I have had my Garmin Nuvi 680 for almost two years now. Last week while on a trip the rental car did not have a working cigarette/power plug. No problem the Nuvi could run on the battery. It did run on the battery - but for less than an hour. I have checked and verified the decreased life of the battery. Any ideas on replacement batteries? Is this a do it yourself project (I am very skilled with a soldering iron and have much experience)or is it just as easy to send it to Garmin or somewhere else.
Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you all.
I'm pretty sure that if you open up the unit Garmin will disavow any responsibility. The battery may be a propriatary shape or voltage so I would guess the best bet is to send it to Garmin for servicing.
For what Garmin will charge you to replace the battery, you can buy a newer later model NUVI on sale for just a few dollars more.
Or if you are so inclined, open it up, search the battery type on the web and replace it yourself. Just know that Garmin never intended it to be user serviceable, so it will not be a plug and play. It will most likely require soldering to replace it.
A phone call to Garmin;
US Toll Free: 1-800-800-1020 - Monday - Friday: 8 am - 7 pm, times are CST,
will get you an up front repair cost so you can evaluate whether to spend the money to replace the battery, or replace the unit.
Just contact Garmin they will most likely replace it for free.
If you send it to garmin for replacement, you might conceder just buying a new GPSr, because thats what their going to charge you enough to buy a new one.
Go to Ebay or some place similar and buy a battery.
If you can handle a Soldering Iron, you can do the job, no problem.
I believe somewhere on here they were saying it was like 175 bucks or so to get a new battery replaced by Garmin, BUT I seen on Costco website the Nuvi 750 js selling for 199.00 right now, may be a good excuse to get a new unit.
Someone on this site gave a step by step on how to replace the battery and said that the batteries are available through eBay. But he cautioned that it is a very complex job and not for the average person. One mistake and the whole thing is JUNK.
If you need it to operate on batteries you should consider a new on. Also the setting on the screen brightness will affect the life of the batteries and if you are doing a lot of searching.
The Nuvi battery CAN be replaced. Let me know if you would like for me to replace your battery for a reasonable price. - Jim
Contact me: KS3R at sharc dot net
I don't have any experience with this guy and have no idea if he's reliable, but you might want to email him and see what his price would be.
Also check this thread: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/2562
Dismantling the 3xx series:-
Hey Gang thanks so much for all your input. I just got off the phone with Garmin and they want $225.00 for a factory reconditioned unit! This I am told is the only option. Send in your unit and they send you a factory reconditioned unit and it doesn't matter what is wrong with your unit, could be a bad battery or bad receiver they just send you a reconditioned one. So no thanks Garmin.
I will keep the one I have and live with the shortened battery life and hope to always have a working power outlet in the car. In a couple of years I will replace it with a new unit - that will undoubtedly have more features and cost less than $225.00! Then I will also disassemble the unit and replace the battery myself and if the surgery is successful great and if not - oh well I got my money's worth out of it.
I have to say that I am more than a little disappointed with Garmin's response to a bad battery.
They really need to make the batteries on all units user replaceable. I guess they will learn the hard way just like Apple's iPhone and its proprietary non-user serviceable battery. Another strike against Garmin.
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