Has anybody tried BLevo with the BLOKS display?

Stefan Mikes

Active Member
Hi All,

As some of you might have already learnt, the older BLOKS display of my Turbo Vado 5.0 with the 1.2S motor cannot be replaced with the newer TCD-W display, effectively rendering Mission Control app unusable. (Yes, I have read the other thread about "solution available", no help for me).

The BLOKS is discoverable by my Android smartphone as a Bluetooth device but of course it is not compatible with Mission Control app. Perhaps BLevo could work with BLOKS? The problem is BLevo is a paid app and I don't want to pay just for possibly failed test. The author of BLevo wrote on his blog he never tested a Vado.

Has anybody tried the BLevo app with the BLOKS display? Will it work?
 

Stefan Mikes

Active Member
I have talked with Paolo Diozi. He made a license of BLEvo available to me. Unluckily, it does not work with the BLOKS display, which is just a crap.
 

shepherd1

New Member
I had a conversation with Paolo as well, he said he has not had time to test on Como or Vado but looks like you already have.

There is a posting on here from Planet 3 about a workaround. I believe it involves adding a couple of their speed governor removers and changing your unit of measure to km/hr which would then be equivalent to mph. This addition if I remember correctly works with the BLevo unit.
 

Stefan Mikes

Active Member
I don't know how that would work with Planet 3, @shepherd1. What is known for sure is:
1. Any Como or Vado that can work with Mission Control app should work with BLEvo but nobody tested that. We are talking about the 25 km/h or 20 mph versions of these e-bikes;
2. Vado 5.0 and 6.0 that have the BLOKS display will neither work with Mission Control nor with BLEvo. Newer Vados 5.0/6.0 with TCD-W display might work.

Now, I can understand in what trouble Specialized are. Each vehicle that is an S-Pedelec (speed e-bike) needs to have an individual Certificate of Conformity because the law treats it as a moped. Once the speed version of Vado was certified with the BLOKS display, changing the display would mean breaking the law. It is even because of such a stupid thing as a valid odometer. Once I have understood the facts, I accepted them and am happy riding my 2017 Vado 5.0. The software update has worked and now my Vado is just a marvel; I only cannot control it from a smartphone.