First post here. I've been reading the forum for a while, and I am now ready to start my e-bike conversion...
I decided to go with the Bafang BBS02 500W. I live in Canada, and 500 Watts is the max we can get if we want to stay legal.
I currently narrowed my search to 2 different sets of motor/battery:
1 - Bafang BBS02 48V/500W with 48V/20ah rack mount battery.
2 - Bafang BBS02 36V/500W with 36V11.6AH "bottle" battery pack.
If we exclude the weight / balance issue of the rack mount battery. Is there really a big difference in Power / Max speed / Range between both setup?
And is the 20ah battery too powerfull for the BBS02? Should I get a 15ah instead?
Last edited by SirKhaal; 07-23-14 at 05:59 PM.
I'm pretty new to this as well but this is how I understand it:
Higher voltage = higher top speed. So the 48V kit will allegedly have a higher top speed, unless there is a speed limit built into the controller. EBike Beginners info - Endless Sphere Wiki
The different AH ratings (20AH vs 11.6AH) are a measure of capacity. More AH = longer distance you can travel on a charge. You can multiply the voltage by the AH to get Watt Hours (Wh) for that battery.
48 * 20 = 960Wh rack mount
36 * 11.6 = 418 Wh bottle battery.
My ebike does about 18Wh per km if I'm going fast without pedalling much, so my range would be:
960Wh / 18 = 53kms on rack mount battery.
418 Wh / 18 = 23kms on bottle battery.
The AH do not relate to "too powerful" or not. So assuming the motor supports 48V (I think it does) then its fine.