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First, get a new charge for your car. You're screwed without it. A full charge should last for 2 hours if batteries an decent. It does not have to be plugged in and you could turn on while on your trip. Lisa, your 260 is a great unit. Get the new adaptor. By the way you can find a extender for your current adaptor at Radio Shack that work around that funky ashtray. Does this help? Let us know. Thanks.
Hello kdiltzbook, Most GPS units can be charged three different ways: 1. Connection to a computer via USB port 2. Connection to a automobile via cigarette lighter plug 3. Connection to a wall outlet via an AC adapter Typically most GPS devices these days include only the USB cord. Some GPS units also include the cigarette lighter plug. For most GPS units the cigarette lighter plug and AC adapter are optional accessories have to be purchased in addition to the GPS. You don't mention which model of Magellan GPS you have so I am not sure which cords your GPS should have included. It sounds like you have the cigarette lighter cord and the USB cord? I am sure that Magellan has an AC adapter available for your GPS. You will want to contact them directly (their website is http://www.magellangps.com) or visit an electronics store that sells Magellan GPS receivers (such as Best Buy™) to purchase the adapter. However, most GPS receivers can be charged from the USB programming cord on the computer. However, ensure you are plugging the cord directly into a USB 2.0 on the computer itself NOT a port on a USB hub.(A USB hub may not output enough power to actually power and charge the GPS.) You will also want to check and replace the fuse on the automobile plug. I believe that both the USB and automobile cords should be charging the GPS. If neither adapter is charging the unit then the problem may be the GPS unit itself.The GPS may have a bad battery or problem with its charge circuitry.If that’s the case the unit may require factory service as the battery pack is generally not considered to be end user replaceable.
my unit is new a xmas gift.i have 3 ways of chargeing the unit.when you charge it in the house do not turn unit on till after the unit has charged.in the car plug it in and the picture of the battery goes away that is telling you it is chargeing in the care.gram6