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How do you attach the battery cable to the plug

I bought a replacement battery for a 160 GB iPod Classic off eBay, but there is no male plug attached to the leads of the battery cable. It's just the bare leads. Is this normal? How do you attach the battery cable to the plug to fit it in the battery port otherwise? I can't find anything online about this. It seems like I'm missing a piece. Are you supposed to harvest the male plug from the old battery? Very confusing. Any help would be appreciated.



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monkeyrobot123, that is correct, you should only have the ribbon cable. You simply slide the connector part on the logic board up, insert the cable and push the connector back down. here is the guide for it and step 18 shows the battery connector. I prefer to use a paperclip bend into an L-shape, hook it under the top part of the connector and gently pull up. the connector does have the tendency of breaking of the board if to much force is used. Hope this helps, good luck.

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Some responders talk about soldering the "socket" (the tiny white plastic piece with the movable brown clip) to the logic board. On my 80gb Classic the plastic "socket" actually gets inserted to a female socket which is itself on the logic board. When I replaced my original battery recently I failed to get the battery strip lead inserted properly. I opened and tried again a couple more times unsuccessfully. On the second attempt the "socket" came out of the logic board. I eventually got a close enough look at the arrangement. I then removed the socket from the logic board and inserted the battery lead into it. I then used a toothpick to seat the socket in its receptacle. I still don't think I have the brown retainer seated properly but everything works.


I can only assume that Apple may have had the socket soldered to the logic board and somewhere along the way got away from the soldering and just used the good old male and female plug/socket method. IF my battery lead eventually works loose I will probably open my iPod back up and either push the brown clip down properly or use a very small amount of super glue to hold it to the socket. To confuse owner repairers Apple uses two different socket arrangements for the two leads iFixit covers in the repair. The Battery clip is an up down arrangement while the "other' socket uses a 90deg flip. For battery replacement purposes I don't see any need to remove any lead other than the one for the battery.

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robertdraznik,"The Battery clip is an up down arrangement while the "other' socket uses a 90deg flip." on over 50iPod Classic and Video, I have not seen a 90deg flip. Any chance you could post an image of this connector with your answer?


Hi OldTurkey....I was more or less quoting from Step 20....i.e. "Use a spudger to flip up the plastic tab holding the headphone jack ribbon in place. The tab will rotate up 90 degrees, releasing the ribbon cable." Sorry to answer "no" to your question, I'm not about to open her up again in this lifetime as long as she keeps working.


robertdraznik, all the ones I have repaired have a clip that slides up and down, not rotational.


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