Protecting Pedego Batteries During Transport

6zfshdb

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A recent incident made me think twice about how I carry my ebike batteries.

I was loading up my bike at the Meyersdale PA. trailhead on the GAP trail last month when a young fellow pulled in on his Haibike Sduro. He parked next to me and I couldn't help but notice his downtube battery was covered with duct tape. We struck up a conversation and he told me the battery slipped off the back seat when he opened the car door. It hit the pavement and split the case open. He had it in a heavy canvas bag but the impact still cracked the battery case. He said he was only using the damaged one until he saved enough to buy a $600 replacement.

Up until then, I had been using this padded nylon battery bag To protect my Pedego rear rack batteries:

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The above incident made me realize that this bag would do little to protect the battery if it were dropped or mishandled during transport.

When on a multi day bike trip, I usually travel with two batteries and a charger. For additional protection, I now use this rugged Nanuk case which conveniently holds all three items:

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The case is weatherproof which means I can carry it in the bed of my pickup when space is tight in the cab.

At almost $90, It isn't cheap but I consider it worth the price to protect two $700+ batteries.
 
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J.R.

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I have a friend who's a sales rep for a military contractor. He often has samples of Pelican cases I drool over. I have a couple of Pelican cases for other pursuits, they are great (expensive!) and your new case reminds me of them.

I share your concern, as I carry a spare too. Typically I put the pack in a padded pannier, place it on the backseat of the pickup and wrap a seat belt around it. I still worry, because it could still get damaged in a fall due to the seat being ~4' off the ground.

I appreciate your detailed account. I'm going to reassess my 'best practices'.
 

6zfshdb

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I have a friend who's a sales rep for a military contractor. He often has samples of Pelican cases I drool over. I have a couple of Pelican cases for other pursuits, they are great (expensive!) and your new case reminds me of them.

I share your concern, as I carry a spare too. Typically I put the pack in a padded pannier, place it on the backseat of the pickup and wrap a seat belt around it. I still worry, because it could still get damaged in a fall due to the seat being ~4' off the ground.

I appreciate your detailed account. I'm going to reassess my 'best practices'.
I would have preferred a Pelican case since I have a couple that are terrific. Pelican did not offer one in a size that would work. I wanted a snug fit and the closest Pelican would need to be shimmed out with foam padding. So far, the Nanuk seems rugged and well built. It should do the job but it isn't quite the same quality as Pelican.
 

6zfshdb

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A much cheaper alternative for transporting a single Pedego rear rack battery & charger:

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With or without the padded nylon bag mentioned in an earlier post, it offers most of the physical protection of the Nanuk case at about a third the cost.

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