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Answers to your Questions about your Video Ipod Battery

Jun 17, 2008
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (and answers) about iPod batteries:

QUESTION: How do I get the most out of my Video iPod battery?

ANSWER: Videos that are optimized for iPod playback should play for nearly three hours straight. If you truly want to extract out an added 20-30 minutes of video playback, you must scale down your video and compress it to the point where you WILL notice a change.

Compression can result in the file to lose some of its properties, resulting in a small amount of blurring or strange contrast levels in the picture. If you're not ready to concede picture quality, preserve your settings at the following:

* For H.264 format: Size: 320 x 240 (most widescreen movies will come in at 320 x 176 or 320 x 144) Bitrate: 600 Kbps Audio: 128 Kbps, AAC Stereo, 44 KHz Framerate: Same as source (or 29.97 for TV output)

* For MPEG-4 format: Size: 320 x 240 (unless you're optimizing for TV output) Bitrate: 1000 Kbps Audio: 128 Kbps, AAC Stereo, 44 KHz Framerate: Same as source (or 29.97 for TV output)

QUESTION: How can I avoid accidentally turning on the iPod in my pocket?

ANSWER: That's what the 'Hold' Switch is for. The Hold Switch of your iPod can be located on the top near the headphones port. This helps stop your iPod from unintentionally turning on in your pocket or bag and using up the battery.

You set the Hold Switch to the 'hold' positino by moving it towards the center of the iPod. You will know that the iPod is on hold because an orange bar is visible in the Hold Switch and a small Lock icon appears in the upper-left corner of the display.

QUESTION: At what temperature does the iPod's battery work best?

ANSWER: In general, you can use iPod anywhere between 0 degrees to 35 degrees Celsius (about 32 degrees to 95 degrees Fahrenheit). However, if you want to increase your battery's life, iPod works best at room temperature, near 20 degrees Celsius.

If you have left your iPod in the cold, let it warm up to room temperature before rousing it from sleep. Otherwise, a low-battery icon may appear and the iPod will not come to life at all. If, after warming up, your iPod does not wake from sleep, connect the power adapter, and press the 'Menu' and 'Play/Pause' buttons until the Apple logo appears.

Here are some further suggestions about the proper temperature for your iPod:

* Do not leave your iPod in a motor vehicle's interior when parked in the sun. Temperatures may reach up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65 degrees Celsius).

* Do not leave iPod exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

QUESTION: How long does it take to fully recharge a video iPod battery?

ANSWER: The iPod is expected to fast-charge the battery to 80 percent of capacity within an hour. However, it can take up to 4 hours to fully recharge a battery. Even in sleep, iPod uses a minute amount of current, and the battery very slowly empties. Even stored at optimal temperatures, the battery will empty in 14 to 28 days, even if the iPod remains entirely inactive.

If you want to get the most out of your battery's life, be certain that you do not charge your iPod while it is in a carrying case or cover. Also, you should charge your iPod when it has been fully discharged, even if it won't be used right away.

QUESTION: Are there other settings can I alter with my iPod to save on battery?

ANSWER: The primary one is the backlighting. This can use a lot of battery strength, so if you don't need it, turn it off. You can do that as follows:

* On your iPod's display, Choose 'Settings'

* Scroll around for 'Backlight Timer'

* Choose 'Off' to turn it off

Another setting in your iPod that you can probably do without is the Equalizer. Turning off the Equalizer will extend your battery life significantly. To turn it off, just repeat the instructions above, only instead of choosing 'Backlight Timer', look for 'EQ'.

QUESTION: Is the iPod's battery replaceable?

ANSWER: No matter how much you don't want to have to swap your battery, if you keep using your iPod you will eventually have to. The good news is that Apple has an official battery replacement program which they currently offer at $59.

The program requires that you send in your iPod (any model), and Apple will replace the battery and return it to you for $59 plus shipping and handling. Technically though, what Apple does is to swap your whole iPod with an equivalent new or refurbished model.

AppleCare programs for iPod are also available in some markets outside the US and in Apple Retail locations.

QUESTION: Will the iPod'battery degrade over time?

ANSWER: Everything breaks down over time without exception. Over time, the battery will not retain the same charge as it did when it was new. This is normal and is true of all lithium ion batteries. During the life of the iPod, not many users will notice the effect this slow degradation brings. However, based on usage, environmental factors, and many other variables, some heavy users may notice a greater degradation than others. Just take into account that lithium ion batteries degrade in exactly the same way, whether they are used to power up your iPod, a laptop, cellphone, or portable music player.
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