Thanks to all who make this forum work.
My VX-1 stopped charging yesterday, yet powers up normally when the key is on. After spending a lot of time on this forum, I disassembled the plug (no problems), and checked continuity of the cable up to the front where it plugs into the charger (cable is good). Based on a similar thread, I'm assuming this means my charger died. Is this correct?
I've read that there is a newer (Runke "gold") charger, but I'm having troubles finding it.
What should I know/do to get my bike back up and running? Are there instructions somewhere for changing out a charger (didn't see it in the handbook)?
PS--If anyone is interested in my Vectrix story (we all have one, right), read on.
I bought mine in May 2007 for $14,000 minus rebates. I mainly use it to commute to work, 29mi/46km one way (over 26 are flat highway miles @ 60+mph/100kmh). I have to plug-in at work, in order to get home, of course. This worked OK for a few months, then it began to go from multiple bars to zero earlier and earlier until I had problems going 29mi. The dealership came and picked it up, did some battery servicing and updating, but a few months later it was doing the same thing. They picked it up again and gave me a loaner. I put about 2500mi on that bike, and its battery started doing the same thing. I got my own bike back and in less than 2000mi, I couldn't make it to work any more. At this point, the dealership stopped selling and servicing Vectrix, and there was no one here in the SF bay area to work on it. I got in touch with Jeff Adams in New Bedford, MA--he arranged to ship my bike to New Bedford and bring me a 2nd loaner.
After a few more months, the 2nd loaner was trashed. Finally, I got my bike back and they eventually picked up the 2nd loaner. They updated the firmware/batteries/who-knows-what-else, and told me I was hammering the batteries by charging immediately after a long hard ride. The new firmware has the delay feature which I set to 3 hours. For the past 2 years I've been doing my normal commute with no serious problems. My bike has over 11,000 miles, and I put over 5000 on the 2 loaners. I feel partially responsible for Vectrix going belly-up, given all the service I consumed ;-). I think I'm ready for new tires, and I'm sure a few of my cells are toast. It would seem I need to learn how to service it myself if I want to continue riding. I'm willing to learn what I need to.
I learned about the li-ion conversion here, and having more range is tempting. Given my commute length and how hard I am on batteries, this might not be a good option for me.
I have video editing skills, basic mechanical skills, and am a software engineer. I am willing to contribute what I can to help other Vectrix owners get the most out of their investments.