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LandNav Posted - 30 mai 2006 : 21:13:55
This morning I went out to one of our vehicles that had my Nuvi DC power/charger cord in it. After picking it up and walking back into the house, I noticed that the fuse in the plug-in adaptor was laying on the floor where I was standing. Knowing that was bad news, I looked at the end of the adaptor and sure enough, it was MISSING. Some how while walking back to the house, the end piece that holds the fuse in-place fell out of the unit.

I've retraced my steps several times and am unable to find it. Looks like I'll be buying another power cord since I doubt that Garmin has this small piece available for replacement. My power cord had been in and out of several vehicles since I bought it last January. As to how it came loose, I haven't a clue. With these type of connnectors, it is normally necessary to push the end all the way in and then twist it 90 degrees in order to gain access to the fuse.

If anyone has an end piece that fits the Garmin adaptor, I would certainly consider buying it at a fair price.

GatorMan
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DLynch Posted - 04 mars 2007 : 19:55:17
Thanks all! Time to check the power cord on our Nuvi 660. I came looking because last trip we had problems with voice communication with the nuvi. Suspect it could be intermittent power.

Thanks
Dave
Mississauga
danham Posted - 28 déc. 2006 : 14:23:54
No problem; just trying to keep the forum organized so it stays useful -- thanks for your help.

-dan
chiefgabbai Posted - 28 déc. 2006 : 03:25:53
At Radio Shack they have a universal charger by IGo with the miniUSB tip. It charges the Nuvi just fine. The only downside is that the USB tip is not bent at 90 degrees like the one from Nuvi is.

David

P.S. Dan, I knew I saw this thread somewhere, but couldn't find it using the Search options. Sorry.
RedRover1 Posted - 19 déc. 2006 : 21:43:50
quote:
Originally posted by wellcum

Thanks for the cursing ;-) The first time I picked up my NUVI after reading this post, car charger fall apart. Fortunately, it was in the apartment. Mine is only 4-5 months old. Could we ask Garmin for a replacement?

Mine fell apart about a month ago and Garmin sent me a free one under warranty no problem. The new one seems much sturdier. It also has the solid red light that is supposed to work better with the GTM antennas.
NanaimoRick Posted - 19 déc. 2006 : 18:18:48
I'd give Garmin a call as you are probably still under warranty. At worst all they can say is no.
wellcum Posted - 19 déc. 2006 : 16:53:28
Thanks for the cursing ;-) The first time I picked up my NUVI after reading this post, car charger fall apart. Fortunately, it was in the apartment. Mine is only 4-5 months old. Could we ask Garmin for a replacement?
un4so Posted - 12 déc. 2006 : 00:51:39
Consider this solution:
http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=70795&whichpage=2
LandNav Posted - 11 déc. 2006 : 17:05:41
quote:
Originally posted by dallison1225

For me, I have to trick my 350 NUVI to accept the Car charger. If it's on already, I plug it in and it goes to PC data mode, so I have to unplug it, and it reboots, when I see the copyright words, I plug it back in - and all is good. If it's powered off, I have to do the same thing after it goes past the PIN entry, it goes into data mode. So I unplug, count to 10 and when I see the copyright words - plug it back in, comes up and all is good.

does this happen to everyone else using a Motorola RAZR V3x car charger?




Are you plugging it into the side port? I use the Razr power cord from Radio Shack plugged into the Nuvi holder and it works just like the original Garmin cord for me. If I had to go through your procedure every time I started up, I wouldn't buy another factory cord from Garmin. I like the Razr cord better because it's coiled (much neater operation than the LONG straight Garmin cord.)

Re losing your tip, you might find another cord with a similar tip to replace the part(s) you lost. All I lost was the chrome tip on the end.
dallison1225 Posted - 10 déc. 2006 : 05:24:07
Well, I lost the end of my car charger, wish I had read this earlier. So I went for a RAZR replacement from Radio Shack. Works great if you know the secret. smile. For me, I have to trick my 350 NUVI to accept the Car charger. If it's on already, I plug it in and it goes to PC data mode, so I have to unplug it, and it reboots, when I see the copyright words, I plug it back in - and all is good. If it's powered off, I have to do the same thing after it goes past the PIN entry, it goes into data mode. So I unplug, count to 10 and when I see the copyright words - plug it back in, comes up and all is good.

does this happen to everyone else using a Motorola RAZR V3x car charger?

DAve
m4rk Posted - 09 juin 2006 : 23:17:47
Amyone had the fuse blow?? Just wondered if I should get a spare just in case.

www.markandlinda.net

Nuvi 350 FW3.3/SW2.5, Travel Guide, Language Guide, 2Gb SD card. All used in Audi A3 Quattro and TVR 5LHC Chimaera. Windows XP OS
Located Austria, Europe.
fljoemon Posted - 09 juin 2006 : 21:00:19
Hello taeeno,

Make sure your nuvi is turned OFF. Connect the Motorola car charger to the side port on the nuvi. When you power up and see the Legal Disclaimer, keep holding the power button until you see "Going into charge mode".

This was posted here :-
http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=56296
taeeno Posted - 03 juin 2006 : 06:53:11
quote:
Originally posted by fljoemon

I had the tip fall out on me too and found out that my Mot Cell Phone charger works with the Nuvi. Got it at eforcity for $9.44. Here's the link :- http://eforcity.com/cmotv3xxcc02.html



tried my razr charger on my nuvi. Does not work nuvi goes into data mode.

NYC
OnCourse Posted - 01 juin 2006 : 20:41:12
I checked mine out and sure enough it was real loose. It seems you can tighten it real good though. It will have to be checked now and then. Good catch!
fljoemon Posted - 01 juin 2006 : 18:45:12
I had the tip fall out on me too and found out that my Mot Cell Phone charger works with the Nuvi. Got it at eforcity for $9.44. Here's the link :- http://eforcity.com/cmotv3xxcc02.html
lexhair Posted - 31 mai 2006 : 16:30:14
quote:
Originally posted by LandNav

quote:
Originally posted by lifeisfun

Why can't you use the straight USB on the rear port ?




First of all, to get a straight USB charger you have to go to an after-market site such as eBay.

There are some installations where there is NOT enough room to plug a staight USB cord in from the rear. (Works fine when plugged into the side port.)

GatorMan

I had a problem with the third party chargers putting the Nuvi into PC mode when I plugged it in the side port. I'd have kept it but not having the 90 degree elbow made it unusable into the cradle port with the ProClip mount.
danham Posted - 31 mai 2006 : 14:27:44
Put to rest? No way. We need to start a class action suit. [grin]

Actually, just wanted to thank you for alerting us to this; I went right out to my car and tightened the (already loose) tip.

-dan

=================
Nuvi 350 in an Audi A3 2.0T
G4 iMac, OS X
Cape Cod, MA
LandNav Posted - 31 mai 2006 : 07:05:19
[/quote]

Keep the plug from escaping again :-) with a small square of an electrical insulation tape.

z.entropic
[/quote]

Another idea would be to unscrew the end piece, wrap a small piece of plumber's tape on the threads and then screw it back in. If you wanted to make a bet with yourself that you would NEVER need to replace the fuse, you could also unscrew the piece, put some super glue on the threads and screw the tip back on. I think this thread's about worked out and can be put to rest.

GatorMan
z.entropic Posted - 31 mai 2006 : 05:03:18
quote:
Originally posted by LandNav

if you just remember one thing and that's to occasionally check to see if your end piece is fully screwed into the plug, you should never have this problem. I would hate to be on a long trip somewhere and lose the ability to recharge the Nuvi just because the end fell off the plug.
GatorMan



Keep the plug from escaping again :-) with a small square of an electrical insulation tape.

z.entropic
LandNav Posted - 31 mai 2006 : 04:33:52
quote:
Originally posted by lifeisfun

Why can't you use the straight USB on the rear port ?




First of all, to get a straight USB charger you have to go to an after-market site such as eBay.

There are some installations where there is NOT enough room to plug a staight USB cord in from the rear. (Works fine when plugged into the side port.)

GatorMan
LandNav Posted - 31 mai 2006 : 04:29:08
quote:
Originally posted by danham

The tip does not look all that different from any number of 12 volt plugs, so perhaps you don't need to replace the entire cable.



Maybe I wasn't clear in my previous messages. I'm BACK in business with my Nuvi after stealing a part from my cell phone charger. The main point I was making is that the tip of the Garmin Nuvi charger is screwed on and if it becomes loose and falls off, you will be out of business on charging your Nuvi via the DC cord.

So, it's worth checking every once in a while to see if the tip is still screwed in tightly.

GatorMan
lifeisfun Posted - 31 mai 2006 : 01:41:36
Why can't you use the straight USB on the rear port ?
danham Posted - 30 mai 2006 : 22:31:42
The tip does not look all that different from any number of 12 volt plugs, so perhaps you don't need to replace the entire cable.

-dan

==============
Nuvi 350 in an Audi A3
G4 iMac, OS X
Cape Cod, MA
LandNav Posted - 30 mai 2006 : 21:44:49
If anyone else out there has this problem and decided to replace the cord, they are available on eBay for around $15. The cord there does not appear to have the 90 degree elbow at the plug-in end. It will still work, but will have to plug into the side port on the Nuvi.

I got what appears to be the original power cord on Amazon (with the elbow) for around $23 including shipping.

To search for options on this matter, just Google the Garmin part number (010-10723-06). Or you can just order it from Garmin for $40 plus shipping.

Just found one of the missing pieces of my power cord. On this unit, the "missing" end piece screws into the adaptor. I suspect that over time, I've torqued the end while inserting and pulling out of my power port to the point where it started to unscrew. When it fully unscrewed, the next time I pulled it out, the piece fell off and landed under the front seat. The "silver" piece that actually connects with the vehicle's DC power port is still missing, but I was able to use a similar item from my cell phone adapter and it seems to work fine. So, I guess I'll have spare power cord which is not a bad thing.

This thread is probably more than most people want to know about this problem, but if you just remember one thing and that's to occasionally check to see if your end piece is fully screwed into the plug, you should never have this problem. I would hate to be on a long trip somewhere and lose the ability to recharge the Nuvi just because the end fell off the plug.

GatorMan

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