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How do I charge my automotive GPS device?
There are three ways to charge the internal battery in your automotive GPS device.1
- Use the provided vehicle power cable that came with your GPS device. The device will charge while powered on and using the device, as well as when the GPS device is powered off and plugged into a running vehicle.
- Use an AC power adapter. Some devices come with this power cable to plug the GPS device into a wall outlet allowing the GPS device to take a charge. For devices that do not come with this cable, one can be purchased from Garmin's online store.
- For most devices, the final way of charging the battery is to plug the GPS into a powered on computer with a USB cable.2 This method of charging will be a trickle charge and it may take longer than the other two options, however it will still charge the battery. A full charge via USB may take as long as 8-12 hours. A USB cable is provided with certain GPS models. For those that don't come with this cable, one can either be ordered from the online store or you can use a standard USB to mini-USB cable that fits the device and plugs into your computer.
Please note: All of the nuvi series will come with a suction cup mount and vehicle power cable to charge the nuvi. However, only some of the nuvi models come with an AC power cable and/or USB cable. If they did not come with the nuvi, they would be optional cables and would be a separate purchase. These cables may be purchased from Garmin or Garmin's dealers. To purchase one from Garmin, please visit our website at https://buy.garmin.com/shop/
Garmin only recommends using an AC power charger that is purchased from Garmin. Third party cables may not charge the nuvi.
1Please note that temperature can play an effect on the charging of a device. If the battery registers a temperature of 0°C (32°F) and below or 45°C (113°F) and above then it will not charge. When connected to external power it will only be operating off of external power.
2The Quest and Quest 2 will not charge using a USB cable.
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