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I neglected to plug in the cord to my cigarette lighter and the charge ran down to 0.I am on a trip and did not bring the charging cord. i tried plugging into lighter in car but it stays on for a feww minutes and then shuts off. How to i charge/

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Leave it switched off and plugged in.

This would give it chance to actually charge as using it from dead with it plugged in does not always allow some GPS to charge properly.

You neglected to say which brand so its hard to give a 100% answer.

Most GPS should have enough charge withing 4 hours but from dead some older units require anywhere up to 18 hours according to some of the manuals i have laying around


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The unit should stay on, You might have a bad battery in this unit.

However if the unit is not charging the battery you would check the plug some plug connectors on these types of gps devices are loose inside.

1. check battery
2. check plug

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