Problem: My original iPod Mini battery was not performing as well as it first did. This is partially due to my not really taking care of the battery… If you have a device that runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it is a good idea to run it down all the way every month or so, especially if you don’t use it all that often. I didn’t do that, and as a result my old battery would lose 20% of its power just by having the device sit there for a day.
Solution: Go to batteryship.com and order a replacement battery for $10 USD (+$10 shipping). It’s also a higher capacity battery – 550mAh, versus 400mAh. The package came with some special tools for taking the iPod apart.
I performed the iPod surgery tonight. Here are the photos:
1. The top plate has been removed.
2. The bottom plate has been removed. There is another metal plate that needs to come off.
3. Metal plate has been removed!
4. The mainboard slides out…
5. The pieces that make up an iPod Mini.
6. The left battery is the new one.
7. The new battery has been installed! You can also see the 4GB Seagate hard drive.
8. The iPod is back together – and it works!