The fifth generation Apple iPod Touch has up to 40 hours of playback time for music and up to eight hours for video. The iPod is designed to be recharged to an 80 percent capacity in about three hours and a full charge in about four hours using its included charger. IPod batteries are internal and not user-serviceable and will accept only a limited number of charges before they need to be replaced. If you are experiencing poor charging results, troubleshoot the charger. If the charger is working properly, seek battery replacement.
The fastest way to charge an iPod Touch is to connect your USB cable from the iPod to your Apple USB power adapter. You cannot charge any model after the first generation using FireWire ports. You can also charge it by plugging its USB cable directly into an available USB port in your computer; however, the computer must be turned on and not in sleep or standby mode or the iPod will drain instead of charging. Unplug all USB items from your computer, except those necessary such as your keyboard and mouse, to enhance your charging speed. Do not charge through a USB hub unless it is externally powered. You will know your iPod is charging by the battery indicator which will display a lightning bolt. When fully charged, the indicator displays a dark plug icon.
Testing the Charger
The best way to test the charging system is to systematically replace the component parts. Always allow several minutes charging time in each troubleshooting attempt so the iPod has time to display a charge. First, plug your charger into a different wall outlet. If it does not appear to charge even after several minutes, try a different USB cable to connect from the iPod to the charging adapter. If that doesn’t work, switch your means of charging from the adapter to a direct charge, or vise versa, to see if anything changes. Try other USB ports in your computer to be sure the port is not bad or has substandard power. Borrow a friend’s charging accessories and attempt a charge with them.
Examine your USB port on your iPod to be sure that it is not corroded or bent. Lightly attempt to wiggle your USB cable once it is inserted in your iPod. It should be firm and without any wiggle room. If it is corroded, bent, or has some play when wiggled, your port needs to be serviced by an Apple-certified dealer or the device needs to be sent to Apple.
Replacing the Battery
Apple states that most iPods will maintain up to an 80 percent charge capacity after 400 full charge and discharge cycles, but sometimes they do wear out. If you are still experiencing poor charging performance after testing your charging hardware, your battery needs to be replaced. If the unit is covered under an AppleCare protection plan, Apple will replace the battery for free once it falls below 50 percent of its original capacity. If the iPod is out of warranty, Apple offers a battery replacement service. As of July 2013, Apple replaces batteries in an iPod Touch for $79 plus $6.95 shipping in addition to optional sales tax depending on your location. Apple will recycle your old battery as part of this fee.