The Apple iPod Touch (or iTouch) has gained popularity as a music player for young and old alike. With it’s sleek look and multiple functionality, it is an entertaining gadget that has enthralled the world.
However, as in many innovations, there are a few kinks to work out and one of the things about the iTouch that an increasing number of people are grumbling about is the tetchiness of its battery. There have been numerous blogs and forums discussing the vagaries of the iTouch battery and Apple have been working hard to work out the kinks in the system.
For the user, the upper right corner of the touch screen that sports the icons of the battery pack is regarded with some suspicion, and has been the subject of a few undeserved acid observations. For the record, not every icon that appears next to the battery means there’s something weird going on with the battery. In fact, there are only six battery icons that need concern the iTouch user.
The first one is the full battery icon, in which the icon shows a completely grayed out battery. This will progressively decrease as usage continues until finally a blinking empty battery icon will indicate the need to recharge.
When this happens, you either plug it into your AC wall charger or your USB charger. In either case, this is the icon you will see:
This means the battery is charging properly. When this icon appears:
This means the battery is fully charged.
If you neglect to charge the battery in time, you may encounter
which means you’ve been bad and your iTouch is very low in power. It may even show a blank screen first that can be scary until one of these icons appear. You will need to plug in your iTouch for a minimum of 10 minutes for it to function properly again.
Sometimes, one of these two icons appear and the iTouch stops responding. If plugging in does not wake up your iTouch after 10 minutes, try the following maneuvers:
1. Depress the Sleep/Wake button found on the top of the iTouch and hold it until the slider appears. If it does, slide it to unlock the phone and depress the sleep/wake button again until the logo appears.
2. If that doesn’t go so well, you’ll need to reset the iTouch. You can do this by simultaneously pressing the Home and Sleep/Wake button until the logo appears, hopefully in 10 seconds or so.
In the best of all possible worlds, that is as much troubleshooting you will need to know when those icons seem to herald a trip to Apple Authorized Repair Service land. If you’re out of luck and your iTouch refuses to come out of its coma, you may need to erase all the data in your gadget, even reinstall the software, but that’s a whole different story.
Let’s not be a Gloomy Gus and regard these last two icons with apprehension. If you really want to get the most out of your iTouch, consider getting a battery extender so that you don’t abuse your battery too much. One of the best is IMaxPower.com’s IMP500 Battery Extender. If you keep up your end of the bargain and treat your battery as you should, then in all probability your iTouch will behave itself. Maybe.