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Garmin GPS 12 suddenly turns off

My seven year old Garmin GPS 12 has recently begun turning off all by itself. It does not do the 2 second power down, it just blacks out as if the batteries were removed. (It does this with fresh batteries) However, it only does this after several seconds of being moved around, not when it is sitting still. The coil spring battery contacts seem to apply sufficient pressure on the batteries.

Has anyone experienced this sudden power loss before or know of a way to correct this problem. Everything else on the Garmin GPS 12 works great.

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  • samiller71 Feb 26, 2008

    I have learned that my batteries were simply loose in the battery compartment. How they became loose, I don't know. For years, the GPS worked fine.

    My solution, after trial and error, was to insert a piece of folded paper into the battery compartment against the batteries to act as a spacer. This paper spacer keeps the batteries from moving and maintained contact.

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Use the paper, It worked for mine. I almost tossed it but now it's fine.

Posted on Mar 05, 2008

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Stay clear of rechargeable NiCads as they supply to low voltage and you may experience cutouts ? Use good quality regular alkaline batteries. Check battery terminals in gps (both ends) for corrosion/rust and clean if necessary.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008

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