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How do I replace the battery in the iPod mini models?
However, a variety of more affordable third-party services also are available. Third-parties offer full battery replacement services for considerably less than Apple charges and often sell batteries for self-installation as well.
If you are not sure if you have an iPod mini -- it can be easy to confuse these models with some models in the later iPod nano line -- one way to externally identify each is via a unique model number listed on the back of the device in tiny print. Specifically, both the original iPod mini and iPod mini (2nd Gen) share the A1051 model number.
Battery Replacement Video Instructions
Replacing the battery in an iPod mini is difficult, but it does not require soldering and is not an insurmountable challenge for the technically inclined.
Consequently, for tech savvy individuals, site sponsor Other World Computing provides a step-by-step video for battery replacement:
From watching the video you should be able to determine whether or not you feel comfortable replacing the battery yourself or if you would prefer to pay a professional to perform the upgrade.