Does anyone get a low battery warning on their Garmin? My 360 just cuts off cold; no count down to shut off (like going to battery) or anything.
I was driving and I look down and saw a black screen. I powered back up and it immediately shut off again. I plugged in the cig adapter and restarted an all was well. I don't leave my unit plugged in to mitigate battery charge memory.
One good feature, it continued the route from my current position when I restarted.
Li-ion batteries do not suffer from the memory effect.
I have posted a Link to a website showing that memory effect is not a concern with Li-ion batteries.
thanks I will check it out.
my garmin nuvi 360 did the same. I wasn't sure if it was just mine or if it a typical problem. I'm debating if I should call garmin and getting it fixed... what are you going to do?
Won't help with your 360, but my 350 always gives me a low battery verbal warning. 30 seconds later, I know it is gone (unless I plug it in to a power source).
I am going to contact Garmin and ask for the low battery warning as a feature request.
Nothing more I can do; I guess...
My Nuvi 660 sometimes gives me a warning but more often it does not. It usually just shuts off. I don't know why it sometimes gives me a warning and other times doesn't, but when I plug it in, it resumes where it left off.
I emailed Garmin support. They said the Nuvi 360 should give both an audio and visual warning for a low battery.
I have run the battery down several times in my 360 and no warnings appear. It just cuts off. When I get the chance I will contact Garmin again to see if there is a setting or something to enable this.
I had the same problem as you, and I wanted to know what the outcome was for you. I had to send my unit in, and it happened again with my new unit (no battery warning for low battery). I called again and they instructed me on a hard reset, then I let my battery lower again. no help there. (and lost poi's.. =( boo hoo). Now I talked to a new person who want me to update my software (again)... and try again. I think I got 2 crappy units.... did you have better luck or diff information? I'm going to call again with another tech to get it replaced (again...) since I don't know what to do, and when I travel, I don't always have my charger with me in my purse. What a pain!
I did contact garmin support. They told me there is nothing I (user) should have to do to enable the low battery warning.
I just kinda gave up... I have only seen and heard the warning just a handful of times (yes there is an audio warning and pop-up), but it does not give you much time to connect to a power source. I noticed this warning only occurs when I am navigating on a route. I have had the unit cut off while listening to MP3's and just having the "view map" displayed as I travel.
I have not lost any POI's fortunately.
I don't know... I just don't know...
This is in the Garmin FAQ, give it a try:
Q. My battery guage does not seem accurate. How can I fix it?
A. Periodically, you might notice that the battery gauge is not completely accurate. To increase the accuracy of the battery gauge, fully discharge the battery and then fully charge it without interrupting the charging. Also, for best results, do not unplug the nüvi until it is totally charged.
I have not yet had my unit run down completely but now will do this just to get the battery discharge accuracy set properly (I usually read the manual (when things break).
And is quite good to know...
In the Nuvi series, if the battery gets to an extremely low level of charge, your best bet to get it charged again is via a USB port on a computer. Don't ask me why - because I don't know...I've seen the topic covered on other forums quite extensively, and sometimes, it has been the only way to get an extremely discharged unit charged again.
Please educated me, but how did you lose your POIs when the battery went dead? The POIs are stored on the internal memory in a file, don't see how they were lost.
My second unit does the same. Garmin told me to do a hard reset (holding lower left corner while turning on) and to update files. Neither has helped. I'm going to call them again and most likely mail it again. I'll let you know if something new comes up.
The battery is also inaccurate, but I do charge it all the way and let it drain (which is why it's frustrating not getting a low-battery warning)
Thanks for the tip Keith. I'll try that if garmin won't fix the unit...
I've been lucky that I haven't damaged the unit, and I haven't lost files when it blanks out. But it's annoying. =P
I just got my second nuvi and the first time the battery drained, i got the visual and verbal warning. Hope it con't to do so. If you can handle not having your nuvi for a week or 2, I'd send it back and them "fix it" (AKA, send you a new unit- that's what they did the each time). They also sent me another car charger. How nice!
thanks for the update. I will consider it...
i didnt receive a low battery warning either on my long road trip and when i plugged it into the car adapter it only stayed on for about a minute, then i kept trying again and again and only stayed on for a few seconds. how disappointing that the car adapter cannot charge when the battery level is so low!
how long does the nuvi 360 take to finishing charging from the computer usb when the battery has been fully drained? it's been almost 2 hrs charging thru my computer and it still does not turn on.
i suppose my nuvi is officially dead. i left it plugged into my computer overnight and it still will not turn on, except i do see some very faint lines running across the screen. i've only had this garmin less than 2 weeks.
My nuvi 200 has a low battery warning. I got the warning then about 20 min after that the unit shut down.
I ran my 200 down once and it did give me a warning. I don't remember how much longer it ran before shutting down.
My 650 doesn't give me a warning before it shuts down. It is very frustrating especially when you don't have the charge cable in your car. 2 days ago, I was 4 miles from my destination and it shut off without any warning. Nevertheless I was lost and had to call to get directions.
I am never in the car without my Mount, and the power cord is on the Mount. Just wondered how you mount yours in the car without it..
I always keep the power cord in the car. Like a credit card I guess....never leave home without it.
This is why I always take the mount with me in whatever car I'm driving.
In this case, I was driving the wife's car and had only taken the 650 with me (when it died on me). I guess I'll have to fork over a couple of bucks to buy myself another power cord.
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