Garmin Zumo 590LM USB power cable problem

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by fredhayes, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. Renny202

    Renny202 Adventurer

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    this is my question as I'm about to install a 590 on my Ultra classic. Can I just cut off all them extra wires except the power leads? will it hurt anything?

    Seems like a ridiculous design and little thought was put into how people would actually be installing it.

    Addressed to anyone here....thanks.
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  2. Renny202

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    is this still true? it wont work for an Android phone? that makes no sense whatsoever.

    If so I will just snip that off too on install. Thanks.
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  3. smbjm

    smbjm Been here awhile

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    No it is not still true. In fact, it never was true. The USB cable is intended to charge any USB device (within reason). I have used it with my Android phone for 3 years with no issues.
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  4. GunNut37086

    GunNut37086 Been here awhile

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    My Garmin 590LM cradle kept my Galaxy Note 4 charged just fine, even with the screen on. I ran it for a week or 2 like that while comparing Waze on the phone to the Garmin.

    When I switched to a Galaxy S8, it also charged fine until I tried using a regular micro usb cable with a usb-c adapter. This combination puts it in slow charge mode and warns me to use the cable that came with my phone.

    I know this doesn't help solve the problems some are having, I was just lonely and felt like sharing.
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  5. VStromNC

    VStromNC DNS/DNF

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    Samsung Galaxies need 2.1a higher current USB output vs. the standard USB output of 1.0a. I have an S7 and it prompts me that I could charge faster if I used the original Samsung adapter or something like that if I just plug into a regular USB adapter or to my Zumo 590 USB. My Zumo 590 USB does put my SS S7 into a charge mode but cannot keep up and will exhaust the battery if I have the brightness turned up while riding and listening to MP3. Over a course of few hours, the battery slowly loses charge and shut down even though in charge mode. Put it on a 2.1a USB adapter and it charges to 100% in little over an hour.

    Samsung also sells a USB cig lighter adapter that has "Adaptive Fast Charging" when it recognizes a compatible Samsung phone and it charges my phone from dead to 100% in less than 30 minutes.
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  6. GunNut37086

    GunNut37086 Been here awhile

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    A guy I work with says the cable itself may be what keeps my phone from fast charging. He says the thin cables and the no-name brand cables use thinner wire, so they can't carry as much electricity. So I plugged mine into the Garmin using the cable that came with my phone to test the theory and I'll be darned...it started fast charging when I turned the key on.
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  7. Englishmatt

    Englishmatt Been here awhile

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    My question is slightly different - Can I plug a USB stick filled with music in to the USB port and have the 595LM access and manage the data from that stick?

    I don't want to have to access my phone, or access the media on my phone (media player) from the 595. On my bike (KTM 1290 SA-R) I Bluetooth the phone to the bike, then then bike to the GPS. I then use the Autocomm Super Pro AVI for my audio, microphone etc.

    I hate charging anything, or having to rely on charging anything...so I prefer to have hard wired solutions.

    Thanks,

    Matt.
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  8. smbjm

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    No, the GPS will not read the music through the USB cable. But you could just load the music onto a micro SD card in the GPS.
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  9. BarryC

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    The USB is will also act as communication link to your GPS if it's plugged in. Instead of replying on BT, the wired data connection will work for some of the data features.
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  10. DriverDave

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    Has anyone plugged an MP3 player to the USB cable for music? This is the method I'm hoping to use with a 595LM...Pair Android phone to GPS, Plug Sony Walkman MP3 player to USB cable (music to GPS and power to MP3 player), then pair GPS to Sena 20S. I want to be able to control and see what's playing on the screen. According to Garmin support, that USB cable will "play music from your phone or music device" and "charge your phone or music device". I'm guessing when it doesn't work for someone, it's a brand/device compatibility issue, and not always a fault with the wiring/contacts.

    Link-- https://support.garmin.com/faqSearch/en-US/faq/content/RSzSnM3JHW5mSl1zJDhI67

    I'm getting the 595 either way, and will figure out an alternative if it doesn't work (probably just put music on a micro SD card and play it directly from the Zumo). I prefer not to use my phone as my music player. Just curious if anyone else has tried the MP3 / USB route.
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  11. lkraus

    lkraus Been here awhile

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    From the page you linked, at the bottom, see
    Different media source options on the zumo, and how they work
    "Although the USB connection on the zumo 590 and 595 motorcycle mount will charge any connected device that charges via USB, it will only function as a data connection for media when an iPhone® or iPod® is connected."
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  12. DriverDave

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    Well, maybe I'll get lucky and it will work with my Walkman. Or maybe it's time to ditch the MP3 player and use my phone, like the rest of the world! :D
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  13. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    get a usb-otg cable. if your gps is modern enough to support mass storage mode, you can slave the GPS internal memory and push mp3s from the phone to the GPS . that way you can download tons on the phone to listen to, and transfer the ones you like in a few seconds. I just use my phone on the bars since that eliminates a ton of failure points, but I realize a lot of people still don't believe it's this easy/better yet.
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