Question about Garmin GPSMAP 295 GPS Receiver
My garmin will not run from internal power but runs good in cigarette lighter power. Any Ideas??
I had the same problem. Reluctantly, I removed the batteries and the 8 phillips screws from the the case back perimeter. Be careful on opening. The unit is designed to open from the top and hinge at he bottom to keep the ribbon cables from being stressed. The unit should open nicely and lie flat on the table with the two bottom halves butted against each other. Get a magnifier and ensure the printed circuit board attached to the bottom half has all 3 screws. (I found one missing that has 2 functions - securing the board and delivering battery power. Mine had wedged against a piece of clear plastic...it was hard to find!!!) I carefully removed the wedged screw and returned to the circuit board left most attach point. Close up the unit and we were back in GPS heaven. Battery power restored!!!! and my $250.00 still in my pocket. Yipppeee.
Posted on Jul 09, 2009
I'm going to second DavidS0150's solution - I just took mine apart (it would turn off when i pressed down on one side too hard, plugging the cable in and out, etc.) and found a loose screw holding the circuit board down (far left, circuit board closest to the battery). A good tighten, plus checking the rest of them, put it back together, so far good as new! Thanks David - I've spent a couple months looking for an answer to this!
Posted on Aug 14, 2009
I followed the instructions in solution number two, which were concise and helpful. Though there was not a screw missing of the three, the battery screw was loose. I tightened it up, and voila! the internal battery now works perfectly!. I am going to use the cigarette connector (an AD has caused the cigarette lighter wiring to be disconnected in my C-182) to the 295 and construct a battery pack as described by another suggestor so as to give me more time between battery changes,
Posted on Sep 21, 2009
Change the battery
Posted on Jun 30, 2009
I had the same problem. After following the instructions in solution number two the problem was solved and my 295 is working flawlessly.
Posted on Nov 21, 2009
I love you people! This must be a common problem. I had all sorts of intermittent problems when running on batteries alone - including the message: "external power lost, shutting down....." , this was when no external power was connected at all. For me it turned out to be the same loose screw, there was even a small gap under the head.
Posted on Jun 22, 2010
"Thank you so much David. My left hand screw was only loose.
And, this site worked great. It took less than a minute to find David's answer by googling "garmin gpsmap 295 battery power does not work" .
I am, however, embarrassed for Garmin Aviation. This unit has for years been my main backup for loss of power in my Cessna 185 for flying across the middle of nowhere in Alaska. How it would have hurt for it to go out if the aircraft power went out.
Garmin automobile is in all respects abominable. But, I have had 3 Garmins for aircraft and loved them all. Yet, this could have been like Mario Andretti losing the Indy 500 because of a 5 cent part failing--only screw lock goop is almost free.
Thanks, again, David. No thanks, Garmin.
Posted on Jul 20, 2012
Had the Same Problem with the loss of battrey power, followed the advice above. (Loose Screw) Sorted.
Posted on Aug 18, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You need to do an auto locate. This also corrects your time issues (wrong date and/or time will be corrected. To do an auto locate do the following.
Posted on Nov 24, 2008
I had the same problem. My Nuvi 350 did not power up for a couple of days. I suspected moisture to be the culprit. So I took my wife's hair dryer and blew hot air(in the intermediate setting) into the SD card slot in the GPS for a couple of minutes. Take care not to overheat the GPS or Screen.
Pronto my GPS powered up without any issues.
Hope this helps
Posted on Feb 12, 2009
SOURCE: Internal Battery Low
Same problem. Remove the 8 screws, unsolder the battery from the circuit board, pry off leads, place electrical tape around edge of new battery, solder on the leads, solder leades on circuit board. Remember which side was up before soldier, close unit, you should be good to go.
Posted on Jun 19, 2009
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