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My new garmin 255w is not charging

When i plug my garmin 255w into the car charger the garmin comes on but then turns off. it will not charge. this is a new garmin, this is the first time using it.

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I had the same problem. The plug wasn't sitting right in the charger hole.

Posted on Sep 19, 2009

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How to charge battery


There are 3 ways to charge the battery in your garmin nuvi satnav.
  1. Connect it to a computer with the mini USB lead that should have come with it or can be bought in any computer shop. This is the slowest method taking approx 8 hours.
  2. Connect it to your car cigarette lighter with the charger lead which should have come with it. This takes approx 4 hours to charge fully.
  3. Charge with a mains charger. This does not usually come with a satnav but can be bought seperately in shops that sell garmin satnavs. This method also takes approx 4 hours to charge fully.

Dec 29, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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My garmin nuvi 255W does not charge in the car with the car charger. It freezes at the first screen and I can't get past that screen. I found my home charger and plugged it in and now the battery is...


You need a genuine Garmin car charger to both charge and see directions at the same time. If it is a non - Garmin lead you can't charge and use at the same time. the Garmin at the same time. Otherwise the unit just goes into sleep/pc mode. It took a long time to get to the bottom of this, so I thought I'd pass the information on...

Nov 13, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Just purchased a Garmin 255W. Works fine if not attached to the car charger. Attached unit to the charge and normal navigation screen disappears. Shouldn't a person be able to drive/navigate and charge...


Hi sudavis70,

yes, you should be able to use your 255w while driving...if its going to the garmin screen ( or the screen with the computer icon) when plugged in to the car charger, then the car charger is probably either bad or not compatible with your unit..if its the original charger, i would buy another one thats made for a garmin.

the only time you shouldn't be able to use your 255w, is when its hooked to your computer.



i fix these and many other gps daily so when considering my advice , please understand i do not google my solutions.



let me know if you need more help or info

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Nov 04, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Other than using the car, how can I charge my garmin nuvi 255W


You can charge it by connecting it to your computer with a usb cable. This takes about 8 hours to charge. Or you can buy a mains charger which takes around 4 hours to charge.

Sep 06, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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I received a Garmin Nuvi 255w as a gift back in October 2009. I am a Realtor and use this almost every day. Yesterday I was driving around, and I did have the Garmin charging with the car charger. In the...


The unit should still operate and turn on even with a dead battery when connected to an external power source such as the DC car charger, AC wall charger or USB cable (connected to a PC).

Please try the reset procedure listed here:


http://www.sharc.net/discus/messages/6/313.html?1269314749

- Jim

Mar 26, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Garmin charger has red light on and wont charge


mine too. Its brand new. Worked OK in my car for a couple of small trips, and unfortunately I didn't notice the lights status on the charger. Then lost satellite reception (not being charged at the time). Now red light on car charger and kept turning off/won't turn on. I have an old mains charger from garmin 660 which has a malfunctioning antenna and this 1490 was meant to replace ! Its charging now anddoes turn on, but no answer yet I'm afraid. I intend to register it with garmin and log a call with them. Also looking at the manual, it says there is a fuse in the head of the charger which should be checked. I haven't done this yet, but not sure if red light would be on if fuse had blown ?

Mar 13, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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How long does it take to charge a garmin 255W gps?


Are you charging through the computer or wall charge,I charge my Garmin 255w with a wall charger for about 3 hours and I have all the bars.There are different strengths of chargers but even so,overnight is excessive,try a different charger.

Aug 08, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Garmin Nuvi 255W


No, it may take a little longer if you are charging through the USB port. I normally have mine plugged in while driving, it charges and is in use too. To use GPS with USB. First turn the GPS on (without USB plugged in). Press Battery symbol on screen for about 10 seconds, a test screen will come on. Plug in the USB (bottom of screen shows USB connected). Tap EXIT to return to maps. You can now use it while USB is charging Make sure you turn GPS off before removing the USB cable

Apr 08, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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