iPod Nano 5th gen only works when docked

I dropped my ipod nano 5th gen. When it is docked, everything works great, but it powers off instantly when unplugged, and when it is re-docked, it boots up as if it shut down due to battery failure. It will then indicate that the battery is charging, but even when I wait until it says the battery is charged, it will still power down when undocked. The battery was in great shape prior to me dropping the thing. Could it be as simple as a loose battery connection, or am I SOL here?

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It could most certainly be a loose connection, as well as an internally damaged battery. Other than opening it up (PITA) and changing it, not much you can do. The indication that there is something wrong with your battery, is the fact that it works well on AC...iPod Nano 5th Generation Battery Replacement

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Telltale sign that the battery ribbon is loose. Need to resolder it back on.

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