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Charging my nuvi 250 with a USB cable from my apple

My cigarette lighter in the car has broken so I now have my nuvi connected to my Apple via USB. It switched on immediately I connected it and has an image of it being hooked up to a hard disk on the screen and says GARMIN, however that's all it does. Is it charging in this state? Thanks.

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When the GPS is hooked up to charge the battery it will say charging,try turning it on when hooked up and see if it is in fact charging,otherwise have you thought of purchasing a wall charger,I got mine on Ebay,very reasonable and works great,saves the hassle of hooking up to my comuter.Hope this helps with the problem.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009

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Recharging the battery is done by connecting the nuvi to a vehicle power cable in the car through the vehicle power accessory outlet or cigarette lighter.
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The unit will take a very slow charge via your computer. I tell most people no it doesnt charge VIA your PC just because it takes soooo long. I recommend getting a new power cable from GPSCity. Just call them up or follow the like to the cable you need.

** This cable is for the Nuvi 200 series GPS units
http://www.gpscity.ca/garmin-mini-usb-12v-cigarette-lighter-adapter-for-nuvi-in-web-packaging.html

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Hi i have garmin nuvi 205w i was showing me ,accessory not suppor


maybe it is not charging
does the charging light come on?
both on the unit and on the car power plug.

does your cigarette lighter in the car power other things?

you can charge it with a mini-b usb cable connected to a computer.

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Sometimes, if the Garmin GPS battery is allowed to fully discharge, it would require charging directly via USB cable connected to a PC or Mac before it would accept a charge for the cigarette lighter again. Try connecting this way for 4 - 8 hours or more before going forward.

Check the cigarette lighter plug in another "known good" lighter socket / vehicle to help rule out a defective socket. A socket without power indicates anything from needing to change a "simple to replace" fuse - or a bigger problem - damaged wiring in the vehicle (if the socket is used to light cigars & cigarettes - vacuum the socket out to remove ash and tobacco that may collect inside). Trying the GPS elsewhere helps eliminate possible problems with the socket. If it doesn't work elsewhere, depending on the plug that goes into the socket, it too may have a built-in fuse. Check the plug for an exposed fuse - or see if the tip unscrews to provide access to a fuse inside. If unsure, the tech Support people at Garmin are a great source for free help.

Lastly, dirt or grime on the "cradle to GPS" connection or "cable to cradle" connection could be causing the failed connection. In short - carefully inspect all points of connection and remove any deposits found.

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1) Check the cigarette lighter is working by plugging in the lighter unit and see if it gets hot. If it doesn't then it is possible the fuse has blown.

2) You can plug the unit into a PC using the USB cable and if there is a fault you will get a message on the screen about 'USB over-current' but it shouldn't damage the computer.

If it runs/charges using the PC and (1) is OK then you may have a problem with the cigarette lighter - cradle cable or a problem with the cradle itself.
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