Nuvi battery doesn't last long

 

I went on a business trip last week. Since I was only going to Minneapolis for one day, I took my Nuvi without the cord. It was fully charged when I got to the airport before I left. I used it to get t0 my hotel and my meeting the next day. On my way back to the airport to come home, it turned off due to a low battery.

Has anyone experienced this before? At home I always operate it plugged in since I have a traffic receiver. Obviously, this is reducing the capacity of the battery.

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Nuvi 2597 / Nuvi 2595 / Nuvi 680 / Nuvi 650 "Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment."

Nuvi battery doesn't last long

The battery in my 650 only lasts about 90 minutes, which has been the case since I got it. Battery life may be extended by adjusting the settings to dim the display and closing the gps antenna when you're not navigating.

Nuvi 750

The battery in my Nuvi 750 usually last 2 to 3 hours.

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Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

To preserve battery life one

To preserve battery life one ought to dim the screen. There's a section in the owners manual supporting this point. From cell phone experiences over the years, I learned to always travel w/power cords, just in case.

Dimming.

Yep they don't last very long at all. Try dimming the screen like the poster before me mention. Mine only lasts a little over 2 hours.

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Nuvi 660. Nuvi 40 Check out. www.houserentalsorlando.com Irish Saying. A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.

Mine doesn't either

I am out of town. Used the Nuvi 765 in the plane, exhausted the battery. Entered the car I was to use at my destination, the car charger slot was not working. I did not know my way out of the airport. Was stranded for a long time. Had to use the battery charger for my phone to power the Nuvi although I could not see the screen. The USB connection I used to charge it read it as a drive and I was stuck with listening to directions, although the lane assist function worked even when the computer drive image was on the screen. I have been dealing with this for one week with "Battery is Low" messages on the screen after about 45 minutes of driving. Since I am on the highway many times, I turn it off to save power and turn it on again when I get close to the next turn. I wish the Nuvi was otherwise. I am also alternating my traffic receivers. The MSN receiver battery ran out and I had to plug it into one of the sockets in my hosts' car. The other one is working for now, it has not complained about low battery.

660

I haven't run mine on pure battery in a while - a couple of months. But it would last about 1/2 day. I would accidently leave it on after arriving at work. When I went out for lunch I would notice it still on.

battery life

Ive had my 680 for about 1.5 years now. I used to get at least 6 hrs of battery only use. About 4 months ago, I realized Im now only getting about 3-3.5 hours. This comparison is with gps only, no music, 90% brightness, using the built in speakers. I also usually have my garmin plugged into my lighter socket most of the time.

Battery degradation happens after several hundred charges (I think like 200 charges). Batteries this small usually have a life span of about 2-3 years. We are talking li-ion type batteries. So I figure Im doing alright with my life span of battery on my 680.

No Energizer Bunny

I noticed the same thing about my Nuvi 265. Dimming the screen does help, but not much. Are there longer lasting replacement batteries available?

RE: Mine Doesn't Either

>>>Used the Nuvi 765 in the plane, exhausted the battery. Entered the car I was to use at my destination, the car charger slot was not working.<<<

Workaround, This external battery:
Lenmar 12V/2300mAh SLA
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=240592...

You will need a cable set and charger, and a small compartmentalized case to hold it all.
This battery was intended for old "bag" cellphones and camcorders.
On a full charge, it will power my nuvi 760 for 20+ hours! The cable set I use terminates in a 12v car style female connector so I can use my Nuvi's standard car power cord with it. As a bonus, it works just as well for charging your cellphone. Great for emergency power on a hike or camping trip, or the situation you ran into!

Prolonging lithium ion battery life

This might help with all the li-ion batteries we use in just about everything. It is just virtually impossible to do everything the "right way" in the real world.

http://batteryuniversity.com/parttwo-34.htm

Re: Battery backup tip

This is great if you are going on a long bike trip or a hike but I guess you're better off carrying the car cord if you will be using it in a car. They're not that big.

Great write-up

grin

PGJWFG wrote:

This might help with all the li-ion batteries we use in just about everything. It is just virtually impossible to do everything the "right way" in the real world.

http://batteryuniversity.com/parttwo-34.htm

This is very good reading!
Thanks

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Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

Tesla

http://www.teslamotors.com/blog4/?p=59

Li-Ion smarter battery technology is emerging.

Tesla Corporation (amongst a few others) is making huge advancements in the technology which will eventually trickle down to the small electronics area. But dont hold your breath, I believe it will be at least another 5-7 years.

I cant wait to put one of these smart batteries in my E-Glide 42 Special.

http://www.e-glide.com/

I have the Nuvi 885T. I

I have the Nuvi 885T. I haven't used it with battery power yet but I beleive the manual states 4 hours (give or take). Any one using the 885T, ever exhaused the battery, yet and if so, how long did it last?

I generally get

about 2 hours if my Nuvi is fully charged.

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Not doing anything worth a darn.

Battery Life

My old Nuvi 350 is pushing 3 years old. It still gets about 4 hours on a charge. I don't leave it plugged in & forget it. I do dim the display at night when running only on the battery. I don't overcharge it or run it down, nor do I leave it in a hot car.

Battery technology is improving each year. The problem is how quickly are the manufacturers adopting it. The other problem is how difficult are the manufacturers making battery replacement. That's one reason I bought a Sansa mp3 player over an Ipod. I don't like proprietary battery replacement.

Fred

885T Battery

I got just about 2 hours out of mine.

I get about 15 seconds out

I get about 15 seconds out of my 650. When new it was about 2 hours and slowly went down from there. At about a year was down to less that 10 minutes. The unit is not worth the replacement cost.

Short trips

I think Short trips seem to kill the the battery. It has the traffic mon..and it stays on after it is shut off. And the screen stays on a Min after you shut them off...I have been switching it to Charge mode when I am in town.

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Dave_ Nuvi 660 , 760,1490LMT Wooster, Ohio

Nuvi 350 Battery Life

My Nuvi 350 is also nearly 4 years old and the battery will last nearly 4 hours. Man, do I feel lucky!!
Can't say the same about my 700 series. I get about 2 1/2 hours on it.

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JG - Nuvi 2460

Always Bring the Cord

Rather be safe than sorry. Bring the cord with you or have it close by.

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No matter where you are "Life is Worth Living".

Batteries

I copied this from another thread here...

Gary A wrote:
cyburt wrote:

I called Garmin about replacing battery in my 750 Nuvi an was told they don't replace batteries only replace it with a refurbished 750 for $275.00
I had the battery replaced at batteries + for $32.00 including tax.

Cyburt

Looking for a Batteries Plus store nearby?
A little selfish promotion for my POI file... redface

arrow http://www.poi-factory.com/node/14538

So it seems that Batteries Plus can change the batteries on the Nuvi's... I haven't asked them myself, though.

the 600 line has a longer

the 600 line has a longer run time than the newer nuvis for some reason

nuvi 765t

I get max 1.5-2hrs from my nuvi 765t which is about 6 month old.

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vk

Nuvi 660

On a full charge 3-5 hours usually

Bring a charger

Always bring the charger

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Val - Nuvi 785t and Streetpilot C340

Nuvi 650 Battery Life

I am pushing 3 years on my nuvi 650 and for the last few months it will not hold a charge. Since I always use it in my car it is not too much of an issue.
I researched on how to replace the battery myself and came to the conclusion that it is a "touchy" project with a number of tricky problems to overcome.
I plan to call Garmin when I return home from my vacation and see what they offer me.
I plan to purchase an iTouch when they revise it this fall and will see how good the GMS apps are.
JeffSh

Internal battery

I generally use my 680 with the external Traffic Receiver Power Cord plugged into the lighter socket. However, after reading this post I decided to use the internal battery. After a full charge the GPS remained on for almost 3.5 hours (no music or Bluetooth).

Cellular gps

JeffSh wrote:

I am pushing 3 years on my nuvi 650 and for the last few months it will not hold a charge. Since I always use it in my car it is not too much of an issue.
I researched on how to replace the battery myself and came to the conclusion that it is a "touchy" project with a number of tricky problems to overcome.
I plan to call Garmin when I return home from my vacation and see what they offer me.
I plan to purchase an iTouch when they revise it this fall and will see how good the GMS apps are.
JeffSh

The IPhone\Itouch (actually all cell phone gps) uses a paid gps subscription service. And even with the limited satellites, it still uses triangulation with cell towers. Sat-GPS has accuracy within a few feet, cell-gps towers are accurate within a block or 2, many times the closest tower, which could be miles away. Cell phones also loses Sat reception more frequently due to dead spots and lower power.

There is no replacement for dedictated Satellite GPS unit. Avoid the 3G cellular gps's. Although the Garmin G60 looks promising....

In use or just turned on?

mbegly wrote:

I generally use my 680 with the external Traffic Receiver Power Cord plugged into the lighter socket. However, after reading this post I decided to use the internal battery. After a full charge the GPS remained on for almost 3.5 hours (no music or Bluetooth).

I think the key to judging how long it will last is using it at the same time. WHile I had it on in Minneapolis, I was trying to go to my destination but there was a lot of construction, so it kept having to recalculate. I think the recalculating ran it down quicker.

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Nuvi 2597 / Nuvi 2595 / Nuvi 680 / Nuvi 650 "Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment."

Screen

The biggest power user is the screen brightness setting. Personally I set mine at 50 to 60% brightness and seems to not run down nearly as fast than if it is set higher...of course anytime the unit is doing something it is using power.

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Bobby....Garmin 2450LM

Battery

JeffSh wrote:

I am pushing 3 years on my nuvi 650 and for the last few months it will not hold a charge. Since I always use it in my car it is not too much of an issue.
I researched on how to replace the battery myself and came to the conclusion that it is a "touchy" project with a number of tricky problems to overcome.
I plan to call Garmin when I return home from my vacation and see what they offer me.
I plan to purchase an iTouch when they revise it this fall and will see how good the GMS apps are.
JeffSh

Check elsewhere in this forum for details, but someone reported that Batteries Plus replaced the battery in their Nuvi for $32 including tax. I guess they have the tools and the know-how (hopefully)!

Thanks

tomq69 wrote:

>>>Used the Nuvi 765 in the plane, exhausted the battery. Entered the car I was to use at my destination, the car charger slot was not working.<<<

Workaround, This external battery:
Lenmar 12V/2300mAh SLA
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=240592...

You will need a cable set and charger, and a small compartmentalized case to hold it all.
This battery was intended for old "bag" cellphones and camcorders.
On a full charge, it will power my nuvi 760 for 20+ hours! The cable set I use terminates in a 12v car style female connector so I can use my Nuvi's standard car power cord with it. As a bonus, it works just as well for charging your cellphone. Great for emergency power on a hike or camping trip, or the situation you ran into!

Thanks a bunch.
Where did you get the connecting cables? I would like to give this a try.