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One of the most frequently asked questions about the Nike+iPod Sport Kit is “How do I replace the battery in the shoe sensor?” The Instructables website answers that question with a handy DIY guide. With a few simple tools, a four dollar CR2032 battery, some tape, glue, and a passion for tearing things apart, anyone can get their Sport Kit up and, um, running as good as new.

I haven’t tried this myself, but if the photo below looks like a good time to you, I encourage you to give it a shot and let me know how it works. If you completely destroy your sensor, you can always get a replacement from Apple for $19.

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Thanks to reader Andy for the tip.

5 Responses to “Do-It-Yourself: Nike+ iPod Battery Replacement”

  1. [...] DIY web site Instructables demonstrates how to replace a dead battery in a Nike+ iPod receiver in just a few minutes for under $5. When I highlighted the best tech tools to get in shape, I sang the praises of the Nike+ iPod sport kit. But Apple says a whole new sensor is required when the battery dies in the $30 device, so the 10 minutes and $4 battery required for this little DIY seems worth the effort if and when your battery takes the long sleep. Replace battery in Nike+ receiver for under $5 [Instructables via Podophile] [...]

  2. [...] DIY web site Instructables demonstrates how to replace a dead battery in a Nike+ iPod receiver in just a few minutes for under $5. When I highlighted the best tech tools to get in shape, I sang the praises of the Nike+ iPod sport kit. But Apple says a whole new sensor is required when the battery dies in the $30 device, so the 10 minutes and $4 battery required for this little DIY seems worth the effort if and when your battery takes the long sleep. Replace battery in Nike+ receiver for under $5 [Instructables via Podophile] [...]

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  5. CollegeStudent says:

    So I did this about four months ago, got my CR2032 for cheap, about 1.40 USD at batterybob online.
    I have had to take it apart three times to secure the loose parts more tightly with tape so it would record all my steps (had a few frustrating runs that only recorded half my mileage) but after tweaking with it, it is working great.

    Sometimes it is worth it to pay the money and get the polished product, I wouldn’t recommend all that soldering and tinkering to the non-DIY-er. But if you’re a thrifty university student like me, it is doable with some patience and a little luck. :)