Is it worth it to do $79 Apple iPod touch 4 battery replacement?

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  1. iPodJedi, Mar 23, 2014
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    iPodJedi macrumors 6502a

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    My iPod touch 4th generation (i have had it since a month after its release in 2012) has had terrible battery life lately and i have been Debating whether or not Apple's $79 iPod touch battery replacement is worth it. I use my iPod touch every day and i love it but i only get about 20 minutes of battery life out of it from a full charge. I know people always suggest buying a refurb iPod touch 5 from apple but 2 reasons i wont is 1) it is more than i am willing to spend. 2) If i did buy a refurb i would have to buy the 16GB iPod touch 5 with no back camera which i need or i would again-have to spend more than i am willing to on a refurbished iPod touch 4 which is what i already have which is pointless.

    Also, what do u get when u do the battery replacement? Isnt it a refurb and they don't actually replace the battery? Are there risks of getting a refurb and do i get a warranty with it?

    Also, can anyone maybe recommend a battery case for the iPod touch 4 instead of apples replacement? Mophie no longer sells theirs and i cant fin any online.
     
  2. ionjohn macrumors 65816

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    I'd get a new ipod touch instead of spending on something that might not work as you want it to
     
  3. Firearm2112 macrumors newbie

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    Actually, I recently did a reformat of my NAND (the ipod hdd) and I got much better battery life on my Ipod touch 4G. I suggest the same.
     
  4. electrocoin macrumors newbie

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    After refurbishing my ipod cost me $90, well $79 is clearly lesser.
     
  5. flux73 macrumors 65816

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    If you're not afraid of opening it up, and you've got a soldering iron, you could do it yourself for less than $20. Check ifixit.com, Amazon, or any other number of Apple parts/repair sites.
     
  6. Sackvillenb macrumors 6502a

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    For 79, they give you a "new" ipod touch, instead of actually changing the battery. "New" means that it's a "service part", which is similar to a refurb. Specifcally, for $79 you get a "new" ipod touch with a 90 day warranty (since your original warranty is done). That's a lot cheaper than the other options, so if you want an ipod touch with a working battery, that's the cheapest way!

    That being said, did you try to DFU your ipod? Could help, in case it's a software problem.
     
  7. madrich macrumors regular

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    Thank you for your thread post. I too have the same situation. I am considering sending to a non-apple battery replacement service for about $40.00.
     
  8. $M.H$ macrumors member

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    It is Better to get the iPod touch 5 with no camera on the back ...
    Or try to find battery worth [less than 50$]

    Sorry for my English ,, I am learning :D
     
  9. iPodJedi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What does dfu mean and what benefits would that give me?
    Thanks for your reply
     
  10. headsh0t95 macrumors regular

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    DFU is a mode to restore your ipod in using iTunes on your PC / Mac. It basically flashes a new OS image to your device so it will be like a brand new install of iOS. All old data is destroyed and your device has only the default apps on it
     
  11. Sackvillenb macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, exactly, so you'll have to manually back up any important data before doing so. The potential benefit is that it might possibly help your battery issue if it's being caused by software or firmware problems. And it's a quick and free process! Mind you, if you do this, you do NOT want to restore from an itunes or icloud backup, because you want to give the ipod a new "fresh start", with no old software, etc. Of course, if there is a physical issue with your battery, this will not help, but it's usually worth a shot. I've definitely seen it help sometimes, all depends on what exactly is causing your battery issue. Good luck!
     
  12. iPodJedi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks so much-maybe I'll give it a try later today and see what happens although I think it is the battery itself as I have had this iPod for 3 yrs. I'm pretty sure it has had over 1000 full charges...or it is close to 1000

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    It isn't that it won't work as I want it to, I'm just curious about the replacement process. I don't NEED a new iPod as I do have an iPhone and iPad...but I do use it quite often and since I do use it a lot I would like it to have a fully functional battery.
     

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