Why iPod touch not charging. But the apple sign comes on.

My iPod touch 32 GB 3rd Generation is not charging. The battery icon comes on with red at the bottom and the lightning bolt as if it is charging, then it switches to the Apple icon with lighted marks at bottom, and then switches back to the low empty battery icon after 5 or 10 min, then back to apple sign without lightening marks at the bottom. What's going on? Thanks!

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Sounds like your battery is bad. Will it still work if it's connected to an AC power source?

by Scott Head

Does iTunes recognize it? Please tell us more about this iPod was it dropped? Exposed to liquid?

by ABCellars

When connected to AC adapter it goes from low battery icon to Apple icon then shuts off then to the apple and so on. Computer does not recognize it. iTunes does not recognize it. Has not been dropped or water damage. Working one day not the next. I have another iPod and an iPad and no problems with either of them. I triednthe Apple fix of connecting to PC disconnecting iPod then hold home button while reconnecting iPod. That brings up the connect to iTunes icon but does not connect or charge. Also get charge with lightning bolt but it is not charging. I have also tried the off button hold home button....nothing seems to work.

by Lorraine

the answer from ABCellars did not resolve it? I just noticed your comment and had seen that you already accepted the answer. Did you clean the docking port like suggested? I would start off with a new battery, since nothing happened to your iTouch and it does behave the way it does.

by oldturkey03

I did't accept any answer I must have hit the wrong input. I have tried different usb ports, tried canned air cleaning the pins, tried different cords. If it were the battery wouldn't it just go dead? My computer does not recognize it and gives me a message " device malfunction" iTunes does not recognize it. I tried charging it overnight but it still goes through the same cycle. Apple icon....low battery icon, battery with lightning bolt as if it were charging back to apple. My computer does make the sound when I connect the USB cord like it is connected but then says device malfunction replace device. Pins do not look bent. Any other ideas??? : l

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Try using different usb ports. All usb ports carry 5 volts. Not all carry enough current to charge your battery. If that doesn't work try a different cord. If that doesn't work look for debris or bent pins in your charging port. Remove any debris if found. If you find bent pins there is a replacement here. The replacement part requires soldering. If everything has checked out to be in good order so far. You may need to change your battery the steps for do in that are hereand can be purchased here.

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I have the same issue as yours, 3rd gen that when put on any type of charger, dock, AC or DC switches from apple icon to charging icon, but won't turn on. When unplugged mine stays on the apple icon until it shuts off. I dropped mine, but caught it by the docking cord. I'm pretty sure I jacked up my charging dock. Either send it in to Apple, or another company that will fix ipods. There are also a ton of internet and youtube tutorials on how to replace it. It is risky though if you aren't good with tools or have steady hands. Any screw up could cause a ribbon to be damaged and then you are up a creek.

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There is one other issue that can cause the fault state that you have described. On all of the ipod touch logic boards (brain of the ipod) the data in / out lines have a dual fuse attached in-line. Normally only one half of this fuse block goes dead but that is enough for the ipod to not be detected by your pc or mac and it will definitely stop it from charging.

I own and run my own business in Australia and we repair this fault all the time.

To fix this problem you have to be very steady with a good fine tipped soldering iron and have great eye sight or a good magnifier. As long as only one side of the fuse block is dead then you can safely by pass it with a single filament of thin wire. Please note when testing the block, test from the dock socket side to the direct opposite. Not across the dock socket.

The fuse block can be found, when looking at the ipod with the dock socket closest to you, just above and to the right. the block is about 2.5-3.5mm square with 4 metal legs, the tops are exposed for easy testing, (look like silver dots on the top of the block).

Hope this helps.

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Can you explain a bit more? Should I measure left to right when looking at ipod in "portrait" mode or up down? like this II or this =

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Hi all,

Quite weird but the solution was simple for me, I tried the cable on different ipods and computer and chargers first so every time it will show the apple sign or disruptive charging, I solved it by plugging the usb end of the charge cable only 3/4 way in into the charger or computer, it might be different for others but that kept it charged and connected without an issue ...

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Lorraine what u should do is power it off for a few mins then turn it back on I have a 5 and it worked best of luck reply if it worked for u plz

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