Has anyone attempted to replace the battery in their GPS?
How long has your original battery lasted?
i had to replace it after 3 yrs
The nuvi batteries are quite easy to replace as long as you have two proper tools: driver and pry bar. YouTube will most likely have a full video of the replacement process and there are a few companies that sell a complete package of battery plus tools. Links:
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a cost effective thing to do.
Do people who replace them, actually run them without the 12v adapter? The traffic wouldn't work but I guess it's not that accurate anyway.
My iPod battery (not a typo lol) is shot, but I got a $6 ebay thing that keeps it plugged into the 12v so it still works....it's in my 2007 that was pre-USB blah blah blah....
My iPod battery (not a typo lol) is shot, but I got a $6 ebay thing that keeps it plugged into the 12v so it still works
Depending on where you live you may find someone to replace the iCrap battery.(My terminology since I own two iPhones, one iPad and one iPod)
I live in a large city and there are several people who will replace the battery for under $ 50.00
Try to do a search for that on Kijiji
I replaced the battery on my Nuvi 1300 and a Nuvi 685 and it was not hard at all! Ordered the batteries from Ebay and as mentioned above they came with the tools needed. Check out you tube for instructions and you should be good!
Somehow a staple got into the case and stuck on the speaker causing an annoying buzzing sound. The battery was next to it and unplugged very easily. Some GPS receivers use security screws, but it looked to be a pretty painless upgrade process, on my model anyway.
I would add, though, that there is a real danger of substandard lithium batteries causing fires. I would definitely go the OEM battery route if they are available from a reputable dealer online. There are counterfeit OEM batteries out there, though, so buyer beware. Otherwise, depending on the cost, you might want to consider buying a whole new receiver ...
I replaced the battery in my NUVI 750 a couple of years ago. It wasn't hard using the tools that came with the battery. I used to have a Palm T3 PDA. I replaced that battery 3 times and it was much harder to get to than the 750's.
I replaced after about five years. Unplugged from the 12 volt power source, it would barely last five minutes.
Hopefully it lasts at least the one year warranty if not longer because while I'm glad I did it, I don't necessarily want to take it apart again!
Indeed I did exactly this and it should be good to go for a while longer.
Thank you for the suggestion.
My 770 still works on original battery. now it holds up for about 5 minutes, but still Only thing is that I practically had had never use my Garmin on battery for longer than couple minutes. On new battery my 770 could run for about hour for about 4 years or so.
The question was asked, ie: "Has anyone attempted to replace the battery in their GPS?"
My answer to that would be... NO.
I have the same experience with my 660. Battery hasn't worked for more than 15 minutes for years now But works when on the car battery fine, Don't need the unit battery. When upgrading, the computer powers it.
Bought my Nuvi 760 in 2009. It still has the original battery in it but only lasts 5 to 10 minutes unplugged. I've been wanting to replace the battery but don't know where to buy it from.
& still works great on the original battery.
I've never run it to empty. I use it powered in my car or on my Goldwing. The only problem is that road change updates stopped awhile ago. Once I get to an address with no entry in my Nuvi, I store the lat lon location for future use.
Are they trustworthy? How's their battery quality?
They have or can get most, said 20 to 30 minutes if tech not busy
I used a Batteryship replacement for my nuvi 750 and it's worked well for years.
I don't use it unless it is plugged in via the 12v adapter.
I just ordered one from Batteryship for my 2598LMT Nuvi. Had a little chat with Dan on Life Chat. Very friendly and helpful.
I got at least 5 years from the original battery in my 1490T, and if I recall correctly ordered the replacement through Amazon. It's worked great so far. As noted, the kit package that includes the battery and little tool kit is the way to go. The plastic pry/case separator tool is really helpful. If you have good small screwdrivers the rest is probably superfluous. It's an easy job, and the video is helpful as well.
I really should attempt to replace the battery. I end up giving a GPS unit with an worn battery to a friend and just buy a new one for myself.
Thank you for the pointer.
Was easy to do or you can find someone to do it for you. If you like the unit it is worth it but think it's always good to see what you can upgrade to for a few bucks more.
for all the great information.
Yes.... in a 660.... it was a bit painful because one ribbon cable kept slipping out....
(This was after the rear interface unit stopped working.... I made the USB cable to power the 660 up, and hoped that something slipped out of place.... and decided to change battery as well while I was going in there.... Rear interface just died, it wasn't a loose connection, but in replacing battery caused a loose connection.... 2nd time was OK...
(though rear interface was still dead).....
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My Google Nexus 4 phone from LG needed a new internal battery. This is a troublesome battery based on internet postings. No battery was available from the Play Store or LG, and it could not be determined if any on the web were OEM or knockoffs.
BatteryShip did not have that one posted on their site so I emailed customer service and they sent me a link to a private web page for my battery. They claim a top-quality product and the pricing is higher than the knockoffs. I ordered it with a tool kit to take the phone apart. It was difficult to install but came out nice.
The new battery has more power than the original even though it is the same size and rating. After charging it fully, it lasted for four days with the phone always on. (I am not a big user of data)
Craig, thanks very much for recommending batteryship.com!
I bought the kit, watched the video. I worked in radio electronics alot of years ago so I thought too easy, no problem. Removing the receiver and spring assembly was a piece of cake but when I got to the 2 screws that hold the case together I encountered 2 stubborn screws that they seem to be tightened down quite snugly. I tried using a little muscle but that didn't work and for fear of stripping the screws I stopped and re-assembled the device. Before my next attempt I thought I would call out to a few voices of experience. Any suggestions out there?
It's probably loc-tite. Normal a little heat, but since there's plastic, that's out. Did you try to tighten them just a scosh to see if they will break loose.
Make sure the screwdriver fits the screw well. If it is a Phillips, a size bigger or smaller might work normally, but for an overtightened screw, the correct size with the point of the driver in good condition is needed.
If the screws are Torx-head, use the correct size, which is the biggest one that fits in the hole in the screw head.
When using the screwdriver, press in with a lot of force as well as rotating the screw counterclockwise. Make a jig or use a clamp to hold the device in position on a table with the screws up so you can press down easily. You may only get one chance. If the screw head strips it is never coming out.
For machine parts, a penetrating lubricant like Liquid Wrench is usually used, but it is not appropriate for devices made with plastic or near printed circuit boards. A substitute could be electrical contact cleaner or flux remover. Spray it on and let it soak in for a minute with the screws up.
Heat would be a last resort. Like phranc says, there is a chance the screws are held in with LocTite, the commercial version of Crazy Glue. Use a soldering iron sparingly to heat the head of the screw. Remember that heat is the enemy of electronic components.
My battery is over 5 years old. Don't want to attempt replacement even though it depletes very fast.
My 760 has 6 years on the original battery. It works fine!
Thanks phranc and dobs108 for the feedback. I will gather my courage and go for broke (or break)
Almost 1 year later... I finally purchased a replacement battery for my 760 from batteryship.com. I just replaced it yesterday evening.
It's a bit tough to open the unit but I manage to open it without breaking anything. The original Garmin battery is glued so tightly. It took me a while to remove the original battery. They don't really need that much glue in my opinion.
Anyway, the replacement battery seems fine. Battery meter doesn't drop after leaving it on (at 30% brightness) for 15 minutes. I hope it lasts a long time.
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