Charging Problems

Q: When I charge my iPod mini, it says it’s charged after a couple hours or so, so I disconnect it and it still shows the battery is almost dead! What is up with this?Please help!
– kaitw1017

A: Problems like these are often very hard to diagnose.

If your iPod lasts longer than you’d expect given what the meter is telling you, then your battery is fine, and the meter is inaccurate.  This is often the case, and might be fixable by resetting your iPod using the procedure found here.

In the case that your battery is really faulty (likely true if resetting doesn’t work), there are a couple possible courses of action:

  • Take your iPod to an Apple Store or call Apple support.  If your battery has less than 50% of its capacity, and you’re still within your warranty, then a replacement iPod battery (or refurbished iPod, under some conditions) is available to you for free.  If you’re out of warranty, then Apple will replace your iPod or battery for $59.00.
  • Purchase a replacement battery and install it yourself, or have a service center replace it for you.  Such services and replacement batteries are available from TechRestore, iPodResQ, or Other World Computing, among others.
Jerrod H. is an iLounge Contributing Editor, with frequent contributions to our iPod 101 and 201 tutorials, plus occasional hardware and software product reviews.