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by stodd
6 Aug 2020, 3:23pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: I am looking for a smartcharger
Replies: 7
Views: 259

Re: I am looking for a smartcharger

See thread on Pedalecs https://www.pedelecs.co.uk/forum/thread ... ost-567710
There are plenty of cheaper multi-rate chargers, there may be features of this one that make it worth it for you.

It almost certainly can't charge a Bosch battery.
by stodd
2 Aug 2020, 11:24am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Add-on e-bike conversion kit - Swytch or eBay kit?
Replies: 66
Views: 10243

Re: Add-on e-bike conversion kit - Swytch or eBay kit?

Some kits from Amazon or ebay are fine; for example yosepower that I mentioned before also sell via Amazon. It is the direct drive ones that are unsuitable (legally and technically). Some of the kits are 350w not 250w. This makes them technically illegal on the road, even though often the same motor...
by stodd
1 Aug 2020, 10:26pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Add-on e-bike conversion kit - Swytch or eBay kit?
Replies: 66
Views: 10243

Re: Add-on e-bike conversion kit - Swytch or eBay kit?

Hi guys I'd just like to post for some help I want to convert my bike to electric rear wheel hub motor without breaking the bank . There on Amazon from £160 just need help picking correct one . I would like a big power 1000watts Big battery 48volt Throttle I have arthritis I my knees and need that ...
by stodd
31 Jul 2020, 7:12pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: New to e bikes needing advice
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: New to e bikes needing advice

The Fazua system is reputedly good for light bikes. The Boardman with Fazua https://www.halfords.com/bikes/electric-bikes/boardman-adv-8.9e-mens-adventure-electric-bike-136102.html used to be around £2200, but has jumped quite a bit to £2700 (you may get Cycling UK or other discount off that); all t...
by stodd
30 Jul 2020, 9:52pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: New to e bikes needing advice
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: New to e bikes needing advice

Woosh Faro worth a look. https://wooshbikes.co.uk/?faro, Light (not the lightest), reasonable price (most lightweight ones come at a considerable price premium), excellent customer service. And it's even in stock, which is quite a thing for e-bikes these days. You would need the big battery version ...
by stodd
28 Jul 2020, 6:30pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Bike rack for car.
Replies: 8
Views: 261

Re: Bike rack for car.

It's the weight that matters, not whether it is an e-bike. (I'd be inclined to remove the battery anyway for carriage, which will help with the weight.) I see even the Thule RaceWay 3 which is specified for 45kg says max 15kg per bike, same for Halford's Mistral 3. As long as the heavy bike is mount...
by stodd
28 Jul 2020, 10:35am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: I am looking for a smartcharger
Replies: 7
Views: 259

Re: I am looking for a smartcharger

You need the compact charger: https://www.e-bikeshop.co.uk/Bosch-Compact-eBike-2A-Charger I don't think you'll get a non-Bosch charger to work, there is handshaking between charger and battery. Overfast charging certainly reduces battery life; how fast you can get away with depends on the exact cell...
by stodd
27 Jul 2020, 11:47am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: e-scooters
Replies: 19
Views: 434

Re: e-scooters

I'd like to see a like for like comparison before looking for detailed explanations. Jonathan Good point. I guess many of us are like me and have never driven an e-scooter at all. I'd like to try one sometime. Might be difficult to decide exactly what we mean by 'like for like', especially as scoot...
by stodd
27 Jul 2020, 9:03am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: e-scooters
Replies: 19
Views: 434

Re: e-scooters

The main reason for allowing higher power on an e-scooter than an e-bike is pressure from US interests; with the government so keen to suck up to any US pressure. If you'd ridden one for any length of time and ridden a comparable e-bike you'd quickly realise that the main reason to allow a higher p...
by stodd
26 Jul 2020, 1:18pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: e-scooters
Replies: 19
Views: 434

Re: e-scooters

The main reason for allowing higher power on an e-scooter than an e-bike is pressure from US interests; with the government so keen to suck up to any US pressure. The higher power is already permitted there (as are higher powered e-bikes), the scooter designs and scooter are already available; with ...
by stodd
23 Jul 2020, 2:28pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Bosch Dual Battery questions
Replies: 4
Views: 176

Re: Bosch Dual Battery questions

The BMS should prevent damage from complete discharge; it should cut out before the battery gets to danger level. Still, probably best not to get too low too often. The energy does drop of pretty quickly near the low levels. See for example https://lygte-info.dk/review/batteries2012/Samsung%20ICR186...
by stodd
16 Jul 2020, 9:51pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: ebikes on BBC Click
Replies: 24
Views: 996

Re: ebikes on BBC Click

I've got such a motor and it has a 250W legal mode, which has sustained power of about 250W and peak maybe 500-600W. Most ebikes have peak wattage around 400W or more even if sustained is 250W, a grey area if you ask me. Basically the bike is limited to about 16mph in the 250W mode but can get up t...
by stodd
16 Jul 2020, 3:28pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: ebikes on BBC Click
Replies: 24
Views: 996

Re: ebikes on BBC Click

Is hub drive illegal like stodd says? That's not on https://www.gov.uk/electric-bike-rules or other summaries I've seen. Indeed hub drives are most certainly not generally illegal. However the big direct drive hub kits (often rated 750 or 1000w) are (almost **) illegal, because they exceed the 250w...
by stodd
16 Jul 2020, 10:37am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: ebikes on BBC Click
Replies: 24
Views: 996

Re: ebikes on BBC Click

philg wrote:(£375 with 50% Indiegogo discount)

I can't see a price now on the Swytch site. I must admit I thought it was a lot more than that even on pre-order.
If it is still near that it seems a reasonable price (given the small battery) and I withdraw my comment on price ... other comments remain.
by stodd
16 Jul 2020, 9:53am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: ebikes on BBC Click
Replies: 24
Views: 996

Re: ebikes on BBC Click

A little overpriced when bought on one of their 'special' pre-order deals. Very overpriced at 'regular' price. but see my comment below, it may be cheaper than I thought. Quite neat; battery on handlebar convenient in some ways, but not the best place for good steering. I think no brake sensors to ...