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Old 09-28-2014, 05:21 PM   #1
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Question Battery Charger Question 2015 GSA..Sorry:-)

Almost as bad as a oil thread but since I have a SAE connector that the factory connected directly to the battery can I use and battery charger with an SAE connection?

Does it matter that it is a canbus system?

Does it matter if its a Glass Mat battery

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Old 09-29-2014, 05:54 AM   #2
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Charging with the SAE direct to the battery is fine - my Battery Tender Jr. came with SAE, although I replaced it with the BMW style plug, and charge through one of two BMW sockets that I wired direct to the (AGM) battery.

I use the CANBUS socket for . . . nothing. :-)
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:16 AM   #3
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General consensus is that it is better (more reliable) to charge the battery directly bypassing the CANbus.

You can use just about any battery charger that is AGM compatible.
Some of the most popular and competitively priced battery chargers are Battery Tender's and NOCO Genius.
Pull chocks.
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:25 AM   #4
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BMW BATTERY CHARGER: Operating Instructions - English/Spanish

In case you have/get the BMW OEM are the instructions for use:
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Old 09-29-2014, 01:45 PM   #5
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I like the Batteryminder unit. I haven't had to buy a battery for over a decade. I truly believe in the desulphate mode.

The one I have is discontinued but if I needed another I would probably get this one:
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