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I have a Garmin 205. It used to work on my dash, but I had to keep it plugged up to the usb all the time. Recently my usb cable broke and I had to purchase a new one. The new cable serves the same purpose, but the unit has never held a charge for more then 30 minutes since I removed it from the box. Can you please help me. This unit is less then a year old.

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I am wondering if your cigarette lighter adapter blown a fuse, if you still have it unscrew the silver tip of plug, be careful its spring loaded, check fuse to see if its good, i think its a 3A fuse you can buy at any auto or radio shack store.

With the USB cable connected to computer is a slow charge, so you might have to charge it at least an hour for full..... good luck

Posted on Oct 23, 2010

  • landonreef31 Oct 23, 2010

    I'm charging it with a usb cable off of my after market cd player in my car. I just hooked it up using my garmin forerunner cable. I'm currently charging it off my computer and it's holding a charge. Looks like you need the official "garmin cable".

  • perdue40 Oct 23, 2010

    A USB camera cable is the same cable, you can try that

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