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Is my iPod battery dead?

Message #1 - Posted 2006/10/08 - _TJ_

I've had a clickwheel 40GB model for about 18 months. It's had moderate use and has never given any trouble.

Recently I let the battery totally discharge for about a month. Now I can't get it to store any charge at all.

It will only start up when connected to the AC adapter. Then the charging icon will animate but the battery doesn't actually store any charge. If I go into diagnostic mode the 'RD BATT' always = 0.

If I connect it to my laptop I get the charging icon but it never animates or charges. This means the battery has 0% charge. It won't show up in itunes without some charge so I can't restore it or whatever.

It looks like the battery is dead after 18 months. Is there anything else I can try or whet are my options now?

Thank you.

_TJ_

Message #2 - Posted 2006/10/08 - Niels Jørgen Kruse

_TJ_ wrote:

Recently I let the battery totally discharge for about a month. Now I can't get it to store any charge at all.

Sure way to kill a LI-ion battery. The battery controller will try to prevent a discharge to instantly deadly levels, but selfdischarge continues regardless.

You should charge to something like 60% for storage and put it in the fridge. Note that selfdischarge goes up as the battery ages, so if you started with a fully charged battery and it was dead being left alone for a month, the battery was probably going to be dead pretty soon anyway.

Mvh./Regards, Niels J¯rgen Kruse, Vanl¯se, Denmark

Message #3 - Posted 2006/10/11 - macman

_TJ_ wrote:

I've had a clickwheel 40GB model for about 18 months. It's had moderate use and has never given any trouble.

Recently I let the battery totally discharge for about a month. Now I can't get it to store any charge at all.

It will only start up when connected to the AC adapter. Then the charging icon will animate but the battery doesn't actually store any charge. If I go into diagnostic mode the 'RD BATT' always = 0.

If I connect it to my laptop I get the charging icon but it never animates or charges. This means the battery has 0% charge. It won't show up in itunes without some charge so I can't restore it or whatever.

It looks like the battery is dead after 18 months. Is there anything else I can try or whet are my options now?

Thank you.

--
_TJ_

Your iPod Battery is definately dead! If you have AppleCare, they'll possibly replace the battery for free. Many companies will replace your batteries for a small fee. One thing the people at the Genius Bar will always tell you is, "Always plug your ipod in when your isn't in use." Unlike most laptop batteries, plugging the ipod in at half charge or where ever the charge is at will not affect the battery's life.

Message #4 - Posted 2006/10/16 - ric

Your iPod Battery is definately dead! If you have AppleCare, they'll possibly replace the battery for free. Many companies will replace your batteries for a small fee. One thing the people at the Genius Bar will always tell you is, "Always plug your ipod in when your isn't in use." Unlike most laptop batteries, plugging the ipod in at half charge or where ever the charge is at will not affect the battery's life.

...or you could do it yourself. just done this on my 3G ipod, using a replacement battery kit off ebay for under 10UKP. it's very quick although the first one you do is a bit of a worry.
approx 6cm up from base of ipod, insert the supplied plastic lever into the crack in the casing and lever out the metal base of the ipod away from the white plastic part - I found the plastic spreaders too weak to complete this so used a jeweller's screwdriver placed down the gap created - so the screwdriver is parallel to the side of the ipod as you look at it from the top. slide the screwdriver up the ipod from base to top and it'll unclip a metal spring. one at the top, one at the bottom, then carefully lift top off. once open, fitting the battery's obvious.

i actually put a small ding in the metal side of my ipod where i bent it outwards a tiny bit - if i'd thought about it at the time i'd have pushed it back before refitting.

ric

Message #5 - Posted 2006/10/16 - ZaneK

It looks like the battery is dead after 18 months. Is there anything else I can try or whet are my options now?

Definitely sounds like a dead battery. There are a lot of outfits online that will replace your battery for a reasonable fee. FWIW, I've had good luck with FixedHere's Service-In-A-Box for iPod:

http://shop.fixedhere.com/index.php?target=products&product_id=113

- ZK

Message #6 - Posted 2006/10/18 - Clever Monkey

_TJ_ wrote:

I've had a clickwheel 40GB model for about 18 months. It's had moderate use and has never given any trouble.

Recently I let the battery totally discharge for about a month. Now I can't get it to store any charge at all.

It will only start up when connected to the AC adapter. Then the charging icon will animate but the battery doesn't actually store any charge. If I go into diagnostic mode the 'RD BATT' always = 0.

If I connect it to my laptop I get the charging icon but it never animates or charges. This means the battery has 0% charge. It won't show up in itunes without some charge so I can't restore it or whatever.

It looks like the battery is dead after 18 months. Is there anything else I can try or whet are my options now?

Letting a lithium-ion battery run completely flat is a good way to shorten its life, but I would have expected the iPod to not let that happen. That is, most devices that use these batteries will do what they can to always leave a small charge.

That being said, the problem might be firmware or hardware. Have you tried hard resetting the iPod. I don't recall the exact incantations, but I remember there is a way to reset it once it is connected to the computers. There might be some way to reset it via the interface, as well. Have you checked Apple Support?

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