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Old 08-29-2014, 07:56 PM
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Ms. Texas Kat, I gotta resolve this....you might be the decider!

See, I've received a new CTEK 7002, arguably the Vlad Putin of everyday chargers! BUT also received a CTEK Comfort Connect. Yes -- the cigarette lighter adapter. And here it is: Can an E93 be charged from the lighter socket?


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Old 08-30-2014, 04:49 AM
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E9x cars cannot be charged via the lighter as the lighter is not powered when the car is off light the E46 was. You will either need to put the provided wire in plug on the battery itself or wire it under the hood to the locations made to jump start the car.
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Old 08-30-2014, 05:17 AM
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E9x cars cannot be charged via the lighter as the lighter is not powered when the car is off light the E46 was. You will either need to put the provided wire in plug on the battery itself or wire it under the hood to the locations made to jump start the car.
This.

And it makes one wonder if CWBD, the master of the VOM, was in the fog at the time of asking.
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:01 AM
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E9x cars cannot be charged via the lighter as the lighter is not powered when the car is off light the E46 was. You will either need to put the provided wire in plug on the battery itself or wire it under the hood to the locations made to jump start the car.
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I wasted money on that connector thinking it was that easy too.
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:02 AM
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This.

And it makes one wonder if CWBD, the master of the VOM, was in the fog at the time of asking.

Whelp, here's the deal: I hardly drive it, being out on business most days.....have not in fact been in it past 2 weeks. Being it has 5+ yr old battery, CTEK tending is the better course o'Valor.

So. "Can I use the thing?" says I. "Ummmmmm.....wait.....I'll ask Ms. Kat!! She'll know...."

But you guys got here first, and I sure do thank ya'll. I'll use the under-hood provision:





"Well, if you had the video, why the ***$@!*% did you post?" says you. HA! I discovered a new thing called Google, which seems to know everything about anything. Wow!

Now then. For the greater good, here's a YouTube o'what goes on when battery charging, and CTEK chargers in particular:



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Old 08-30-2014, 07:04 AM
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Mi dispiache, Calwaterboy Due - I honestly, truly haven't a clue. Intuitively though, if I had to guess, I would say that no, it won't work. I only use the CTEK variant that plugs into hard AC power and hooks to the car via the under the hood terminals. I don't remember my CTEK's model number, something perhaps like 3800 and as I am currently far away I can't be of much help.

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I find it strange that BMW went from a hot lighter socket (when car is off) on the E46 to a cold one on the E9x and now is back to a hot on the F 3x cars. Pick one and go with it, N4S
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Engineers say: Make the thing hot all the time so that a driver has options with the ignition key off.
Insurance underwriters say: No way is that potentially dangerous device to be left hot when the driver isn't in the car! What if the guy leaves his latte heater on and it shorts out? We'll be blamed for sure!
Case closed.

Ummm...Cal, what is it you do for a living? Just askin'.
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Cal thank you very much for the battery charge info I did it today thank god I was at 60% ... Thank you and have a great weekend!


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