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Garmin don't work
« on: October 28, 2017, 10:22:25 pm »
I have a 2013 C14 w/23K now. Last 4 or 5 mo my two diff Garmin will only run on battery on the bike. One dies quickly (old one) Other will run for a while. They both work fine in my car with the available power outlet. My heated grips work. Everything else works fine. Bike flys like a B1.

Do I have a blown fuse or bad power outlet on the bike? Don't tell me to trace the wiring diagram, not in my skill set!  I'm going to check the fuses but wanted any "polite" comments/feedback from the gallery.  :)   Can a fuse blow from lose connection with power cord on the Garmin?

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Re: Garmin don't work
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2017, 12:38:53 am »
First, how are you powering the gps? Is it wired to a usb level converter? (Ie 5V)? Or is it plugged into the outlet? (The gps’s plug steps down the bikes 12v to usb 5V)

Does the same cord work in a car, or do you use something different?

Does anything else work in the bikes outlet?

Buy an inexpensive digital multimeters (ddm) it lets you read voltages and check circuits. It’s not hard to do, and not scary...
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Re: Garmin don't work
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2017, 01:42:56 am »
My garmins would give me the power connections lots message eveery time I hit a bump or excelerated hard. Installed a BMW/Powerlet type receptacle and problem solved.

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Re: Garmin don't work
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2017, 05:00:00 am »
If you are plugging into the dash power outlet, and using a combo of some sort of USB lug, and wire, note that many of these do not function correctly... they simply do not supply power the way you would expect..
The Garmin plugin, and Garmin cable do..
So, I will say to use them, and forego the aftermarket el cheapo substitutes...
Test the setup in your car, you will see that it isn't the bike, its the adaptor, and cable choices you used..

I have 3 or more such adaptors that simply don't work, and associated cables also...
They work rine for data transmission, but don't work to power the unit correctly.


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Re: Garmin don't work
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2017, 10:58:52 am »
He simpley hasn't given enough information to make helpful suggestions. At this point anything is a WAG. (wild a** guess)

I wired a USB converter to the power tap on the left side wireing harness. It works flawlessly, In fact it has two usb power outlets.

You need to be sure that it will provide enough power to let things run and charge correctly. Just look at the specs of the device. Usually if it says 500mA (milli Amp, or .5Amp), it's not really enough. it should be 1000mA or 1 Amp. I've also found that the cable you use has a can be really limiting. Usually the device's factory cable works great when some cheap aftermarket cables are fine for data, but are slow charging.

I have no issues charging both my Galaxy S7, or my Apple iPhone (I use it as a MP3 player) and/ or my Garmin  if I use the factory usb cables.

But it could be a lot of things.

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Re: Garmin don't work
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2017, 02:02:30 pm »
It would be nice to know what Garmin GPS he is talking about.

Is he using the Garmin cradle for the GPS. Is it wired to power

from the bike or thru the power port plug.

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Re: Garmin don't work
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2017, 03:54:05 pm »
He's using the dash plug
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Re: Garmin don't work
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2017, 07:47:59 pm »
All:

Garmin problem resolved, for now. Checked the fuse, (simple first) and it was BAD, BLOWN) Replaced and Garmin power cord illuminates now. I wonder if the problem could be the vibration of hi-speed runs  :))  or just a normal happening. Who knows, will check out tomorrow with a run down the freeway.

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Re: Garmin don't work
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2017, 08:42:48 pm »
At VBR 2 I sat in on a seminar given by Garmin. The Garmin rep told us that
they designed GPS's for the intended market. Motorcycle had one vibration test,
aircraft had a different vibration test. Cars and boats had there own test. I have
never had a vibration problem with a Garmin GPS. I did buy a used KLR with a
no name GPS. It did not work, I opened it up and found the wires from the battery
were not connected. I connected wires, didn't work. Found the display panel had
separated, junked it.

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Re: Garmin don't work
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2017, 01:34:15 am »
All:

Garmin problem resolved, for now. Checked the fuse, (simple first) and it was BAD, BLOWN) Replaced and Garmin power cord illuminates now. I wonder if the problem could be the vibration of hi-speed runs  :))  or just a normal happening. Who knows, will check out tomorrow with a run down the freeway.

it could well be. I’d install a usb converter using the power lead in the left side wiring harness.

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Re: Garmin don't work
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2017, 12:00:02 pm »
If you are using a newer gps. The power supply, usb or power plug needs to be a 2 amp not just a 1 amp. Traffic receiver, cameras, bluetooth, all use more power. Check the power output on the adapter that came with the unit. Also a data transfer usb cord from garmin  may not power the unit from a usb port. It will try to put the gps in data mode.