TecMate OptiMate 4 Dual Program Battery Charger for BMW CANbus
Post review of the documentation and verifying the programming, the OptiMate has provided reliable charging.
I really appreciate being able to use the powerlet accessory socket to charge the bike. All things considered, it’s not a big deal to add a SAE pigtail to the battery though.
I gather there are a short list of CANBUS compatible chargers. The OptiMate seems to have a good reputation and I would say is a good option to consider.
June 29, 2015
Works great at a great price
I'm completely happy with this charger. It works perfectly plugged into the powerlet jack on my R1200RT and costs way less than the BMW charger.
May 26, 2015
Good choice for slow charge
I first used this on a nearly 100% dead sealed battery. I plugged it into a power lead that I already had installed on my bike and it worked well. This is a low amperage charger so it took nearly 2 days to charge to full.
I would have given it 5 stars, but the indicator lights are a bit confusing, so for the first several hours I wasn't sure if it was charging or not. They could have designed this better, but would probably mean adding a few more lights and increasing the cost.
July 8, 2015
Super convenient charger for bikes with a CANbus system
This charger will do it all. Once you read manual you will easily be able to decipher what the different lights mean, and see at a glance what the charger and battery are doing. The CANbus mode of operation is very convenient to just plug into your bike with no dangling charging cable hanging from your battery. I'm comfortable using this charger in CANbus mode with my Lithium battery as voltage is restricted. Conventional mode great for lead acid batteries where peak voltage can be higher. Build quality and connectors seems very high. Worth the money as it may prolong your battery life, and save you money in the long run.
April 20, 2015
Must have for BMW bikes with CANbus.
Very easy and intuitive to use. Plug and play. My BMW owners manual suggests putting your battery on a charger if the bike sits for two weeks or longer. Also, I love Revzilla's customer service and product follow up.
Perfect compatibility with my 2015 RnineT.
March 9, 2015
I was looking for a charger that would work with my CanBus system and after looking into BMW chargers that were over the top on price I found this little gem that works out perfectly.
April 9, 2015
Good product for new CANBUS BMW's
I have this battery charger plugged into the onboard power socket on my 2014 R1200 GS. I periodically monitor the operation of this charger as to it's indicator lights and it is functioning properly. I have not started the bike since we are in the dead of winter. I expect this charger to have properly maintained the battery over this extended down time.
January 26, 2015
Optimate 4 Function is Very Confusing
I bought the Optimate 4 mainly to charge a 2014 BMW R1200RT. When properly programmed (and this is very difficult and confusing) it performs as described. However, instead of having a switch to change from standard charging to canbus charging, the unit must be grounded out, plugged in and observed for a number of LED's to blink a number of times and then verify which set of LED's remain on to determine the mode of the charger. This process must be reversed ungrounded to change back to standard charging mode. I still get confused which mode the unit is in and must consult the manual routinely. Surely there must be a better unit on the market.
January 6, 2015