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post #1 of 9 Old 05-03-2011, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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GPS Power Cord Questions

I'm looking to the GPS geeks on the forum to answer a GPS power cord question.

The plan: I have a Garmin GPSMap 60CSX and a Garmin Nuvi 755 that I plan on mounting on my bike. I have Ram mounts for both with the Nuvi housed in a Ram Aquabox since it's not a waterproof unit. I will have a Fuzeblock mounted in the faring to keep the mess of wires from running down the frame to the battery. Each of the six terminals on the Fuzeblock can be fused as desired and switched on with the ignition or hot all of the time.

The dilemma: So, can I just cut the cigarette plugs off of the power cords and wire them direct to the Fuzeblock? I would solder SAE connectors somewhere in line so they could be easily unplugged. Don't know if there are any gizmo's in the cigarette lighter end (besides the fuse) that are required for proper operation.

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Yes, there is stuff in there, at least on the Nuvi adapter. The 12v power needs to be stepped down to 5v and regulated.

Fetch up one of these and wire it to the Fuzeblock:

http://www.mountguys.com/ProductDeta...GHS-B&click=21

You can find them on e-bay for a few bucks less.

I really reccomend that you use the one that connects to the cradle. I had a real problem on my 750 using a usb power cable. The usb port is your only means of communicating with the Nuvi. Screw up the usb port with the power cord and you've got a problem. It can be done - ask me how I know...

Dunno if the 60CSX is the same situation or not. Is there anything in your manual?

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Hey Tom, thanks for the link. For the GPSmap60, looking at the same website, the hard wire cord doesn't have the big gizmo in-line like for the Nuvi. http://www.mountguys.com/product_p/rb-60.htm

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Alright Tom, Ill bite... how did you manage that one?
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The 60 series also has the old style round 4 pin Garmin plug that takes 12 volts. You can wire that to your fuseblock and leave the USB plug for just data transfer.

That round plug can also do RS232 serial transfer as well but USB is faster.

that link above is the correct 12 volt cable.

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Alright Tom, Ill bite... how did you manage that one?
Nearly daily use for almost a year. The usb power plug went in and out about three times a day (took the Nuvi out of the mount when the bike was unattended) and on several occasions managed to try and remove the Nuvi from the RAM without unplugging the usb connector.

After a while the usb port died which pretty much rendered the thing useless. Now way to upload routes, download screen shots, etc.

Stay away from hard use on the usb, is what I learned. The cradles are replaceable. Getting a refurb 750 cost me a benjie.

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If you get one of these, http://www.mountguys.com/ProductDeta...GHS-B&click=21
Before you use it fill it with silicone to prevent it from vibrating to pieces. I have the same type of adapter for my Magellan and had to do some soldering to fix it after one of the connections vibrated loose.
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My Garmin AUTOMOBILE CIGARETTE LIGHTER PLUGS contain considerable solid-state circuitry for regulating and conditioning the automobile-provided power supply (nominally, "12 VDC").

Thus, before you go cutting the cord and replacing the plug with a connector to your bike's power supply, EXAMINE THAT PLUG. If you find it contains a circuit board, transistors, diodes, toriods, etc., etc., lots of electronic components, jettisoning the cord and connecting the GPS receiver directly to the vehicle's power supply may result in unwelcome consequences (e.g., frying the GPS receiver).

If you simply cut off the plug and throw it away, here's what you might be discarding (actual image of genuine, authentic, Garmin power plug, case open):



And, another thing . . . while the Garmin GPS receivers may be rugged as all get-out, the power plugs may not survive the G-loads of a KLR's relentless vibration. Notice the copper-colored, doughnut-shaped component in the upper case half shown above. That, friends, is called a TOROID, or "choke," or maybe other electronic nomenclature.

Anyhow, my KLR shook so much it separated this component from the original electronic suite of the power plug.

Now, ALL Garmin GPS systems may not employ the power conditioning and regulating circuitry shown; however . . . the Etrex system I bought does.

YMMV ("Your mileage may vary.")

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My Garmin GPSMAP60CSx will run all day ( No screen backlight ) on one set of fully charged batteries. I made a case that has a separate pocket for 2 additional batteries as spares.

Maybe you could mount a cigarette socket somewhere with less vibration. Like a cable version socket and tie it to something soft, or pad it??

FWIW: Here’s my setup…
http://powers31.info/gpsmtg_GPSMAP60CSx.htm
http://powers31.info/gpsmtg_nuvi750.htm

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