How to Charge an iPod Nano's Battery

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How to Charge an iPod Nano's Battery
The iPod Nano's rechargeable battery can be charged a couple of different ways (sing or not? image by Christophe Schmid from Fotolia.com)

The iPod Nano has most of the functions of its larger and more expensive cousins--the iPod Touch and iPod Classic. The fifth-generation iPod Nano--the newest model available as of early 2010--can store up to 2,000 songs or eight hours of video on a 8GB model or 4,000 songs and 16 hours of video on a 16GB model. That much music and video won't do you any good if your iPod battery isn't charged, however. Fortunately, charging an iPod Nano battery is an easy process that can be done a couple of different ways.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Dock connector to USB cable (supplied with iPod Nano)
  • Computer with high-power USB port
  • Apple USB power adaptor (optional)

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Instructions

    Charge Your iPod Nano With Your Computer

  1. 1

    Plug the USB end of the supplied dock connector to USB cable into a high-power USB port on your computer--these are typically located on the front or the back of your computer--depending on brand.

  2. 2

    Plug the dock connector end of the supplied dock connector to USB cable into the dock connector on your iPod Nano. The dock connector is located on the bottom of your iPod Nano.

  3. 3

    Allow your iPod to charge for approximately three hours or until the battery indicator bar is full. Make sure your computer is turned on--although some Mac computers can charge your iPod Nano when the computer is sleeping. If you're charging your iPod Nano with a laptop, the laptop doesn't need to be plugged into the wall; although, plugging it in will not drain your laptop battery.

    Charge Your iPod Nano With a USB Power Adapter

  1. 1

    Plug the AC plug adaptor of the Apple USB Power Adapter into an unused power outlet.

  2. 2

    Plug the USB end of the supplied dock connector to USB cable into the USB input on the USB Power Adapter.

  3. 3

    Plug the dock connector end of the dock connector to USB cable into the dock connector on the bottom of your iPod Nano.

  4. 4

    Charge your iPod Nano until the battery indicator icon--in the upper right corner of the screen--is full. If your iPod Nano battery is completely drained, this will take approximately three hours.

Tips and warnings

  • When the battery indicator on your iPod Nano--located in the upper right corner of the screen--is fully green, your iPod Nano's battery is fully charged.
  • Playing videos on your iPod Nano will drain your battery considerably faster than playing music will. The average battery life is 24 hours of music or five hours of video, according to Apple's website.

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