Buying TomTom batteries for your GPS devices takes some consideration if you are going to get the best value from your battery purchase. But what are the specific factors you should consider when buying your next battery?
The factors to consider are the:
- TomTom Battery Model and Part Numbers
- TomTom Battery Voltage
- TomTom Battery Capacity
- TomTom Battery Retailer
TomTom Battery Part Number and Model
The number of TomTom GPS devices is extensive and being sure you get the right battery for your TomTom is essential. Be sure when you are reviewing a particular battery you match the battery part number on your old battery to the battery you are considering to buy. Another aspect to buying your next TomTom battery is to match the model of your GPS to the battery. An example of both of these would be at the TomTom Go 300 Battery page.
On that page you will see both a compatible model list and a list of compatible part numbers. They both look like:
Compatible with and fits these models: TomTom Go 300 TomTom Go 400 TomTom Go 500 TomTom Go 510 TomTom Go 600 TomTom Go 700 TomTom Go 710 TomTom Go 910 TomTom Rider Gen 1
Compatible Part Numbers: TOMTOMGO300
As you may discover, though, the compatible model list and a list of compatible part numbers are extensive they may not cover all of the available TomTom GPS devices. If your part number or model is not on the list be sure to ask the retailer. Chances are it probably fits and the retailer can cross reference your model with TomTom to confirm.
TomTom Battery Voltage
When buying your TomTom batteries it is essential to buy the right voltage. An incorrect battery voltage will damage your battery, charger, power tool or all three. The voltage will be listed on your battery. The voltage typically is 3.7V but on occasion it can be 3.6V. To see examples of the voltages go to this page TomTom GPS Batteries and scroll down to see the various voltages. The voltage of the TomTom battery is an electrical measurement of energy potential. Mathematically voltage is commonly measured by V= I x R; where V=Voltage, I=Current, R=Resistance. Voltage can also be defined as Electrical Potential difference – a quantity in physics related to the amount of energy that would be required to move an object from one place to another against various types of force. In the fields of electronics the electrical potential difference is the amount of work per charge needed to move electric charge from the second point to the first, or equivalently, the amount of work that unit charge flowing from the first point to the second can perform. A battery contains four unique types of voltage measurements (float, nominal, charge, and discharge). Each voltage measurement type residing in a battery effects battery life.
TomTom Battery Capacity
The battery capacity of your TomTom battery is also a very important factor. In a nutshell the higher the capacity the longer the battery will last in between charges. For big jobs this longer runtime is critical and worth the extra money it will cost. To see an example go back to the TomTom Go 300 Battery page and you will see that this TomTom Go 300 Battery has a capacity of 2300 mAh (this is the same as 2.3 Ah).
TomTom Battery Retailer
Finally when choosing your TomTom batteries, be sure to consider from whom you are buying. Factors to bear in mind when selecting the retailer is: price, ship costs, where they ship from, how long shipping takes, battery availability, customer service, return policy, warranty, and the testimonials about the retailer from previous customers. All these factors will help you come to a decision about where to buy your TomTom batteries.