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Battery Conditioning for the iPod

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A little while back, I wrote an article about calibrating batteries for laptops. As most of us know, it’s a good idea to exercise our rechargeable batteries in all our devices. Well, I have a black iPod classic which has monster battery life, but it gets very little use. It’s usually connected to power since I mostly use it connected to the car stereo. So I’ve been puzzling on how to drain it and only now have a reached an obvious conclusion. All you need to do is put it in repeat mode and play something over and over until the battery dies.

One thing you need to consider if you’re a iPod listener like me is the play count of songs. I have smart playlists that fill up based on how often or how long it has been since a song has been played. So this repeat needs to be done on a song, or preferably a video that does not affect those playlists. A video will run the battery down faster, so I picked one that I don’t care about and just let it play all night.

To do this, go to your iPod settings, select Repeat and click the select button until “One” appears. Then go play the video and just let it run until it stops. The long battery life of the iPod Classic can be a curse, but this should alleviate it. We sure don’t want to replace the battery for a long time.


Written by walueg

July 16, 2008 at 3:05 pm

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  1. Bill,
    Thanks for the info. I will give my ipod and workout tonight!

    Steve Fults

    July 18, 2008 at 2:59 pm

  2. You’re welcome, Steve!


    July 18, 2008 at 3:19 pm

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