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Charging a Gramin 255W

I have a Grarmin 255W how do I know it is charging when I have it plug in  the car. It keeps telling me that the battery is low.

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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 !!!

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

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hi jadister

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.


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Nov 13, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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When i plug my gps in. it goes to the front screen were it tells me not use it while driving or whatever, and then it freezes and wont let me press anything.


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if its happening while plugged in to your home or car adapter, the adapter is either faulty or not the right one for the 255w.



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Nov 08, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Automatically turning off after warning message


normally it's a sign that your battery is shot, should never leave them plugged into the car when not in use

May 14, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Can you charge your garmin 255w wild the unit is off.


Yes. Just leave it plugged into a powered 12 plug. It will stop charging when fully charged.

Dec 29, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Need to know how to charge garmin nuvi 255w using home wall charger.


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 USB cable.

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I just received my Garmin for XMAS and it was working fine but now it just seemed to not charge. Then the little pic on the front shows the GPS connected to a computer desktop. HELP! Amber Fader


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

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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

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