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Milliamp offers 1 day iPod Touch battery replacement

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 08 Jul 2008 17:24 User comments (11)

Milliamp offers 1 day iPod Touch battery replacement The iPod Touch is something of a marvel of modern technology. But for all its technical brilliance it has one glaring flaw. Replacing the battery is practically impossible.
While previous iPod models haven't exactly been designed in a way that makes the batteries easy to replace, with a little research and a the right tools it's fairly simple. In the case of the iPod Touch the soldered battery connection increases the difficulty level substantially.

As an alternative to sending your iPod Touch to Apple where it would be replaced with a different unit, causing you to lose any media or software on it, you can send it to a company called Milliamp Ltd instead. Milliamp's technicians will install a replacement battery that they guarantee for 10 years, and now they'll even get it done in a day. The best part is the price, which is about 3/4 what Apple would charge you.

As an option you can simply order the battery to replace it yourself, but Milliamp won't provide any instructions or support so it's not recommended unless you have a lot of confidence that you know what you're doing.

You can find more information on Milliamp's website.

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11 user comments

18.7.2008 18:36

Thats cool, its not a bad price either considering it will give the iPod longer life and its guaranteed for 10 years.

28.7.2008 21:36
blueroad
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but why replace the battery?

38.7.2008 23:02

If this company can guarantee the battery for 10 years, then why can't Apple? Also, have never heard of this company, so maybe the guarantee doesn't mean anything if they aren't in business next year.

49.7.2008 4:33

This service dosent look that new, wonder how long they have been going.
My only question is, does it void the warranty or anything?
I cant see Apple liking this. They probably love the nice little profit they make on their replacement battery service.

59.7.2008 9:57

Originally posted by blueroad:
but why replace the battery?

Basically the same as why you'd replace a mobile phone battery, because they deteriorate over time and lose their capacity.
Originally posted by pensfan12:
This service dosent look that new, wonder how long they have been going.
My only question is, does it void the warranty or anything?

I suspect that once you need to use this service, your original warranty would have already expired, otherwise I wouldn't risk it. I would definately use this service rather than having Apple take my unit and everything on it. Not to mention the price. Not sure if I'd be prepared to send it across the water to the US though, not that I've anything against Uncle Sam, just that I don't trust Airmail with a rather pricey bit of kit.

611.7.2008 13:00

I've done business with this company before and I found them to be trustworthy. The ipod battery kit I ordered was great and they were very helpful on the phone with me when I was afraid to do it myself. Turned out to be really easy. Looks like the touch is different though and you have to send it to them to replace, but from my experience I'd say it would be safe with them. I'd rather do that than get a refurbished one back from Apple, who knows what those have been through.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Jul 2008 @ 13:01

711.7.2008 23:23
1bonehead
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Originally posted by sgriesch:
If this company can guarantee the battery for 10 years, then why can't Apple? Also, have never heard of this company, so maybe the guarantee doesn't mean anything if they aren't in business next year.
Warranties are somewhat a gimmick, as in 10 years, how many will have the same ipod, and replacement battery. They are hoping that the ipod will be lost or broken long b4 then.

The BPI Are: SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, EMI.
The RIAA Soundexchange Are: SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, EMI.
The IFPI Are: The same anti consumer lot as listed above!
The MPAA Are: SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, DISNEY, PARAMOUNT, FOX.

813.7.2008 21:42

Originally posted by 1bonehead:
Originally posted by sgriesch:
If this company can guarantee the battery for 10 years, then why can't Apple? Also, have never heard of this company, so maybe the guarantee doesn't mean anything if they aren't in business next year.
Warranties are somewhat a gimmick, as in 10 years, how many will have the same ipod, and replacement battery. They are hoping that the ipod will be lost or broken long b4 then.
That's true. The I-Pod won't be the hot item it is in about two years. There's always something new to buy.

914.7.2008 10:28

sgriesch, because they want to cheat you. They have reduced the cost of their ipod. They are now putting junk parts into them figuring you will just buy a new one to keep their cash flow going. There are lots of persons out there that have had 3 or more ipods that will not buy another one.

The itunes is another joke. Now it deletes music that it suspects did not come from a legal source. That is only one of the nasty tricks it plays on the user.

104.8.2008 6:20

Originally posted by blueroad:
but why replace the battery?

because batteries wear out and the more cycles you go though the faster it losses it's ability to hold a charge plus the change in temp going from summer to winter doesn't help plus you can all ways damage it and not be covered and need it changed

114.8.2010 4:56

The assured way to get the most out of your Mobile phone battery is to adhere strictly to the manufacturers charging instructions. If you disregard the instructions, then you can only have a shorter life expectancy of your battery. Besides, the battery will also lose charge much quicker. So remember to scrupulously follow the initial charging instructions as they are contained in the user manual. Usually the manufacturers recommend you to allow the battery to completely lose all of its charge before the first recharge.

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