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How do I know when my GPS is fully charged?

I'm using the computer to charge my new Garmin. How do I know when it's fully charged?

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SOURCE: Is m Garmin nuvi 200 GPS charging

Merritt, Your Garmin Nuvi does not have a charging indicator similar to say your Cell ph. Simply a battery charge indicator scale. Normal full charge time is approximately 3 to 4 hr. If you looking to ensure your unit is in fact charging Plug in & then remove the connection, Your unit will pop-up a screen to request if you wish to remain on battery power. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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SOURCE: how long does it take to charge a garmin 255W gps?

Are you charging through the computer or wall charge,I charge my Garmin 255w with a wall charger for about 3 hours and I have all the bars.There are different strengths of chargers but even so,overnight is excessive,try a different charger.

Posted on Aug 08, 2009

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SOURCE: My Garmin Nuvi 710 GPS doesn't switch on

Connect your Nuvi to a PC using a USB and then hold the switch to the left for 15 seconds. It should then power up after a soft reset

Posted on Oct 10, 2009

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SOURCE: Garmin nuvi 1350 can't find signal

Fist you should travel around with it, and see if in a different area you get satellites.

It could be where you are at, so this does not mean that in another town or state it won't work.

If you try this and still have problems it could be the unit and you should contact the MFG and send it in for repair.

This is the contact support page I posted below if you need it, its a live link so if you click on it the page will open.



http://www.garmin.com/garmin/cms/cache/offonce/us/support/supportcontact;jsessionid=0D1782886E6A3CF9512F8AEE898B8248

Posted on Feb 12, 2010

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SOURCE: Garmin charger has red light on and wont charge

Try a different charger, if you encounter the same sympton, the problem could be caused by a broken DC-Jack on the GPS. If they don't give you a new one under warranty, are third party Garmin repair services that will fix it for cheap. Also, I found an DYI GPS repair guide,so you can do it yourself too, not that difficult.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010

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