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FastMac ships battery upgrade for 4G iPods

Fastmac is now shipping its new TruePower battery upgrade for all fourth-generation iPods. The $29.99 upgrade replaces the iPod’s original internal battery with a larger capacity and longer lasting power cell battery that offers 20-70% more capacity than the original OEM battery and up to 7.5 times as many charge cycles, according to the company. The TruePower battery upgrade comes with a 2-year warranty and includes all necessary installation tools and instructions.

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1

Can’t you guys here at iLounge actually get one of these batteries and do a review of it?  I am really having problems with the specs for these so called “true power” batteries.

Reviewing one of these would be a service to the iLounge community.

Posted by Tone on August 22, 2005 at 10:36 PM (CDT)

2

I agree, I would like a review.

The battery on my 3G is fading out, and Im wondering if one of these would be worth the investment.

Posted by Ed1b|eTa|2get on August 23, 2005 at 12:13 AM (CDT)

3

I find it odd that nobody has looked into the claims that this company is making about it’s technology are true.  No other battery manufacturer has got a product like this.

Is there anything in this?  Or is it crap?

Posted by Stimpy on August 23, 2005 at 2:33 AM (CDT)

4

I find the claims on operational lifetime for these batteries highly suspect.  The lithium in rechargable batteries oxidizes over time, which is why they wear out whether you use them heavily or not.  Making the battery completely airtight isn’t an option because they can build up hydrogen gas under certain circumstances, and if this isn’t allowed to vent the battery can explode.

Posted by phennphawcks on August 23, 2005 at 11:42 AM (CDT)

5

Nice. You mean I might actually get more than 3 hours out of my 60GB Ipod Photo for once?

Posted by mesostinky on August 23, 2005 at 12:33 PM (CDT)

6

Seemingly overexuberant claims or not, I might point out that there ARE MP3 devices currently available out there that have Li-Ion batteries that DO very much smoke the performance levels (namely charge life) of those supplied with the current batch of iPods.  And while I’ve read that others have, I for one have only ONCE been able to get anything close to the 12 hrs of charge life claimed by Apple for my 40GB 4G (just over 11 hrs).

As for the number of actual charge cycles increasing as they claim over the life of the battery…well, I guess only time and a VERY long term test will tell.  However ironically, if things do last anywhere close to what these aftermarket suppliers claim, a 4G iPod by the end of such a test will be “VERY” passe for the iPod ‘in’-crowd, anyways, so who’s REALLY gonna care? Don’t believe me? Then consider all the buzz and expectation over the 5G. The 4G will be ‘so yesterday’, baby.

Keep in mind that regardless of so-called ‘wild’ claims, even if these batteries only lasts about the same as the iffy things that Apple supplies, almost all of these alternatives are still significantly cheaper than committing your iPod back to Apple, which with them isn’t even really a battery swap, anyways, but a complete iPod replacement (sans all your HD content, naturally).

Posted by flatline response on August 23, 2005 at 2:04 PM (CDT)

7

Do these batteries work with the 20GB iPod color? The webpage states it works with ALL 4G models, but that’s it, no more detail. Can anyone enlighten me? Thanks!

Posted by ivankj7 on August 23, 2005 at 2:17 PM (CDT)

8

a 20GB iPod Color would be a 4G, so I would assume it would work.

Posted by Ed1b|eTa|2get on August 23, 2005 at 9:28 PM (CDT)

9

Personally, the battery in my 60 gig 4G colour is performing exactly as advertised, I’ve got no complaints over it. 

As for the batteries being offered here, it’s all well and good making the claims they make, but without independant verification I’m not going to believe them.

Posted by phennphawcks on August 24, 2005 at 6:23 AM (CDT)

10

Why is it so hard to believe these claims?

Lithium based battery technology has been around since the 90’s yet there hasn’t been any major advancements or improvements. Either way a review after two years of use would prove or disprove these claims.

If I was Apple I would be very interested in this.

Posted by chocosin on August 27, 2005 at 7:23 PM (CDT)

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