The life source of an iPod is the battery and without sufficient battery power your iPod will spend most of its time charging. If you feel that you aren't getting enough use out of your iPod, then try the steps in this guide to help you accurately determine your iPods battery life.
The way the battery test works is that it calculates the "playback time" of your iPod, which will allow you to figure out just how much battery life you are getting. The playback time is the total length of time playing music on a single battery charge. The battery test will work for all iPod models.
Things You Will NeedAn iPod, computer, usb connector, headphones, and music files.
Step 1The first thing you need to do is Fully Charge the iPod. This will make sure that we are accurately determining the full battery life of the iPod.
Step 2While the iPod is charging take the time to Create a Playlist in itunes of 15-20 songs, that are all the same bit rate. To find out the bit rate of a song just right click on it in itunes and select get info.
Step 3As soon as the iPod is done charging and you are done creating a playlist, it is time to connect the iPod to your computer. Once the iPod is connected you have to sync over that new playlist and then eject the iPod from the computer when the syncing is complete.
Step 4Make sure that the iPod is completely disconnected from your computer before continuing. You now need to connect a set of headphones to the iPod. Using headphones instead of the speaker allows for better accuracy in determining the battery life, this is because the speaker requires more power than headphones.
Step 5Before starting the test you will most likely need to adjust your iPods settings. For the iPod shuffle all you have to do is turn it on and press the play button on the playlist you just created. For all other iPods you need to access your settings and set reapeat to all/on, turn backlight off, set the volume to midrange, then select the playlist and hit play.
Step 6Now all you can do is wait. You want to make sure that you don't interrupt the iPod during the test and that it continuously plays the songs until the battery dies. Make sure that you mark the time you started playing the music and also mark the time the battery depletes itself. These two numbers will allow you to figure out the playback time of your iPod. The playback time will be the total number of hours from when you started the test and when the battery depleted.
After your battery test has completed check the following iPod data to see just how much battery life you should be getting and compare the two. If you find that your playback time was much shorter than the times below, you might want to check out the following article link to help extend your battery life.
iPod Touch (3rd generation): playback time = 30 hrs and 6 hrs for video.
iPod Touch (2nd generation): playback time = 36 hrs and 6 hrs for video.
iPod Touch (1st gen): playback time = 22 hrs and 5 hrs for video.
iPod Classic (160 gb): playback time = 40 hrsand 7 hrs for video.
iPod Classic (120 gb): playback time = 36 hrs and 6 hrs for video.
iPod Classic (80 gb): playback time = 30 hrs and 5 hrs for video.
iPod Nano (5th gen): playback time = 24 hrs and 5 hrs for video.
iPod Nano (4th gen): playback time = 24 hrs and 4 hrs for video.
iPod Nano (3rd gen): playback time = 24 hrs and 5 hrs for video.
iPod Shuffle (3rd gen): playback time = 10 hrs.
iPod Shuffle (1st and 2nd gen): playback time = 12hrs