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Accurately determine your iPod battery life

Perform the simple test below before considering battery service or replacement. This test will help you determine how much life (playback time) you are truly getting from your battery.

You may find that all you need to do to increase your battery’s performance is to follow the guidelines on the iPod battery website.

Notes:  

  • With iPod models that have multiple applications or an internal speaker, using more than one application or playing audio through the speaker will reduce the playback times listed in the table below.
  • The iPod battery indicator shows approximately how much charge is left in the battery.  Click here for more information about the battery indicator.

iPod Battery Test Instructions

  1. Quit any open applications.
  2. Fully charge your iPod before starting this test by connecting it to an Apple USB power adapter or to your computer's USB port using the cable that came with iPod.
  3. Download the latest iTunes software, and update your iPod software.
  4. Open iTunes.
  5. Insert an audio CD that contains average length songs (3 to 8 minutes), and create an album by importing the songs from the CD into your iTunes library using the MP3 Encoder set at 160 kbps, or the AAC Encoder set at 128 kbps.
  6. Once iPod is fully charged, connect your iPod to your computer (if it isn't already) and update it with the album you just imported into iTunes.
  7. Eject iPod.
  8. Disconnect the cable connecting your iPod to your computer.
  9. Connect a set of headphones.
  10. For iPod shuffle:
    1. Turn iPod shuffle on.
    2. Press the Play button to play the album you created following the instructions above.
    For all other iPod models, choose Settings from the main menu.
    1. Set Repeat to All.
    2. Set Backlight to Off. For iPod touch models, turn off Auto-Brightness.
    3. Set EQ to Off.
    4. Select the album you imported following the instructions above, select any song, then press the Play button.
    5. Set the volume to midrange.
  11. Don't interrupt the iPod during testing. The album should play over and over until the battery is depleted.
  12. Make note of the time you first began playing a song on your iPod. When your battery depletes and iPod stops playing, jot down that time, too.
  13. Using the start and end times you noted, calculate how long your iPod battery lasted. Then compare it with the playback times for your iPod model listed below.

iPod playback times by model

Get help identifying which iPod model you have.

iPod touch (4th generation)
 iPod touch 4th generation
  • Music playback time: Up to 40 hours when fully charged.
  • Video playback time: Up to 7 hours when fully charged.
iPod touch (3rd generation)
 iPod touch
  • Music playback time: Up to 30 hours when fully charged.
  • Video playback time: Up to 6 hours when fully charged.
iPod touch (2nd generation)
 iPod touch
  • Music playback time: Up to 36 hours when fully charged.
  • Video playback time: Up to 6 hours when fully charged.
iPod touch
 iPod touch
  • Music playback time: Up to 22 hours when fully charged.
  • Video playback time: Up to 5 hours when fully charged.
iPod nano (6th generation)
iPod nano (6th generation)
  • Music playback time: Up to 24 hours when fully charged.
iPod nano (5th generation)
iPod nano (5th generation)
  • Music playback time: Up to 24 hours when fully charged.
  • Video playback time: Up to 5 hours when fully charged.
iPod nano (4th generation)
 iPod nano (4th generation)
  • Music playback time: Up to 24 hours when fully charged.
  • Video playback time: Up to 4 hours when fully charged.
iPod nano (3rd generation)
 iPod nano (3rd generation)
  • Music playback time: Up to 24 hours when fully charged.
  • Video playback time: Up to 5 hours when fully charged.
iPod nano (Second Generation)
  • Up to 24 hours of music playtime when fully charged1.
  • Up to 5 hours of photo slideshow with music viewing time when fully charged1.
iPod nano
  • Up to 14 hours of music playtime when fully charged1.
  • Up to 4 hours of photo slideshow with music viewing time when fully charged1.
iPod classic 160 GB (Late 2009)
 iPod classic
  • Music playback time: Up to 36 hours when fully charged.
  • Video playback time: Up to 6 hours when fully charged.
iPod classic (120 GB)
 iPod classic 120 GB
  • Music playback time: Up to 36 hours when fully charged.
  • Video playback time: Up to 6 hours when fully charged.
iPod classic 160 GB
 iPod classic 160 GB
  • Music playback time: Up to 40 hours when fully charged.
  • Video playback time: Up to 7 hours when fully charged.
iPod classic (80 GB)
iPod classic (80 GB) 
  • Music playback time: Up to 30 hours when fully charged.
  • Video playback time: Up to 5 hours when fully charged.
iPod shuffle (4th generation)
iPod shuffle (4th generation)
  • Up to 15 hours of continuous playback time1.
iPod shuffle (3rd generation)
iPod shuffle (3rd generation)
  • Up to 10 hours of continuous playback time1.
iPod shuffle
  • Up to 12 hours of continuous playback time1.
Fifth Generation iPod (Late 2006) 80 GB
  • Music playback time: Up to 20 hours when fully charged1.
  • Photo slideshow with music viewing time: Up to 6 hours when fully charged.
  • Video playback time: Up to 6.5 hours when fully charged.
Fifth Generation iPod (Late 2006) 30 GB
  • Music playback time: Up to 14 hours when fully charged1.
  • Photo slideshow with music viewing time: Up to 4 hours when fully charged.
  • Video playback time: Up to 3.5 hours when fully charged.
Fifth Generation iPod (iPod with video) 60 GB
  • Music playback time: Up to 20 hours when fully charged1.
  • Photo slideshow with music viewing time: Up to 4 hours when fully charged.
  • Video playback time: Up to 3 hours when fully charged.
Fifth Generation iPod (iPod with video) 30 GB
  • Music playback time: Up to 14 hours when fully charged1.
  • Photo slideshow with music viewing time: Up to 3 hours when fully charged.
  • Video playback time: Up to 2 hours when fully charged.
iPod with color display
  • Up to 15 hours of continuous playback time1.
iPod mini (Second Generation)
  • Up to 18 hours of continuous playback time1.
iPod (Click Wheel)
  • Up to 12 hours of continuous playback time1.
iPod mini
  • Up to 8 hours of continuous playback time1.
Older iPod models, including iPod (scroll wheel), iPod (touch wheel), and iPod (dock connector)
  • Up to 8 hours of continuous playback time1.

 

If your test indicates that your iPod battery's playback time is significantly less than the times stated above, try these tips and tricks to get the most out of your iPod battery. Then test again.

If you still feel that you are getting significantly less than the expected amount of play from the battery, you can arrange for service on the iPod Service Request site. When you request service, we will ask you for your results of this test.

If your iPod is no longer covered by the limited warranty or an AppleCare Protection Plan, we also offer a battery replacement program.

Additional Information

  1. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced. Battery life and number of charge cycles vary by use and settings.
  2. The iPod uses a lithium-ion battery and does not need to be conditioned.
  3. Song capacity based on four minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding; actual capacity varies by use. Photo capacity based on iPod-viewable photos transferred from iTunes. Video capacity based on H.264 1.5 Mbps video at 640-by-480 resolution combined with 128-Kbps audio; actual capacity varies by use.
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