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12volts killed it!!!!

I have the 200w. I hooked it to my car stereo with a spliced wire , for 2 seconds, and and popped something. Now it wont even turn on. Is it fixable? Do u know what happened? B sides 12volts on 5.5volts .

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You must only run any device such as the GPS with the factory rated cable-adabtor. The cable-adabtor has a voltage and current regulated supply built in.

Most of these devices work on 5 Volts. Some work on 3 Volts. The voltage has to be very well regulated and filtered.

Inside of the GPS there is an inverter board that has some electronics on it that converts the voltage coming in, to proper sub voltages to run the various circuits.

What you did was most likely damage the input inverter board. Your unit will have to be sent back to the manufacture to have this board replaced. It also possible that other areas of the GPS were also damaged. The service tech at the manufacture has the proper test and diagnostics equipment to determine the parts that have to be changed.

As like all electronic products, if the damage was caused by any means other than normal use and connections, the warrany will not be covered.


Jerry G.





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