I believe I have a faulty chargeable battery within my unit. It needs frequent recharging and will accept further charge within an hour of completing a charge.
I have tried asking Garmin Europe for help but am not getting any sense from them. [They advised me to re-boot it!. Thanks for nothing. I have 100 nautical waypoints in there.]
Is it possible to change this battery 'at home'
What is the number or identification of the battery?
Do the two halves of the unit separate without doing damage or is there a cunning trick.
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Normally a battery icon on a display indicates that the battery power is too low to operate the device. If the device uses disposable batteries, it's time to replace them with fresh ones. If it uses rechargeable batteries, recharge them. If recharging the batteries fails to work, they may have reached their useful lifetime and need to be replaced as well. If the unit has a internal battery that is chargeable, and charging fails to work, you may need to have the unit serviced to replace the internal battery(ies) or just get a new unit, depending on the cost-effectiveness of repairs.
I am not familiar with the brand, but a quick search of the internet makes it look as though this is a 240VAC device. Since I'm not familiar, I thought I might offer some general advice re: rechargeable batteries. Most units will probably accept rechargeable batteries, but they will not provide a charging current to the battery, so you would probably find yourself changing the batteries more often, not less, because typical rechargeables are not charge to as high a voltage as non-rechargeables. I would suggest using lithium batteries because they are more likely to last the life of the unit (10 years by code in the US) when only being used as a backup; certainly you could expect 5 year battery life unless you go without power on a regular basis for extended periods...hope that answers your question. When in doubt, always check with the manufacturer.
if it doesn't have a jack for a charger or a charger stand to sit it in then it will not be re-chargeable as such
you will have to remove the battery and check if it is an alkaline battery ( not re-chargeable ) or a rechargeable battery in which case you will need a battery charger for that type of battery
If that is the case get spares and have a fully charged one on hand to just swap over while the other is charging
so you are saying that you have a chargeable microsoft headset and the last time you tired to charge it. it would not work... it sounds like your rechargeable battery is dead and you might need a new one. also try you head set on a friends unit and see if it works, at the same time take their chargeable battery and place it in your headset and see if it works that will tell you if it is your headset or the battery..
mcdevito75 here, I would figure yes, any re-chargeable batteries, but check with your local Radio Shack or Staples or refer to your manual, Generally you just have to watch the size of the re-chargeable batteries used, and of course a cheaper battery may not lasty as long as the manufacturers suggested battery type or brand if any.
Tricky ... Was the alternator replaced with a 2nd hand one or a new one?
A defective alternator can allow the battery to discharge within a few minutes (the diodes in the rear of the alternator can burn out and cause the problem. The diode pack can be replaced). When this happens recharging the battery only replaces the power in the battery - which drains straight back to earth via the alternator, flattening the battery again - often within a couple of minutes or less.
Does the battery lose its charge when the car is standing or just when the engine is fired up? If the battery loses its charge overnight, try disconnecting the wiring from the rear of the alternator (also look at the electrical connector that fits into the back of the alternator - look for melting/burning marks which suggest something may be amiss inside the alternator).
Let the car stand overnight with the alternator wires disconnected. Will it start up ok and drive (with the alternator wires still disconnected) the next morning?
You could also try just disconnecting the alternator wires, firing up the car and then driving it - If the car drives ok without dying out and gets further down the street than it usually does, then it probably is the alternator at fault. The car should drive until the battery drains and has insufficient power to trigger the ignition. You certainly would get further down the street with a charged battery and disconnected alternator than you currently do.
It does sound as though you've had an alternator fault to begin with. If it has been replaced with a 2nd hand unit that unit may also be faulty. Rather than replace parts in desperation, visit an auto electrician's - within a few minutes they will be able to test the battery/alternator output and also identify where the lost current is going. It will be cheaper in the long run to have an auto electrician look at the charging system. It only takes a few minutes.