went through the washer, now battery won't charge

My iPod was soaking wet when it came out of the washing machine, and I tried to dry it out in rice, but it still only works with the charger. As soon as I unplug it, it stops working. Anybody know a good way to tell if it really the battery or instead related to the charging circuit? Or something else?


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Thanks for the reply. Here's what I found- got the unit apart, found the solder connection where the battery attaches to the mainboard, and measured voltages with the unit plugged in and on. 3 solder pads, from top (as in closer to the top of the iPod) measure as follows:


top-middle= changes depending on what is displayed on the screen.

top-bottom= 4.11 Volts.

Believing that the 4.11 is the charging voltage and the top-middle voltage is the regulated output to the mainboard.

Unplugged the unit and the 4.11V disappeared (duh) and the top-middle voltage went to 0 V.

Based on this, it appeared the batter was getting power to charge but not charging. I ordered a new battery and soldered it in (not for the weak of heart of shaky of hand) and this fixed the problem. Top-bottom now measures 3.81 V, which makes sense if the battery is charging now. I did not wait for the batter to charge to see what the V would be when fully charged. Hope this helps somebody else! thanks all!

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disassembly and inspection can iPod in the Washing Machine - DOH!. Look to see if there's corrosion or burn marks on the logic board that's your problem. If not inspect the battery could be swollen (indication of short) or damaged.

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