Direct Connect to Car Charger

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    flertooshia

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    Hello;

    I have a Tomtom one that used to work perfectly fine until the mini-usb charging port of it broke last week.
    It appears that the board is multi layer and it doesn't fix just by attaching the port again. Now I am thinking to connect the GPS directly to the car or somehow, coonect the battery directly to the charger. Is it something possible?

    Thank you,
     
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    mikealder Moderator

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    If you can find a car charger capable of supplying 3,7V DC then you can wire that directly in lue of the battery, not ideal but easier than trying to replace the mini USB socket - Mike
     
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    Thanks. 2 questions:
    1. Is there any off the shelf charger supplying 3.7 DC?
    2. If I found some, where should I put the wire? I tried to find the PCB map, but I was not able to.

    Thanks

    MN
     
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    You say you have the car charger. It produces the correct voltage for the Tom Tom. Why do you want to buy another charger. If I understand correctly, it is the recepticle that is broken. Buying another charger does not seem to be the answer. Look up the wiring diagram for the mini-usb. The + voltage (usually 5v.) and -ground wires could be hard wired (soldered) to the Tom Tom by using the mini-usb diagram as a reference. This may be an ambitious undertaking Good Luck
     
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    No, you misunderstand....
    The suggestion is to remove the battery and wire the NEW charger directly across where the battery was.
    The battery is 3.6 Volt not 5 Volt so the original charger would not be suitable.

    The difficulty of connecting the original charger at the USB socket position is that the pcb is multilayer at that point.
     
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