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11 September 2011, 20:08

My TomTom XL power cord metal tip that makes contact with the DC source in the car is missing (probably fell out in a rental car as I'm a road warrior). I need to replace either just this tip (the part it screws into is still fine) or the whole power cord. The page for purchasing chargeres and bables in the accessories area of the website is not responding. I live in the USA. Any suggestions?

  • Predtor_XL350TM

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    11 September 2011, 20:27

  • spider362

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    11 September 2011, 23:35

    Any auto accessory plug (cigarette lighter) with a mini USB connector on the other end will work. Just make sure the output is not above 5V DC.

     

    Try Radio Shack.

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    12 September 2011, 02:12

    Thanks.  Got it. Getting the end to fit my TomTom XL wasn't easy, and required returning the first universal charger.

  • spider362

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    12 September 2011, 02:39

    Yep. It's a little hole in the bottom of the GPS. I found a retractable (USB to Mini USB) that I can use with an AC USB charger that came with my e-cigs it works great for charging in the house without having to connect it to the computer.

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    12 September 2011, 08:04

    yes.. some motorola cel phones uses ac mini usb chargers, but you can find this at any good electronic store.. they looks something like this one:

    http://www.keytime.biz/blackberry-glasgow/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/Mini_USB_Charger_4a1ac9a9c0fb5.jpg

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    28 October 2011, 20:20

    I had the same problem on a recent trip. The metal contact piece fell out of the DC charger and, of course, i can't find it in my car (I did find the spring, however). It must be a defective part. I have an XXL 550 which has the FM radio antennae for traffic reports built into the power chord. A Tom Tom replacement charger for DC in autos does not restore the FM service. I need to repair my power chord and I don't want to spend USD 70 to replace it when all I need is the metal piece that fell out.......really silly....

     

    Any suggestions?

     

     

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    28 October 2011, 20:30

    Hi cjones,

     

    have a look if the missing part is still in your 12V socket. If yes take it out. It may cause you further trouble.

     

    Go to an electronics shop and try if they have the missing part for you and repair your charger that way.

     

    Otherwise have a look at Amazon. They usually have those chargers at discounted prices compared to TT and they are still original TT replacements. I've bought such a charger with integrated RDS/TMC receiver for my XL Live IQR myself so I've got traffic information even if the live services fail.

    Usually the chargers posted below should all workwith your device. If you'd like to be on the safe side take the one that's listed as fitting to your device.

     

    http://www.amazon.com/Lifetime-Receiver-Navigator-4UUC-001-01-2UUC-002-00/dp/B005JSM95W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319826177&sr=8-1

     

    http://www.amazon.com/TOMTOM-Lifetime-Navigator-4UUC-001-01-2UUC-002-00/dp/B005JZTICM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1319826177&sr=8-2

     

    http://www.amazon.com/TOMTOM-USB-Traffic-Charger-Navigator/dp/B005GT2QLQ/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1319826177&sr=8-4

     

    They should all be around $45.

     

     

    Regards

    Lars.

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    28 October 2011, 20:37

    Thanks Lars.

     

    Yes, I checked my vehicle over well (that's how I found the spring). The end piece is not in the DC socket.

     

    Electronic shop is likely the way to go in terms of saving a few $. It's disappointing that the part fails so easily....and the FM traffic receiver is in the chord...which I don't understand why it's engineered that way......just build it into the device. Most of us daily commuters need the traffic updates. They are timely and very useful. I love my Tom Tom XXL 550. I use it daily and on trips.

     

    Best from Texas.....

     

     

     

     

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    2 December 2011, 01:38

    I have a XL IQ and have the same problem having the TMC Reciever built into the cord.  I can't see spending 70 USD for a little metal tip either.

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    2 December 2011, 02:36

    If just the tip is missing you can salvage a pin from some old charger that is no longer needed. The pins are often close enough in size and design to work.

     

    If you are a little handy you can make a replacement pin.  You can use a fine thread brass screw or rivet , the head of the  fits inside the charger and makes contact with the fuse. The shaft of  passes thru the plastic nut to make contact with the car's 12 volt plug. The end of the  should extend  1/4 inch beyond the nut. The diameter of the  shaft needs to be small enough to allow the screw to slide back into the charger thru the opening in the nut.. 

     

     A trip to Home depot or Lowes hardware dept. should provide some possiblities.

     

     

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    27 February 2012, 19:19

    Our Blackberry cord did not work. Starting to think that the unit and the power cord are both KAPUT.

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    28 February 2012, 04:30

    Do know if a blackberry cord is compatable.....

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