Do you have an old iPod lying around? Chances are that the battery is low or dead. I use an iPod 4th Generation in my car and recently I noticed that the buttons were no longer functioning.
I took the iPod apart and saw that the battery was bulging up against the buttons. This means the battery is end of life and needs to be replaced. I should have realized this sooner because the iPod does not last long on a charge.
This iPod was purchased in 2004 (13 years old!) and I have changed the battery once before. Apple products last a really long time which is why they are such a good purchase.
The high price of Apple products was discussed in my recent post, Is the iPhone X Worth $999? Someone who thinks they’re being frugal might end up buying a handful of junkie electronics over a long time frame, spending several times one Apple device. Not to mention that Apple products typically have high resale values.
This is a very inexpensive repair. I went on eBay and searched for a US seller with the best rating and lowest price. The price for the 4th gen battery was $4.78 with free shipping. The battery arrived at my door about a week after I ordered it.
Next, I visited iFixit and followed the instructions on how to replace the battery. They have free repair instructions for all kinds of electronics. The repair took about 15 minutes and now I have a fully functioning iPod.
If you are fairly handy and would like to keep using your portable electronics, consider replacing the battery yourself. You can bring your device to a repair shop if the instructions indicate it is too difficult to do it yourself. The benefits of repairing old devices are the personal satisfaction of fixing something, not wasting money on new gadgets, and being environmentally friendly.
Readers, do you own any devices that you repair?