How to Change the Battery of a Barnes and Noble Nook

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Getting Ready to Replace your Nook battery.

Changing the battery of the Barnes & Noble Nook eReader is a lot easier than you might think. Photo &copy Barnes & Noble

One neat thing about Barnes & Noble’s classic Nook e-readers is that they come with a user-replaceable battery.

I’m a big fan of devices with replaceable batteries because they give users plenty of options. Besides allowing consumers to extend a device’s operation time by bringing a spare, replaceable batteries mean that you don’t have to send out your device when its time to get a new power source. Replacement is usually cheaper too (Here’s a sampling of Nook battery prices, which can range from $20 to $40). And if you've been rocking one of the earlier Nook readers, then it's probably time to get a new battery.

Although figuring out how to change the Nook’s battery isn’t immediately obvious, it’s actually easier than you might think. After going through our step-by-step guide, you’ll be flaunting your Nook battery changing skills to friends and family in no time. All you need is a small Phillips screwdriver and nimble fingers.

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Removing the Nook's Rear Cover

Take out the rear cover by placing your fingers in the side gaps and pulling back. Photo by Jason Hidalgo

This tutorial will be based on the Nook First Edition but later models such as the Simple Touch have replaceable power sources as well, though they use a different battery. Anyway, see those slots on the sides of the Nook eReader? Those are for getting your nails in to pry the darned thing open. You can go about it all sorts of ways but you’ll obviously want to settle for a position that gives you the most leverage. I had the most success with a two-pronged approach but your results may vary. Fortunately, no nails were broken or otherwise harmed in the making of this tutorial.

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Take Out the Nook's Back Panel

The Barnes & Noble Nook eReader with the back cover removed. Photo by Jason Hidalgo

Once you get the back cover removed, your Nook is going to look like this. (And no, you don’t have to employ that same death claw grip I’m using in the photo. I just did that so I can take a picture one-handed.) Let’s take a closer look shall we?

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Taking out the Nook eReader Battery

Back of a nook
Photo by Jason Hidalgo

To the right of the MicroSD slot is a rectangular slab that’s secured by a screw. That’s your battery right there.

Taking it out should be familiar to anybody who’s ever taken out a cell phone battery before. The only exception is the aforementioned screw, which you’ll need to take out with a small Phillips screwdriver in order to get the battery out.

Once you’ve taken the screw out, put your finger on the crescent-shaped recess and pull out the battery. Easy-peasy, as they say.

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How to Insert a New Battery Into the Nook eReader

To install a new Nook battery, tilt it inward into the slot by aligning the lower part first. Then push the battery in and fasten it with the screw again. Photo-illustration by Jason Hidalgo

Installing a new Nook battery is just like removing it, except you do the reverse.

First make sure that the Barnes & Noble logo is facing outward. Then start by aligning the bottom portion of the battery to the appropriate connectors and push in the battery.

Once the battery is in the slot, secure it in place with the screw once again.

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Re-installing the Nook Back Cover/Rear Casing

Re-align the Nook case connectors and snap them back into place. Photo by Jason Hidalgo

Like the battery, re-installing the Nook’s cover is like taking it off in reverse.

Start from the bottom of the device, then align the upper connectors with their respective slots. Once they’re aligned just press until they click. Check the sides to make sure the back cover is re-installed properly without any unnatural gaps.

Congratulations. You are now a Nook battery replacing expert. The best part? You did not have to stay at a Holiday Inn last night to acquire your new-found knowledge. No go forth and multiply or, uh, do whatever it is that you do with your time. 

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