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      01-30-2019, 07:28 PM   #1
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Question 4 series wireless charging

I've owned my 440i for a while now, but never had a phone capable of using the car's wireless charging function.

I'm coming round to phone upgrade time and stuck between the iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max. Both have wireless charging, but only the XR will fit in the car's charging dock...

How good is the 4 series Qi wireless charging? Is it reliable? Is it capable of fast charging (50% in 30 mins possible according to Apple)?

Any info on it would be massively appreciated.

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I have no idea as I do not have wireless charging, but i'd love to see pics of the signal green.
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I have no idea as I do not have wireless charging, but i'd love to see pics of the signal green.
It's currently in getting a sunroof repair... it exploded whilst driving! I'll be sure to upload something when I (hopefully!) get it back next week. Cheers!
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I've owned my 440i for a while now, but never had a phone capable of using the car's wireless charging function.

I'm coming round to phone upgrade time and stuck between the iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max. Both have wireless charging, but only the XR will fit in the car's charging dock...

How good is the 4 series Qi wireless charging? Is it reliable? Is it capable of fast charging (50% in 30 mins possible according to Apple)?

Any info on it would be massively appreciated.

Cheers!
It looks cool but it only charges at .5 amps, which is essentially just trickle-charging.

Newer BMWs with the "Wireless Charging" option get two high-powered 2.1A USB outlets included and with the iPhone XS rapid charging feature, you can fully charge your phone in less than an hour, dead to 100%, by using the USB as oppose to the wireless charging option.

The irony is the whole point of getting wireless charging is to use this specific feature but you could possible render a much quicker charge using one of the 2.1A USB instead, which is only included (prior to 2018 MY) when you select the 'wireless charging' option. #Catch22

Maybe as the technology progress, wireless charging will become quicker (USB did) but at the moment, it's pretty slow to charge and is not worth its connivence when there is a more efficient option readily available.
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It's looks cool but it only charges at .5 amps, which is essentially just trickle-charging.

Newer BMWs with the "Wireless Charging" option get two high-powered 2.1A USB outlets
Is it possible to retrofit one of the new high-powered USB ports mentioned above? Or would it draw too much current and mess with the battery or electronics?
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      01-31-2019, 10:38 AM   #6
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It's looks cool but it only charges at .5 amps, which is essentially just trickle-charging.

Newer BMWs with the "Wireless Charging" option get two high-powered 2.1A USB outlets
Is it possible to retrofit one of the new high-powered USB ports mentioned above? Or would it draw too much current and mess with the battery or electronics?

I have a vehicle manufactured 10/2016 and after I couldn't find the parameters to change the USB power output in BimmerCode, I never really dug into it any further.

The stock USB is .5 amps. So 2.1A would be under the 5 amp fuse. I assume same gauge of wire also.

Most importantly, you would have to the find the proper parameters/software that allow the module to push out 2.1A power to the USB outlet and make the necessary changes.
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In my 340 is works well, but it's a trickle pretty much.

Also, just get the XS, and not the Max. The screen on the XS is bigger than the 8 plus.
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My car came with wireless charging but I never used. Keeping the phone inside the center console continued to be impractical.
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Thanks for all the replies.

I suspected it may not charge very quickly and pretty much defeat the purpose of the whole setup.

Blubaron79 what's the reasoning for going with the XS over the XS Max? I gather the Max is the same size as the 7/8plus, but has a much bigger screen due to little to no bezel... The XR appears to be the current gen's answer to the 5C I think.
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Answers, answers....
https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh....php?t=1536469
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Thanks for all the replies.

I suspected it may not charge very quickly and pretty much defeat the purpose of the whole setup.

Blubaron79 what's the reasoning for going with the XS over the XS Max? I gather the Max is the same size as the 7/8plus, but has a much bigger screen due to little to no bezel... The XR appears to be the current gen's answer to the 5C I think.
The XR is actually bigger than the XS. I just feel the X or XS is big enough as the screen is as big as the 8 and 7 Plus. The XS Max is the biggest screen they have ever done. It is bigger than the Plus.
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On my 2017 340, the wireless charger is too slow. On a 20 minute drive it might get my S9 from 63% to 68%. The bigger issue is it is totally inconvenient to have the phone inside the center console. I'd rather have more storage space than the wireless charger.
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I agree with the slow (as discussed in the other thread) but I feel the speed varies... sometimes it is quite ok. Maybe dependent on ambient temperature.

I don't mind it being where it is though. That's why one has Bluetooth integration, apple car play, you name it. Don't physically need the device while in the car and it is well secured there. Space is fine too.
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      01-31-2019, 02:36 PM   #14
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One may have Bluetooth integration, Apple CarPlay and the likes, but one may also argue it's a lot easier to place and retrieve their cellular device from somewhere other than the centre console. Also, one may argue the space is in fact not fine - the wireless charging space isn't big enough for many of today's wireless charging enabled smartphones!

Send my regards to the 19th century.

Good day sir!
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You are thinking of tablets and mini-tablets with phone function (e.g. Plus, maxi, giga, etc.)?
No, you are right, it is just a phone charger.

P.s. Another already existing thread that may be of interest: https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh....php?t=1486044
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You don't have to stick up for BMW at every opportunity. Everyone here loves the cars/brand, but you've got to be able to see some flaws. The size (and position) of the wireless charging dock is an oversight from BMW.

Not sure why you've got such a bee in your bonnet over larger phones and people that own them, but you carry on doing you x
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I am the least person to stick up to BMW )
I have always been a fan of a competitor brand and never of BMW in general. And this is exactly why I am being critical, but also objective whenever BMW actually do something right. And they have really done so for the most part with the 4-Series.

The only thing really wrong with the charger is it's rather poor charging performance. I don't care what size phones people carry and why (can't help myself smile when I see tourists taking photos with tablets though), but to expect that any extravagant size should be covered by design made couple of years ago is an unrealistic expectation. One normally buys a phone to fit in the car, not a car to fit around a phone.
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      02-01-2019, 09:29 AM   #18
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One has already owned the car for a number of years, so one is not buying a car to fit a phone. But thank you very much.

Hardly an extravagant size. Very common and not that much bigger or more expensive than a phone that would fit.

Were you abused by the owner of a larger phone or tablet as a child or something...?! You’ve got a very odd fixation on them. Ta-ta!
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Anyone interested; there is a member here that sells a 3D printer-created extension bracket to accommodate any Plus size phone into the factory wireless charging adapter.

I already confirmed that it works with practically all larger phones currently in the market, successfully.

Check it out:

Wireless Charger mod - Fit larger phones https://f87.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh....php?t=1523034
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I have no idea as I do not have wireless charging, but i'd love to see pics of the signal green.
Here you go
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I have the wireless charging option, and the couple of times I used it the phone got VERY hot. Like dangerously hot. I use wireless charging at home and no issues.

iPhone X, BTW.
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