NewerTech iPod Replacement Batteries
- $20 (US, estimated)
After several years of heavy-duty use, the batteries on my old iPods were losing steam. Theyd play for an hour or so, then conk out. I knew Apple had a program to replace old iPods with refurbished, re-batteried iPods, but I didnt want to pay $99 to replace them. It just wasnt worth it, especially for my ancient 5GB iPod. So I ordered replacement battery kits from NewerTech, a company that claims its batteries offer longer playtimes between charges than fresh-out-of-the-box iPods.
The kits arrived with instructions and a tool to crack open the case. I learned that it isnt easy to open the case. In fact, I marred the shiny metal finish of the iPods back case and gouged the plastic top while prying it open. If this had happened on a pristine iPod Id have been hopping mad. Fortunately, my iPods were so scuffed up already I didnt care. Once I had the iPod open, it was a trivial matter to swap out the old battery and replace it with a new one. Closing up the iPod was easy, too.
The new batteries do indeed last a couple of hours longer than Apples batteries. Theyll wear down again eventually, but as long as Newertech makes the batteries, Ill keep buying them when the time comes.
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