i charge my garmin through my laptop. How do i know if it is fully charged? All i see on the screen while it is charging is the garmin logo with a picture of the garmin hooked up to a computer.
The only nuvis that will indicate that the battery has been fully charged (with an on-screen indication) is the 3xx/6xx series (which were the first nuvis released). No nuvis except for those two models will display when the battery has completed charging. This is likely a bug which Garmin has simply refused to fix (how hard can it actually be) or an "undocumented feature".
You will have to unplug it from you laptop and turn it on to see if it is fully charged. That is the only way I know how to tell with my nuvi 750.
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I just let it charge over-night or at least the amount of time it takes for the batteries to drain.
So if a Nuvi takes 4 hours to run down a battery, I let it charge for 4 hours.
To make it more precise, you can do the following:
After every 30 minutes to an hour, remove the Nuvi from charging, turn it on. In the main Menu page, press and hold the battery icon for 5-10 seconds.
Release, and the first information page will show you the battery in terms of %. Kind of a pain, but useful to know sometimes.
i charge my garmin through my laptop.
Consider charging your Nuvi with a wall charger or while plugged into 12v power in your vehicle. With both of those methods you'll be able to see the normal main screen showing battery status. There's at least one wall charger for about $5 on eBay, most are around $10 and you can use the same charger for all your USB power ported gizmos.
All i see on the screen while it is charging is the garmin logo with a picture of the garmin hooked up to a computer.
Others have answered your basic question but here's another thought:
As long as the screen is ON, you may not be charging much at all. Some USB ports don't supply a lot of power (likely,I suspect for a laptop) and the screen draws a fair amount of power. If you can shut the GPS OFF, it will probably charge a lot faster.
The only way I know is to disconnect from the USB prot and turn the unit on so it is running on battery then the unit will show the battery status meter. If you are plugged into a power source the battery status meter does not show on the screen.
Is it possible to overcharge the GPSr?
Did you read the subject line?
Edit maybe I should also have included it below.. Nope you can't over charge it...
Good to know... thanks.
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