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Old 05-19-2020, 12:42 PM
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Very good stuff. I may take my backup phone charger apart so I can. Drill a hole in a good place that I can poke a key through to allign the charging coil (also hold the key since my charger is a stand they is at maybe. 60 angle from horizontal)
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Old 05-20-2020, 09:17 AM
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Thanks OS and all the other who contributed to this thread. Very useful!

My story is my original main key is still working after sixteen and a half years, even though I only usually drive the X5 one or two times a week. The other key died at about year seven or eight. I tried to replace the battery without success. There were several possible reasons: it went through the washing machine, cutting the key open may have damaged a component, the battery I bought may not have worked or I didn't attach it correctly.

With the information in this thread, I could have done a better diagnosis. In particular, I could have used the two AA battery trick that OS came up with to make sure the key was still working before ordering the new battery.

I have two types of Qi charger: a Tylt stand and a cheapo one built into a pen organizer I got at Sam's. Neither indicates it charges my working key, but OS noted that his son's doesn't either.

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Old 05-24-2020, 02:22 AM
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I read somewhere else on this forum another trick.
For either having a separate key fob to hide on the vehicle OR to put on a Key ring with the dead diamond key fob.
I luckily still have 2 working diamond keys but this is what I have hidden on my vehicle just in case I need it.
That older style key fob uses a replaceable type 2016 battery and can be programmed to your vehicle the same way your diamond key does.

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Old 05-24-2020, 10:09 AM
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Love it.
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