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Old 06-13-20, 01:38 PM
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Garmin 130 Battery Life is Short. Any solutions?

I bought this unit when it came out 2-3 years ago. It has been reliable but battery life has always been sucky. Itís supposed to last 12+ hours but I usually get 5. On todayís ride it died after only 4 hours. I have NO sensors or devices connected to drain the battery other than my iphone.

Anyone else use this unit and found a good solution?
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I bought this unit when it came out 2-3 years ago. It has been reliable but battery life has always been sucky. Itís supposed to last 12+ hours but I usually get 5. On todayís ride it died after only 4 hours. I have NO sensors or devices connected to drain the battery other than my iphone.

Anyone else use this unit and found a good solution?
Did you call Garmin support?
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Old 06-13-20, 07:15 PM
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Did you call Garmin support?
I plan to next week. Closed on weekends.
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I plan to next week. Closed on weekends.
When I had the problem, tech support told me to delete a few files from the unit and that solved it. Iím afraid I donít remember which files it was.
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Old 06-14-20, 06:42 AM
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Some Garmin units were doing a poor job of reporting battery. Run it down to zero, then turn it off and back on, Keep doing this until it won't come back on at all. Do a full charge.

How's your cell coverage where you ride? There's been some discussions about poor cell coverage causing the Garmin to constantly reconnect blue tooth which in turn drains the battery. You could try a ride without your phone connected to see what happens to the battery life.

A more drastic option is to do a full factory reset. You loose your setup and accumulated data, but it may help.
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Paper maps?
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When my wife was having battery problems with her 810 we found it was an issue with the unit repeatedly trying to find Garmin Connect on her phone. Once we quit connecting to GC it improved a great deal, and turn off BT on the unit too since you donít connect sensors anyway.

Maybe not connecting it to your phone will help you as well?

Are you on the latest firmware? Iíve heard of battery issues on the 130 for a while Garmin might have addressed the issue in a new firmware update.
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Thanks for the tips. Do have new firmware. Can try running without phone connection to see if that helps. Will try to contact Garmin support for other solutions.

Not going back to paper maps.
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How do you charge it? Are you certain you are getting a full charge. Battery meters on these devices guess the battery capacity based on voltage profiles looking at very small fractions of a volt. So if you are unplugging the device as soon as the battery meter say 100%, then maybe it's not fully charged. I leave my 10 year old edge 500 plugged into my PC after uploading the ride data till I go to bed that evening. Might be six to eight hours or more. And it seems to have every bit of battery capacity it had when new.

Also, sensors like power, wheel, cadence and HR don't drain the device battery. The device only listens to them, never talks to them. What does drain a battery is backlighting. Also anything that requires it to transmit, like sending data to a phone app.
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Will try to contact Garmin support for other solutions.
Just FYI, read somewhere that their 800 phone line is limited and/or off due to covid19, and the best way to address support issues is thru web chat.
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Originally Posted by Digger Goreman View Post
Paper maps?
That tells you your speed or distance traveled in what way ?

Don't get me wrong, I love maps and read them during breakfast. Drives my wife nuts, but sometimes you want the correct tool for the job.
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i have the 130. I live and ride where cell phone coverage is spotty to nonexistent. I have the battery problem as well. (I also connect a radar to it.)
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Old 06-15-20, 11:23 PM
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My 130 letís me upwards of 8 hours. Connect cadence and HR, but leave BT off. Otherwise Iím sitting at about 6 hours with BT on.
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Originally Posted by Digger Goreman View Post
Paper maps?
Etrex series GPS. Runs on AAs and lasts for a loooooong time on them. It doesn't support the Varia Radar though (but I don't care), and it's a bit thicker and heavier (I care even less). They also have a stable system that doesn't make you lose data in the middle of a ride.

Can't understand why people keep buying devices whose battery can't be easily replaced and after 3 years it lasts nothing.
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Originally Posted by Digger Goreman View Post
Paper maps?
This might be an acceptable solution if you ride a penny farthing.
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I had online chat with Garmin support. They said I could try deleting unused files but that’s about it.

They told me I could exchange my unit for a factory refurbished unit, which I might consider but will try it on some longer rides with Bluetooth off on my iPhone as I expect this may be a battery drain. If that does not solve the problem I may send the unit back.
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Do you need it connected to your cell phone? If so, then try removing the app and reinstalling it. And if you loaded other Garmin apps to try connecting with that device but don't use them, make sure they are not running in the background still. Remove them if you don't need them for anything else.

Still, the biggie is back lighting. Do you use it? Do you have to use it? On my Garmin 500, I can usually tilt the handlebar mount to give me an angle that I can see the display without having to use any back lighting at all.

And make sure you a charging it long enough. Don't go by the little battery meter they show you.
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Check your backlight setting. That really drains the battery.
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Garmin released a new firmware, v 3.70, with the following updates:

Changes made from version 3.60 to 3.70:
  • Fix recovery advisor not syncing to other Garmin devices
  • Prevent odometer from showing distance from discarding activities
  • Improve battery life while paired to a phone
  • Improve radar error handling
  • Update for CIQ security
The firmware is available at https://forums.garmin.com/sports-fit...-now-available
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Can you hook a cell phone back up battery to it while riding? Consider a small handle bar bag with a wire to the unit.
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Can you hook a cell phone back up battery to it while riding? Consider a small handle bar bag with a wire to the unit.
Not easily, because of where the port is. I think you can take it off the mount and charge it while it continues to record the ride, but I haven't tried it.

I actually upgraded to the 130 because I was frustrated by the battery life of the 25. (i.e., it can be a lot worse).

I've also noticed that the charge indicator can report 50% charge (when it should be fully charged) and then a few minutes later report a 100% charge. My Edge 25 never reported anything better than an 80% charge (4 bars out of 5).
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Note the newer 130+ gives a battery PERCENTAGE rather than just the bars, which I think is a good upgrade.

Too we can't get that from the firmware update.
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