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Lack of Battery

I have a Tomtom one, and the battery seems to be dying alot, even wen plugged into the cigarette socket. went to halfords where i got the tomtom, and they said i had to contact tomtom itself to sort the problem out...neways, no luck with the company, and i basically need to knw where i can get a new battery for this model tomtom, in order for my satnav to actually work...

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J Griffiths

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First make sure it is your battery. Check to see if when you are charging your device and wiggle the USB cable a little if the green charge light starts blinking. If it starts blinking on and off you have a loose USB connector. This is an easy fix if you have some soldering skills. Your device should not turn off when it is hooked up to power even if you have a dead battery.

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