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Problem using my C320Garmin when plugged in

Hello, my problem is this - when I plug the unit into the cigarette lighter in my car and use the unit, the battery eventually dies, so I don't think it's charging when it's on. If I plug it in when it's off, it says it's charging, and I believe it does charge, but I have to leave it off. That kinda defeats the purpose, if it's plugged in shouldn't it work?

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You are correct,however do you have an upgraded audio system (amps,subs ect?).If so your altenator may not be able to keep up.Also look into the system settings on your garmin and make sure the power settings are right.Let me know

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I had the same problem. Solved the problem by replacing the cable..
Only other solution is charge it via the USB port of the computer or an external wall charger.

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Check the plug in to be well fitted. perhaps looses connection.

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