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Old 07-30-18, 03:06 AM
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Give away or fix? Torker electric bike

I would appreciate some advice. Iím a small town lawyer working on liquidation of some property for a friend and client who is now in a senior center. There is an electric bike, a Torker, and I canít find the battery, charger, or key anywhere. My friend wouldnít be able to help locate it and her husband died a few years back.

Is the bike worth anything as is, or should I give it away? If it is a giveaway situation, Iíd prefer someone on the forum get it. Weíre located in Waynesboro, Virginia.

Thanks very much.


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Old 07-30-18, 03:26 AM
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I'd hold onto it as you clean the house to see if the battery shows up. However, if it belonged to the deceased husband, the battery could be long gone, or dead by now.

It appears as if a new replacement battery is about $400 to $500, but probably not a good deal for you unless you wish to actually use the bike.

The bike probably could be sold for around $200 as-is. But, an option is also to see if there is a local bike co-op that will take it as a donation. Or, of course, various thrift stores (just make sure they don't throw it out with the trash).
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Old 08-01-18, 09:42 AM
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Thanks Clifford, good advice, we just found the battery and charger in a hall closet. I’ll post how it responds to a recharge and air in the tires. Looks like it’s been sleeping for quite a while. Jeff
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Old 08-01-18, 10:33 AM
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It sounds like you have some fun coming up ahead of yourself.

My guess is the battery was kept somewhere for charging. Kitchen? Then when the bike stopped being used, the battery just got stuffed in the closet.

I see prices all over the board on used E-Bikes. I haven't paid a lot of attention to them, but having a nice commercially produced product should be a benefit.

Still, if it is several years old, it may not go for as much as one might hope.
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Old 08-01-18, 02:09 PM
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Looks like a pretty solid, clean bike. AFAICT, this was a 24V system, so a replacement battery (check Leeds) might not be too expensive assuming you can connect it to the controller (might be easy to locate the red & black wires from the controller). Then, you would have an inexpensive 15 mph bike.
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Old 08-02-18, 06:30 PM
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Yes, hallway closet! Clifford you are Sherlock Holmes of the bike world. 2old, I think it did say 24 volts on the battery or it may have said 29.4 but that doesn’t seem to make sense does it?

Haven’t been back out there since the charging started, but hope to have a full report by this weekend.
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F, 29.4 probably is correct if it's 7s (seven batteries in series), since each charges to 4.2 volts; 7 X 4.2 = 29.4.
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Yes, hallway closet! Clifford you are Sherlock Holmes of the bike world.
You did mention the closet!

But, there is likely a logical reason why it got separated from the bike.

It really depends on how the battery is configured. If it is designed to slide into a slot to engage/disengage, then you could wire in a replacement battery from Alibaba, but it would be clunky.

If your battery pack is bad, then it would be better to rebuild.

There would have to be battery shops that rebuild that kind of thing, or perhaps it would be easy enough to see how it comes apart and goes together once you open it up.

Still crossing my fingers that you report back that the battery is good and you took it out for a 30 mile flawless ride.
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Old 08-04-18, 05:49 AM
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I put the charger on the battery for a full 24 hours and the battery is completely dead. I did check to see that the charger is working. The charger box had a note on it dated 2011,so I have a hunch that the battery is even older than 2011.

Here are are photos of the battery. From a search, it looks like this particular battery is no longer available. What do you think is the best course from here?

Thanks very much.





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By searching the numbers above, one gets quite a few hits to batteries. Mostly German companies.

BP-L2410sh1
https://batterie24.de/Protanium-BP-L...tausch?number=

https://www.akkukaputt.de/epages/201...ts/301020-0015

https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...260171662.html

Volts (26.6 VDC), is important, of course.

It looks like the batteries come in several different Amp Hour ratings. From that German site, you have from 11.6 to 17.5 AH.

If I was buying it to use, I'd go for the 17.5 AH version. Longer distances, and perhaps greater longevity of the battery pack.

It never hurts to ask the Alibaba vendor for pricing of one.
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In case you haven't seen it, here is a very old review of that bike so you would know what you get if you do go ahead with battery replacement.
Torker Review

Somewhat slow (24V) by current standards but perhaps a classic?
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Two things:

1) Some controllers that are supplied with 24 volt systems are capable of higher wattage. Should you want to go faster than 15 mph, you might try to open yours to determine the maximum (or you may find it from literature on the product.

2) If you can locate the positive and negative wires from your controller, you can solder or crimp a connector XT-60, XT-90, or many others on these wires and use another battery. Leeds had 24V batteries for as little as $199 AFAICR.
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You might contact some local battery shops to see if they'll rebuild. If it was me, I'd open it up to see what is inside. There probably are pretty standard batteries that can be replaced, although they may require some soldering.
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Just saying thanks for you all helping me with this! You’re great. I’ll let you know where this lands.

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Back already.. would you mind looking at this battery’s specifications to see if it’s something compatible electrically? https://www.monsterscooterparts.com/...k-charger.html

Thanks very much.

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Back already.. would you mind looking at this batteryís specifications to see if itís something compatible electrically? https://www.monsterscooterparts.com/...k-charger.html

Thanks very much.

Jeff
Please donít tell me now, itís too late, I just ordered it!
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I am happy to report that I’ve got the bike up and running. It is working fine and is fun to ride, though a very different experience compared to my wife’s Verve+. The sales information and owner’s manual show a sales date of 2011, so is something of a senior citizen as an e-bike.

The battery is just strapped to the rack for now. It is 24v and 20ah, and is thicker than the defunct original battery, which was 10ah. I wired the new battery into the original controller, and it seems to work just fine, though is probably more battery than I really need. It looks mighty big in the photo, but in reality is not much more than the original.

Thanks for the advice! Glad I didn’t give up on it.




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Nice

If you still have the OEM battery, it can be rebuilt with new cells. Maybe even a bit more capacity. It'll fit the rack slot and that would be cool
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Originally Posted by Fairview View Post
I would appreciate some advice. Iím a small town lawyer working on liquidation of some property for a friend and client who is now in a senior center. There is an electric bike, a Torker, and I canít find the battery, charger, or key anywhere. My friend wouldnít be able to help locate it and her husband died a few years back.

Is the bike worth anything as is, or should I give it away? If it is a giveaway situation, Iíd prefer someone on the forum get it. Weíre located in Waynesboro, Virginia.

Thanks very much.


Wait for the battery to show up. Key is with battery, key hook or on his keyring to start.

Any person buying as is can ride it or convert it to standard bike.
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very bad place for the battery
you cannot cheat laws of physics center pf gravity that high!!
there is so much room on the frame for battery placement.
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