Garmin nuvi 52LM 5.0" GPS Navigation System with Lifetime Map Updates

Discussion in 'Smartphones and GPS Navigation' started by xcel, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Wayne , as you know , I'm a bit clueless about these things. But I want one ! Does this thing include a 12v DC car charger , or does it charge by USB only ? If battery life is only two hours , I'd want it on the charger all the time.

    Thanks ,
     
  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Edwin:

    They include a 12V charger and cord to the Garmin. I leave it plugged in all the time when I am using it. It is a year and a half years old and still works wonderfully.

    Wayne
     
  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I'm going to order one today ! Thanks , Wayne.
     
  5. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    I find the Garmin batteries wear out a lot sooner than the rest of the
    device. I suspect this happens when plugged in all the time, but it
    appears Wayne may have a different experience. My older Garmins
    won't last on battery very long. I've been upgrading as they improve
    the units and the most recent ones seem to keep a charge better,
    though I've been more careful with not leaving them charging all the
    time. YMMV. :)

    Bill
     
  6. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I'm expecting my Garmin next Monday. Should I leave it charging in the car all the time or no ? Let it discharge when I don't need it ?
     
  7. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    Hi Edwin,

    Good question and there are lots of discussions on the web. I just looked.
    No definitive or factual information from Garmin that I could easily find.

    Use your best judgement with general rules of thumb for best practices with
    lithium ion chemistry batteries.

    I'd say plug it in full time that you're driving any distance from a few miles
    to CleanMPG cross-country events, assuming you're actually using it. If
    you aren't actually using it while driving, I'd say unplug it and stow it.

    Keep it out of the heat as much as possible. Heat kills batteries of all kinds.

    Try not to run it flat except if you're doing some battery conditioning, i.e.
    on purpose. Partial discharge/charge cycles don't count like full discharge/charge
    cycles toward the battery's limited life cycles.

    This is a start for you, anyway. Good luck and enjoy your new GPS!
    Bill
     
  8. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

    I have to agree with Bill. I have a Garmin 1400 that I bought in 2011 and I've had zero problems with the battery. I only have it plugged in when I'm using it, otherwise it is stowed away. I wouldn't leave the unit plugged in and on when you're not using it.
     
  9. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Thanks , guys. I'm looking forward to playing with this thing !
     
  10. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 2010 Prius (CAN Touring) Staff Member

    Depending on your car, leaving it plugged in all the time doesn't necessarily mean it's charging all the time. Typically now I think: the 12 volt plug-ins only have voltage when the car's on.

    FWIW, we've had a Garmin plugged in constantly, for maybe 3 years now. No issues.
     
  11. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I do leave the Scangauge in the car all the time. It's covered up with a baseball cap when the car is locked. Sem-discreet. I would plan to put the Garmin in the glove box when not in use. Yes , in my car the ignition has to be on to get 12V DC. I could probably just plug it in every time I use it in the car , and make sure it's fully charged if I want to take it on a bike ride.
     
  12. Airbalancer

    Airbalancer Well-Known Member

    2010 Prius 12v is dead if car is off
    2011 Chevy truck 12v power is on all the time

    I think I will get IPhone 6 and http://sites.garmin.com/viago/ app
    We go to Euroland so we can the app there
     
  13. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    Airbalancer,

    re: viago - That's a great idea. I'll have to check it out. The app is
    nominally priced, but I have to look into the cost of the "features" like
    downloadable maps.

    I think my smart phone's GPS is much more sensitive than my 1-2 year
    old Garmin's GPS. It also seems to use more satellites than I remember
    seeing in the Garmin satellite view.

    Thanks,
    Bill
     
  14. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    The Garmin apps aren't getting very good reviews on Google Play.
    I hope the iPhone version is better.

    I've been using the pay version of GPS CoPilot. Not as clean as
    using a Garmin GPS, but it does the trick and works well without
    a data connection.

    Bill
     
  15. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    Modern battery tech......

    If it's a chevy volt, an iphone, a nissan leaf, an ebike, whatever....

    All the same as far as I'm concerned.....
    ---keep them between 20% and 80%
    ---don't let me get hot
    ----don't let em sit on a charger topped off
    ---don't let em sit with no charge

    --do all these and you're looking at years (and years) of reliable service...



    Planned obsolescence and warranty liability dictates that the manufacturers won't necessarily tell you or help you manage :(
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2014
  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Carcus:

    The heat part in particular. I pull mine out and it is kept in my backpack in its original box at full charge (probably 80 percent of actual cap???) when not in use.

    Wayne
     
  17. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 2010 Prius (CAN Touring) Staff Member

    I like that bit. :)
     
  18. Airbalancer

    Airbalancer Well-Known Member

    Our Garmin are 7 years old , they have no battery life left
    I always leave it in plain sight , my truck was broken into last year , it was so old they did not take it
    Thank God they did not take my instruments that were worth over $35 gs , since there a limited market for it, but my hand tools were taken
     
  19. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Got my nuvi 52 Saturday ! Didn't drive anywhere until Monday AM , but I did charge it up and took it outside to find a satellite , punched in a destination. When I got to work this morning , I sat in the car playing with the settings for screen brightness , nagging volume , and a few others. Still not exactly sure where to stick the suction cup mount. When I get home tonight , I will do that.

    I think I'm gonna like this !
     
  20. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Edwin:

    Welcome to the modern world. :) And the price was right too!

    Wayne
     

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