Has anyone successfully replaced there nuvii battery. Mine only lasted just over 16 months, shows full charge but shutsdown in 5 mins or less. Please help!!!
What model GPS are you talking about?? I know mine is a replaceable one, as I installed the one that came with the GPS. I have a Nuvi 885T. I'd imagine that all the Nuvi's are almost identical in battery usage. They are a lithium-polymer or lithium-ion type, as most current electrical items use these types of batteries now. Check your owners manual, or go to the garmin site to find your model. Look at the back of your GPS and you should see a battery cover that slides out to access your battery...
Sorry I didn't mention the model, my mistake. It is a garmin 680 that supposedly does not have a user replaceable battery, I find this hard to accept but possible if garmin is only company with the batteries. I probably would have bought different brand If I would have known. Thanks for your reply
Battery replacement has been discussed in these topics and others:
Yank51, I like you have a Nuvi 885T, but as far as I know the 800 series is the only one that has a replaceable battery. That was one of the features among others that drew me to that model.
I do believe that at this juncture, you would have to contact Garmin to correct that issue.
I believe that Garmin is still one of the better brands, and no matter what brand you purchase in anything today, you will have a failure rate.
I would still consider another Garmin if the cost to correct is comparable to a new unit.
16 mths. is a long time when talking about electronics.
Any one know what Garmin charges for replacement batteries? I do not see it on there web site.
Replacement batteries are a great feature unless they cost too much....
I'm an electronics nut. I've replaced batteries in many a device with "no user serviceable parts inside." I replaced surface-mount components on my first CD player to clean up the sound, and do various mods to equipment involving surface-mount parts.
I've done battery replacement in a few iPods. Usually replacing the battery isn't the big deal -- it's getting to the battery to replace it that's the challenge, and then putting all the pieces together again.
The pics I've seen of the 6xx battery show it with a connector, which is good news.
The bad news is that I haven't seen the disassembly/reassembly documented. Only looked for a few minutes, and haven't pulled out my 680 to see how it's put together.
The other aspect of this is the cost of my time. How would I value the amount of time it takes to do this deal?
Compared to replacement cost of the gadget times the risk of "oops!" How upset am I going to be if I croak it, and how much money is it going to cost me?
If Garmin wants less than $100, including shipping, I'd send it off to Garmin -- lower risk.
If it's just pulling some small torx head screws (I've got down to T3), and a $25 battery, I'd probably give it a go.
The newer ones I see advertised are also higher capacity (slightly).
From another topic:
I called Garmin and asked them about the rumored price of $220-$275 to replace the battery in the nuvi 350. The tech support response was "we want the battery to last 5 to 7 years. During that time we will take care of you, replace it for free or a discounted price". I asked him what a discounted price would be? He stated "maybe $50 to $100."
So it appears it depends on who you get, and if he got up on the right side of the bed that morning! Or if this rep was correct, maybe we could keep calling until we got someone who will replace it for free!
Also, there is a lot of good info in this topic with links to photos, battery sources and the tools required:
After watching Mr. Fumble Fingers on this video, I just might try to replace the battery myself in my 780 when needed. It is over a year old but the battery still seems to be holding a good charge so far. Hardest part will be finding the right pry tool to get the back off.
that they (Garmin) will "unofficially" cover the battery for up to 3 yrs. If you are not comfortable replacing it, send it back and they'll likely just send you another unit.
The tool kit and battery are available on eBay for short $$$.
After watching Mr. Fumble Fingers on this video, I just might try to replace the battery myself in my 780 when needed
Hardest part will be finding the right pry tool to get the back off.
I would have no problem replacing the battery in my 750 after seeing this vidio. Looks no different than when I changed the battery in my computer.
Any Ideas about changing the battery in the nuvi 200/205 series?
Taking apart the Nuvi 200 was discussed in this thread:
In part, it says:
In order to open the nuvi 2xx case, you have to first remove the serial number/unit model sticker from the bottom edge. Doing so will reveal two screws (likely Torx #5 or #6, maybe Phillips). Removing the screws will allow unit's casing halves to be separated from the bottom edge first; beware that the halves are snapped together around the perimeter. Use of plastic tools here is a must to prevent casing damage. While separating the halves, watch for PCB connectors & wiring to the battery and speaker since they are attached to the back half of the case while the LCD & mainboard are attached to the front half.
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