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Garmin c340 does not charge

I bought this GPS last week and while driving for a week it was good but when I went out of town, the battery run out even though it was plugged into my cigarette charger while driving, is my charger defective? I think the only reason why it was working my first week is the initial charge that was in the unit. Did anyone encountered the same problem?

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  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2008

    My Garmin C340 will not charge at all from the vehicle charger. I charged it completely from my PC (left it plugged in to the USB port all night). Used it for about 4.5 hrs and it is dead again. No wonder they took the product off the market. Wish I had not purchased it.

  • mauschen Apr 13, 2008

    garmin c340 has been reding low battery periodically for the past 11 months but now it has died and won't accept a charge while we are on the road

  • jleighj Apr 17, 2008

    I have had my Garmin GPS since Christmas 2007 (about 4 months). Normally I keep it plugged into the cigarette lighter in my car while I drive. Today, however, my phone battery was low, so I took the GPS charger out and used my phone charger for about 10 minutes. The GPS battery must have been low, because the screen went black after about 5 minutes. When I plugged it back in to use the navigation system, it will not turn on. The cigarette lighter is working, because it works for my phone charger. Any suggestions? I depend on my GPS in my job (real estate), and I'll try anything : ) Thanks!

  • arshadbajwa Apr 21, 2008

    I received the unit yesterday. It turned on and was able to get directions. But today morning when I started , it automatically turned off and then never turned on I have checked and plugged it well in power jack. I even chrged it last night over six hours. Please guide solution. Thanks

  • spudleos Apr 22, 2008

    my 340 wont charge from the car charger , it is fine from the usb .
    The main fuse appears to be intact ? This is sounding like a common failing. I shall now try the reset and see as the cer jack is working fine .. Leo



  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2008

    My 340c is now longer taking a charge. yesterday the battery ran down when i pluged the unit in the unit did not recharge. i pulled the face plate off and pushed the reset it still wont charge. can you help? Thanks Tom

  • gmendez415 Sep 03, 2008

    I recieved a garmin c340 for christmas last year the charger stopped working within a few months so I called garmin they told me to plug it in to my computer and charge it for 4 hours.Great so it worked but it only last a few hours what am I supposed to do bring my pc with me evrytime I go on a road trip?.garmin suggested I buy one from them the only problem is that it comes with a suction cup and cable and there not sold individually and the price is 52.00 dollars.Come to find out they dont send the correct charger at all the charger they send is for the mount?????? whats up with that.So I went to Best Buy and alot of others stores alike they dont sell it checked online the price is 30 to 35 dollars less but these days who wants to buy online.

    Gary

  • maln Oct 18, 2008

    I bought the garmin but not getting charged, I have used it for only one week and now it is not getting charged. I read from the website that I have to change the fuse and I did but still not getting charged. when i visit the website they are asking 150 dollars for getting it fixed, this is too costly as i bought the garmin only for 200 and now for fixing it this much...oh no...can any body help to fix this up..is there any shop who does fix this problem..thanks for helping hearts

  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2008

    I am having this same issue. I will try the fix

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    same problem as yours

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I came here looking for solution and tried the "press eraser in bottom right corner and turn on" but didn't work for mine BUT if you look at the face plate (the part on the front that says "Garmin",) just under the word "Garmin" you see a small indent in the plastic, useing your finger nail, gently pull upwards and the face plate will come up. Also, be gentle while pulling the face plate being careful not to break it. ( I advise that you use your nail and not anythng that might scratch the plastic if you are intending on returning the unit, cause they may suggest that you tampered with it and that "voids the warrenty") Anyway, look at the USB plug (above the ON button on the side) and you see a tab, press it and the unit will reset.

Seems to me that with all the problems Garmin has had with their units freezing up that I should have found this solution on the garmin site! To think that there are people who will throw there unit away because of this problem OR who will pay 150.00 bucks to get it fixed through Garmin.

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I called Garmin for the same problem. They told me the cigarette lighter really just runs the unit, but doesn't fully charge the battery. They told me to hook the unit up to my computer with the UBS wire that came with it and it should be fully charged after 10 hours. They were right. Now I have four green bars instead of one and no "low battery" message.

That should solve your problem.

Lee

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My 330i unit won't hold a charge. Bought a new 12 v charger and new fuse -still the same agh!!! What is the cure? Does the internal battery have a useful (and limited) life? Would an A/C charger do the trick? If so, I can use that in car w/12V inverter plugged into cig lighter....????

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Does the charging symbol come up when you plug it in? If not it's either a broken charger (try diffferent one) or a broken charing port. If they don't give you a new one under warranty, are third party Garmin repair services that will fix it for cheap. Also, I found an DYI GPS repair guide, so you can do it yourself too, not that difficult.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010

I was able to charge it using my pc usb but even after that it is not charging in the vehicle. Think there is some problem with the cable or the cradle. Thanks!!

Posted on Aug 02, 2008

  • flyingman1 Aug 28, 2010

    I just pooped off the front face, which is the light grey trim around the screen, very easy to do, hit the reset button and good to go. Thanks folks!

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I contacted Garmin by e-mail and phone. The person on the phone suggested I need a a new cradle and sent me one. The e-mail suggested I plug it into my usb port of the computer. When I did it charged. I was also told to take the face plate off and press the reset button. The folks at germin were very nice and helpful I spoke to Garmin again and they let me warranty the C330 They told me to put the charged Garmin on the old cradle which I did and the fully charged Garmin read low battery. When the New cradle arrived free of charge I put on the new cradle, plugged it in and it works better than new

Posted on May 01, 2008

Thanks guys for your inputs. I nearly bought another GPS had I not found this site.

I had the same issue. My Garmin c340 suddenly powers on and off with or without the car power adapter connected. I tried the reset button under the faceplate as suggested here and charged it through my PC with my USB to PC cable. It started working again.

Then, I used it for a while using its own battery. Then, I attached it to the car power adapter and powered it off. It's charging again. It appears that the car power adapter can not charge the GPS when the battery level of the GPS is very low.

You can also use the USB to PC cable in your car. Just buy a car power adapter with USB input.

Hope this helps.

Posted on May 01, 2008

Thanks so much! It now works! I wish I could take it back and get something different since it won't charge in the car.

Posted on Mar 30, 2008

My Garmin C340 will not charge at all from the vehicle charger. I charged it completely from my PC (left it plugged in to the USB port all night). Used it for about 4.5 hrs and it is dead again. No wonder they took the product off the market. Wish I had not purchased it.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008

My gps was dead and would not take a charge from the car adapter or usb, reset as suggested here by taking face plate off (2 seconds) and works like brand new. Thanks for the solution!

Posted on Mar 17, 2008

Great info. My garmin c340 wouldnt charge through my computer usb and nothign i read worked until this. Thanks!

Posted on Feb 11, 2008

Omg this helped my friggin garmin died in the middle of pittsburgh( i just moved to PA and dont know where a thing is)thanks so much for the help.... I thought i would have to change the fuse and OMG that would have been awful.so than you sooooooo much for the help my garmin is charging on my laptop right now...thanks oodles and bunches.....

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