iPod Shuffle 1st Gen Battery Replacement

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After my shuffle started behaving weird and not charging anymore when plugged into a USB port or a car charger, it completely ran out of battery - not even enough power for the red battery empty light. Guess it really ran dry...

So I looked around on the web and found instructions for opening my shuffle here: http://www.hackaday.com/2005/03/02/howto-nonviolent-ipod-shuffle-disassembly/

After playing around with a knife as instructed for some minutes it really popped open. So I ordered a replacement battery online (biggest marketplace on earth of course) for as low as 1 EURO plus shipping. Batttery has even more Ah than original (300 vs. 230Ah). Right now I'm waiting for the battery to arrive and I'll see how the replacement works.

But spending a single digit amount and some time on a new battery sure beats getting a new iPod.
 

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This topic interests me a lot. My sister has a 1G Shuffle and I have a 2G. Of course the 2G is still too new to think about battery replacement but I always look ahead and I was wondering if replacement of the battery was even possible with Shuffles. It sure DOES beat getting a brand new iPod whenever the batt. dies.

Good luck with your replacement and please keep us posted on how it all goes.
 

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You can replace the battery in the 2G shuffle too, I was wondering if it was possible as well since the unit seems to be one piece. Looks like you just heat the top of the unit with a hair dryer and then lift up the white portion on the top with a flat head then push the board out from the buttom.
 

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I'm not at that point yet. But one of my shuffles may be headed that way because it doesn't last as long as it used to. What I've heard is that you can break the ribbon if you're not careful. This may be people that didn't read intructions, who knows. But could you see that happening easily?
 

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CaliGirl, breaking the ribbon could definitely happpen easily (as stated in the instructions I linked above + read the comments there, lots of people complainng about the ribbon), but with enough care and caution you should be fine. And, since my iPod is already unusable, there was nothing to lose for me.

Still waiting for that battery. Tracking said it left Hong Kong 2 days ago. Now let's see when it'll arrive...
 

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Two days ago my new battery arrived. As I was busy since then I only found time today to do the replacement. My shuffle was still disassembled from a week ago (please follow instructions posted in the link in my original post), so I just had to cut the wires as close to the old battery as possible (to make soldering them to the new one easier). Then, my trusty old soldering iron proved itself again and did a fine job on connecting the wires to the labeled contacts on the new battery. Reassembly was a bliss.
At first the shuffle only gave a brief green light upon being turned on (as in: no change to before) and nothing when plugged into a USB port, so I thought, oh well, in the end it wasn't the battery after all. But on the third USB connection it behaved as it should and is happily charging now. I guess it needed a little power for the battery to get going.

I have my old iPod shuffle back! Yeah!
 

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Sounds like the shipping took 5 days from Hong Kong to Europe. That's pretty good.

For anyone who finds this thread:

Don't attempt this fix if you're not a competent solderer. The heat that is conducted into the battery from multiple attempts at soldering the battery in can make the battery pop, spraying corrosive material onto you, probably into your face.

I almost popped a lithium-polymer battery pack when I was soldering a connector onto it once.
 

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That sounds pretty darn scary! So scary that when I get to that point, I'll probably opt to either A) just get a new shuffle OR B) Have some geek store do it. Not worth it since I just bought a sealed 1st Gen 1GB iPod for $30! I'll pay that much to keep the corrosives off my face thank you!
 

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LukeA said:
For anyone who finds this thread:

Don't attempt this fix if you're not a competent solderer. The heat that is conducted into the battery from multiple attempts at soldering the battery in can make the battery pop, spraying corrosive material onto you, probably into your face.

I almost popped a lithium-polymer battery pack when I was soldering a connector onto it once.
Definitely a risk that should not be ignored! The advantage with the battery pack for the shuffle is that the conector is on a small seperate logic baord, so the heat is not transfered directly into the battery pack. BTW, the heat not only could damage the battery but also the shuffle itself. So I restricted myself to very short touches with the soldering iron.

BUT: As indicated by LukeA's post: This is not for the completely inexperienced with this kind of things!!!
 

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That would be me. I guess I can handlle most software problems, but not internal. Kinda like I'm a psychologist to iPods, where as some people are surgeons! I'll stick to psychology or psychiatry.
 
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