Internal and External iPod Batteries
When iPods first hit the market, iPod batteries followed the pattern of a number of smaller electronic units and came with a battery that was completely enclosed in the unit. Removing the iPod battery was discouraged. Instead, consumers were encouraged to purchase a refurbished replacement iPod when the battery had lost its ability to charge.
As new versions of the unit were manufactured, the design was changed slightly, so that owners could purchase replacement iPod batteries. These newer batteries were capable of taking additional charges, which prolonged the life of the unit before the need to replace the power source. Still, iPod batteries are often soldered into place and even with the availability of replacement kits, iPod batteries are replaced by vendors rather than
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