Got 18+ minutes? If so, and especially if you use Karen, the GPS Girl's voice for navigation , here's a just-released YouTube of a USB loose socket repair:
It's fixed now, Bob's your uncle.
With luck, this will remind us to always try to prevent the abuse of the USB cable/socket on our GPS devices to avoid needing this to be done on our devices.
In any event, hopefully some will find the video humorous if not also instructive.
That was quite interesting. Thanks for sharing it with us.
In all honesty I didn’t watch the video, but one thing I do is wrap excess power cord around the mount a few turns. This acts as a strain relief and removes the weight of cord from the USB socket.
Thanks for posting.
To me, this just reinforces the value of a powered magnetic mount. I realize there aren't many options out there for newer models though. When a mag mount isn't available, I use short pigtail cables such as these:
I usually duct tape the connector to the GPS case for strain relief and use the other end to plug & unplug the power cord.
Check the USB type, pinout and plug angle (if any) before ordering.
I only remove the plug when I remove the device from the car for a map and POI update and the cord is looped around the vent mount then up to the top of the dash for the antenna. So no wiggle.
Watched the video and you have to admire folk who can deal with small bits like that.
He Talks Too Much.. But You Have To Admire His Soldering Skill. Watched the video and you have to admire folk who can deal with small bits like that.
Ha, you should watch some of his unboxing videos with a knife that would make Crocodile Dundee proud. His dumpster diving videos are also interesting and make many folks wish they had access to his business dumspter!
Double ha, Karen the GPS Girl and one of the Garmin Aussie English language voices, has also been accused of talking too much, just like all the other voices available. Some Garmin owners mute the navigational voices. Maybe it's an Australian thing.
This issue has been around for a long time and especially on Garmin products. The ones that I have fixed all appeared to have had the ground lugs not sufficiently soldered. However, since these are surface mount connectors, it is near impossible to do any better. After all this time, I would have expected Garmin to come up with a solution even if it meant using thru hole connectors.
Bob's your uncle Loved the stuff he said!!
This guy is fun to watch.
Some Garmin owners mute the navigational voices. Maybe it's an Australian thing.
I mute mine because of the school zone warnings.. I frequently have to wait at lights that are in the direction of a school zone. When Garmin figures out that if I am not moving.. I do not need an alarm.. I will turn it back on.
I think the guy needs a few lessons in soldering. Then he needs to get a few smaller tips and stop using the big tips on small electrical items that don't need the excess heat.
Nothing to learn in that video, except how not to do it.
I had a Garmin with a loose mini USB socket and attempted to fix it using a very small tipped soldering Iron. Even though the soldering looked good, the Garmin was not functioning. Maybe I will try again sometime, but for now I have plenty of other Garmins available to use.
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