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by eNate
Mon Jun 27, 2022 11:42 am
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Used 2019 i3 buying advice
Replies: 5
Views: 121

Re: Used 2019 i3 buying advice

That's approximately 5% degradation on a car that's 3-4 years old. Is say that falls in the normal/acceptable range. However, 15,000 miles isn't too high. When I bought my 2017 with 22,000 miles on the odometer it was showing 28 kWh, about the max value, and was about that when I sold it 2 years lat...
by eNate
Sat Jun 25, 2022 5:39 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Used 2019 i3 buying advice
Replies: 5
Views: 121

Re: Used 2019 i3 buying advice

Concerned, for sure, and I'd be surprised it was significantly in error. But it's worth it to have the current owner run it down and recharge it just to be sure.
by eNate
Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:11 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: One very confused i3
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Re: One very confused i3

FB to the rescue!

This is good to know. I always thought the HV disconnect was recommended but not required. I had no idea it could result in this much chaos.
by eNate
Wed Jun 22, 2022 12:38 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Charging to 80% capacity
Replies: 32
Views: 2842

Re: Charging to 80% capacity

I recall reading fairly convincing proof (from the archives, here in this forum) cell balancing occurs at lower states of charge. But because balancing relies on voltage, it's most effective at high SOCs where there's a meaningful difference between hundredths of a point, where for mid SOCs it's pre...
by eNate
Sun Jun 12, 2022 11:10 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Help required with variable input charging from solar array
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Re: Help required with variable input charging from solar array

I'm presuming there's a difference between "advertised" vs. internal. So, in other words, the J1772 standard likely has a minimum amperage the EVSE can communicate to the car. When I say "minimum" what I mean is the EVSE's job is to advertise a max amperage available from the cir...
by eNate
Sun Jun 12, 2022 8:01 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Help required with variable input charging from solar array
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Re: Help required with variable input charging from solar array

There are some stock BMW OUCs (Delphi EVSEs) that are 8 amp units. That would equate to 960 watts as a reference minimum charge the i3 could accept. The J1772 standard probably defines an even lower limit, but I don't know one way or the other whether the i3 would accept it. Sounds like an interesti...
by eNate
Sat Jun 11, 2022 8:51 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Charging to 80% capacity
Replies: 32
Views: 2842

Re: Charging to 80% capacity

I ought to look if there's a portable L1 EVSE with a similar feature. I primarily charge on 120 volts at work and reliablly take on 30% over 8 hours, so generally I only plug in if I'm near 50%. My home EVSE is a "dumb' Clipper Creek which is too reliable to get rid of. The ID.4 my wife drives ...
by eNate
Wed Jun 08, 2022 11:13 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Charging to 80% capacity
Replies: 32
Views: 2842

Re: Charging to 80% capacity

It's not a 10% buffer, it's 4-5% buffer, the other portion exists at the bottom end. 20% "degradation" by choice vs. actual degradation are two different things. When I've traveled in my i3, ABRP is really handy for indicating where I need 80% compared to legs I might need 95% or 100%, and...
by eNate
Fri Jun 03, 2022 8:41 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: i3 Roof Rack Suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 1989

Re: i3 Roof Rack Suggestions

I've owned two sunroof equipped i3s -- at 2017 and a 2021 -- and the difference between my non-CF roof is unmistakable versus the CF weave pattern that shows through the non-sunroof equipped models. The roof doesn't take a magnet and I recall reading it's aluminum, though it could be a stainless ste...
by eNate
Wed Jun 01, 2022 10:10 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Small light on the climate control panel
Replies: 1
Views: 516

Re: Small light on the climate control panel

If you're referring to what's being discussed in this thread, it's the cabin temperature sensor.

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