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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 11-29-2002, 04:06 PM
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Question NE1 with exper with Battery Minder

Is desulphurization worth $20 over Battery tender?
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Old 11-30-2002, 12:57 AM
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Not sure what a battery minder is. I use a Battery Tender Plus.
There is a more expensive BMW version of this which doesn't come with as many connection options. The BMW one connects to your cigar lighter jack. That's it. The tender comes with cables to hard wire it in along with cables with aligator clips.
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Old 11-30-2002, 06:35 AM
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Its a competitive product from VDC Electronics

"BatteryMINDer is the first of a new
generation of "Computer-On-A-Chip"
technology. It conditions "sulphated"
batteries as well as automatically charging
any type 12 volt storage battery without
ever over-charging. Dubbed the charger
with a "brain," it is believed to be the first
charger of its kind to reverse the primary
cause of early battery failure known as
"sulphation".

http://www.vdcelectronics.com/batteryminder.htm
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Old 11-30-2002, 09:55 PM
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The following pics show how I hard wired the Battery Tender wiring to my 2000 M coupe. This has been moved to my 2001 M coupe which is a little different but a similar process. This was done so that I could use it with a cover over the car. Since I'm always involved with the car doing different things, it rarely sees a cover.



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Old 12-01-2002, 07:23 AM
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Thumbs up Helpful as usual. Thanks Ron.

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Old 12-01-2002, 05:36 PM
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Ron:


Why not just attach a cigarette lighter plug to the Battery Tender? It's less work, and you're sure you're not going to forget to unplug it when you drive away...

I checked, it's a straight connection from the battery to the cig lighter.

Tom M.
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