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Charging places

Discussion in 'Electric Bikes' started by cakeface, 26 Nov 2016.

  1. cakeface

    cakeface Regular

    Location:
    Pembrokeshire
    Do people find that it's possible to do a quick battery charge in cafés or pubs or do proprietors not like you doing this? I would be offering to pay for the juice used.
     
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  2. Coffee shops in London seem okay with it. Some now provide table top power and USB sockets.
     
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  3. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Veteran

    Charging a mobile is one thing, but you might get a few funny looks if you plonk 5kgs of ebike charger and battery on the coffee shop bench.

    Another problem is it will take a while to put any useful charge into the battery, certainly you'd want it charging for nearer two hours than one.

    That's a long time to hang around for most people.

    Better to manage your rides so you can do them on one charge, or carry a spare battery.
     
  4. cakeface

    cakeface Regular

    Location:
    Pembrokeshire
    Thanks Jonny, I hope out here in Pembrokeshire they don't view me as some sort of travelling wizard with evil intent and purpose. (Welsh Dragon I'm only joking I love it here, don't incinerate me!!)
     
  5. keithmac

    keithmac Senior Member

    What capacity is your battery?, my little 5ah 36v takes nearly 3 hours to charge from flat. I have a 12ah 36v and that took 6 hours + on first charge..
     
  6. cakeface

    cakeface Regular

    Location:
    Pembrokeshire
    I'm not looking for a full charge just enough squeeze out a few extra miles for if I miscalculate distances.
     
  7. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Veteran

    An hour with the charger that comes with the bike would do that.

    Bosch now offer a smaller and lighter compact charger, although it still weighs 600g.

    One snag is it's a lot less powerful, so will take longer to put charge into the battery.

    https://www.bosch-ebike.com/en/components/charger/
     
  8. Sheffield_Tiger

    Sheffield_Tiger Veteran

    Be aware that the Bosch compact portable charger WILL give you a top-up charge in a cafe mid-ride - BUT it is incapable of charging a battery from a very low condition, so you are best topping up early on
     
  9. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Veteran

    Perhaps you've tried it, but given the Bosch system cuts the motor before the battery can go into deep discharge I would be surprised if the travel charger would not charge a 'flat' Bosch battery.

    The travel charger is certainly slow, so it might take a few hours to put any meaningful charge into a battery which has been run until the motor cut out.