MATE Electric folder

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by steveindenmark, 29 Aug 2016.

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  2. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Looks neat.
  3. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    A very similar ebike is available - in the UK at least - from Kudos.

    The company has been around for a while and is based on the same cheap manufacture in China then import model as the Mate bike.

    Quality is likely to be similar, although getting stuff made in China is a huge topic on its own - @Rickshaw Phil knows a bit about that from his day job.

    The backers' prices for the Mate look reasonable, although you have to add 200 USD shipping, so best part of a thousand bucks in all.

    Strange to relate, the Kudos bike is about the same price - £765.
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  4. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon a permanent vacancy now exists

    Im not keen on the wide clunky bar. Inderstand it houses the battery, so has to be that wide, but personally I think it looks ugly. I understand that often the batteries are made to specifically fit a particular model/make and it may be a bit difficult to get replacement batteries should the company go out of business?
  5. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    The battery is the same as the rest of the bike in that it's made in China.

    Should the 'maker' go out of business, you might be able to track down a battery to fit.

    BMS Battery - in China - is the starting point.

    They have a couple of batteries which might be the same as the one on the Mate bike.

    Another option is re-celling the battery - refilling the existing case with new cells.

    Nearly all ebike batteries are made up of banks of rechargeable AA cells wired in series and parallel to give the desired voltage and capacity.

    Cost comes into it on a cheaper ebike.

    A new battery or a re-cell will be a few hundred quid.

    Some supplied batteries last several years, by which time many owners will think they may as well replace the whole bike.

    History suggests a new battery will be available for your new Wisper, the company has been around for years and David who owns it is very keen on keeping spare batteries for all Wisper bikes.
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  6. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon a permanent vacancy now exists

    That's Good to know.the frame has a ten year guarantee, so I will be happy if I can get another battery for it.
  7. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    You may know, but what will happen is there will be a slow decline in the capacity - range - of the battery over time.

    After, say, three years, it might lose 10 percent of its capacity.

    You've mentioned shorter rides in the other thread, so if you only ever use half capacity, it doesn't matter if you lose 10 percent, or even a bit more.

    Best way to prolong life is to run the battery 'from the top' - charge for every ride, unless you've literally only done a couple of miles the last time.

    Batteries also like to be used, regular charging and discharging is much better for them then sitting unused.

    On t'other hand, batteries don't like to be left fully charged for long periods.

    If you are not going to use the bike for a while, it's best to leave the battery part charged, anywhere between half and about 80 percent.
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