Garmin 610 charging issues

When the 610 was first launched, there was an issue with the charging the unit, as detailed below:

I believe this was apparently solved by a firmware update. I'm having the exact same problems now, watch is only a few months old. Initially it shut down. I followed the master reset instructions (took a few attempts as there was barely any juice). After a lot of faffing around, I went to bed with 60% battery last night, up at 05:00 for my run and lo and behold, the battery went flat when "locating satellites". Plugged it in when I got home, and it displayed 45% battery charge, but is now reverse charging.

Laptop or wall mount, it is reverse charging. Anybody else recently had the issue? The forum search above dates back a couple of years...


  • Mine has had the reverse charging issues at various times and even on occasion just refused to take any charge. In my case the problem seem to be caused by a poor connection between the cradle and the watch. Have a look at the cradle and at the watch and check the metal parts are clean and unobstructed.

    People online have suggested various ways of keeping them clean, personally I just quickly swish the back of the watch under a tap after every run to rinse any sweat out, this has pretty much 'solved' the problem for me.

  • Hi. alex

    I have a 610 love it but occasionally it doesn't want to charge and is really fussy on it's charger, With me I think it's down to dirt / sweat.  I'm quite a sweaty / salty runner and I find i have to clean the connection on the watch and dock, I use a pin to dig out any crap around the connector on the back of the watch and then use a tissue dabbed in white spirits to wipe the connectors clean.

    Find i'm doing this every two or three months.

  • I haven't had the reverse charging issue but I was having mega problems with the battery simply not lasting as long as it should do - making me believe that it wasn't receiving or retaining charge properly.

    Either way, it was still in warranty and I must say Garmin were excellent. No quibble they got me to send mine into them and sent me a new one. All in all only took six days from sending mine in to receiving a new one.

    If your watch is in warranty, get straight onto them. Even if it isn't, they should try and help you any way they can.

    Good lucj

  • Thanks for the replies guys. It seems to have sorted itself out the last week or so, but anymore issues it will be going back.

Sign In or Register to comment.