I have a nuvi 200 that wont run when it is hooked up to a power supply
My nuvi 200 works great but the rechargeable battery only lasts an
average of 5 hours. When I go to plug it in with the car charger and
continue to navigate, it holds me on the charge screen and I am unable
to navigate anymore. I have the same problem if I try to use it when it
is plugged directly into the wall socket in my home, the charging
screen comes up and I cannot get the unti to acquire sattelites or
otherwise work until I unplug it, and then its fine?
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Re: I have a nuvi 200 that wont run when it is hooked up...
The Nuvi 200 only has a 5 hour battery. Once charged, it can be removed from the charger, but the battery will only last 5 hours. Can you plug it into the car charger and navigate while charging BEFORE the battery dies? If so, and you don't have to remove the charger, you can leave the unit plugged in while you navigate without damage to the unit.
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It is possible the battery is totally depleted. If it powers on when it is plugged in (either on the computer or with the car charger) then let it charge for abut 6 hours before trying to turn the device on.
Take note: The battery pack will not reach full charge capacity on the first few charges. The break-in period requires 4 to 5 charging cycles, where the battery pack is completely discharged ( no motor sound or tool motion) and then fully recharged. During the break-in period the battery needs to be charged 5 or more hours continuously. The green LED light on the charger will come on in 3-5 hours,this is normal, Continue to leave the battery pack chargingvfor a total of 5 hours or more. After the break-in period, a full recharge is indicated on the charger when the green LED light is lit. Note: Do not charge battery in areas lower than 50 degrees or higher than 80 degrees. Looks like this will need to be charged in the house. I found all this information on page 14 in your manual.
NiCad batteries have this problem when they are recharged frequently after being only partially discharged. This is also the case when the batteries are left in the charger continuously - even if the charger is described as being "automatic". I have old 12v batteries that I have been using for 20 years, but I only charge them for a few hours, and only when they have run down enough to be useless. I prevent leaving them too long in the charger by using a timer that cuts the power to the charger after a couple of hours. A couple of years ago I bought new drills and chargers, and believed that the chargers would be automatic and so could be left plugged in. Those batteries only lasted a couple of years, while the old ones are still going strong. I now use the timer for any of these chargers, automatic or not - but I had to buy new batteries first.
you can use the computer to charge it via the USB, they do make house adapters that plug into the wall, very cheap to buy, and leaving it plugged in when not in use greatly extends the battery life. Go to ebay to get the house charger
more than that! keeping it plugged into the car is damaging the SIIRF chip and battery when you start the motor. Also the unit needs to be charged properly before use in an AC charger or vIA USB The DC in the car will not fully charge the unit. In fact it also leaks power back to the battery of the car when you turn ignition off, so dropping the volatage and amps of the battery in the GPS. ALWAYS UNPLUG BEFORE STARTING ENGINE
Always charge/recharge it prior to use in a AC or USB environment
Battery life is average 2 years unless used like you say you have. Then 3-6 months might see it collapse!
We did not have a charger to plug in the GPS to charge, so my husband plugged it into a battery charger. I guess the battery charger was low, so it drained the unit rather than charging it. It was so low it would not come on again. I have an electric charger that adapts the car charger into AC current, so I tried that and the unit came on. Problem solved and the GPS is working again. Thanks for responding.
Vehicle Power Cable to the nüvi and connect the other end to your
computer, your nüvi does not operate as a GPS unit - it goes into some sort of charging mode. However, if
you FIRST turn on the nüvi in the battery mode then go
into the test mode (press the battery icon for about 8-9 seconds) from the main screen, THEN PLUG in the USB cable, and finally exit the test screen, your nüvi will restart (reboot) and it
will operate just like it was plugged into the cradle connection in your vehicle.
This mode will charge the battery AND operate as a GPS.
It works with my computer USB cable, my cell phone charger and my car charger for my cell phone.
Don't forget to turn off the nüvi before unplugging."