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asked by Anon on March 1, 2007
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Sick of It All answered on March 12, 2007
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open up the entire discussion forum. Go to the WARRANTY thread. There is an interesting post there from a lady who had her battery replaced free of charge,out of warranty.
OrdinaryGuy answered on March 1, 2007
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I recently found this article to replace the battery (by the user). But it looks a little complicated!
http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=67938&whichpage=1
Anon answered on March 20, 2007
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They replace the unit entirely and transfer your maps. They do upgrade the software to the latest before sending it back to you.

It's important because if you have other maps, like me for Europe, you have to call back to get an unlock code for that software.

-L
Lauren Gale answered on June 15, 2007
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Turbo Tony answered on June 14, 2007
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If you have a dead battery, call Garmin, get an RMA number and ship it back to them. They should fix it or replace it for free!
Also, if your battery dies, the unit will still function with external (car lighter, etc) power. My C340 however, takes a very long time to locate satellites with a dead battery - somehow the battery and antenna are tied together - even with external power supplied? Go figure.

Turbo Tony
Turbo Tony answered on June 13, 2007
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Turbo Tony answered on June 15, 2007
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Lithium-ion rechargable batteries seem to have a life span of one to three years, in any device, depending on use and the number of recharges.
Interesting that portable navigation devices do not have user replaceable battery packs like cameras and other electronics.
Garmin apparently will repair/replace your dead battery unit free even out of warranty. As long as you don't tinker with it.
Tony, did you return your c340 for repair....yet?
OrdinaryGuy answered on June 14, 2007
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Wise choice TT.
This is gonna be a big problem for a lot of us in upcoming months and years and not every do-it-yourselfer is going to be successful in replacing the battery.
Hopefully Garmin will retain it's good customer service policies when they get a flood of dead battery units returned to them.
Keep us posted.
OG
OrdinaryGuy answered on June 14, 2007
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Interesting that a lot a C340 users are experiencing dead batteries around the same time frame. Did everone buy theirs 12-18 months ago? Mine lasted around 15 months.

Turbo Tony

PS..What Anon said. Why didn't Garmin design-in a replaceable battery? Too expensive eh boys? They could have made money selling the batteries.
Turbo Tony answered on June 19, 2007
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