android
  #1  
Old 12-19-2006, 08:14 AM
hanmaixiu hanmaixiu is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 3
Default Dead battery

I bought an X5 15 months ago in Australia. Beautiful machine, 15 hour battery life.

Now 1 year later, battery's diminished to 2 hours. Apparently this is quite common for the X5.

Cowon in Korea doesn't like to receive units out of warranty. Does anyone know where can I get a new battery (or repackaged battery) in Singapore? I want to avoid a $500 paperweight?

Thanks in advance!
Reply With Quote

Advertisement [Remove Advertisement]

  #2  
Old 12-19-2006, 08:17 AM
dfkt's Avatar
dfkt dfkt is offline
Ultra Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Vienna, Austria
Posts: 15,330
Default

What do you mean "doesn't like to receive units out of warranty"? - Don't they like to make some money? Of course it would cost you to replace the battery out of warranty, but that is no reason for Cowon to refuse to fix your X5... weird.
Reply With Quote

  #3  
Old 12-19-2006, 08:20 AM
hanmaixiu hanmaixiu is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 3
Default

Their reply (not to me, but as posted on another forum, paraphrased) was "if you send it to us in Korea, and we replace battery, and send it back, this costs as much as a new X5". That was their rhetoric, they didn't give that poster an option.
Reply With Quote

  #4  
Old 12-19-2006, 08:28 AM
dfkt's Avatar
dfkt dfkt is offline
Ultra Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Vienna, Austria
Posts: 15,330
Default

Wow, that is lame... Cowon Europe/Germany exchanges the battery for less than Apple charges for an iPod battery.

Sorry, can't help you there... maybe check eBay for a replacement battery? - Or contact Cowon yourself - you never know if the other poster exaggerated...
Reply With Quote

  #5  
Old 12-19-2006, 08:37 AM
Nud3EskimoNinja's Avatar
Nud3EskimoNinja Nud3EskimoNinja is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 162
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hanmaixiu View Post
Their reply (not to me, but as posted on another forum, paraphrased) was "if you send it to us in Korea, and we replace battery, and send it back, this costs as much as a new X5". That was their rhetoric, they didn't give that poster an option.
That sucks. Weird that it would cost so much. Perhaps try to contact someone in Cowon Europe to send u a battery for cheap(er). You think it would be hard to install it yourself?
Reply With Quote

  #6  
Old 02-12-2007, 03:59 AM
hanmaixiu hanmaixiu is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 3
Angry

I contacted someone in Cowon Europe, who seemed a bit pissed off, but referred me to Boon and Co in Singapore.

Boon and Co said they would need to send it to Korea, and it would cost me 70 SGD. Seemed like a reasonable price.

Now I've got it back and it still won't play for more than three hours. And they deleted all my music off the disk...
Reply With Quote

  #7  
Old 02-12-2007, 03:48 PM
phon-ethics phon-ethics is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 19
Default

I had read somewhere a how-to for a user replacement of X5 battery. It was a cell phone battery that was used for the job (must be same specs) and it easily fits the compartment. Done with care, replacement should not be difficult.
Reply With Quote

  #8  
Old 02-17-2007, 02:25 PM
Jinkx's Avatar
Jinkx Jinkx is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 162
Default

Wow, does it require soldering or something?
__________________
Currently an IT Professional
owner of a sandisk e250 = very impressed
DRM Removal Tool
http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=114916
MSC Playlist editor
http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum...ead.php?t=2381
Reply With Quote

  #9  
Old 03-04-2007, 01:50 PM
EhMawn EhMawn is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1
Default

Same here, i've had it for about 16 months now and my player has 2 hrs playback time. I have it to turn off the backlight/LCD, and i'm using latest retail firmware (never had rockbox on it)... My batteries dying... I've been playing only audio. (I thought that it was because i filled almost all the HD space on my 30gb but i cleared a lot and it still happens)... For the past week i've been fully charging it and timing how long the battery life is... and it's pretty consistent with 2 hrs. Anyone know what the specs r for the battery (i'm thikning about replacing it on my own)? The cowon site doesn't tell me anything about the battery.
Reply With Quote

  #10  
Old 07-05-2007, 01:48 AM
Stanchak Stanchak is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 3
Default

I've gone through some of the same issues with my iAudio X5 as well. After having used my X5 for almost 2 years now, it is not holding a charge as well as when it was new. I love my X5 very dearly, so I decided the best course of action was to replace the battery so my X5 could make it through the day.

Here is the link to the best place I found for this. It is important to note that there are different batteries for the 20gig as opposed to the 30gig.

20gb: http://www.ipods99.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=iAudX520GSL

30gb: http://www.ipods99.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=iAudX530GSL

They have very reasonable prices and appear to ship the battery quickly. However, my only complaint is they do not provide any instructions or guidance on how to change the battery, except that it requires some expertise in soldering.

I don't have a soldering iron, so I'll probably take my X5 to my local electronics store and have them put the battery in for me.

Although this is a challenge, I am looking forward to reviving my X5. I just placed my order and I should receive my battery in about a week. I'll let you know more details soon.

Thanx,
Stan
Reply With Quote

  #11  
Old 07-20-2007, 03:34 PM
rangel28 rangel28 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Northern California, USA
Posts: 51
Default

Sorry to hear about your problem, hanmaixiu.

Based on what I've read, 15 months seems to be the magic number for X5 batteries. Mine also showed a big decrease right around 15 months. At the same time, the joystick stopped working the "down" position so I returned it for service in California. I must admit I was very pleased. They charged $45 US to replace the battery and fix the joystick and I had the unit back within one week. It's a shame you can't return it to a different Cowan repair facility.
Reply With Quote

  #12  
Old 08-12-2007, 06:06 PM
Binks's Avatar
Binks Binks is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: London, UK
Posts: 10
Default

My Bros x5 just died on him, & despite spending his last year showing off his awsome bass as compared with my ZVM me, he doesn't think he wants another cowon-so sad
__________________
Life, still an inferior alternative to video games
Reply With Quote

  #13  
Old 08-12-2007, 06:19 PM
WalkGood's Avatar
WalkGood WalkGood is offline
ABI Invaluable
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: FL
Posts: 12,577
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Binks View Post
My Bros x5 just died on him, & despite spending his last year showing off his awsome bass as compared with my ZVM me, he doesn't think he wants another cowon-so sad
have him send it to me...lol
__________________
WalkGood,
Ramσn

abi >> | Forum Rules | Glossary | Why Rockbox | FLAC or MP3? | irc
Reply With Quote

  #14  
Old 11-07-2007, 04:34 PM
PhantomPower PhantomPower is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4
Default Replacement battery..

google for "PPCW0401"
Reply With Quote

  #15  
Old 11-07-2007, 05:10 PM
dfkt's Avatar
dfkt dfkt is offline
Ultra Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Vienna, Austria
Posts: 15,330
Default

PhantomPower, do you know the battery type for the 2250mAh X5L battery as well?
Reply With Quote

  #16  
Old 11-09-2007, 06:37 AM
dr_scrlk dr_scrlk is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 2
Default Replacing battery :)

I have replaced my original battery in X5 with an ipod battery.

The ipod battery fits wit only one adjustment (two exactly). You have to remove an thumb latch that keep the original battery in place, beacuse the new battery is slightly bigger. If you dont remove the obstacle, you would make som presure to the harddrive when assembling the X5.
The ipod battery came with a plug. The X5 battery is solderd to the print board. Cut the plug an solder red to red and black to black.

dr_scrlk
Reply With Quote

  #17  
Old 11-09-2007, 07:35 AM
Almoxil's Avatar
Almoxil Almoxil is offline
Ultra Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Brazil
Posts: 1,857
Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by dr_scrlk View Post
I have replaced my original battery in X5 with an ipod battery.

The ipod battery fits wit only one adjustment (two exactly). You have to remove an thumb latch that keep the original battery in place, beacuse the new battery is slightly bigger. If you dont remove the obstacle, you would make som presure to the harddrive when assembling the X5.
The ipod battery came with a plug. The X5 battery is solderd to the print board. Cut the plug an solder red to red and black to black.

dr_scrlk
Thanks for sharing with us, dr_scrlk.

Would you mind posting some pics of the replacemernt procedure? If the battery works fine, it would help people out there in the same fix. Can you also post battery model and specs?

Thanks in advance.
__________________
Cowon D2 4GB + 16GB A-data SDHC card • Meizu M6 SP 8GB • Zen Vision:M 30GB • Zen V Plus 4GB • iRiver SlimX 550
Sennheiser PX-100 • AKG K81 DJ • Alessandro MS-1 • FutureSonics Atrio M5 • Audio Technica ATH-CK7, ATH-AD2K • ATH-ESW9
Meier Corda Move
Reply With Quote

  #18  
Old 11-09-2007, 03:23 PM
PhantomPower PhantomPower is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4
Default

dfkt, sorry but it's a no about the battery type for the X5L..
Reply With Quote

  #19  
Old 11-09-2007, 03:27 PM
PhantomPower PhantomPower is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4
Default

I thought the X5L comprised of two batteries? Not had my hands on one to disect..
Reply With Quote

  #20  
Old 11-09-2007, 05:03 PM
dr_scrlk dr_scrlk is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 2
Default Replacing battery 2

Hi Almoxil. This is what I purchased: 616-0206 IPod Photo, 4th gen. Li-ion 3.7V 1000mAh http://search.ebay.com/MP3-Player-Ba...20PhotosQ20NIB To open the X5 is very simple. Just unscrew the 4 screws. To look inside before opening, go to http://iaudiophile.net/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=11 If you click on http://iaudiophile.net/gallery/displ...album=11&pos=8 you see a grey plastic L-shape. This is the piece that needs to be fixed. Just cut the plastic I in the L so it levels with the _ in the L. The new battery will now fit in the whole area. As you see in http://iaudiophile.net/gallery/displ...album=11&pos=8 the battery is soldered to the print board. You can either desolder an solder to the print board, or cut the wire and splice in the new battery. BUT REMEMBER TO ONLY CUT ONE WIRE AT THE TIME, due to shortcut the battery. dr_scrlk
Reply With Quote

Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:27 AM.