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      09-25-2020, 02:40 PM   #1
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Display key fob

Does anyone use this regularly? It's kind of big for a pocket and while great for impressing your friends, it doesn't seem to last very long on its battery.

I assume it will charge on the car usb pretty slowly. It's a shame the i8 doesn't have the wireless charging pocket like the 7 &8 series have as an option. Though again how fast it charges on a wireless charger I don't know?
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      09-25-2020, 02:52 PM   #2
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I use it all the time, never used the other key. Have a silicone sleeve for it and a display protector so it's pretty rugged. Never had an issue with charging, it holds up for weeks and recharges via IQ in a couple hours. Every other week or so I wireless charge it over night.
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      09-25-2020, 04:23 PM   #3
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I personally do not use it myself, found it to be too clunky and cumbersome. And for some reason or another the climate control feature would not work from the keyfob but would work from the phone only. Did not see much use for it if I was only using the lock/unlock/trunk buttons like the other smaller fob anyways.
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      09-25-2020, 04:24 PM   #4
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Never,it's bulky and the other one is much slimmer. Display far too slow and limited to be useful.
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      09-25-2020, 04:37 PM   #5
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Never,it's bulky and the other one is much slimmer. Display far too slow and limited to be useful.
I agree .
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      09-25-2020, 04:41 PM   #6
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Never,it's bulky and the other one is much slimmer. Display far too slow and limited to be useful.
+1. But I guess I should recharge it every now and then.
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      09-25-2020, 05:12 PM   #7
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The killer feature I always wanted: the key tells me if I locked the car... without fumbling the mobile out. I look at that beast to often anyway 😏
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      09-25-2020, 05:48 PM   #8
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The app and the keyfob tell you if you've left a window open but no way to close them remotely !!
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      09-25-2020, 08:00 PM   #9
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At first I thought you must be wrong , but on checking of course you are correct - its only the doors can be locked or unlocked remotely by the look of things . Maybe a remote window facility is not possible for safety reasons ?
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      09-26-2020, 02:30 AM   #10
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The windows have a built in anti trap feature, using the comfort close feature you could still close it from a distance away via the fob and there'd still be the safety issue. Personally I'd rather not know as it'd cause me a lot more anxiety knowing something was left open and not being able to do anything about it!
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      09-26-2020, 03:15 AM   #11
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The windows have a built in anti trap feature, using the comfort close feature you could still close it from a distance away via the fob and there'd still be the safety issue. Personally I'd rather not know as it'd cause me a lot more anxiety knowing something was left open and not being able to do anything about it!
I typically experience "did I lock the door" anxiety well within range of the car to go back and lock it in case Most of the time it was of course locked and going back was a waste of time. Now I just check the Fob.
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      09-26-2020, 03:59 AM   #12
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I use it all the time, never used the other key. Have a silicone sleeve for it and a display protector so it's pretty rugged. Never had an issue with charging, it holds up for weeks and recharges via IQ in a couple hours. Every other week or so I wireless charge it over night.
I've never used anything else in the near 4 years of ownership, love using the easy pre-climate function and being able to check on charge etc easily. It charges really quickly via the USB port in the small cubby, so no issues with that. Only panic have come a couple of times when I've got out of the car for fuel etc to think 'oh shit I've left the key in the car, hope it doesn't lock itself!'. Hasn't yet!
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      09-26-2020, 05:28 AM   #13
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I assume it will charge on the car usb pretty slowly. It's a shame the i8 doesn't have the wireless charging pocket like the 7 &8 series have as an option. Though again how fast it charges on a wireless charger I don't know?
Wireless charging of the display key in the car does work (2019 model with the option), but itís ridiculously tricky. Maybe someone knows of a better way, but I had to place it fairly exactly in the phone holder by using a 12V USB adapter as a distance piece.

But in answer to your question, no, I donít use the key.
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      09-28-2020, 02:57 PM   #14
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Wireless charging of the display key in the car does work (2019 model with the option), but itís ridiculously tricky. Maybe someone knows of a better way, but I had to place it fairly exactly in the phone holder by using a 12V USB adapter as a distance piece.

But in answer to your question, no, I donít use the key.
Thanks for the info about the wireless option.

I'm guessing it's not retrofittable/ available on earlier cars - mine's a 2016 with a rather useless ' enhanced usb' plate where your wireless base is.
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      10-01-2020, 04:16 PM   #15
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mine is 2019 and i do not think i have wireless charging
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      10-03-2020, 05:06 PM   #16
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mine is 2019 and i do not think i have wireless charging
No wireless charging in mine - 2020 model.
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      10-06-2020, 06:06 AM   #17
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No wireless charging in mine - 2020 model.
It's a german car, everything is an extra priced option, what do you expect
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      10-06-2020, 07:45 AM   #18
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It's a german car, everything is an extra priced option, what do you expect
Is that true for late model i8s sold in Germany too? In Norway - to my limited knowledge at least - it appears as if BMW loaded them with almost every possible extra, pre-registered them, then dumped them on the market.

Iíd love to know the whole story though.

(apologies for stretching the original topic a shade..)
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      10-06-2020, 05:21 PM   #19
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Is that true for late model i8s sold in Germany too? In Norway - to my limited knowledge at least - it appears as if BMW loaded them with almost every possible extra, pre-registered them, then dumped them on the market.

Iíd love to know the whole story though.

(apologies for stretching the original topic a shade..)
In Germany packages are rare, you can typically choose everything and customers here in that segment want that. For other markets like the US, the German manufacturers create the limited selection packages those markets are used to. Anyway, no choosing anymore, the i8 os history as a new car
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      10-07-2020, 08:35 PM   #20
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No wireless charging in mine - 2020 model.
It's a german car, everything is an extra priced option, what do you expect
I don't think it was even an available option in the USA? I would have picked it if I had seen that option.
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      10-08-2020, 04:19 AM   #21
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For german models wireless charging was introduced with the roadster and is a standard feature named "Telefonie mit Wireless charging"

Whyever it was never available for the Coupe. The option for the Coupe was named "Komforttelefonie mit erweiterter Smartphone-Anbindung" doesn't provide wireless charging.

Interestingly you can still configure the i8 on bmwusa.com
But I haven't found a description of wireless charging and it's also not listed under Standard features.
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      10-08-2020, 04:30 AM   #22
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For german models wireless charging was introduced with the roadster and is a standard feature named "Telefonie mit Wireless charging"

Whyever it was never available for the Coupe. The option for the Coupe was named "Komforttelefonie mit erweiterter Smartphone-Anbindung" doesn't provide wireless charging.

Interestingly you can still configure the i8 on bmwusa.com
But I haven't found a description of wireless charging and it's also not listed under Standard features.
The roadster had several unique features which never appeared on the LCI, very frustrating! Improved / memory seats , wireless charging and i8 door projectors...
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