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I did it without a charger... (archive)

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Posted by YLO///M3 on September 14, 2000 at 21:31:43:

In Reply to: Re: Using Shark Injector Questions posted by Bob ///M3 on September 14, 2000 at 08:45:04:

I felt pretty comfortable that my battery was strong and I let the car idle for ten minutes to help charge the battery. Taking a ten minute drive is not a bad idea either but do it in the daytime (i.e. no headlights) and keep the stereo off. You want to get the maximum charge.

I agree not using a battery charger is risky but the process is so quick and even quicker if you don't take the time to hook up a charger that its pretty tempting. I'd do it again but I guess I like living life on the edge.

You can use the battery post under the hood but it's actually easier to just hook right at the battery.

Any 10 ampere "manual" battery charger will work. It's preferred not to use an automatic type charger since the charger could automatically cut back the charging rate and might vary the output voltage. The purpose of using the charger is twofold; maintain a high enough voltage and keep the voltage as constant as possible throughout the download.

These chargers can be bought for as little as $30.00. The move features such as trickle charge, engine cranking ability, automatic mode or higher amperage will undoubtably increase the price.

Some people have chanced not even using a battery charger! If you do want to chance not using one during the download, I would recommend you go for a twenty minute or so ride to make sure the battery is fullt charged as the download really tests the battery's capacity. "If" the battery alone (no battery charger) fails to complete the download, your DME will have to be sent off to be repaired/replaced! It's not something your local BMW dealer can do...therefore I would not suggest trying "injecting" without the use of a battery charger to supplement the car's battery capacity.

The whole process takes only about ten minutes.
Enjoy the added performance!

Bob ///M3

1. Can you use the engine bay positive battery post to connect the battery charger?

2. Any recommendations for a battery charger? Other than the ones listed in the Injector Manual?


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