I didn't charge my iPod Shuffle for a long time. One day I plugged it to my computer and tried to charge it. The charging light doesn't blink, and it looks like the iPod is already dead.

Can someone help me to solved this problem? How can I revive it?


My shuffle began to give me difficulty with charging as well. I use it frequently when I exercise but often when I would try to connect it to the charger, the charge light would not turn on. Repeated attempts, rotating the iPod so that it was engaging the cable in various orientations, would sometimes result in success. I figured the internal connectors were to blame. Had the same problem on multiple shuffles. Then I noticed a bit of green discoloration at the base of the connector cable & wondered if the problem might be with the cable, not the iPod. I sprayed the connector with contact cleaner & sanded it with fine grit sandpaper until the green was gone & the contact areas had been roughed up a bit. Sprayed with contact cleaner again & went to try it out. Now all seems well, even with old shuffles I had thought were permanently unusable. Now I have 4 shuffles, all charged & working. Examine the connector on your charging cable & make sure it looks clean!

  • For some, some of that green discoloration may have fallen off within the Shuffle's connection socket. Doing a good blow out of the internal socket parts might well help in that case. – Wayfaring Stranger Oct 25 '17 at 17:44

Your ipod shmuffle is powered by a lithium ion (lithium polymer) battery. These are great batteries because they have a high amount of energy for their weight allowing Apple to keep the ipod small and light.

However, the lithium ion battery is very susceptible to damage and even fire and possible explosion if they are not kept within a very strict temperature and voltage range.

To ensure this, Apple has added a 'battery management system' chip to the battery that runs the battery charging and discharging. This chip controls the current, the maximum and minimum voltage of the battery, and the charging algorithm. Also, if the temperature of the battery is too high or low, it will turn off the battery.

This is great as it protects the battery (and you) from damage. But there is a down side, and the downside is that this battery management system or protection circuit board as it is sometimes called, uses a very small amount of battery power itself. If you haven't used your ipod for a long time, and the battery wasn't at a full charge, it is possible that the battery management system drained your battery. The problem is that there is a minimum safe voltage below which a lithium battery should not be charged. Your battery has probable reached this voltage and so the protection circuit has purposely shutoff the charging circuit so you can't charge the battery.

It is also possible that over the long period of time that the ipod sat idle, some kind of damage occurred to the battery management system and as a result charging does not occur. I have seen this happen a lot with laptop batteries.

Edit: when I think about it, I thought that Apple had within their battery management system a policy for long term storage that would essentially turn off the battery management system to avoid over draining the battery. It might be that you just need to plug it in for a period of time to 'wake up' the circuitry and then it will charge. Try for 20 minutes or less and don't leave it alone when you try - the Apple website also suggests that it may take up to 20 minutes after long term storage for an ipod to start charging again. Do not fully charge or fully discharge your device’s battery — charge it to around 50%. If you store a device when its battery is fully discharged, the battery could fall into a deep discharge state, which renders it incapable of holding a charge. Conversely, if you store it fully charged for an extended period of time, the battery may lose some capacity, leading to shorter battery life. Power down the device to avoid additional battery use. Place your device in a cool, moisture-free environment that’s less than 90° F (32° C).

From the Apple support website: "Depending on how long you store your device, it may be in a low-battery state when you remove it from long-term storage. After it’s removed from storage, it may require 20 minutes of charging with the original adapter before you can use it."

What I was describing above, if the ipod is in storage long enough, the battery could be in a too-low state and not be able to be charged safely. Good luck.

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