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by eNate
Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Pre-heating the battery, not just the cabin.
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Re: Pre-heating the battery, not just the cabin.

Yes, indirectly, batteries warm as they charge, and a higher charge rate will result in a warner battery. If you're curious, you can access the secret menu to see the battery temperature during or following a charging session.
by eNate
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Pre-heating the battery, not just the cabin.
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Re: Pre-heating the battery, not just the cabin.

Yes, if you're plugged in (even to 120 volts), and have a departure time set at least 3 hours in the future, the battery will be warmed. At 120 volts, because the load is greater than what's available through the cord, the battery will be used to make up the difference. It's not much though, maybe a...
by eNate
Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:22 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Keeping the i3, Bought an ID.4...
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Re: Keeping the i3, Bought an ID.4...

I've already contacted Wokeby of the I3 Trunk Extension to inquire about engineering a frunk retrofit. There's room for a small tray to carry the EVSE and tire kit.
by eNate
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:22 am
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: What is the charge rate of reduced speed 120V charging?
Replies: 4
Views: 180

Re: What is the charge rate of reduced speed 120V charging?

In the US, some stock OUCs are 12A and some are 10A, they varied over the years. You'll have to check your label on the back.
by eNate
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: What is the charge rate of reduced speed 120V charging?
Replies: 4
Views: 180

Re: What is the charge rate of reduced speed 120V charging?

It depends on your EVSE's base rate.

15A reduces to 11 and 8.

12A reduces to 9 and 6.

10A reduces to 8 and 6.
by eNate
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Optional ConnectedDrive services no longer available in store
Replies: 42
Views: 3466

Re: Optional ConnectedDrive services no longer available in store

Anybody know if the current 4G BMW telematics units also support 3G? Remember when 4G was first rolling out the coverage was at first limited, then spotty, so phones needed to be able to still operate on 3G, and perhaps my first 4G phone still had CDMA as a backup. Anyhow, per tezarc's comment above...
by eNate
Sun Apr 04, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Keeping the i3, Bought an ID.4...
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Re: Keeping the i3, Bought an ID.4...

True, and there's no arguing the i3 is a unique design for the ages. But I do think the ID.4 stands out from the RAV4 / CRV form factor it's trying to muscle in on, and from my wife's standpoint, "it doesn't look like an SUV." But honestly, these IDs are going to be as common as Priuses (or, in Cali...
by eNate
Sun Apr 04, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Keeping the i3, Bought an ID.4...
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Keeping the i3, Bought an ID.4...

I bought a Volkswagen ID.4 about a week ago, as my wife's primary driver. It's an interesting take on the i3. Like the i3, the ID.4 is rear wheel drive (there's an AWD version coming this summer). As such, it lacks the torque steer that turned me off from buying a Kia eNiro. It also shares a similar...
by eNate
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Stop the charger? Also BWM reliability question
Replies: 3
Views: 184

Re: Stop the charger? Also BWM reliability question

If I'm understanding your charging question, it's no problem, just unplug when you're ready to leave. If you set a departure time, your cabin will be climatized and your battery will be warmed, no matter what state of charge the battery has reached.
by eNate
Mon Mar 29, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Set a maximum charge limit
Replies: 12
Views: 356

Re: Set a maximum charge limit

Another option is a spring wound mechanical timer. There are outlet box-mountable versions of these rated at 20A so would work at L1 charging. I installed one in my garage and connected it to the 120v receptacle I plug in to, but so rarely charge at home that I just don't use it. But given that at 1...

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