The following artical is re-constituted from my website HERE. Hurrah for iPods! Please don't bash me saying your iRiver has a simple battery cover. I don't care. I like my iPod. Take note the battery kit I obtained is avalible for all iPods, and while this guide is for the mini, it goes to show that it's perfectly possible to take an iPod apart without demolishing it. Replacing the iPod mini battery DISCLAIMER: Neither me, nor my instructional review broke YOUR iPod. If you're not savvy with taking things apart, then don't try this. Those of you who are using this as a guide, please read this, and watch the supplied video all the way through before going anywhere near your iPod. So I love my Apple products dearly. Solid apple fan through and through, however, there is one indisputable bitch I have with all of them: Apple Batteries Suck. I defy anyone who thinks otherwise- trust me, your time will come. I thought my laptop battery was fine, two months out of the 1 year warranty and it only runs for 15mins. iPod mini battery, replaced after 11 months on warranty. And now after another 8 months of heavy use it's gone again. I'm particularly angry with Apple over this one, becuase after the hoo haa and trouble they got into, you'd think they'd have found a new supplier, but nooooo. My iPod lives permanently in my car now, because that's the only place I can use it, where it's needed and has a charger. But it's not a replaceable battery, everyone says, you got to fork out £80 and send it to Apple. Thankfully, just before I lost patients I spotted a rumour in Mac User magazine, some company was making DIY iPod battery kits. So I waited and followed the rumour, and sure enough, Sonnet Tech, distributed through AM Micro, now avalible to buy from Kustom are now manufacturing replacement iPod batteries, sold with the tools and instructions to replace it yourself. I got hold of one for a mere £20 and decided to give it a go and bring my 18th birthday present back to life. The Kit and the iPod mini. Supplied tools; Phillips, flat, and a prying tool. The new battery. It's 3x4cm and 4mm thick. I watched the 10 minute instruction film all the way through to start with. It comes in quicktime format and several languages, including English. Contrary to recently published belief, it is not only in Japanese. The film is clear and well presented, they make you aware of all the pitfalls of dismantling the iPod safely. Having watched the film, I begun. The quality is perfect on the original. The first thing you have to do is remove the top and bottom caps from the iPod. This is done by heating them with a hair dryer on low heat for two minutes. The glue holding them on will soften, allowing you to pry them off with the prying tool. This bit is like removing a stick label- the trick is to be slow, smooth and careful. Getting the prying tool under the cap is pretty easy, then you gently slide it round under the plastic, slowly releasing the glue's grip. The cap will then come free. Top cap. Bottom cap. Next we remove the clip from the bottom. This clip is levered off with the flat screw driver. It's strong, but not difficult, though you should take care not to bend or scratch the case at this point. Leaver from the bottom from the back of the iPod to make sure you don't damage the ribbon cable for the click wheel. Now the ribbon cable connecting the click wheel. I got my first scare here, as I flipped it up with the prying tool, it felt like the ribbon had peeled off of the connector, but it hadn't. Either way, caution is advised here. Once you've done this remove the two screws from the top and the internals will be free to slide out upwards. Dock and click wheel connectors. Remove the top screws.