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Old 11-05-11, 03:21 PM   #1
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Garmin 305 died on a ride again. :^( Gonna replace the battery!

I know this probably ought to be in the electronics area, but some of us never go there and this may help someone.

My 2 y/o Garmin 305 is not holding a charge very well. I charged it after my Thursday AM ride, and Sat AM the darn thing died 15 min into my ride. And wouldn't you know, I was on a strange ride I had never done before.

Anyway, I googled "Garmin 305 battery replacement" and I found this site:http://www.jimcarson.com/2009/replac...rmin-edge-305/

Since I was a electronics tech for much of my life, this is a no brainer. And I found the bigger battery on ebay for $2.96 and FREE SHIPPING! So, next week I'll be able to put this in, and enjoy long rides.

Hope this might help some others.
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Old 11-06-11, 01:26 AM   #2
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One of the problems on a Garmin 305 is that the battery conections come loose. I have this on mine but can't be bothered to get it fixed. Incidentally- this is an F.O.C. repair from Garmin.
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My 305 will be 2 years old this Christmas. I am having charging issues as well. Kinda disappointed. Thanks for the post about replacing the battery and the FOC from Garmin. Since I am really good at frying electrical stuff I think I will check into the Garmin option. But the Do It Yourself is interesting. I bet there are some teenagers around here somewhere that might help. hmmm.
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Had same problem with my 205 last week. Talked with Garmin support. We upgraded the software and that seemed to help. Had it for 3 years and never did Garmin connect thing before.

Oh, if this does not do it, Garmin will replace unit for $69. Very reasonable.
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So the surgery to replace the battery went flawlessly. New high capacity battery ($4.00 0nline, delivered) worked great. But....

I was stupid. We had a ratty old tube of rubber cement. Rather than going out and spending a couple of $ on a new tube I use the ratty dried out stuff. And I didn't re-read the assembly directions so I forgot the little dabs of super glue. So....

First ride out about 5 mi into the ride I hit a mild bump. The cover and guts flew out and a car ran over the circuit board and screen before I could get back to rescue it.

I should have listened to that little voice inside that said "get new rubber cement" and "put a rubber band on it, just in case" etc.

So now I'm riding with a borrowed 305 until I can get a new (refurbed) unit, or find a trashed one with a good screen.

Anyway, will I try that again? Yes, but I'll be sure to follow directions and use a new tube of rubber cement. Lesson learned.

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Thanks much. My 305 has behaving oddly the last month or so and I was in mind to contact Garmin after the holidays. Now I can try to destroy it myself and justify a nice new 800.
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So the surgery to replace the battery went flawlessly. New high capacity battery ($4.00 0nline, delivered) worked great. But....

I was stupid. We had a ratty old tube of rubber cement. Rather than going out and spending a couple of $ on a new tube I use the ratty dried out stuff. And I didn't re-read the assembly directions so I forgot the little dabs of super glue. So....

First ride out about 5 mi into the ride I hit a mild bump. The cover and guts flew out and a car ran over the circuit board and screen before I could get back to rescue it.

I should have listened to that little voice inside that said "get new rubber cement" and "put a rubber band on it, just in case" etc.

So now I'm riding with a borrowed 305 until I can get a new (refurbed) unit, or find a trashed one with a good screen.

Anyway, will I try that again? Yes, but I'll be sure to follow directions and use a new tube of rubber cement. Lesson learned.

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Just made a mental note to get mine back to the factory to get the fault sorted.
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Thanks much. My 305 has behaving oddly the last month or so and I was in mind to contact Garmin after the holidays. Now I can try to destroy it myself and justify a nice new 800.
WHen you are done, send me the screen! lol.
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I went through three 305s, with the first two being replaced by Garmin, before giving up and getting a 500. The 305 was a good first (or so) generation cycling GPS, but the design flaws just about made it more trouble than it was worth. I used rubber bands and did the battery connector fixit until the last one died in the rain. I've had no such troubles with the 500. I suggest going with that.
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WHen you are done, send me the screen! lol.
If I screw it up its all yours.
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Had another thought related to this subject and this only applies if you have an iPhone. I had considered that since the Digifit app & dongle are full compatible with Garmin's wireless devices that if my 305 were to die that I would use Digifit in place of the Garmin since the cost would be less than $100 given that I already have the wireless transmitter for cadence & mileage and the Garmin heart monitor.

The Digifit seems to do as nice a job of GPS tracking as the Garmin (I have only tested it a few times for comparison purposes). Also, without the dongle, I have not been able to test the cadence & heart monitor. I have read some discussion on the internet that using the Digifit can significantly degrade battery life & since I have only used it in tracking mode so far I can't verify or refute this issue. Lastly, I have an older AT&T account so my web access is unlimited but I would suspect that a 4-6 hour ride could significantly chew into a limited data account.

Not as compact a solution as the Garmin but since I always carry the phone with me when I ride it seems a viable alternative.
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Ordered a refurb unit today. $117 delivered. Complete. I have an android phone with the MMR app, but for me it's not a viable alternative. Battery life too short, and then there's the data thing. YMMV.
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