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August 9, 2012
June 11, 2012
My iPod Nano is 6 years old and will not hold a charge for about a year now. Decided to replace the battery so I don't have to have it plugged in to use it.
Received the new battery and tools. The screwdriver is fine but the plastic tool to remove the ends broke right away. I used a small screw driver it worked fine. The hardest part of the job was trying to get the solder out of the holes to put in the new wires. I finally heated the solder and inserted a needle to leave a hole. All went fine from there. I have charged it overnight and will play it today non stop to see how long it lasts.
Hopefully the plastic tools are stronger. I saw one video that showed to use what I think is called desoldering strip. This sucks up the solder and if it clears the holes it would sure make it easier. Other than that it is pretty straight forward. I replaced the battery in my 20 Gig iPod and it went lots smoother.
March 4, 2012
Both my wife's iPod Mini and her friend's iPod Nano had terrible battery life, and recently the Mini started showing the "Sad iPod" icon. I thought if I replaced the battery, the Mini might get a proper charge, and I could also check the hard drive's connection.
Overall, the repair was 50/50. The Nano change over went well, other than the control wheel's connection coming apart just as I fed the rest of the ribbon cable in. The spudger made getting the connection together easier. The Mini's battery was faster to change, but the Sad iPod is still there. The iSesamo made taking off the covers easier; my experience with the plastic tools is iffy, but the iSesamo worked like a breeze over and over.
Desoldering the battery wires from the Nano really needed a vice to hold the board so it wouldn't move. I had to use my 7-year old's hands instead.
January 31, 2012
battery was running down. I was disappointed that the battery that once lasted nearly a day was only giving me 3 hours.
It took 3 hours. It was kind of hard getting the case open and the battery was held in with strong tape. The battery wires were covered in hard to remove silicone and I didn't have any desoldering equipment. Also, I stripped one screw and lost another. I decided to put the remaining screws into areas that were easily accessible and forget about the others.
Make sure you have good desoldering equipment and a proper screwdriver. The one included was not quite the right fit; that's why I stripped a screw. It would have been nice if some desoldering braid was included with the kit
January 24, 2012
January 14, 2012
The Nano had stopped holding a charge.
Fairly well given the very high difficulty of the repair. The end result was success.
Desoldering the old battery was definitely the hardest part. Desoldering braid is a must, however it was impossible to remove every last bit of solder necessary to free the wires. I had success placing the shaft of a small screwdriver through the loops of battery wire on the backside of the board and using it to apply tension to the wire while heating the front side with the iron. With tension on the wire, it would pop free from the board once the solder pad was heated. I also needed to use a pin to ream out the holes in the board just a bit to get the new battery wires through. A hands-free magnifier was also very helpful in making the repair.
December 12, 2011
Original battery only held charge for 10 minutes.
Repair went ok for first time ipod repair. Taking it apart wasn't bad. A bit more of a challenge putting it back together.
After repair, appeared that iPod was not working. Required reset after installing new battery. Flip Hold switch back and forth a couple times then press and hold Menu and Center button down at the same time for about 10 seconds.
November 7, 2011
Three main problems for me :
1. The plastic pryer (green) didn't work well for me. It was finally crumpled. So I used a small flat-head screw-driver instead. Slightly scratched the nano but not significant.
2. I have no lead-removing strip. But a rather big vacuum one. Successfully cleaned up one hole. The other two holes, I melted the lead and quickly inserted the wire in. Not too difficult with proper clamping. What's quite nervous was I was afraid that I would've heated the hole for too long.
3. Sliding the inner parts back into the shell left some glue residue on the inside of display cover. I had to slide things back off, cleaned the inside of the display cover with alcohol, placed a long sheet of thin paper to shield the inside of the display cover, slid the whole things in, and pulled the thin paper out. Quite messed up in practice, but it's OK overall.
Work perfectly. Can't be happier. The battery is charged faster and holds the energy longer. Seems even better than when I first had the nano.
The delivery was much faster than the expected.
I'm an experienced electronic/digi