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#1  thomashsk 08-09-2012, 06:14 AM
hello!

I use my story for one year, but I bought it second hand.

Now the battery is getting worse, lifetime is decreasing,

Does anybody know:

battery type?

were to buy? (germany)

hints for replacement?

I thank you for your answers!

Thomas

PS: I won't miss it for a day!
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#2  frostschutz 08-09-2012, 06:21 AM
I don't know the iriver story, but the iriver story HD has a run of the mill, standard 3.7V battery. In Germany you can buy such in electronics stores such as Reichelt or Conrad.

Of course you can ask iriver service directly whether they're selling original parts as replacement (and even perform the replacing for you), but any battery should work really, as long as it's of the same type and voltage and flat enough to fit the case.
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#3  thomashsk 08-10-2012, 07:25 AM
Thanks for your answer,

I already replaced a battery in my MIO 320 Navi. I got it with ebay - specified for the MIO.

The problem is the connector, I don't know if there is a standard. When there are 3 contacts, ok. At least I would cut the wires and solder the old connector to it.

I will try to open the case and have a look at the battery.

Thomas
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#4  frostschutz 08-10-2012, 05:42 PM
The Story HD battery has 2 cables. Not many possibilities there.

As for the connector, it's great if you can solder them, but with wires it can be done without. Nothing a bit of duct tape can't handle.

This picture here http://openinkpot.org/attachment/wiki/Device/Story/Com/pcb.JPG looks like the story also has just a 2 wire connector battery. The connector itself is different from the Story HD, but the battery itself looks pretty much the same.

Maybe something like this could be suitable: but I can't guarantee it
http://www.reichelt.de/MP3-Player-Smartphone-Akkus/AKKU-IPD-1-2G/3/index.html?;ACTION=3;LA=446;ARTICLE=90639;GROUPID= 4351
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#5  thomashsk 08-12-2012, 09:00 AM
hello frostschutz!

thanks for your efforts. It's a pleasure to get helpfull hints in a forum. Not often to be found.

In the meantime i had a look into the unit. Only 2 cables indeed. That means, no intelligent battery, no temperature control.

The dimensons are 80 x 50 x 4 (mm).

Your link to reichelt to battery for iPod 1-2.Generation ist ok.! Seems to be a little bit bigger, but there is enougt place as I mention.

Thanks a lot, Thomas
iriver akku.jpg iriver connector.jpg 
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#6  frostschutz 08-12-2012, 09:32 AM
Quote thomashsk
That means, no intelligent battery, no temperature control.
temperature should hardly be an issue, these batteries can deal with charge currents of 1000mAh and more, with USB you get less than 500mAh... so it should charge slow as opposed to hot

only thing to be careful about is to not overcharge it, and that control might sit on the battery itself here (under the white tape)
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#7  thomashsk 08-14-2012, 07:47 AM
Hello!

I guess there will be no problem. Loading LiOn batteries MUST be done with an intelligent device to control current and voltage.

If the battery doesn't have, the charging unit has to do it. In this case the iriver story is responsible. The most important thing ist the voltage level, which must not be exceed. Its depending from the type of battery (LiOn - LiPoly).

USB is only for delivering 5V and has nothing to do with charging control. I guess you already knew that, but perhaps somebody read this does not.

When I replace the battery I will do the first charging with open case and have a look at the temperature (I have an IR-meter).

Greetings from Sauerland, Thomas
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#8  kafkaesque1978 11-13-2012, 10:00 AM
How did you get on with this? Did you manage to replace the battery okay? I had a dead battery in my Iriver Story (first edition). Still runs fine off USB, but not very convenient. I keep meaning to buy a replacement battery. If you have any tips?

Thanks.
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#9  frostschutz 11-13-2012, 02:26 PM
I can't speak for the original story, but I have (fresh in today) more detailed destructions for the Story HD.

The battery is glued in with glue stripes on top and bottom (the wide sides) of the battery, and the glue was rather strong in my case. What's more, there is a big hole in the metal frame below the battery where the display is unprotected. So if you try to lever out the battery with a screw driver you can easily crack your display in the process if you didn't know about that hole beforehand. So make sure whatever you do to get the battery out, never try to get any leverage from the middle. Only work at the very sides of the battery. I'd suggest you simply pull hard on the cable of the battery itself, except it may break and you become unable to reuse it for your new battery.

The following picture is from a Story HD Basic with already cracked display I bought from Ebay for spare parts (I finally fixed my bricked Story HD today, yay).

I gave the glue stripes a green tint because they were not easy to see in the image otherwise (sorry for low quality).
story_hd_battery.jpg story_hd_battery_removed.jpg 
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#10  kafkaesque1978 11-14-2012, 05:09 AM
Thanks for that. I have actually successfully dismantled the Story and removed the battery. I guess I was looking for tips on the type of replacement battery: specifically about getting one with the correct connectors. Yours looks similar.
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