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Water Damaged won't power up

My iPod got water damaged. My step-father, who was an electronics specialist in the Navy and worked for many years at Motorola, used tips from this site to open it up and clean it out. However, now that its cleaned out you here only the hard-drive spinning and the screen flickering on and off. Eventually it'll either go back to the Apple logo or the Charging Please Wait screen. Last night I left it plugged into the wall for a good 2 hours and I look over and its on the regular screen. I was able to listen to it for an hour or so, then I unplugged in and it all went black again and back to flickering. My first guess is that we didn't properly reconnect the ribbon for the battery. Any other options and/or solutions?

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- could be, that it isn't all dried out. It has to be completly dried (I have read tips here about using dried rice), and then cleaned of corrosion. But if a component has been fried, then the logic board has to be replaced. Reading that it worked for an hour makes me think that all components are intact.

Is your stepfather able to check if the battery holds any charge? It could also be the connection, as you suggest - or it could be components that has to do with charging.

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He said hes very sure it was all dried out. we used isopropyl alcohol. It doesn't hold charge at all. The battery indicator claimed it was fully charged when it was plugged in last night and playing, but once unplugged it completely died. Thats why I'm curious about the ribbon. He seems confident that he reattached it correctly, thats why I'm looking for other solutions


well, a new battery with ribbon isn't that expencive. But I asked if your stepfather is able to meassure if the battery holds charge to be sure if it's battery or component related (could be the battery holds charge, but components are damaged, that being the reason for the disorder). Since your stepfather is an experienced tech I believe he's right about having reconnected correctly. You can find battteries at $15.


I actually still have an 80 gig iPod classic with a cracked LCD. the only difference between that one and this one is that the cracked is 80 gigs and the water damaged is 120. you figure the batteries can be transferred between them? if so what is the process for doing so?


- this battery iPod Classic (Thin) Replacement Battery can be used is both 80GB and 120GB, so my guess is that you can switch the battery form your 80GB to your 120GB. I've made a sketch here: with a link to the relevant iFixit-guide. But opening the cover is the hard part. I suggest you have your stepfather help you there. If you want to proceed on your own, there are guides on this site, and I've posted some info here: Best of luck, and let me know what you find out.


We changed out the battery. Its completely functional again, plays movies, music and everything else. Thanks for your help and for the links! Much appreciated


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