Weird Charging on an iPod Classic Gen 3 - Advice Please

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  1. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010

    I'm hoping someone may be kind enough to offer an explanation why this is happening, and/or tell me it's common, or not?

    I recently purchased a good condition 2nd hand 15GB iPod Classic Gen 3 from someone.

    It came with a mains adaptor that has a firewire connector that plugs into this mains socket end, and the other end of course plugs into the iPod to charge it.

    I have 2 problems potentially I want advice on:

    1: When the battery is drained, I place it on charge using the Firewire mains adaptor. the charging symbol shows it's charging, and after approx 2.5 hours the BIG full screen charging symbol stops moving, and says "Charged" at the top of the screen.

    I pull the cable out, but then the little battery indicator at the top right only shows about 10% of charge in it.
    I then plug the charging cable back in, and it will then keep on charging for hours and hours. If I occasionally "pull the plug" I can see the little top left indicator gets higher and higher, perhaps even taking 6 to 8 hours to get to showing full.

    I'm puzzled (A) why it says fully charged when it's obviously not, and (B) when when I plug it in a second time, in then will charge, but never seems to then say fully charged even when it is.

    2: When I plug it into just a Apple connector to USB socket to copy files from iTunes onto the device, during the transfer process it could eat up 50%+ of the battery life in about 2 to 3 mins during the transfer.

    3: As a simple test today, after managing to actually get it 100% charged last night that took hours and hours, I left it playing, and it did actually play for 6 hours exactly.

    Any thoughts please?

    The actual playback time is not the 8 hours it should be, but 6 hours is not horrific I suppose, but the battery killing during an iTunes file transfer is a puzzle.

    But moreso that it says fully charged when it's only 10% charged (after about 2.5 hours) then till take many many hours more after replugging to actually charge up fully.

    I did a reset but that made no difference.

    Thank you
  2. three macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    Washington State
    The battery seems to be on it's last legs. I've also got a third generation Classic with the same battery issues, and a hard drive that is basically dead. I'm debating whether or not I should open it up, replace the battery and do the CF card swap.
  3. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Thanks for the reply.

    With over 160 views and no reply until yours, it seems a common thing to have weird things going on.

    I will tell you something really strange (if anyone else wants to comment, please do)

    And this makes me wonder, what's going on, if it's battery related or just the iPod battery indicator a little screwy..........

    So, the battery was drained.

    I placed it on charge, and approx 2.5 hours later it said on screen fully charged (we know that's too quick don't we)

    I unplugged the charger, and then saw the little top right battery indicator was only showing 10% (seems weird) so I plugged it back in, and it went into charging mode again.

    5 hours later, it then said fully charged again.

    So, by now, it had been on charge approx 8 hours in total.

    Now here is where things got weird !!!!!

    I unplugged it, and was disappointed to see the top right battery indicator was only at the half way 50% mark :(

    I placed the iPod down, for a few mins, unplugged.

    Tapped the screen to look at it, wow, now it's showing 75% charged !!

    left it there a few mins more, tapped the screen again, now it's showing 100% charged.

    How do you explain that?

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