connects to the board. Unplug the battery from the board gently and remove the old battery from the back. Install the new battery, plug it into the board and then put the unit back together in reverse order. Use model glue to glue the top-front half back onto the unit and allow to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Be extremely careful with removal of the screen portion, as the ribbon cable can be damaged if pulling on it excessively.

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