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Garmin Battery Replacement Service (Read 238 times)

ShuffleFaster


    Not sure if this has been posted before (it didn't turn up in a search)--if so, I apologize for the repost.

     

    I know the Garmin 410 is not liked by many, but mine has served me very well through several marathon training cycles.

     

    As per usual, the battery started to go out after about 3 years of constant use.  Garmin was pretty expensive to replace the battery, and I was leery about doing the work myself.

     

    I found this service on ebay:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/200834361889?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNXBlushT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

     

    I was a little skeptical, but it was a whole lot cheaper than Garmin and promised improved performance.  Since my watch wouldn't hold a decent charge, I figured I didn't have much to lose.

     

    I'm pretty impressed with the service.  Great communication, really fast service (got it back the same week I sent it in), and the battery now lasts a good 6.5 hours in training mode with continuous pace on.  I think he does other Garmin models as well.

     

    I'm not connected to this service, financially or otherwise, but I thought I'd pass it along.


    Susan,Queen of the Crocs

      Thanks for posting this.  I have a 305 that's dead and one that's going to die soon.  $35 is a lot cheaper than what Garmin charges.

        Thanks for posting this.  I have a 305 that's dead and one that's going to die soon.  $35 is a lot cheaper than what Garmin charges.

         

        Wondered why no one had offered up this service yet. Not as much market as the broken screen apple products, so not much money to be made.

        ShuffleFaster


          Thanks for posting this.  I have a 305 that's dead and one that's going to die soon.  $35 is a lot cheaper than what Garmin charges.

           

          You're most welcome. Smile

           

          Please post back and let us know how it goes.   (Mine has worked out very well through a couple charging cycles now.)


          Consistently Slow

            Thanks for posting this.  I have a 305 that's dead and one that's going to die soon.  $35 is a lot cheaper than what Garmin charges.

             

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            Rusk Runner

              I am really glad you posted this as I was going to send my 405 in after next weeks marathon.  I was going to get one of the premium batteries that he says will last up to 10 hours.

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              Susan,Queen of the Crocs

                I ended up going another direction.  My DH is fairly mechanically inclined and found some instructions online for replacing the battery in a 305.  We bought 2 ipod  mini batteries for around $8 on eBay, and some liquid electrical tape.  I think he used some glue or other sealant as well to help with water resistance.  He was able to replace the battery in my oldest/deadest 305, (it had about 4,000 miles on it when it died, so I didn't think twice about replacing it.) and it is working like new.  I never would have attempted it myself, as there was a little soldering involved.  However, if you are able to DIY, it's a cheap fix, and the iPod battery is supposed to be stronger and have a longer life than the Garmin batteries that you can also get on eBay.  The second battery will go into DH's 305, so both of them will be fixed for under $10.

                 

                That said, this post still helped out another friend with whom I shared the link.  He was very happy with the results, so thanks again.

                ShuffleFaster


                  Hey, that's awesome!  Pretty cool, and nice work!

                   

                  I'm glad your friend found the link helpful.

                  Chantilly75


                  It's always something...

                    a jewelry shop with a qualified repair person will change Garmin batteries for about $15.

                     "I got nothing to do and all day to do it"  Styx

                     

                     

                     

                    ShuffleFaster


                      Chantilly75:

                       

                      That's interesting and exciting news--have you had yours changed?  Were there any problems doing the soldering, etc?  What replacement battery did you use?

                      Chantilly75


                      It's always something...

                        It is just like a watch. They open it and change the battery.  I don't think they have to solder anything, but they have to unscrew something on the inside to get the battery out.

                        Maybe Garmin F60 and F70 are different on the inside than a 410?

                         "I got nothing to do and all day to do it"  Styx

                         

                         

                         

                        zonykel


                          It is just like a watch. They open it and change the battery.  I don't think they have to solder anything, but they have to unscrew something on the inside to get the battery out.

                          Maybe Garmin F60 and F70 are different on the inside than a 410?

                           

                          Yes, it requires soldering.

                          Chantilly75


                          It's always something...

                            any good watch repairman has a soldering kit.

                            You could always ask if they are familiar with your model.

                             "I got nothing to do and all day to do it"  Styx

                             

                             

                             

                            ShuffleFaster


                               

                              Yes, it requires soldering.

                               

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                              I wish Garmin had seen fit to make the battery easily user replaceable.  (But then again, this way they can try to make you buy a new watch when it stops holding a charge).

                               

                              Parenthetically, this "feature" also bugs me in the iphone.

                              ShuffleFaster


                                any good watch repairman has a soldering kit.

                                 

                                Perhaps, although I wonder if they charge more when soldering is involved.

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