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Garmin USB connector repair

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I use my Oregon 450 with a Garmin USB power adapter wired into my bike. It worked reliably for 3 years and then the power connection started to flake out. I dealt with the frustration of this for most of this past riding season with many distracting "external power lost" and diagnostic mode screens popping up.

Now in the grip of winter, I started looking into repairing it. Garmin out of warranty repair was one option with a flat fee of $99 for the Oregon model. Sharcnet was another, but they appear to be forever backlogged.

Nabil's Electronic Repair also turned up in the Google searches. But I didn't like their suspiciously small digital footprint. Little mention of them in forums anywhere as far as I could find - strange. I asked for a quote and got a response back so fast it raised my suspicions further. I normally have faith in others, but I was finding it difficult to pack an expensive piece of hardware into a box and mail it to a stranger. After considerable hand-wringing, I overcame my doubt and sent it.

Now just 9 days later, I have the unit back and it appears to be repaired, and at half the cost Garmin would've charged. During that time, Nabil's kept me informed of status and returned emails promptly and professionally. The repair consisted of resoldering the connector.

I say "appears to be repaired" only because I haven't yet taken it for a ride on my bike for a test. That will have to wait given that it is 10 deg F outside right now. But I wanted to post this in case someone else was wondering about Nabil's, who I think deserves the shout-out (and a slightly larger digital footprint).


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