IPOD battery replacement help

<p>My daughter's 3+ year old IPOD's battery is slowly dieing. Apple will replace them at an outrageous cost - plus they don't send you back your original IPOD. As she had several under warranty repairs before ending up with her current IPOD that has been problem free she does not want a different one. I have found several alternative replacement IPOD batteries online. Has anyone here bought a replacement IPOD battery from a different source? Success stories? Horror stories?</p>

<p>Fixing one yourself is easy enough. There are plenty of sites around with replacement batteries and clear instructions for popping the case and replacing the battery pack.</p>

<p>My daughter has had her ipod open (to fix a connector issue). She said it was pretty straightforward.</p>

<p>Ditto dad.</p>

<p>Son replaced his and brothers more than once. Purchased new battery on line. Came with instructions (you can google them too). I think you had to make sure the battery came with a special tool too.</p>

<p>I just had to completely take my laptop apart to replace the keyboard.
However- it worked! aside from the cost of the keyboard and the set of tools from Radio Shack- it was a lot cheaper than what Apple was going to charge me.
I have never had to replace an ipod battery but </p>

<p>iFixit:</a> iPod, iBook, & PowerBook Parts and Accessories</p>

<p>( step by step instructions)</p>

<p>I replaced my iPod hard drive, and it wasn't too bad. I didn't find the special tool very useful for opening it up and ended up using a flat-head screwdriver to pry it open. It is definitely worth it, because it's FAR cheaper than paying Apple or a third-party company to do it for you or buying a whole new iPod.</p>

<p>The above website is good because the guides walk you through it step-by-step with pictures. I think it's the same website I used when I opened up my iPod.</p>

<p>Thank you all. I guess I will have to take a deep breath and do it! I am not paying Apple $59 to replace it. What a rip off. There are several different batteries online - anyone know which might be a better choice?</p>

<p>Oh, now isn't this thread interesting? S just went through the whole iPod battery thing. BEFORE we went to the Apple store (he was also bringing in his laptop, which, thankfully, was completely covered by his warranty), I told him to research iPod batteries. Obviously he didn't do a good job of that, and he handed his iPod over to Apple. And, he lost a lot of music in the process. Again, I had told him to research how to get the music off before parting with the iPod. (He had all this music that wasn't on his laptop.) It turns out Apple didn't just replace the battery and give him back the same iPod -- they actually give him a "new" one. Perhaps there's a lesson in here somewhere?</p>

Perhaps there's a lesson in here somewhere?


Lol. Yes - no saying when he will learn it though. </p>

<p>For my daughter the clincher was when she found out that Apple would not return her own IPOD.</p>

<p>thats cause they would then have to track it.
( although at least she would get something back- unlike another thread when someone sent a laptop in & they said it wasn't worth fixing/lost it and they gave her a coupon toward a replacement- I think it might have been a Dell?)</p>

<p>WHen I have taken my ipod in ( the last one was under warranty- although it was a refurb) they just give me a new one. I haven't had any problems - it is a 5th gen video.</p>

<p>If you had engraving, then they track it- and it might take longer.</p>

<p>With my laptops- I have had logic boards replaced ( under warranty) and with this current macbook pro, I have had to have the optical drive replaced twice in less than a year, which I think is outrageous, but considering I have had few problems over all with Apple products in the last 20 years, I guess it evens out.</p>

<p>asked at the Apple store, gave us the name of an alternative place to fix it in town. It costs under $40 and they were even willing to mail it to her at college but they fixed it on the spot</p>

<p>We got one online. It came with a little tool to use to open the ipod. Replacement was easy.</p>