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Batter low message when plug into lighter holder

Why am i receiving this message, when the tool in plugged into the lighter?

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  • Bair1 Dec 27, 2007

    I Have the same problem as Floyd. What is happening? Received as a christmas gift and is brand new out of the package. Barry

  • db323248 Jan 06, 2008

    Just got the Garmin nuvi 200W series for Christmas. I used it for a total of approx. an hour when I started getting a low battery signal. Now when I try to turn it on it shows the name Garmin, searching for maps and then shuts off.



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Sound as though the I3 is not getting power from the lighter. Hook the garmin to your laptop and turn on the laptop, now turn on the I3, does it still shows low battery message on the screen? If the answer is yes then the USB connector has failed (know problem with the I3). There are many unit sold on ebay with broken USB connector. If the I3 doesn't show Battery Low then the lighter cable is defective.

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your lap to will charge it
ha hope u and your tom tom are very happy
ps keep it pro k bye bye get it

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