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Workaround makeshift repair: to add wire pins to the battery connector

Hello all, first time poster her. I accidentally removed the iPod classic 7th gen battery connector component connector from the logic board, and absent mindlessly lost the copper pins that were in the connector piece used to solder on to the board.

I have the battery connector component, just the plastic pieces with no wiring. Can I somehow insert some thin copper wire and try to recreate the wire scheme to allow me to solder back in place?

Usually most people who make this mistake are lucky enough to still have the pins saved and intact on the connector, just needing to be soldered back on the logic board. In my case, the pins are gone.

i have skinny copper wire I can jimmy up, but what would be the best way of carrying out this operation?

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Thanks for the quick reply! I did see those sold cheap from China and domestically as high as $13 for just 1.

For sake of supposing however, pretending we were McGyver meets Gillian’s Professor, how would one even begin to conceptual this with just skinny copper wire? I know there’s 5 spots that would need to solder on the board, and all I’m missing is the internal battery connector wires; though I may not be able to jimmy rig it exactly, electritionally speaking, what wire set up would get the job done? Underneath the component it’s like a spiral zig zag of a maze; would I just need enough to poke through at the eyeballed length where the ribbon cable and the base would both make contact with my copper?

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the pins are originally part of the connector and not the board. So when you removed those they obviously broken of the board as well as the connector. you wont get them properly reinserted since they have to be the right size to make contact with the battery.

If I were MacGyver I would soldered some heavier gauge wire to the traces on the board then fish the plastic connector over the pins and try to connect the battery to the connector. The wire would have to be rigid enough to keep the connector or the battery and soldered well enough so that they do not tear of the board and destroy the rest of the traces.

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@kinseydinsmore

Great idea but it’ll be of limited success trying to do it that way. I’d suggest that you replace the whole connector with something like this It is inexpensive and will be a proper repair

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