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Garmin 330 battery

My garmin stopped recharging. It still works but will not recharge, I have tried both the car charger and the one that connects to the computer. Any thoughts, In another posting you suggested a way to kick start the battery.

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  • R0BMAN Nov 26, 2007


  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2007

    My Garmin 330c works fine in every way, except it will not recharge on the car power. It charges just fine from the computer What can I do?

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  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2007

    I received for Christmas a

  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2007

    I received for Christmas a GPS 330 and the battery is low already. I had it plugged into the car while I was using it and now it says low battery. I don't know how to charge it. Cables came with it but no instructions and so I don't know if hooking it up to the computer is how to charge it or if I should leave it hooked up to the car when the car is turned off. Do I leave the computer on to charge it and how long does it take. any help would be appreciated.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2008

    My 330 does not recharge I would like to know where to buy a batttery

  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2008

    Garmin 330 was saying "low battery" . Now (although plugged into cigarette lighter) it just shuts off. It is new (x-mas gift). What to do?

  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2008

    How Long Should I charge my Garmin C330 using the wall charger when the battery registers low?

  • GRAM6 Jan 14, 2008

    my garmin c330 will not charge in the car while traveling?it has a full charge when i head out but after 4 hours it shows low battery,i was thinking the gps was supose to charge with the car adapter plug will not charge.brenda

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2008

    no idea how to charge the unit please tell me how?

  • lksb Jul 26, 2008

    car charger no longer charges the unit - this is a 6 month old unit

  • lmiller474 Jul 28, 2008

    My garmin is not charging when I put in into the cigarette lighter. What should I do?

  • elqman Aug 12, 2008

    Same prob. with the lithum battery.....Does not hold a charge...

  • winerchip Dec 09, 2008

    I have the C330 as well. Battery would not charge anymore, but the unit worked fine. Got tired of no battery, so I replaced the battery. The battery charges fine, however I don't get an antenna signal now. Does anyone have any thoughts?

  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2009

    We put the location in the garmin 330, and pressed GO and what appeared on screen was a triangle with a red question mark in the top of the triangle. Screen said low battery charging, therefore we could not get to our location to where we wanted to go.



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"my garmin c330 will not charge in the car while traveling?it has a full charge when i head out but after 4 hours it shows low battery,i was thinking the gps was supose to charge with the car adapter plug will not charge."

There is a problem with the cable or the cigarette lighter power supply. If the cigarette is working then when you start the car the Garmin should turn on and when you turn off the engine the Garmin should shut down. If you are manually turn the unit on/off then it is not running off the cigarette lighter power supply. Check to make sure there is power coming from the cigarette lighter.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008



I actually had the same problem and at first I thought its the faulty car charger that stopped working so I replaced it but the problem did not go away, Then I bought replacement battery 15 mins of my time and I had my C330 up and running as it was brand new unit. btw I got the battery from for 20$ and free shipping to Atlanta GA. The shipping took a little longer then I thought but hey it was free and I saved around 100$ money by not sending it back to Garmin

Posted on Aug 14, 2008



Doing a web search, this appears to be a common problem, or defect? After 18 months my StreetPilot 340 battery is no longer charging. Garmin tech support claims this can be remedied by charging the device via the USB port or 120V AC charge adaptor. Neither worked. Seems many of us are stuck with an out of warranty device which Garmin will only remedy via a $250 mail in repair. I personally don't find this an acceptable solution.

Posted on Aug 11, 2007


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I have this same problem as well. My battery is stone cold dead. It powers up fine via both the USB cable and the car charger, but the battery doesn't charge. In fact, when on either "charger", the little battery icon doesn't even show up to show that it's being charged. I think I'm going to try the solution in option #1, and purchase a battery online, if it looks easy enough. I opened up the unit a few weeks ago to see if it was an obvious short, and it looks like I might have to solder something to replace the battery, in which case I might end up frying the unit since I kind of **** at soldering. I'll try to remember to come back here and post what happened.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008

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    Tom Apr 05, 2011

    Replaced the battery and it worked great... for a while... but eventually that battery stopped holding a charge as well. Replaced with another GPS from TomTom with free lifetime map updates.



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I had the same problem with my C330. I was preparing to send it back when I thought of testing the output. I took the unit out of the mounting bracket and it was getting 12 volts. I put a very small amount of dielectric grease on the contacts and it now works perfectly. Worth trying!

Posted on Aug 16, 2008


I have a c330 that I had to RMA twice during the warranty period for this issue. (Or really, one very much like it. I had two units that would ONLY run on external power, the battery died completely.)

Now that it's out of warranty, I guess I'll just have to buy a new one if it happens again. I'm not paying $250 for service when I can buy a better unit brand new (nuvi 200w) for $200

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Of course its not an acceptable solution. NO COMPANY today manufactures quality electronics. NOBODY. However, Garmin seems to be the "easiest" to use and most updated out of the various manufacturers.

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Garmin is pretty good about covering units beyond the warranty especially if the problem is long term and if you called in before for the same problem. I would call back and see what they say

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