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Hi,

Most GPS would have a cigarette lighter adapter to charge the unit while in the car. If you vehicle has onle 1, then it would be needed to pullout the cigarette lighter and use that for the charger. If your unit does not have a cigarette lighter adapter/charger, then pls post back the brand/model.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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