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You can charge the battery by connecting the satnav to your computer with the mini USB lead for 8 hours with both turned on. You can also charge it by leaving the car charger connected to it and plugged into the cigarette lighter socket of your car for 4 hours. There must be power going to the cigarette lighter socket. On some cars power is always available at the socket but on others it is only available when the car engine is on.
There are 3 ways to charge your garmin nuvi 1200 as follows;
Connect your satnav to a computer with the mini USB cable. Plug the narrow end into the satnav, where the power cable goes, and the other end into the USB port of your computer. Both computer and satnav must be turned on. It will take about 8 hours to charge like this.
Connect your satnav to your car charger and plug the charger into the cigarette lighter socket of your car. It will take about 4 hours to charge.
You can get an optional mains charger which also takes 4 hours to charge the satnav.
Garmin satnavs come with a charge out of the box. In some cases your device may have lost a charge during shelf life. In this case you can charge these units in three ways:
Place unit on computer with USB cable for approximately 8-12 hours
Place unit on Garmin specified AC adaptor for approximately 4-6 hours
Place unit on 12V vehicle adaptor for approximately 4-6 hours.
Some cars continue to supply power to the cigarette lighter socket when turned off and others don't. If yours doesn't you can charge it from your computer. There's no indicator to show that it's charging or when it's charged. However when you disconnect the satnav from the computer and turn it on there's a battery state indicator which shows if it's fully charged or not.
The unit will take a very slow charge via your computer. I tell most people no it doesnt charge VIA your PC just because it takes soooo long. I recommend getting a new power cable from GPSCity. Just call them up or follow the like to the cable you need.
** This cable is for the Nuvi 200 series GPS units http://www.gpscity.ca/garmin-mini-usb-12v-cigarette-lighter-adapter-for-nuvi-in-web-packaging.html
I had the same problem. When you have your nuvi plugged into your cigarette lighter it doesn't charge. Your battery is probaly near dead. I called Garmin and they told me to plug it into my computer via the usb cable. Turn the Garmin off and let it charge for several hours. That did the trick
When using a usb from your computer it is only a trickle charge to the garmin. Will take a day or two to fully charge. If you use a the cigarette lighter plug that came WITH the garmin, it will fully charge in 4 hours. Stick with garmin approved plugs and all will go smooth. I know, I made the same error.