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Garmin 111 Personal Navigator

I've had this unit for several years now and it's ideal for my boat! But, I'd like to replace the "lithium battery". Where is this battery and what type do I need?

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SOURCE: first time use / battery charge

The Nuvi units are short on battery life and therefore Garmin has given you a connector other then USB to power your unit while in a car. You need to carry that. It's just a design flaw. If you try to rely on the battery of your Garmin Nuvi, you have less than 2 hours even on a full charge. And carrying the USB adapter which plugs into the cigarette lighter socket won't allow your unit to run while charging. so you need to take the adapter charger bracket that comes with the unit if you need it for longer trips.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008

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SOURCE: remove and replace the lithium coin batt from a Garmin gpsmap185

The battery is a Panasonic BR2032-1F2; the suffix desinates that it has two flat tabs for soldering into the unit horizontally. Once you remove tha back of the unit, you'll see the battery next to a resistor that's siliconed in place. You'll need to knife the silicone loose so you can gently move the resistor aside to reach the soldered tab underneath it. Just heat the solder on each tab with a small soldering iron until it melts and the tab pops loose.

Install the new battery with the unmarked side up (the other side has type) and solder in place. Reinstall the power and antenna connections in the cover, replace the cover, power up the unit and start re-creating all your lost waypoints.

Batteries can be ordered online from Allied Electronics at $2.42ea (


Posted on Jul 20, 2009

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SOURCE: My owner's manual and reference guide was

This should be the manual your looking for:
Garmin eTrex Legend Manual
This is a pdf file so you will need adobe or foxit to read it, I;m sure that most pc's come with adobe on them though.
I hope that helps..

Posted on Sep 01, 2009

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SOURCE: Replacement of the 10 year lithium back-up battery

Pry it apart along the edge with an exacto. Be careful around the antenna where it is circular.

Get a new battery to match and a battery holder from DigiKey.
Solder wires to the new battery holder and secure it at an angle up by the antenna with white silicone making sure that the case closes. Get the + and - right when you solder.

Test the unit then secure the case with white silicone in a small bead.

Posted on Jul 08, 2010

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My battery is 2 year's old and is now only lasting 30 minutes after fully re-charging.

Two years is actually pretty good for a rechargeable battery in regular/constant use.
Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries have around 500 recharge cycles and then will loose capacity very quickly as for your unit.

This internal Li-Ion battery will now need to be replaced.

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The internal battery is dead. How do I replace the the old battery with a new one. Please explain how to open the battery compartment and how to install a new lithium-ion battery.

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Although the WebUpdater should always be the first stop, the instructions do state that you need to have full charge to ensure you don't "brick" the unit.
I've had the unit about 3 years. I already replaced one battery for this issue. I got the new battery, charged it up, and was happy. Several months later I tried to charge it up again, and got the same "Battery Missing" message. It can't be the battery!
I think it's when the battery is COMPLETELY discharged the battery can't be properly detected. You have 2 choices:
1-Leave the unit on the charger for several hours. It may trickle in enough power to recognize the battery eventually.
2-The other option is NOT AUTHORIZED by Garmin, and you do it at your own risk! Find a 12v car charger you don't need. Expose the wires if necessary. Tape the positive to the contact on the far right of the battery, the negative to the middle, and nothing to the left (that's a data connection). Plug the 12v car charger in, and let it sit for a few minutes, not long or the battery could overheat.
I left it on for under 10 minutes. When I inserted the battery back in the unit, it recognized the battery immediately and happily charged the battery.
Long term, this is probably not an ideal solution. The voltages might not match, there are computer chips in the battery that are designed to receive power the "Garmin" way, and you could severely damage the battery (even explode?).
But if it's this or trashing a $700 unit, it might be worth a try.

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You are correct, most GPS units use a lithium ion rechargable battery, typically they loose there ability to retain a charge after about a year or so depending on use, resulting in the unit having to be always plugged in.

You probably could replace the battery on your own if you could get one, (needs to be soldered into the mainboard) however GARMIN does not sell battery's to consumers, they state that a battery can only be replaced by a garmin service tech.

Check the link below for contact info for garmin.

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