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Cradle Is it possible to bypass the cradle on the Magellan 700 and run 12vdc directly to the internal board?

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Re: Cradle

I believe not,and there is sparse info about the insides of these on the net; however This is often possible for many types of electronic equipment - the thing to check first is use a multimeter and check the voltage at the cradle where it connects to the gps - if it is 12 volts(11.2 - 13.8v) there then the cradle has no power electronics except perhaps a fuse or surge protector, or a noise suppression filter. However looking at photos of the cradle, the price for a replacement, and the other features built into the cradle, I believe there is stuff in there, bypassing which will not do your unit any favours. To make absolutely sure, see if you can open the cradle up and see what it actually contains without breaking it - post us a photo if you are unsure. Especially considering the damage to the resale value of the unit, I have to ask is it not better just to get a handheld or flush-mounted unit rather than modifying your 700? If you just have got fed up with replacing damaged cradles (as some have according to reviews) then the universal cradle appears to be a more reliable replacement than the original; although it is sold elsewhere also. If your reason is that you want to be able to move it around from the cradle position without moving the cradle, then so long as you can identify the power terminals on the cradle/unit you should be able to merely connect a cable between them, within reason and almost certainly within the dimensions of a vehicle. Hope this helps, please post again if you would like more help :)

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