BAD cable or the cig. lighter plug is not making contact, The tip of the cable that plugs into the GPS can be tested, but by someone that has the experience to do so, Need to know which is the output pins, very small and hard to test !!!
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you should of got a car charger and a usb cable with your 255W...you can use the usb cable to plug in to your unit and the other end in to your computer USB port...let it plugged in for a few hours to charge it good.
You need a genuine Garmin car charger to both charge and see directions at the same time. If it is a non - Garmin lead you can't charge and use at the same time. the Garmin at the same time. Otherwise the unit just goes into sleep/pc mode. It took a long time to get to the bottom of this, so I thought I'd pass the information on...
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There are three ways to charge the internal battery in your automotive GPS
Use the provided vehicle
power cable that came with your GPS unit. The unit will charge while
powered on and using the device as well as when the GPS unit is powered
off and plugged into a running vehicle. About 3 hrs for a full charge. If the unit will not charge
in the vehicle, check the fuse in the power cable for the unit and
the power outlet in the vehicle.
Use an AC power
adaptor. Some units come with this power cable to plug the GPS unit
into a wall outlet allowing the GPS unit to take a charge. For units
that do not come with this cable, one can be purchased from Garmin's online store.
For most units, the final way
of charging the battery is to plug the GPS into a powered on computer with
a USB cable2. This
method of charging will be a trickle charge and it may take longer (like a
full day) than the other two options, however it will still charge the
battery. A USB cable is provided with a few GPS models. For those that
don't come with this cable, one can either be ordered from the online
store or you can use a standard USB to mini-USB cable that fits the
unit and plugs into your computer.
1 - Please note
that temperature can play an effect on the charging of a device. If the battery
registers a temperature of 0°C and below or 45°C and above (32°F and 113°F
respectively) then it will not charge. When connected to external power it will
only be operating off of external power. 2 - The Quest® and Quest® 2 will not charge using a
Does it turn on at all? Try to charge it on car adaper then, when it will turn on, try this.
The picture is displayed while it is charging through USB cable and you can't normally use GPS.
Turn the GPS on without the USB plugged in, then press the Battery symbol for about 10 seconds, until the test screen appears. Then plug in the USB.
Screen will tell you percentage of charge, and if it is charging.
***Make sure you press EXIT before unplugging the USB cable. Press EXIT, turn GPS off, then remove the cable is safest way
On the bottom you should see "USB type" if nothing is there, it may be the USB port on your computer. Try it again with a different port
No, it may take a little longer if you are charging through the USB port. I normally have mine plugged in while driving, it charges and is in use too.
To use GPS with USB. First turn the GPS on (without USB plugged in). Press Battery symbol on screen for about 10 seconds, a test screen will come on. Plug in the USB (bottom of screen shows USB connected). Tap EXIT to return to maps. You can now use it while USB is charging
Make sure you turn GPS off before removing the USB cable
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