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Garmin Forerunner quandry...please help!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I am in a quandry. My beloved Forerunner 305 died (battery) and costs $79 plus shipping for replacement (refurb) with Garmin. I knew that when I purchased my 305 that this would be eventually happening. Do I send mine in for the refurb and 90 day warranty or just get a new one for $130 with a year warranty? Do I switch to another Garmin? Is there a Garmin that you can change the batteries yourself? Thoughts?

ps...I am going to use my hubby's 205 for my next HM next week so I have plenty of time to decide.

UPDATE: All of this quandry may be for nothing. It appears that I was jumping to conclusions and my 305 simply needs charged. Stay tuned...
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    Glad you were able to get it working!
    3669 days ago
    Laurie, I have had to reset my unit several times. It always happens after it dies because I am not charging it enough. Resetting brings it back to life!! To reset you need to hold down three of the buttons (can't remember which ones, but the manual gives you directions). When mine dies, it doesn't come back on by just turning it on. I hope this is your problem. E-mail me if you need help.
    3679 days ago
    Okay. I'm sorry but i don't know what a Garmin is. Could you fill me in? Thanks
    3682 days ago
  • CHANGE188
    Sending prayers to revive your Garmin! I was just telling my husband how much I love my 405cx.
    3682 days ago
    Are you sure it's the battery? Have you tried re-setting your Garmin? I've had my 305 for 3+ years and never had the battery replaced yet...it's still running good.
    3682 days ago
    Laurie, hope you found the problem. I bought my 305 in mid December & it immediately went dead; had to reset it twice & no problems since. I've owned both the FR50 and FR60; easier to replace the battery but they're not GPS & I had to constantly recalibrate them. Love my 305!!! Unbelievable how much easier it is to track & record my runs!

    I will say that I had to send my FR50 back a couple times & Garmin was amazingly quick to replace w/ a refurbished unit & finally sent me the FR 60 brand new, no questions asked. If I ever need a replacement, quite sure I'll stick w/ Garmin!!

    Almost sent my 305 back not realizing it just needed a reset. Glad to hear I'm not the only one still getting to know our device :) Happy trails my friend!

    See ya in a few...
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    3682 days ago
    Oh gosh, that is my worst nightmare...
    3683 days ago
    Just curious...how how is your Garmin. I'm wondering how long it will be before mine dies.
    3683 days ago
    I'm looking at a GPS watch right now myself. I found a great review website that I'll send you later. I'm really looking at the new Timex Global Trainer watch. It's much like the 310xt, but in a much more balanced chassis (reviewers words). The one draw back is that it doesn't currently offer foot pod support, but may in the future with a firmware update.

    Can't wait to give you a BIG hug next weekend!
    3683 days ago
    When I went the refurbished route, I got mine back real quickly. Under a week from the time I mailed in in St. Louis. I hated to think of the landfill full of Garmins with dead batteries.
    3683 days ago
    WOW - I would check locally - get a jewelry store - Batteries Plus - they have to unsolder then resolder in the battery to my understanding. How long have you had it.
    3683 days ago
    @RUNNER_TIFF_07 - They don't replace the battery, they send a refurbed unit. Like my other post stated I sent my dead unit in and they sent me a unit in which the unit was marked "new" plus it had all the latest and greatest firmware and such.
    3683 days ago
    @LAURIE5658 - Pay the 79 bucks. You will get a new one or a model that is so close to new that it isn't even worth the extra cash.

    I have a 205 that I ran 25 marathons with and it finally died, I paid the $$ back in Feb2010 (it was only $69 then) and they sent me a brand new 205 with a 90 day warranty. It is still going strong.

    @PHDMAMA06 - It is a Lithium ION battery sealed inside the unit. It is good for many many hours but sometimes there is an issue with circuitry, etc. The 79 bucks is a great deal.
    3683 days ago
    I went with replacing the battery. Mine died last fall. If the replacement battery does not last as long as the original that won't be good. I'm at about 4-5 months now.
    3683 days ago
    I'd get a new one -- that's what I did when my Garmin battary died [remember, 10 days before my marathon?!?]. I switched to the Garmin 405 [love it, $187 on Amazon] but I'm sure just getting a new 305 would be a much better deal than having the freakin' battery replaced.
    3683 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/15/2011 3:52:05 PM
    I have a Garmin FR60 and the battery is user replaceable.
    3683 days ago
  • KAZ814
    I don't have a Garmin or anything like that, but I'd probably go for a new one, too. How long will the battery last? It might be better financially to get the new battery, but not if something else is going to fail on it.
    3683 days ago
    $79 for a friggin' BATTERY?! Whaaaaa???
    I dunno...if getting a new garmin with a full one-year warranty is less than $50 more (when you account for shipping) I'd almost say get the new one.

    One of the many reasons why I have a love-hate relationship with technology!!
    3683 days ago
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