Hikeamble Posted October 25, 2007 Share Posted October 25, 2007 Ok guys, I really need your best advice on this one. I am now on my THIRD Etrex in 5 months!!! The first one quit powering up when I attempted to use it in my car with the lighter socket cable. I put it down to a bad unit and got a replacement unit from Walmart (thank goodness for their 90 day return and exchange policy). When the second one quit as well after a few weeks I figured something was wrong and did some investigating. Through this forum I discovered that some of the Garmin lighter adapters apparently allowed a power spike through to the units. So back went the unit to Walmart (this time for a credit, more about why later) and a call to Garmin got their promise to ship me a new lighter adapter at no charge. The new adaptor cable arrived as promised and I bought a new Etrex Vista HCx from Walmart online. I had paid $288 plus tax for a Legend Cx in the store and found I could buy a Vista HCx for $236 online. So the only good thing to come out of it so far was the timing happened to coincide with the introduction of the new models and I discovered that online was far cheaper than in store. Oh yeah, Walmart also does free delivery to the store of your choice for pickup. So here I am with a new unit and a new adapter cable. So can you guess what my question is? I don't want to fry a third one. So can anyone provide any additional info on this problem and whether there is a preferred method of connecting and powering in the car? Should I start the car first (initial surge from car battery) and then plug the cable into the GPS; plug the cable into the lighter socket and finally power up the GPS? Should I power up the GPS on batteries first and then attach the cable to the GPS and finally the cable to the lighter socket or what? I hope there is an expert here who KNOWS the best way to handle this. Thanks to all for any input. Quote Link to comment
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