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I have a forerunner 610 that I haven't used in awhile and it

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I have a forerunner 610 that I haven't used in awhile and it looks like the battery might have corroded (seeing signs on the casing without taking it apart). I'm wondering if this is a lost cause or if there is a possibility of saving it.
JA: What's the make/model of your GPS unit? How old is it?
Customer: 5 yrs old I think, haven't used it in maybe 3 yrs
JA: What happened right before this popped up?
Customer: It's been in a box for a few years and I just dug it out to use it again and found it like this
JA: What troubleshooting have you tried?
Customer: Tried charging it by using the usb cable but there was no response
JA: Anything else you want the GPS expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: I think that's all the info I have
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: GPS
Expert:  Russell H. replied 10 months ago.

Hi, thank you for contacting My name is Russell. I will do my best to provide the right answer to your question.

5 years might cause a battery inside a Forerunner watch to leak and corrode. That definitely fits what you have mentioned.

If the watch is 'dead', it may take some expense to repair it.

Sending it to Garmin Repair may be the only thing to do for it. I can quote the repair charge for your model:


And you can engage Garmin Repair through the link at the bottom of this page:

Let me know what you think, and what you would prefer, please. Thanks.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I can get a refurbished model of the 610 online for 70 bucks so it sounds like it's not worth it to try and repair this.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 10 months ago.

I agree. That sort of problem would be severe, even for a Factory Service Center to repair.

Thank you for asking your question here at

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