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Old 12-22-08, 02:02 AM   #1
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Considering a new set-up...still

I'm considering a whole new set-up, maybe even a whole 'nother ebike to supplement what I already have. It seems like the highly desirable lithium phosphate batteries are finally spreading out into the market. At the same time, I'm thinking that I should just go with SLA's since they are cheap.

So, what motor/bike could I get that is compatible with a variety of batteries?

Also, do the SLA's have to be run all the way down before re-charging?
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Old 12-22-08, 08:42 AM   #2
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It's pretty easy to convert any e-bike to Li-Ion. If you're considering new bike entirely, you might consider an IZIP. If you go with one of their lower-end models with SLA (ie: IZIP Trailz AL, IZIP Mountain Trailz, etc.) you'll have the option to upgrade to Li-Ion next year. Currie is creating a new Li-Ion battery pack which will fit into the existing rack-mount design in 2009. So if you want to upgrade... it's as easy as buying a new battery and plugging it in.

About the batteries... you actually want to do the opposite (if possible): don't ever let SLA batteries run all the way down. Try to keep SLAs topped off whenever you're not riding and always re-charge directly after use.

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Old 12-23-08, 01:02 AM   #3
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Thanks ecowheelz. I've been looking at the Izips and Ezips and wondering about just that question. Sounds like the SLA's are like lithium-ion in that they like to be charged up. So is it the nickel hydride that like to be run down?
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It is NiCD should be deep discharged. Li and SLA should be charge up as soon as possible. NiMH like to operate between 20-80% of charge for maximum life.
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