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iPod refreshment

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With none of the current iPod offerings making me happy – I’m sure I’ll salivate for an iPod touch once I see one but I’m equally sure the unnecessary limitations of the expensive device would drive me nuts – and me generally not being too happy to spend hundreds on a technical gadget toy with a short lifespan anymore, I thought I might just try getting a replacement battery for よしみ my ageing 3G iPod.

Looking around at eBay, I found that fake replacement batteries are ridiculously cheap. Something like €7,50 will get you one. And, formally, that’s €2 for the battery and some strange plastic thingies which allegedly help opening the iPod (and which are definitely broken after being used once) with the rest being for shipping straight from Hong Kong.

Such a price is so good – with the total being less than the shipping charges for many items within Germany – that I thought I’d give it a try. Unless the battery spontaneously self-combusts it should be better than the three hours my old battery gives me and even if it’s just good for a year, it’s a reasonable deal.

And the battery arrived, I installed it, now it’s charging and it remains to be seen how much of a disappointment it will be.

Open iPod with the new battery installed

September 26, 2007, 0:23

Tagged as ebay, hardware.

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Comment by Paul Mison: User icon

How is the new battery working out?

October 24, 2007, 16:28

Comment by ssp: User icon

I haven’t used the iPod massively since, but it was decent (or ‘great!’ as the Americans would say) so far. I got eight hours of continuous play when testing it. And there is no need to worry about running out of power in daily usage now.

October 24, 2007, 17:06

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