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I have a Garmin Nuvi 850. Unit battery doesn't charge up in car

I have a Garmin Nuvi 850. The battery charges up fine on my computer USB cord but when unit is plugged into the cig. lighter it doesn't charge up. I've checked the voltage at the plug in point. Voltage is good (12.3 vdc) I've checked the fuse in the connection cord as well. It is fine.

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SOURCE: Garmin NUVI 660 power problem.

To charge a nuvi, use one of the following methods:

  1. Connect the nuvi to the suction cup mount and the vehicle power cable.
  2. Connect the USB cable to the nuvi and the computer. The computer will charge the nuvi as long as the computer is on. However, the unit will be in Mass Storage Mode and normal operation is not possible.
  3. Connect the AC power cable and the nuvi to a wall outlet.
Please note: All of the nuvi series will come with a suction cup mount and vehicle power cable to charge the nuvi. However, only some of the nuvi models will come with an AC power cable and/or USB cable. If they did not come with the nuvi, they would be optional cables and would be a separate purchase. Garmin only recommends using an AC power charge that is purchased from Garmin. Third party power cables may not charge the nuvi. These cables may be purchased from Garmin or Garmin's dealers.

Posted on Oct 11, 2008

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Sounds like you both have a battery problem. I experienced a similar problem when trying to charge via the USB-cable connected to my computer.
Ended up buying an original charger (expensive) and the charging went smooth.
The car charger should in any case work fine, so probably your battery is not very healthy.

Try holding your finger on the battery symbol for about 10 sec. The unit will then switch to a technical page. There you can observe the battery and charging voltage. When I plug in my computer USB-cable, I read around 4,4V and that is not sufficient for charging my battery.
When connected to the original charger, this voltage rises to about 5V which gives a nice charge. When unplugging charger, the unit displays the battery capacity. If the charging voltage is OK, but battery capacity drops quickly after you unplug charger cable, the battery is probably bad. (Of course you have to charge is for some time) I think around 4V battery voltage give 100% capacity. 3,9V gives about 90% capacity.
This will not solve your problem, but can give you an idea about what is wrong.
Good luck.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

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SOURCE: garmin shuts off after 15 seconds with a low battery indicator

you will have to connect it to a computer using the usb port. thats the only way to charge it once the battery gets real low. my unit did the same thing.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

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SOURCE: charging the Magellan 1412 with a pc

Hello,
I was looking for a USB cable to use to update the firmware and did not see any particular specifications for the usb cable. I decided to
use the USB cable that I purchased for my motorola v3 along with the phone tools software. When I plugged it in the 1412 sat on a screen waiting for the PC application for updating maps or software which I had not installed yet. I found that the 1412 was actually taking a charge from the motorola phone tools kit. ALSO with a few repeated attempts on my XP PC I was able to access the files on the 1412 from 2 drives that it set up on my PC just like a USB stick. One drive was a virtual CD drive and the other was just like a
usb flash drive. So I backed up the software to my PC. I have not done any hacking yet but I bet there are some ways to do this.

Posted on Apr 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Garmin nuvi is no longer charging via car adapter

Your car adapter may be broken. try unscrewing the top of it to check the fuse inside the cable. that can easily be replaced. other than that it could be the cradle (if your cable plugs into your cradle) or the back port of the unit in a worst case scenario

Posted on Aug 15, 2009

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1. Pull off face, press reset tab.
2. If unit wont turn on or if turns off immediately, connect to home computer using mini usb on side of gps (any usb cord that fits will do). This will charge the internal gps battery, which is discharged.
3. You will not be able to see the gps charge indicator while the usb cord is plugged into the unit. To check charge level, disconnect it, turn it on, and note the large "battery" icon.
4 Do you have a dead internal battery? If the gps holds a charge from your computer usb port, you don't.
5. If you have a dead battery, Google DIY replacement. With some soldering it can done for $15 total.
6. If you don't have a dead battery, the issue is charging from the cigarette lighter socket. Your car socket may have blown a fuse (check car manual). Your charger unit may have blown a fuse (unscrew the tip, check fuse inside). Also, some car sockets don't work when the ignition is off. Test yours.
7. There is a good chance the connection of the charger wire to the gps cradle is the problem. Fiddle with that. Replacement cradles are available for the c340 at about $25.
8. If your unit is not charging from the cradle/socket, buy a 12v usb cord. Plug into socket and into usb port of the gps. This is a workaround or alternative to buying a new cradle.
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