I tried to look for a replacement online but could not find any.l I also tried to look up in the manual as to how I replace it but it says nothing. Moreover it gives a warning like "to preserve battery life try not to expose it to too much sun or heat" How are you supposed to do that without an external antenna? It came with a suction mount for the windshield then it warns us to to expose it to the sun. I have been taking it off the windshield and store it underneath my seat since I bought it 2 years ago (for fear of having my automobile glass being broken when someone tries to run off with it). Anyone there who knows how to replace hte battery and how? Thanks in advance to the replies.
...I tried to look for a replacement (battery) online but could not find any.l Anyone there who knows how to replace hte battery and how? ....
Check out C3x0 Battery Replacement
Here's a link to eBay, just so you will be familiar with the battery.
Thanks a lot...I ordered a battey with pcb protection, will update post when it arrives.
I got a new battery with PCB and I was able to install it as per the link..a few tools needed include soldering gun and iron. I wrapped it with a cheaper alternative instead of the shrink tubing..one that's available in the house that can effectively insulate and also withstand high temperatures....a saran wrap! Tanks very much for the info and link....
Super! Glad to hear you got 'er replaced.
Gees, I would have given you some shrink wrap...lol. I have tons of it and it is cheaper then a full roll of saran wrap
When you factor in the time, gas and other factors (dressing up to go out, parking, waiting in line to pay ) I guess the saran wrap beats the SHrink wrap since it was readily available. Thanks for your offer though...he he he, I'll call you in about two years when this battery goes to battery heaven. LOL.
Upon the battery dying in my C340 (2 years old), I contacted Garmin to buy a new one. Garmin would not sell the battery and wanted $250 for me to send the GPS in for an exchange. You can buy a new C340 for that price. Obviously Garmin considers their product a throw-away device.
What a rip-off for just the battery. Bought it on e-Bay for $20 including freight. Will install when it arrives.
I have owned many Garmin marine products and this is the first time I have requested support. I am very disappointed in what I thought was a quality company that stands behind their products.
I own this model (C340), too and also have a dead battery. It now only works when connected via the car cigarette lighter adapter. The model was discontinued by Garmin and I'm guessing this is why.
I recently visited Arizona on vacation and I believe it may have been the 110 degree heat that may have killed the battery. Garmin wanted $250 to repair it. I instead opted to buy a c580 for $300 at Amazon this past Black Friday. I'll make sure to keep this one away from the heat!
.If you plan to sell your "broken" c340, name a price. Send me an email at email@example.com
I replaced this battery about 2 months ago on my C330. As I remember, it was a little stronger battery that I did it with, lasts about 8hrs now. Got it from eBay using the numbers for about $15. If you have ever sodered anything, it is pretty straight forward and a "google" search of battery replacement on a C320 will get you a few nice articles on it. Took about 10 minutes once I had the battery. Better than sending it to Garmin for $250 on something that is out of wart already.
4evansache Deep breath..... exhale.
I would have you look at it another way. OK in all fairness you bought exactly what Garmin was selling. A quality GPS that was reliable. You said it yourself when you said you have owned many Garmin products and this is the first time you requested support. If battery replacement is a big issue, well Garmin never hides the fact the units don't come with a replaceable battery.
All that being said you do bring up a valid point which is more design oriented. I think it would be grand if they designed their products with a user replaceable battery like a phone so we could have the option of replacing them. But look at the bright side... you have an excuse to upgrade and go get the later technology. I have two years to wait.
What I don't like is Garmin telling you to essentially trash the product when the battery dies on page 55 of the Nüvi 660 user manual. They don't even mention, although costly, that it can be sent in and replaced.
I really don't buy this "well, then you'll have an excuse to get new technology" line of thinking, either. As long as Garmin continues to offer map updates for my 660, I don't think it will be obsolete after only 2 or three years. I've already had it for a year and it will still be just as good this time next year...and the year after that, provided it doesn't crap out mechanically or something.
After all, look at Miss POI... She's using an "obsolete"/ancient 2610 that has been discontinued for at least 2.5 years. I use a hiking handheld GPS that's almost 10 years old. Gets me to a geocache as easily and effectively as my much newer Magellan handheld (see sig line).
Oh, and for powerlinked... If you can fly/crash/repair that wacky flyin' machine, you have the skills to change out the battery. Notice I didn't say build because I know it's an ARF model.
That was the Biggest gripe from the Ipod group that the battery dies before it was 2 years old... Now they are offering it much cheaper. I would think it would also be the case with Garmin..if they think all the people that didnt get an update complained..
I couldnt believe when I read in the manual of a unit that has a $589 price that said " when the Battery dies find a local place to dispose of properly" I know Most Lithium Ion batteries last 10 yrs..but only about 200 cycles...so I would say it will be best to not cycle the battery too much..
After about a year and change of using / abusing my c330 I noticed that it does not hold charge for more then 20-25 mins when unpluged from car adapter.I started looking into higher capacity battery and found one with 2200Mah http://www.megacapacity.com/23903.html for just 20$ with free shipping to Miami Florida. I google for instructions and then replaced the battery myself. Let me tell you it worth every penny. My gps is like new again. I'd highly recommend to anyone to go with higher capacity battery.
You can try searching on eBay. I'm sure that they are selling exactly what you need.
I have repaired and replace the batteries in many GPSr's over the years for folks. really no reason to trash a unit because of a dead battery. Even though thats what the manufacturer wants you to do.
The Battery died again 2 years and 16 weeks after I replaced it...My c330 got a new one again today
My Nuvi 260 battery was on it's last legs. Got an replacement at BatteryShip.com ($20.25). Arrived two days after placing the order and it was an exact match to the OEM battery. Came with a tool kit to handle getting it apart and to manage all those tiny screws. Detailed instructions available at their site and you can also find vidieo's showing how it's done on You Tube.
Garmin wanted a flat rate of $79 to fix so it was worth the $20 to see it I could make the unit well again. Not a difficut job, hardest part was to get the unit open. Working like new again.
I like it when we get to outsmart the manufacturers.
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