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It randomly loses power while Im riding. Sometimes the power comes back automatically and other times it does not. Could it simply be the battery? Or one of the connections? Sometimes the problem starts after going over a bump but sometimes not. How can I know where in the problem lies. Thanks for you help.

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I had a similar issue with a Garmin V mounted to the handlebar of my ATV using a RAM mount. I wonder which GPS you're using and how you're using it?

After determining that it only happened on the shock-prone ATV while riding trails, suspicion turned to the internal batteries. You didn't note your GPS model or application so I don't know specifics for your problem - but I wouldn't feel uncomfortable suggesting that it is an intermittent power connection. If the power source is an internal battery, batteries or battery pack; check the batter compartment for dirt, debris, etc. Clean completely. Next, inspect the terminals. These must be clean and corrosion free. They are often pressure sensitive connections - meaning they rely on squeezing the batteries together and press in the battery's top and bottom to get the + and - voltages to the GPS.

If the springs or clips that provide this pressure have become weakened - it is very possible that physical shock to the GPS could cause a momentary loss of power. This would result in a brief loss of display followed by a 30 sec to a minute or so for the GPS to boot and get a "fix" again.

Adjust or bend the clips or springs as needed to create greater pressure on the batteries. Some battery compartments reply on a hinged door to complete the battery circuit. make sure that when the door closes the springs are pressing down on the batteries instead of being bent off to the side with significantly less pressure.

If you can't get these suggestion to solve the problem - you could try to use an external power source to power the GPS. This would remove the entire battery, compartment, springs, etc from the "loose connection" part of the equation. This only works if the GPS offers an external power connection - like my Garmin V (and many others) GPS does. Unfortunately, most of the strictly hand held or trail GPS devices do not offer an external power jack for this purpose.

If you have other questions or need additional help, be sure to tell me which GPS you've got, what your application is when it fails and how you're securing it.

I hope this helps and good luck. Please rate my reply. Thank you.

Posted on Apr 07, 2011

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