Choosing the Right Car GPS Battery

The days of folded paper maps and giant, bulky atlases have gone the way of the dinosaur in favor of a much faster form of navigation: the GPS. To that end, Magellan makes a variety of GPS options that can help you to find your way when you're driving in your vehicle by giving you a street view along with turn-by-turn directions. However, just like many other devices, they require replacement batteries from time to time.

What Are Some Features of Magellan GPS Batteries?

Batteries that go into navigation devices like the RoadMate might have features that make them powerful and offer increased performance in their GPS systems.

  • Navigation batteries vary in amperage, ranging anywhere from 750 mAh to 1100 mAh and 2200 mAh. The higher the amperage, the more powerful the battery is.
  • Voltage of a GPS battery is typically 3.7 Volts.
  • The batteries are rechargeable, and some come with a power cord along with the battery itself, depending on your needs.

How Do You Know When to Replace the Battery?

When's the right time to remove and replace the battery in your GPS? There are a few signs that it may be time to upgrade your car's navigation system to a battery replacement.

  • When you can't get your device's battery to charge to full power or it seems to be charging slowly, your GPS may need a new battery.
  • When you notice your maps system isn't working the way it normally does or it won't power on at all, it's likely that the battery is the issue and you simply need a replacement.
  • When you can't get your car GPS battery to charge at all, then it's definitely time for a new vehicle GPS battery.

How Do You Choose the Right Battery?

Since this brand makes numerous types of GPS devices, how do you know which one is compatible with your particular device? There are a few specific things to look for. As you're buying a replacement battery, you may also need a new charger or even a car charger to let you juice up when you're on the road, or you can purchase a battery replacement kit, which has all of the components that you need to perform a replacement on or off the road.

  • Every battery has a model number on it, so check your existing battery and take note of the model number, such as 1700LM, 5045LM, T300-3, or T3003.
  • Some batteries are compatible with more than one product. For instance, one RoadMate battery may work with other RoadMate systems, too.
  • Choose an OEM replacement battery or opt for a third-party branded replacement, which should be compatible as long as the model numbers match up.