With controversy swirling around Apple’s iPod batteries, which were not designed to be user-replaceable, more companies are stepping to the plate with iPod battery replacement services. Well-known Mac specialist
Small Dog Electronics
took its turn in the batters box recently with the announcement of their
iPod battery replacement program, which is available as a do-it-yourself kit or as a full-service installation package.
Both versions are available for original and 3G iPods. The DIY kit for either one is US$47.75; you can download installation instructions from the Small Dog Web site. If you’re squeamish about cracking open your iPod, you can send it to the company and have them install the battery for $20 extra. Small Dog notes that the new batteries have the same capacity as the factory-installed ones.
Owners of 3G iPods can order batteries or arrange an installation with Small Dog now. Original iPod owners will have to wait until March 3 for that part of the company’s battery replacement program to start.