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On a recent long drive, my TomTom SatNav lost all of its charge, despite being plugged into the car's cigarette lighter. Examination of the charging lead showed that it was no longer supplying current to the SatNav (the lead's connection had been damaged, so its failure was not unexpected).
A check on the manufacturer's website showed that TomTom wanted £12.95 for a new one. Reasoning that the two connections (USB and 12V car socket) should be relatively common, I decided to see if a cheaper version was for sale elsewhere.
A quick check of Amazon showed that alternative leads are available. I chose this "GPS Car Charger" which cost only £3.95 including delivery. A bargain (if it worked). Delivery, from the Amazon reseller, took only a couple of days.
Amazon had listed a range of compatible SatNav deviced for this lead, including my TomTom One. When choosing a non-standard lead for a piece of equipment, it's always worth checking the specifications to make sure that the lead is not supplying the wrong current or voltage. I did this even though the website listed my SatNav as suitable (you can't be too careful). The lead's specification was just right, so I plugged it in to the car and TomTom. Both connections fit snugly without requiring excessive force to insert. I'd left the SatNav uncharged, so was pleased to see the SatNab power up straight away (a green light on the lead illuminates when charge is being supplied to the device).
Upon connecting it in the car, one advantage over the manufacturer's lead was immediately apparent; the cable was just the right length. The coiled design of the lead (like on a landline telephone's receiver) meant that when relaxed, the whole lead was only about 18 inches long. This stretches to a full five feet, if needed.
The lead supplied with my TomTom was about six foot long meaning that I had to wind the spare length of cable around air vents etc. to avoid potentially dangerous tangles with the car's gear lever or steering wheel. Having a coiled design, this charger is perfect for my car; the lead simply runs from 12V socket to TomTom without any slack at all.
Having said that, at five feet long, some car owners may find this lead is too short to fit their vehicle. My car is a small supermini so the charger fits well. A much bigger car might require a longer lead.
I've used this several times now, and keep it in the glovebox when not in use. It works perfectly and its small size means that it stores neatly away. For only £3.95, this is a bargain and a really effective replacement for the 'official' version. If you're looking for a replacement TomTom charging lead, I can highly recommend buying this one, just remember to check whether it's long enough for your car.