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Changing a Foretrax201 Battery

I believe I have a faulty chargeable battery within my unit. It needs frequent recharging and will accept further charge within an hour of completing a charge. I have tried asking Garmin Europe for help but am not getting any sense from them. [They advised me to re-boot it!. Thanks for nothing. I have 100 nautical waypoints in there.] Is it possible to change this battery 'at home' What is the number or identification of the battery? Do the two halves of the unit separate without doing damage or is there a cunning trick.

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Hi. Did you solve this problem? I have the same issue. Cheers

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Update;what is duration between charging

Most batteries, apart from the older nickel-cadmium type, give a better life when charging is short and creates as little heat as possible.
This means charging should be a frequent top-up charge rather than leaving it until the battery is well discharged and then recharging over a longer period.

If the unit is used in a vehicle and operated from the power plug it should not need additional charging.

If the unit is stored for any length of time it should be charged before it is stored and have a top-up charge every couple of months or as required. Experience with your unit will eventually guide you more accurately than I can. Beware of leaving the battery discharged for more than a few days. Discharged batteries are soon permanently damaged and die early.

Jan 15, 2015 | GPS Devices

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If it turns on at all it will turn off within about 30 seconds

Before we proceed any further, can you give me the make and model of the device? Please do not rate the solution yet! I need that info to troubleshoot..


May 04, 2008 | GPS Devices

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I left my Garmin 765t GPS in the car over a very cold night and since then the unit doesn't recharge. Please help Thank you Bill

While the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries inside the GPS can operate in a fairly wide temperature range, leaving the battery out in anything less than -10 weather will render the battery inoperable. Unfortunately your battery has probably been exposed to a lower temperature, and therefore will no longer take a charge. You will have to replace the battery. Depending on the retail source that you bought it from you should be able to purchase a replacement unit from them. On a side note, lithium batteries normally have a 3 year lifespan, and you would have to replace after that time-frame.

Thank you for the opportunity to assist you in resolving your issue. Should you need further information or assistance please do not hesitate to let us know.

Feb 17, 2011 | Garmin n?vi 765T Car GPS Receiver

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I am getting a Memory Battery is Low - how do I recharge or replace teh memory batter. I only load AAA batteries into the equipment?

The memory battery is normally charged by the AA batteries. Leave the batteries in for 5 days. If this doesn't recharge the memory battery then it needs replacing. It's recommended that you send the unit back to Garmin to have it replaced. The memory battery is a Panasonic VL 1220. If you want to attempt changing the battery yourself there's some information on how to do so at

Nov 08, 2010 | Garmin GPS 12XL GPS Receiver

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My garmin edge 305 freezes up during the ride on occasion. the distance and elevation numbers just stop changing, while I'm still riding. thanks

OK, There is a battery problem where the contacts become loose within the unit, i opened mine and followed the instructions i got on this site...MTB gurublog If you decide to do so..however if the 305 is in warranty contact and ask for new unit... they accept the problem is widespread.

Nov 01, 2009 | Garmin Edge 305 GPS Receiver

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When i switch my navman F series on it comes up whith a cross over the battery but it shows it as charging and will not go past the large circle of dots? please help???

Basicly that tells me you have a faulty or dead battery, does the unit stay on at all when unplugged? If the unit shuts off when unplugged this means you need to replace the battery in your unit.

please post your navman model if you require further assistance.


Aug 20, 2008 | Navman GPS Devices

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I have Blankpunkt Travalpilot Lucca , the battery doesnt charge up in the house or on a journey. I think it is possibley a dud battery. I have owned this navigation system for about year & am pleased...

Hello Tiptoe,

I'm not sure if these are the answers.

I finally heard from Blaupunkt and have the part number you require:
  • Apologies for the delay, there has been a change of part number and I
    couldn't check the pricing information due to website problems.
  • The part number for the battery is 8619 003 386, and the price including
    VAT and delivery is £24.40
  • Please don't hesitate to contact us should you wish to order one. We
    accept all major credit and debit cards as payment.
  • Tel. 01249 817370 Fax. 01249 817346
However, research leads me to believe that the battery is not at fault. The battery charging circuit may have 'lost' the battery because it was discharged completely. As suggested by the following I found online.
  • If a Li-ion battery is left discharged after use, the self-discharge will further drain the pack and eventually trip the protection circuit at about 2.5 volts per cell. At this point, the charger will no longer recognize the battery and the pack appears dead. Only specialized equipment or advanced battery analyzer will be able to re-activate the protection circuit and recharge the battery.
    Charge for about 30 minutes before storage if the Li-ion battery is depleted.
    Do not stockpile lithium-ion batteries; and avoid buying dated stock. The aging process cannot be reversed and cycling will not improve.
  • The self-discharge of the lithium-ion battery is 5% in the first 24 hours after charge, and then reduces to 1% to 2% per month thereafter. The safety circuit adds about 3%.
  • High cycle count and aging have little effect on the self-discharge of lithium-based batteries.
It suggests to me that a specialist will be able to get the unit to 'accept' the old battery again. Putting in a new battery will not solve the problem in itself.

Hope I have helped.

Jul 21, 2008 | Blaupunkt TravelPilot DX-N GPS Receiver

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Acquiring satellites

Garmin has a history of internal rechargeable battery problems that go back at least as far as the GPS III Plus. There is a button cell battery in the GPS III that is used to help it "remember" where to search for satellites (according to their tech department). It was supposed to have a 10 year life, but mine failed after 6 and they would not repair the unit. The unit would eventually operate, but as soon as power was turned off, it would lose all routes, waypoints, etc. That is not my idea of a good deal.
The 276C has a similar problem; if you leave it off of the charger for more than a day or so, the MAIN battery is fine, but the unit will not find satellites. There is a software fix for this if you have an older unit but it really doesnt fix it; the fix simply forces the unit into a mode that says "STORED WITHOUT BATTERIES" which is a misnomer; my batteries were in and charged, but I think what they meant is - the internal battery bit it.
If you reset the unit by holding the POWER button and the ZOOM OUT BUTTON at the same time, the entry screen will pop up. Accept the conditions and the unit will attempt to power up. I have had mixed success with this technique. The BEST technique is to LEAVE THE UNIT ON THE CHARGER at all times when it is not in use!!!!
Also go to their site and make sure that you have the latest software 5.4 and save your waypoints, tracks, etc., before you download the new software.

Jun 23, 2008 | Garmin GPS Devices

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BertM, I had the same problem and also do not use it frequently enough. The unit finally gave way about 7-8 months. I am hoping that Magellan will honor their warranty and find it's bad battery. I am awaiting an RMA. Visit following site for help:

Jun 18, 2008 | Magellan MAESTRO 3100 98083401 GPS Device

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Replacement Memory Battery

I dont have a GPS 111 plus unit but my guess is that it has a very small solder in 3v rechargeable lithium battery (as do most Garmin units)
This is a $1 quick and dirty fix which I have used for the i2, i3 and i5 series and could probably be adapted for the GPS111.
Forget all about the 'special' battery, just get a CR2025 or similar 3v lithium button cell. make it 'wire ended' by baring off the ends of some very thin connecting wire say 2 inches long and tape to each side of the battery with insulating tape. Slacken the 3 screws holding the AA battery pack and tuck the CR2025 underneath, pack some sponge on top so that when the screws are re-tightened there is sufficient pressure to keep the battery firmly in place and also to keep the wires held firmly against the battery. Remove the original button cell and wire in the new CR2025 make sure you keep the same polarity. Thats it.
I know the CR2025 is not chargeable but it does not need to be, its capacity is about 100 times greater than than the original cell and it will last at least 5 years without becoming discharged, it is not affected by the tiny charge current the garmin tries to put in it. The original button cell will have failed within about 5 yrs so it's a 'no brainer'. This solution is intended for folks with some electronic knowledge and ability, If you do not fully understand any of the above then dont attempt it'
Hope this helps.

Oct 29, 2007 | Garmin StreetPilot i3 GPS Receiver

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