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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Replace Battery of Your First-Generation iPod Nano

The iPod nano is super-small, which makes replacing its battery something
of a test for the non-repair professional—not only because of the size, but also
because you need to solder the battery to the logic board (see Table 4-3). If you
don’t have access to a soldering iron, or if the idea of soldering your iPod nano
doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence, you might be better off leaving this one
to the pros.In this section, we give step-by-step instructions for replacing the battery in
your first-generation iPod nano. We don’t even touch replacing the battery in
the second-generation nano, because the steps are too hard for a non-pro,
and if you make a mistake, you can easily do permanent damage to your iPod.
Also, don’t try to use the procedure for the first-generation nano for replacing
the battery in a second-generation nano, because the steps aren’t the same.
Find yourself an iPod repair service instead.
To replace the battery in a first-generation iPod nano:
1. Open your iPod nano according to the instructions in Chapter 3.
2. Locate the battery (see Figure 4-29). It’s soldered to the logic board.
3. Carefully remove the battery from the logic board (see Figure 4-30). You will need to
pull the wires off.

4. With your soldering iron, solder the new battery onto the logic board.
5. Put the iPod nano back together.

Still No Power? Try These Fixes
Always install a new battery first to resolve any iPod power issues. If the new
battery doesn’t seem to do the trick, then you might try the following:
• Double-check all the connections for the new battery. Sometimes a wire can come
loose, or it might be pinched. If so, your iPod might not be able to power on.
• If all the connections are good, try charging your iPod overnight through the wall charger.
• If that doesn’t work, try a new charger.
• If that doesn’t work, try restoring your iPod with the latest iPod software through
If you’ve tried all these suggestions and you are still experiencing power
problems—your iPod isn’t holding a good charge, or your iPod isn’t powering
on even when you plug it into a charger—then most likely a bad logic board is
the culprit. See Chapter 9 for how to replace it.
If the battery icon goes away but you start getting different icons or warning message.