Battery replaced with

Almost two and a half years ago, I replaced my iPod battery. It worked great until a few months ago, when I started to notice that it won’t hold a charge.

Last week, I finally forced myself to order a replacement battery. I didn’t go with iPodResQ (which is now iResQ) because they are one of the companies that send two small, inadequate tools. (Oh yeah, look closely at the picture — one of mine broke!) offers a longer-lasting battery — 1100 mAh, compared to 850 mAh from iResQ. Plus, sells the iOpener, which is larger and more sturdy compared to the other iPod “tools.”

The only problem that came across was my fault. After I finished installing the new battery, I closed it up, and turned my iPod on. I got an error — a folder with an exclamation point on the screen — which meant I didn’t plug the hard drive back in all the way.

I had a harder time reopening it the second time around because I dulled the iOpener a bit. The manual said I could use sandpaper to resharpen the edge, but all I had was a razor blade. After a mixture of pure perseverance, sweat and fury, I finally reopened it. With the connection to the hard drive reseated, the iPod worked fine. Awesome!

Note: There’s a micro screw that got loose. I’m not sure how big of a deal it is, so I’ll keep in a plastic bag for now. Other than that, it’s fine. 🙂

Conclusion — If your iPod battery isn’t lasting as long as it should, go to They rock. 🙂

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan works at Automattic. He's also a cat whisperer. Sometimes…a photographer, and card magician.

6 thoughts on “Battery replaced with”

  1. Brian,

    Hey there. Came across your post just now and so glad to hear you are happy with your new ipod battery from us. You don’t have to normally remove any screws in a 3rd gen ipod so we are not quite sure where that guy came from! Also, and you may have just missed it on the site, but we have a video that talks about how to re-connect the hard drive in a third generation ipod in case that issue happens again (or to anyone else that might be reading this message):

    Thanks again and please email us at support @ if you have any more questions.


    The Support Center


  2. Wow, you guys saw my post quick!

    I appreciate you giving me that link. I wish I would’ve looked before I had to try and crack it open again!

    No worries.

    By the way, if/when you get any sales from this post, how about 4 percent? 🙂


  3. Oh man, never knew of third parties like this. My 1st gen Nano is starting to not hold its charge as long as I’d like so I am debating replacing the battery or just getting the Touch


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