DriveSmart61 standard power cord

 

I have a DriveSmart61 and want to hard wire the power into my car. When I cut the power cord I found in the standard power cord 3 wires...Red>Black>White. I know what the red and blacker for but have no idea what the white wire is for.

I called Garmin support and she said they (Garmin) don't recommend hardwiring the power because of a 2 amp fuse, I said yes and would install an inline fuse to accommodate that need. I asked about the white wire and she said they didn't have any information about the power cord other than the fuse. She couldn't help me with any information about it. WHAT A WASTE OF A CALL!!

Does anyone here know what the white wire is for?

Goggling turns up nothing.

Well

I'm not surprised. You can't do what you're trying as the connector takes the 12v from the car and transforms it to 5v. Connect it like that and you'll fry your device.

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Where there's a will ... there's a way ... DriveSmart50LMT-D, Nuvi 2508LMT-D, 1490LMT, 1310, Montana 650T, Etrex 20

Power cord

joeschmoe wrote:

I have a DriveSmart61 and want to hard wire the power into my car. When I cut the power cord I found in the standard power cord 3 wires...Red>Black>White. I know what the red and blacker for but have no idea what the white wire is for.

I called Garmin support and she said they (Garmin) don't recommend hardwiring the power because of a 2 amp fuse, I said yes and would install an inline fuse to accommodate that need. I asked about the white wire and she said they didn't have any information about the power cord other than the fuse. She couldn't help me with any information about it. WHAT A WASTE OF A CALL!!

Does anyone here know what the white wire is for?

Goggling turns up nothing.

See https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hardwire-Car-Charger-Power-Cord-for...

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Great find Charlie!

From the description, that power cord even contains the traffic antenna for those models that have a built in traffic receiver. So it should provide the same compatibility as the Garmin TA20 power cord.

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

Yep ...

That's the right way to do it, or as I've done hard wire a 12v socket and then plug the standard cable into that smile

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Where there's a will ... there's a way ... DriveSmart50LMT-D, Nuvi 2508LMT-D, 1490LMT, 1310, Montana 650T, Etrex 20

@joeschmoe

Hope the link helps you out. Let us know your progress. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hardwire-Car-Charger-Power-Cord-for...

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Bought

a similar hardwire kit from eBay for US $ 2.87 shipped ! The above link is $ 23.00 shipped !

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT Retired now, Nuvi 2797LMT, SmartDrive 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.