How to Change the Battery in the Zune 8Gb

Want to change the Zune player battery and give it a new lease on life? This DIY article shows you the easiest steps to replace it.


  1. 1
    Order a replacement battery for your Zune.
  2. 2
    Follow this link on how to disassemble the device:
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    Stop at step 6a:
  4. 4
    Locate the fake metal plate on top of the device. Use a flat tip and pry out the cover.
  5. 5
    Take out the 2 screws. You need a special tri-tip one or use a small flat head.
  6. 6
    Use your fingernail and pry out the back cover.
  7. 7
    Remove the battery which is held in place a a glob of glue. So you need to apply a little bit of force, and do not worry about deforming the battery.
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    Use a sharp Exacto knife a side open the top of the battery to expose the small PCB which is attached to the battery by 2 tabs. Carefully mark the polarity of the tabs by use a DVM. Unsolder the battery tabs, and remove the battery.
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    Perform the above steps on the new battery. Make sure to use a DVM to mark the battery tab polarity; you don't want to short the VDD to GND! Remove the battery and throw away the new PCB.
  10. 10
    Solder the new battery to the old PCB. Make sure of the correct polarity when solder the battery tabs to the old PCB.
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    Fold back the PCB and tape it to the battery by using either Kapton polyimide film or electrical tape.
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    Snap back the cover, and put back the 2 screws. Snap on the fake metal cover.
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    Your Zune is now brand new!

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