Classic Gen 6 battery source?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Tritto, Aug 21, 2015.

  1. Tritto macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2014
    Hi all,
    I was wondering if there is a recognised source of quality iPod classic batteries?
    My 80gb gen 6 crashed this morning and I think/hope it's the battery (it's come back to life but is telling me to connect to a power source even when it's connected).

    There are a few batteries listed on eBay but I'm wary of getting one with overstated specs. Is there a forum favourite source?

    Luckily I traded in a cheap clapped out 160gb model I picked up for an out of warranty replacement a few months ago (still in the plastic at this point), but I'd hate to lose this 80gb as it was my first ever ipod bought as an Apple refurb 6 years ago. Not bad for an ipod that was already on its second life.

    Thanks in anticipation.
  2. Tritto thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2014
    Looks like my hard drive is in good shape for its age.
  3. Ipod Collector 2 macrumors member

    Ipod Collector 2

    Aug 16, 2015
    Here you go:

    Perfect and the right price for what you need. I believe the specs are correct.
    I have a 900mah in my 128ssd modded 5.5 gen 80gb classic that I easily get at
    least 14 hours of play on one charge. I can't find the 900mah batteries on ebay
    anymore. They might be out of production since the classic has been discontinued.

    Hope this helps. And yes, looking at your smart data HD specs, your hard drive
    looks like it's still good to go. Hopefully in your case it is in fact the battery,
    and I'd suspect with the age of it and the power-on hours you have on it,
    that it is in fact the battery. It's probably sloping down on the power curve
    really fast, making the ipod act abnormal, which is typical of a battery no
    longer capable of holding a good charge.
  4. Ipod Collector 2 macrumors member

    Ipod Collector 2

    Aug 16, 2015
    Have you ever opened one of these classics up before ?
    If not, I would most definitely invest in a $10 pry kit that they sell on ebay
    for opening it up, so as not to damage the faceplate or the backplate on it.

    Youtube some videos on the correct way to open a classic up if you have
    never done so before. It's well worth it. You can easily save the front and
    back plate from getting damaged and be able to reuse it with a pry kit.

    I can explain further if you needed assistance. I've opened up hundreds
    of these classics in the past. I've modded them to solid state memory
    and all that good stuff. so I'm pretty well versed in everything about them.
  5. Tritto thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2014
    Hi ipod collector. Thanks for the link and the advice. At that price I can hardly go wrong. I'll get on eBay and order one.
    I haven't done a gen 6, but I successfully opened and replaced the battery in an old ipod 4 photo many years ago. I think I still have the plastic pry tools somewhere - and I have torx screwdrivers etc if needed. I'll definitely check out some uTube vids and I think www.ifixit... May have step by step guides too. Obviously, not damaging the case will be the crucial bit. Thanks again.
  6. Ipod Collector 2 macrumors member

    Ipod Collector 2

    Aug 16, 2015
    No torx screwdriver is needed with the 6th gen. And them plastic tools, forget about them,
    the 6th gen is a whole different beast. You need metal pry tools for this one. The back plate
    is pressed on to where it "snaps" onto the front plate. I use 4 to 6 metal pry tools to pop off
    the back plates on the 6th & 7th gen classics. There are 4 metal tabs on each side, 1 on top
    between the headphone jack and hold button, slightly to the right of the middle of the ipod
    on top and there are 2 tabs on the bottom, one on each side of the dock.

    I usually start with the right side first, work my way to the bottom right tab, then to the
    top tab between hp jack and hold button. Watch them vids and/or ifixit links, and when
    you do try, be very careful around the screen, don't want to break that, as it is much
    thinner of a screen than that on the 4th gen, and even the 5th gen.

    Speaking of, maybe I'll get my butt in gear one day and post a video of opening up
    one myself, but I'm sure that there are correct videos on youtube for that already.
    Just don't fall for any of the stupid videos that might show them using plastic pry
    tools, been down that road years ago and they simply are worthless when it comes
    to prying open these 6th & 7th classics. Metal pry tools are the way to go, and the
    easiest, especially if you want to save and re-use the front & backplates of it.
  7. Ipod Collector 2 macrumors member

    Ipod Collector 2

    Aug 16, 2015
  8. Ipod Collector 2 macrumors member

    Ipod Collector 2

    Aug 16, 2015
    And most definitely take your time with it. Patience is the key. You'll have to work with it
    as the metal tabs are locked in pretty good, in which you'll notice when you slap it back
    together. When putting the back plate back on, I literally will hold the ipod in both palms
    of my hands and evenly push it on. You'll hear the tabs "snap" back into place. I'll
    basically "wiggle" the backplate once on to make sure all the tabs snapped back into place.

    Srry so many messages, just extra thoughts after the fact to help you out with it.
  9. Tritto thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2014
    No need to apologise ipod collector. Thanks for all the great information. I'll order myself a battery and pry tools and report back in a few weeks (postage to Australia isn't exactly lightning fast).
  10. Tritto thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2014
    Thanks for all your advice mate. I ordered both battery and a pry tool set. Pry tools arrived a couple of weeks ago and with a bit of patience I got the device open without damaging it. Battery took a month to come from Canada and arrived today. Easy to pop out the old one and slip in the new one and she's all up and running. Giving it a full charge overnight before I can see how it runs and how long the new battery lasts tomorrow.
    Thanks again.
  11. Ipod Collector 2 macrumors member

    Ipod Collector 2

    Aug 16, 2015
    hey hey, just signed on and got your message. srry so late.

    But most definitely great to hear you're back up and running and
    that all went well with it. Next... converting it over to a ssd drive :)
  12. noodles5666 macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2010
    I mean if you are going to replace the battery, might as well bump it up to a 128GB SDXC mod. That with a thick back can fit a 2,000mAh battery.

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