Ipods and Magnets!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by whyrichard, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002
    i have a first generation 5gig ipod, and have changed the battery once myself a year ago with a new aftermarket battery because the battery life had decreased to about six hours, (remember the days of the eleven hour ipod?)

    ... i ride a motorcycle with a magnetic tankbag, strong magnetic bottom panel holds it in place on the steel gastank. in the past i've been careful about the proximity of this to my ipod, but one day i just forgot.

    after that one day, the battery just quit. it never, ever, holds a charge. and when it does, it does so for about three minutes of play.

    did the magnets destroy the battery? the ipod works fine when plugged in... did this battery just quit? i wasn't aware that magnets could effect lithium ion batteries...


  2. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    well, if you've successfully eliminated other variables, it must be the magnet...

    it's litium ion battery... ions are charged so their movement inside any magnetic field would affect them.

    any experts out there?
  3. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    You're lucky the magnet didn't erase the harddrive of the ipod as well.....

    I'm curious to know about the magnet/battery issue. Are there any warnings on the battery that say not to place in a magnetic field?

  4. howard macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    any sort of magnet should not be near any harddrive or computer or even screen!! very dangerous to your electronics...just avoid bringing then near eachother in any way!
  5. whyrichard thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002

    right now my ipod/computer/screen is very far away from my motorcycle.

  6. bensisko macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2002
    The Village
    Newton GPS

    I once saw a Newton with a GPS mounted on a motorcycle (mounted just below the handle bars).

    How do people carry laptops with Motorcycles then? Backpacks?
  7. whyrichard thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002
    a newton with gps...? hmmmmm.

    laptops do not belong near magnets, i am told.

    not all tankbags are magnetic, many strap around the headtube and/or around the tank.

    but considering the average laptop weights in around 5-7 pounds, people who travel with these usually put them in a saddlebag or a trunk mounted on the rear of the motorcycle. and isolate it from vibration. never did that though, when i go on short trips with my laptop it's just in a shoulder bag. i isolate it from vibration.


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