I just posted this video on YouTube. It’s sort of a tutorial on how to change the battery in a Dell DJ-20.
I got this for Christmas in 2004 but it didn’t actually arrive until the middle of January 2005 so technically the day I got it is when the warranty started. Over the next year the battery would start to die so when I charge it it’s supposed to have 8 hours of battery life but that started going down more and more until it wouldn’t even turn on at all.
I called Dell about getting a new battery but since my warranty had lapsed (they never contacted me to renew it, I didn’t think to call them because I thought I had a 2 year warranty, that’s what I chose when we bought it through their website) so they refused to help me. I told the person I was talking to that I basically had a $318 paper weight. The guy said yeah I understand but without a warranty there is nothing we can do. I asked about buying a new battery, they wanted like $75 for a new one. I couldn’t afford that.
So it sat in a drawer until September 2008 when I wanted to start riding my bike for exercise. I didn’t want to ride without my tunes so I went on eBay and found a battery for a Dell DJ-20. Unfortunately it was .50mm too wide and it would’ve ended up costing me more than the battery was worth to send it back so I said screw it, I’ll make it work.
In this video I will demonstrate how to remove the old one and put in the new one. Although mine I couldn’t put it in so I had to tape it to the back. But it works and that’s all that matters. I actually put the Dell DJ into a neoprene camera case to protect it.
I don’t know why but when I was video taping myself doing this my hands all of a sudden got so shaky. I was kinda afraid of breaking it when pulling the old battery out even though I had to put it in for this video and then take it back out lol. I knew what I was doing because I did it before but I got nervous all of a sudden I guess.
Anyway, for those people who have been searching for this, here you go. I would’ve embedded the video in here but it just looks better at the YouTube website since it’s widescreen.