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Garmin 1412, wont run on battery power, DC only. Need info on maybe a full reset whether to return as defective

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  • sammer003 Dec 25, 2008

    I have the same problem. It's brand new. I've charged it with a 120v to USB charging adapter, the same for my phone, pda, bluetooth headset - anything with mini-usb. I've tried charging it OFF, and ON for 3+ hours each time. As soon as I unplug it, the battery level goes from FULL to ONE bar, and then within 10min, it will auto-power off on batteries.

    I'm going to return it.

  • m_c_shepard Jan 17, 2009

    When we unplug from 12v thebattery will not turn on. It will not work in the car using the cigarette lighter. It gets power will not chargethe battery



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I found there are select 120v AC adapters that will work on Magellan GPS. When a working 120v or 12v adapter to mini USB adapter is plugged into the unit, the battery bars will be 'scrolling' and therefore charging.

When your adapter, or even USB cable from your computer, is plugged into the GPS unit, and the battery goes to FULL, it is NOT CHARGING. The battery bars must be SCROLLING for the unit to charge. In this case, get a different adapter until it works.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008

  • donald_gi10 Sep 24, 2011

    I have the same problem and I just fixed mine. The stupid at magellan soldered the USB port to the board using sideways solder joints, without a "stop" for the back of the USB port, so every time you plug in the USB, you are stressing the solder joints which eventually fail. (1) get a tiny micro screwdriver and pull out the 4x plugs on the back which cover the screws, (2) unscrew the 4 screws on the back, (3) using a midsized or larger micro screwdriver, pull off the back, (4) using your thumb, press down on the micro USB port and plug in the charge cable, mine came on right away with my thumb pressing the 4 solder connections down, (5) use a soldering iron to reflow the joint.



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