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My garmin nuvi 50 not charging at all

I tried AC wall charger, cigarette lighter in car and also usb cable to laptop. It still won't charge

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Get a small bright flashlight, and a magnifying glass if you have on and look into the charging port on the back of your nuvi.
you should see 4-6 small gold strips on a bar.if they look corroded you may need a new unit, if they are dirty find a tooth pick and some rubbing alcohol and gently clean off the contacts,
if that does not fix the problem , then your charging port is bad on the nuvi.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

Testimonial: "Thanks Joey for your time and reply. Tried this. But not luck. My mini usb charging port actually looks clean. My unit is only a year plus old. Any way to replace the charging port? Would replacing the battery be a good idea?"

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  • Joey Bain Apr 16, 2014

    Okay so it has a good looking mini USB port, next the battery replacement is a good idea.

  • Joey Bain Apr 16, 2014

    Add a CommentYou can get the new battery from Newpower99.com and the special tool to split the case. Once you have received the new battery, you will remove the 4 screws on the back of your garmin, then carefully split the case, remove the two screws holding the circuit board to the case, the unplug the existing battery, if the battery adhesive is too strong and the battery is stuck barely warm it up with a hair dryer, then replace the battery and put your unit back together, and power your unit on

  • rahadz1 Apr 16, 2014

    Thanks buddy. Might have to try that as Garmin customer support has been completely useless in giving any type of troubleshooting advice

  • Joey Bain Apr 16, 2014

    Not a problem,, they never will be much help on any of their "not the newest" models. And that's why we're here. Good luck buddy

  • rahadz1 May 09, 2014

    Hi Joey, I replaced my battery. The good sign is it is charging now but the bad news is only intermittently. I try to fiddle with the cable around charging port. Seems like is loses its contact and goes offline again and again. It keeps happening. I unscrewed the unit and made the circuit secure. But that didnt fix the problem :(

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