How Long to Charge an iPod?


The iPod is a portable music player from Apple. It lets you download MP3s onto it, so that you can listen to your music wherever you go. the iPod has a battery in it that has a limited life, so you'll have to recharge it periodically. The length of time an iPod needs to charge is dependent on different factors.

Charging iPod

  • You can charge your iPod by either using the iPod Power Adapter that came with the device, or by using the USB cord. The power adapter should fit right into an electrical socket. The USB cord will connect your iPod to your computer. It's the same cord you use to transfer songs from your computer to the iPod. As long as your computer is on, and not in sleep mode, it should automatically start charging your iPod's battery.

Charge Time

  • The charge time for an iPod is about 4 hours for it to charge completely. It can charge as much as 80 percent in just an hour, however. The actual length of time can depend on what type of iPod you have. For example, the iPod Nano will take about 3 hours to fully charge. The 5th generation iPod will be done in about 4 hours, but it will take about 2 hours to charge up to 80 percent. The Nano will take about an hour and a half.


  • It's important to make sure your computer is on and active when your charging your iPod through the USB connector cable. If it goes into sleep mode at any point, your iPod could cease charging. Generally, you should charge your iPod until it's fully charged. You can get a sense for how long that might be based on how much charge is left in the device. You don't have to worry about overcharging, since iPod is designed to stop charging once it has a full charge.

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