BMW Battery Charging Instructions

Learn how to charge a BMW car battery. The best method to charge a BMW battery is to use a 12-volt trickle charger and to make sure to use the jump start terminals under the hood. 

BMW batteries are used even when the car is turned off. Typically it takes anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes for all BMW system to go to "sleep". Even when the car has entered a "sleep mode" 0.1-0.5A are still drawn from the battery.


  • Car won't start
  • Battery Warning Light on
  • Airbag light on
  • Battery dies when parked for an extended time
  • Instrument Cluster Warning Lights on

What you will need

  • Smart Battery Charger
    You will need a smart charger to trickle charge a BMW. Smart chargers output very low current once the battery is charged to avoid overcharging the battery which is critical.  BMW OEM Battery Charger is the same as CTEK CTEK56 Battery Charger. 


BMW recommends that the battery is charged via the jump start terminals under the hood. If your BMW battery is completely dead, disconnect the battery and slow charge it. 

  1. Open the hood of your BMW. 
  2. Locate positive terminal under the hood and connect the red clamp from your to charge bmw battery 
  3. Locate the negative terminal under the hood. BMW has a designated copper post. Use that instead of the strut tower. charging bmw battery using slow charger such as ctek


  4. Set your charger to 2 Amp which is a slow charge. Set voltage to 12 volts. Select battery type it will be either Regular/Lead Acid/Flooded or AGM battery. If you are not sure look at your battery in the trunk. If the battery has a black case it most likely is an AGM battery. If the battery has a white case it is a regular or flooded battery. bmw battery trickle charger instructions
  5. Plug your charger into a wall outlet or extension to use bmw battery charger plug it into 120 volt outlet


  6. Allow the battery to get charged or stay fully charged. Do not keep the key in the ignition while the battery is charging. If you are charging a fully discharged battery, it can take up to 24 hours to charge your BMW battery. bmw battery charging ponits


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a slow charger to jump start a BMW?

Yes, you can but you need to allow the battery to charge for several hours. A slow charger only puts out about 2 to 12 amps which is not a lot much current. If your BMW battery is fully discharged it can take about 10 hours or more for the battery to get charged.


Where is battery charging location on a BMW?

The charging points on a BMW are (also known as the jump starting terminals) located in the engine bay. The positive terminal is covered with a red plastic cover. 

bmw charging points location also used for jump starting dead battery




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Tom Marshall made a comment.
2 weeks 4 days ago

My 330d is completely flat I have tried to charge it with a standard charger. After seconds it cut out and beeping noise started.
Is it essential that you use a trickle charger . Help!

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Tom Marshall made a comment.
2 weeks 4 days ago

Is it necessary to use a smart charger to charge the battery on my 2014 330id Mseries

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MercedesMedic made a comment.
2 weeks 4 days ago

Trickle charger refers to small current. It could be 1A. Any charger up to 15A would be fine in my opinion.


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