I’ve had a little correspondence with @fentonsteve about, no one will be suprised, my Fiio Xi 2nd gen. After just over two years of regular but not even daily use it appears the battery has died, and as I am not a dab hand with a soldering iron I would say that the battery is not replacable by this practical but not electrically skilled user.
What does google reveal? That battery death is a pretty common phenomenon in the DAP market. For £89.00 something has to give and it’s this. I guess they figure most people will break or lose a small electrical item before the battery gives out. Another £89.00 won’t break the bank, but it does seem to be the very opposite of green to buy something knowing you’ll have to throw it away in a couple of years.
what to do then?
Can’t find an obvious online battery replacer. They do exist for phones, but I guess this is too disposable a product for anyone to make any money at it. Any suggestions welcome.
Ebay has some refurbished models at approx £60 – am I saving myself some money, saving the item from landfill, or being a bit naieve.
Buy a different player, with a replacable battery…at which point any suggestions. Though the sound quality is brilliant for the price, I would appreciate an alternative with a battery I could service. Could go a bit bigger than the fiio.
Last and least alternative, stick to the iphone’s itunes and know that you’re in one product replacement cycle less.
Yes I have emailed fiio product support, but not expecting anything from a helpdesk that is on holiday for Chinese New Year…perhaps for the next few months.