Hi! I just joined this site and I gotta say I’m happy I found the place!
I just picked up a Crystalyte 406 and a 36V 20A Start Immediate Brushless Controller from ebikes.ca (parts C3620SI and M406F26), but haven't got batteries yet. I’ll be using this mainly as a commuter bike.
My commute is about 12 miles round trip, and I could recharge at work if the system can handle the extra cycles. I prefer a safe and leisurely ride, so I am very happy with max speeds of 10-15mph; I wont go over 20mph.
My very smart friend had recommended two lawn mower batteries, and then he went on vacation in the jungle before I could get exact details from him.
From nosing around here I can tell that lead-acid AGM deep-cycle batteries, which are sometimes marketed as 12v lawn mower batteries, are probably what Mr. Smarty Junglepants was talking about. But was he paying attention? Can I use two of those (24v in serial) with my 36V 20A controller (it says it has a cutoff voltage of 29V)? It seems to me I would need three of these puppies to hit 36v and run this system. FYI, I’m fairly technical but I want a plug and play solution.
The real question:
Okay, three (?) lawn mower movers is about $180 (with charger) and 22lbs? And might be a little more than I need at 12miles (lets see: 36v x 10a = 360 … 360 / 15watts per KM = 24km or 14miles per charge). It looks like that will get me to work.
Please confirm I got that right. If I am way off base, let me know, and I’ll start saving for the Dewalts.
Other things I should know (AKA advice for the newbie)?
-What online vendor would you use to buy the batteries and charger for a fair price?
-Um, what charger should I get? Any favorites here folks?
-Okay, what Batteries should I get?
-How about easiest connection method? I think the controller uses Anderson connectors, can I buy those?
-Do I need a fuse inline in this system?
-I know to use a steel fork for the front hub motor, but what other safety tips do I need to know?
Thanks a Million Volt People!