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Port for car charger broken

It seems the (yellow) port for the car charger broke off and is now loose inside the unit. I can't plug my charger in, there fore the unit will not turn on anymore.

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The following advice pertains to the following magellan gps systems.

Magellan 800, 860, 2000, 2200t, 2500, 3000, 3050, 3100, 3140, 4000, 4040, 4050 and 6000t

i fix these and many other magellan gps daily so when considering my advice , please understand i do not google my solutions.

assuming your car charger is working (the little green light is on) and your magellan still wont start up after holding the power button while its plugged in for up to ten seconds and still does not start..read below

this is actually a very common problem with these magellan power ports...they are poor quality from the factory and always and i mean always fail..the new ports that you find on ebay are 100% better then the factory port.

if your able to replace that power port yourself, you can get one HERE, if not, ask the fellow that sells them for help.

due to some dubious "experts" on fixya, im not permitted to help you directly, but please follow the link above to get further help.

let me know if you need more help or info

bill
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Posted on Jul 06, 2010

  • Les Garwood Jan 20, 2012

    I know this is an old thread but I like resurrecting tech stuff. I note the power cord has three wires, white, black and red; the power jack is shot on my unit. I would like to hard wire a new cord onto the circuit board but I am not sure of the pin-out for the power jack (which is gone now). I have a long hobby experience with electronics. It would be great if there was a circuit diagram and/or a board layout diagram available.

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Hi, JanPre

The same thing happened to me. The yellow port was broken inside. I think that is Magellan's problem.

We should contact Magellan and ask them to do something for us.

Posted on Sep 06, 2010

  • Ben Dover Sep 21, 2010

    Magellan will sell you a new one, unless its under warranty...see my previous answers

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