iPod Troubleshooting & Repair Q&A - Updated December 1, 2011
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How do I replace the battery in the iPod nano models?
If it is out of warranty, Apple will replace the battery in any iPod nano model for a cost of US$59 plus US$6.95 shipping.
However, a variety of more affordable third-party services also are available. Third-parties offer battery replacement services for considerably less than Apple charges and often sell "longer runtime than stock" batteries for self-installation as well.
These models also can be differentiated by serial number with EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iLookup. Like the model number, the serial number is toward the bottom on the back of the device (or under the "teeth" on the clip) and also is available when plugged into a computer on the "Summary" tab in a modern version of iTunes (among other methods).
In addition to its serial number, EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iLookup feature can identify the iPod mini models by EMC number and order number. as well.
Battery Replacement Video Instructions
Replacing the battery in the iPod nano models -- regardless of generation -- is difficult and requires soldering. Professional installation is recommended.
for tech savvy individuals, there are videos available that cover battery replacement for the iPod nano line. A selection of quality videos covering the original iPod nano as well as everything you need for the iPod nano 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen, 4th Gen, 5th Gen and 6th Gen follow for your convenience.
Site sponsor Other World Computing has a step-by-step video for the original model:
PDASmart covers the 2nd Gen:
RepairsUniverse covers the 3rd Gen:
PowerBookMedic covers the 4th Gen:
iFixit has directions for the iPod nano 5th Gen that may be of interest and BadGizmo covers the 6th Gen with this helpful video:
From watching the applicable video you should be able to determine whether or not you feel comfortable replacing the battery in your particular iPod nano yourself or if you would instead prefer to pay a professional to perform the upgrade on your behalf.
Site sponsor Other World Computing offers professional iPod nano battery replacement service by mail. Other World Computing additionally offers batteries for those interested in the do-it-yourself method.
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