iPod Shuffle 2nd Generation Battery Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

Replace the battery in your 2nd generation iPod Shuffle.

Use this guide to replace your Shuffle's battery. Replacing the battery requires a fine-tipped soldering iron and knowledge of surface-mount soldering.

Edit Step 1 Logic Board Assembly  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Before beginning, be sure your Shuffle is turned off as shown.

Edit Step 1 Logic Board Assembly  ¶ 

  • Before beginning, be sure your Shuffle is turned off as shown.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to pry the plastic cover off the headphone jack side of the Shuffle.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to pry the plastic cover off the headphone jack side of the Shuffle.

  • Remove the plastic cover and set it aside.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the two Phillips screws from the headphone jack side of the Shuffle.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the two Phillips screws from the headphone jack side of the Shuffle.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to remove the steel cover from the headphone jack side of the Shuffle.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to remove the steel cover from the headphone jack side of the Shuffle.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to pry the plastic cover off the controls side of the Shuffle.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to pry the plastic cover off the controls side of the Shuffle.

  • Remove the plastic cover and set it aside.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Use a pair of tweezers to remove the hold and shuffle sliders from the Shuffle.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the hold and shuffle sliders from the Shuffle.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the two Phillips screws on the controls side of the Shuffle.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the two Phillips screws on the controls side of the Shuffle.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to remove the steel plate from the controls side of the Shuffle.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to remove the steel plate from the controls side of the Shuffle.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to slightly pry the steel plate on the headphone jack side of the Shuffle away from the lip cut into the outer case.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to slightly pry the steel plate on the headphone jack side of the Shuffle away from the lip cut into the outer case.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Use your iPod opening tool to push the logic board assembly out of the outer case enough to grab the logic board by its edges.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use your iPod opening tool to push the logic board assembly out of the outer case enough to grab the logic board by its edges.

  • Pull the logic board assembly out of the outer case.

Edit Step 11 Battery  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to peel the adhesive under the battery that secures it to the logic board.

Edit Step 11 Battery  ¶ 

  • Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to peel the adhesive under the battery that secures it to the logic board.

  • Flip the battery upwards to reveal the solder pads soldered to the logic board.

  • Before desoldering the battery, be sure to scrape the protective resin off both solder points.

  • Desolder the battery from the logic board by heating up the solder joint with a soldering iron and simultaneously using a pair of tweezers to pull the battery wire away from the logic board.

  • Do not touch the + and - leads together.

  • If you have never soldered before, we have a guide that makes it easy.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Comments Comments are onturn off

Followed your clear instructions and made a successful battery change. It would be helpful to explain that both cover plates are held ond by double sided sticky tape and to give caution on the location of the miniclips on the control cover - I cut through 2 of them by mistake. Thanks for the help.

Regards, Frank, North yorkshire, UK

FrankF, · Reply

I rarely find instructions so detailed and foolproof. I ended up with a "new" iPod saving a bunch of money.

Read on about the incidents I encountered.

The working end of the plastic pry tool snapped off rendering it useless, but not before it irreparably bent the pink housing. The suggested screwdriver for which I paid extra did not undo the tiny screws, and I eventually tapped them out with a miniscule eyeglass-repair screwdriver. (Is it a coincidence I did not see a screwdriver in any of the photos?)

Ditto on the suggestion that the super-sticky adhesive presents itself as an obstacle. A suggestion to apply pressure slowly as the adhesive releases would have been helpful.

robinondeck, · Reply

I loved that the instructions were really easy to follow. It would be helpful to mention that the logic board ought to be really carefully pushed out. It was difficult in my case and I had to apply a considerable amount of force to slowly push it out.

Despite taking care to control my strength and push it out, part of the protective yellow tape got torn and one of the components was dislodged and broken. It must've been pretty important cuz unfortunately my iPod didn't work after I put it together in one piece. I'm sure the fault lies in my carelessness, the instructions were great. I hope you guys have better luck with yours (:

Jane, · Reply

just to add what Frank said: the white plastic control cover has 6 tiny clips; two either side of the sliding switches and two in the middle. I found that gently levering the cover up by inserting the tip of an Xacto blade through the holes the sliders ride in avoids damaging the clips. Be careful not to turn the iPod on when you do this or scratch the green paint next to the on/off slider.

James, · Reply

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