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Old 04-20-2010, 06:49 PM   #61
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Does anyone have another good source for a battery? DigiKey shows zero on hand.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:51 PM   #62
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Check again. They show 20,000 of the Panasonic version, now.
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Old 05-11-2010, 05:15 PM   #63
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Was having to wait for my 478 to aquire satellites each time I powered it on, and it was failing to keep time so I decided to try this fix. It's a little fiddly for a big fingered oaf like me, but I managed to get the new battery installed, and man, what a difference. Locks on almost instantly now. Thanks for the how-to guide everyone!
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:37 PM   #64
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worked great

Was done in half an hour :) went out to the car plugged it in (the unit has been laying around since last August) took not even a minute and it was locked on and had the right date and time :)
Last summer it always took at least 10-20 minutes to find its sattelites. Should have done it way earlier.
I ordered the battery with the little wires attached to it already. The soldering part didnt even take a minute.
One happy camper here, thanks.
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:53 PM   #65
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Yet another successful install!

We did Gerg's a couple months ago and this one went even easier and quicker. Probably 30 minutes total time.

Great write up and sourcing guides. Thank you very much

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Old 12-06-2010, 03:16 PM   #66
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I just want to say thanks to everyone that chipped into creating the info on how to change out the battery.

I had ordered two of the batteries with the tabs in place probably over a year ago, but was just hesitant to tear the GPS apart. Been using my 60CSX in it's place.

Came close to just sending it in for the $160 swap but was bored last night.

Took about 45 minutes going very carefully. But I managed to swap the battery out successfully without injury, trips to Lowes, or burning my house down.

Works like new. Yea!
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:44 PM   #67
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I just ordered a couple of batteries from digikey and now have to wait for ups to deliver. It's going ground so it might be awhile before I get it. I hate having my gps in pieces ......

This is one of those threads that will take a long time to die as there's plenty of 478 type machines out there and it might take awhile before they all kick the bucket for good.
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:32 PM   #68
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I just ordered a couple of batteries from digikey and now have to wait for ups to deliver. It's going ground so it might be awhile before I get it. I hate having my gps in pieces ......

This is one of those threads that will take a long time to die as there's plenty of 478 type machines out there and it might take awhile before they all kick the bucket for good.
I hope not as, IMHO, Garmin makes nothing remotely interesting to replace my 276C...
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Old 04-02-2011, 07:46 AM   #69
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I hope not as, IMHO, Garmin makes nothing remotely interesting to replace my 276C...
So true....I spoke to Garmin about a replacement and here is there response

Thank you for contacting Garmin International.
Unfortunately we do not have a direct replacement from the GPSMAP 276c. We do offer a GPSMAP 640 that can be used both in the car and the boat just like the 276c, however it does operate quite differently than what you are used to. The GPSMAP 640 has one operating system that runs the Automotive mapping and another operating system that runs the marine mapping.
Here is more information about the GPSMAP 640.
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=148
This device is preloaded with all of the City Navigator NT road mapping for all of the US and Canada. It is also preloaded with our BlueChart g2 mapping for the entire US coastline.
Outside of that device, the only other device that I would recommend that can be used both in the car and the boat would be our Nuvi 550.
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=148

.....and my response

Iím very disappointed that Garmin did not continue with the x76C type series
This model is preferred for itís ability to make and store large numbers of tracks, routes, and weypoints

Iíll stick with my 276C and Garmin for now,Ö. but if it breaks

and Garmin still doesnít have a comparative, Iíll have to look elsewhere



Garmin needs to be convinced somehow, there's a market for a
276C type without marine capabilities ......and one that reasonably priced
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:04 AM   #70
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Garmin needs to be convinced somehow, there's a market for a 276C type without marine capabilities ......and one that reasonably priced
Personally I like my 478 because it does do both, and i use both, a lot. But the form of this series 2/3/4 76/78 is something that I'll miss later on way, way down the road.
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Old 04-24-2011, 11:50 AM   #71
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Eek Watch out for to much heat

I finally got my replacement Varta battery from Apex and went to solder it in.

Bad news is I got one pole ok, But when I got to the second joint, I put a bit to much heat in the battery. It is easy to tell if it got to hot, They explode.....

OH Shit !!!!



I have two Sanyo's with tabs coming from Digi-Key and I will need to leave the GPS opened up till the new battery arrives.



Great resource guy's. I hope to have my success story up soon !
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Old 04-25-2011, 04:09 AM   #72
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I finally got my replacement Varta battery from Apex and went to solder it in.

Bad news is I got one pole ok, But when I got to the second joint, I put a bit to much heat in the battery. It is easy to tell if it got to hot, They explode.....
Holy Crap!

What kind of soldering iron are you using, and what are you soldering?

You need to unsolder the lugs from the printed circuit board, and then solder the new lugs back in place. I went out and bought a low wattage soldering iron with a fine tip just to make sure I didn't smoke anything on the board.

Did you get a battery without lugs and try to solder that onto the existing lugs?
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Old 04-25-2011, 04:29 PM   #73
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Holy Crap!

Did you get a battery without lugs and try to solder that onto the existing lugs?
Yup

I had not read into this thread far enough to find out about the battery with lugs already mounted on the battery before I started. I now have two lug style battery's coming from Digi-Key.

I was using my 15 watt pencil style iron when I popped the battery, Again I should have let it cool from doing the first joint.

Though nothing got into my eyes, I am glad I was wearing my safety glasses at the time, because it blew parts as far as 5 feet away.

Good news is Digi-Key called me this morning to change the shipping from Postal service to Fed EX, Guess you can not ship a Lithium battery through the mail. So the new battery is on its way
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Old 04-28-2011, 06:30 PM   #74
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Another source for the battery is Mouser. I just replaced the one in my buddy's 276C with this and it was virtually identical to the original.

http://www.mouser.com/Search/Product...-MS621FE-FL11E
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:33 PM   #75
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Another source for the battery is Mouser. I just replaced the one in my buddy's 276C with this and it was virtually identical to the original.

http://www.mouser.com/Search/Product...-MS621FE-FL11E
Nice find!
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