Just replaced the origin battery of my Rider 2nd edition with a same-size-type but with 3100 mAh! Was a 5 minute-job, 6 screws and one connector. Fast'n'easy! First trials looking very promising, more than 6 hours working! Still room to improve as battery has seen two charging/discharging runs only!
My device won't charge in the car. I have a full battery that lasts for a couple of hours. Then I hook it up to the car to continue using it and it is like it only pulls from the battery. It will not use my car for power.
Battery replacement is a breeze as long as you follow the steps, and YouTube has some great instructional videos. I agree, TomTom customer service and batteries are not good, but who want to throw away something you paid a lot?
My charging cord that goes to the cigarette lighter doesn't seem to work. I then hooked it up to the usb port. It seems to charge OK but the screen will flash a message asking if I want to hook up to my computer. Tonigt I found the torx screwdriver that is needed to disassemble the unit. for $3.49 at Menards. The screw heads are under the label. After I take the 2 torx head screws out I am going to try and pry it open to see if I can change the battery. After that there are 2 Phillips head screws to remove. Then you supposed to carefully lift up the circuit board and there is the battery. Don
VIA 1500 only good in car so battery is somewhat redundant
My Via 1500 seems to have given up on its battery. But as I always use it in the car, so the car charger works. Since the car mount is an integral part of the case, it is too inconvenient to try use this anywhere except the car anyway.
After this long the gps has been shutting down even when properly plugged into the vehicle's chargeroutlet. A battery icon with a sliver of red appears then phwoooooosh...ALL BLACK! Free, lifetime maps compel me to take it apart and replace the battery myself.
Beating the drum against planned obsolescence.
Just one thing that may be of interest to some readers is that apparently some of the later TomTom's require a high charge rate to charge the unit as well as provide the navigation information required. I am informed that if you do not use the supplied power socket charger, sufficient charge is not received to charge the unit at the same time as using it.