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Garmin 330 battery

My garmin stopped recharging. It still works but will not recharge, I have tried both the car charger and the one that connects to the computer. Any thoughts, In another posting you suggested a way to kick start the battery.

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Re: garmin 330 battery

"my garmin c330 will not charge in the car while traveling?it has a full charge when i head out but after 4 hours it shows low battery,i was thinking the gps was supose to charge with the car adapter plug will not charge."

There is a problem with the cable or the cigarette lighter power supply. If the cigarette is working then when you start the car the Garmin should turn on and when you turn off the engine the Garmin should shut down. If you are manually turn the unit on/off then it is not running off the cigarette lighter power supply. Check to make sure there is power coming from the cigarette lighter.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008

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I actually had the same problem and at first I thought its the faulty car charger that stopped working so I replaced it but the problem did not go away, Then I bought replacement battery 15 mins of my time and I had my C330 up and running as it was brand new unit. btw I got the battery from for 20$ and free shipping to Atlanta GA. The shipping took a little longer then I thought but hey it was free and I saved around 100$ money by not sending it back to Garmin

Posted on Aug 14, 2008

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Doing a web search, this appears to be a common problem, or defect? After 18 months my StreetPilot 340 battery is no longer charging. Garmin tech support claims this can be remedied by charging the device via the USB port or 120V AC charge adaptor. Neither worked. Seems many of us are stuck with an out of warranty device which Garmin will only remedy via a $250 mail in repair. I personally don't find this an acceptable solution.

Posted on Aug 11, 2007

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I have this same problem as well. My battery is stone cold dead. It powers up fine via both the USB cable and the car charger, but the battery doesn't charge. In fact, when on either "charger", the little battery icon doesn't even show up to show that it's being charged. I think I'm going to try the solution in option #1, and purchase a battery online, if it looks easy enough. I opened up the unit a few weeks ago to see if it was an obvious short, and it looks like I might have to solder something to replace the battery, in which case I might end up frying the unit since I kind of **** at soldering. I'll try to remember to come back here and post what happened.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008

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Re: garmin 330 battery

I had the same problem with my C330. I was preparing to send it back when I thought of testing the output. I took the unit out of the mounting bracket and it was getting 12 volts. I put a very small amount of dielectric grease on the contacts and it now works perfectly. Worth trying!

Posted on Aug 16, 2008

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I have a c330 that I had to RMA twice during the warranty period for this issue. (Or really, one very much like it. I had two units that would ONLY run on external power, the battery died completely.)

Now that it's out of warranty, I guess I'll just have to buy a new one if it happens again. I'm not paying $250 for service when I can buy a better unit brand new (nuvi 200w) for $200

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Of course its not an acceptable solution. NO COMPANY today manufactures quality electronics. NOBODY. However, Garmin seems to be the "easiest" to use and most updated out of the various manufacturers.

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Garmin is pretty good about covering units beyond the warranty especially if the problem is long term and if you called in before for the same problem. I would call back and see what they say

Posted on Jan 16, 2008

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