Additional Battery For Gazelle Ultimate C380+

Jim1348

Member
My wife and I each have Gazelle Ultimate C380+ bikes. We have gone on some longer rides recently and have been considering an additional battery. It looks like an additional battery and a Gazelle rack are about $1,000 each.

She has also suggested that we look into fast chargers. The thought being that we may stop for lunch somewhere and plug in to top them off.

I suspect that other here have looked into this and I am interested in hearing your thoughts on this.
 

Roamers

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Region
USA
We have gone on some longer rides recently and have been considering an additional battery.
Curious, how long are you planning for? We have C380s, usually ride in OFF or ECO only kicking assist up for steeper hills, ride 13 to 15 mph. Since I am more robust than my wife, I use more battery. If needed, we will trade batteries part way through the day. So far our longest ride is 30 miles, at the end, I still had 35 miles estimated range, she had 60.
 

Jim1348

Member
We rode 46 miles on Sunday. I rode in ECO mode most of the time. I, like you, use more battery than my wife.

We also talked about trading batteries during the ride, but we didn't.

I would like the ability to ride farther and/or faster, but given the cost of batteries, I am having second thoughts.
 

Brendon@OEB

Well-Known Member
My wife and I each have Gazelle Ultimate C380+ bikes. We have gone on some longer rides recently and have been considering an additional battery. It looks like an additional battery and a Gazelle rack are about $1,000 each.

She has also suggested that we look into fast chargers. The thought being that we may stop for lunch somewhere and plug in to top them off.

I suspect that other here have looked into this and I am interested in hearing your thoughts on this.
There's only 2 chargers for the North American market, the 2a and 4a, 6.5hrs 0-100% and 4.5 0-100% respectively (charge times). The 2nd battery setup is pretty darn slick. Both batteries charge via the 1 charge plug and the bike draws on both batteries at the same time so the duty cycles per battery is half.

As stated previously riding the bike in "off" is a great way to extend range when you don't need assist. The motor is incredibly efficient and the power lost through the motor is barely noticeable.
 

ava1ar

Active Member
Region
USA
City
Leonia, NJ
There's only 2 chargers for the North American market, the 2a and 4a, 6.5hrs 0-100% and 4.5 0-100% respectively (charge times).
Bosch sells 6A charges in Europe - ordered one recently and waiting it to arrive. Should make charging dual-battery setup much faster. I bought recently J1772 to NEMA adapter which should allow me to charge bike on electric cars charging stations. Most of them have limit of 2 hours per session, so 6A charger should allow to top up battery fast enough. If this setup work as expected, I want to start exploring 150-200 miles routes!
 

RussC

New Member
Region
USA
We rode 46 miles on Sunday. I rode in ECO mode most of the time. I, like you, use more battery than my wife.

We also talked about trading batteries during the ride, but we didn't.

I would like the ability to ride farther and/or faster, but given the cost of batteries, I am having second thoughts.

Jim, I rode in Tour 30 miles to work and I am 230 lbs. I bought a used Chrome courier bag on Ebay for $70 that will fit a second battery.

If I want to go faster (sport or Turbo) to work I will borrow my wife’s battery.

When we ride together she uses Tour and I use Eco and we go as long as our heart or legs desire. 😁

Russ
 

Readytoride

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Region
USA
City
Virginia
My wife and I each have Gazelle Ultimate C380+ bikes. We have gone on some longer rides recently and have been considering an additional battery. It looks like an additional battery and a Gazelle rack are about $1,000 each.
I ordered a second downtube battery when I purchased my 380+ step- thru in June. I told the shop owner he needed to *get the battery cover* along with the battery. He forgot. The battery ($800) came in ... minus a cover. He quickly ordered a cover ($19), but we have now been waiting over 2 months for that cover to arrive. The shop owner keeps getting promises of "next week" for it to arrive. It hasn't yet.

I can easily get 40 miles on my current battery using Sport mode for the most part, but I'll need my second battery if I want to use the Gazelle for the metric century rides. Otherwise I have to ride my Vado 5.0 which has a 500w downtube battery, plus a second (604w) downtime battery that I carry on the bike's back rack until I need to swap out the batteries. Having two batteries easily give me 80 miles of range on the highest assist.

The Gazelle shop owner is at the point where he said he's simply going to give me a cover off one of the 380+s in inventory if my cover doesn't arrive by early September. I would honestly not want him to do that because it takes one of his sale bikes out of inventory. I plan to suggest (should my new cover still be MIA) that he let me "borrow" a cover for any metric rides so that I can return it right after the ride.
 
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Gazzy

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Region
USA
I ordered a second downtube battery when I purchased my 380+ step- thru in June. I told the shop owner he needed to *get the battery cover* along with the battery. He forgot. The battery ($800) came in ... minus a cover. He quickly ordered a cover ($19), but we have now been waiting over 2 months for that cover to arrive. The shop owner keeps getting promises of "next week" for it to arrive. It hasn't yet.

I can easily get 40 miles on my current battery using Sport mode for the most part, but I'll need my second battery if I want to use the Gazelle for the metric century rides. Otherwise I have to ride my Vado 5.0 which has a 500w downtube battery, plus a second (604w) downtime battery that I carry on the bike's back rack until I need to swap out the batteries. Having two batteries easily give me 80 miles of range on the highest assist.

The Gazelle shop owner is at the point where he said he's simply going to give me a cover off one of the 380+s in inventory if my cover doesn't arrive by early September. I would honestly not want him to do that because it takes one of his sale bikes out of inventory. I plan to suggest (should my new cover still be MIA) that he let me "borrow" a cover for any metric rides so that I can return it right after the ride

How do you carry the second battery (hopefully with cover by now!)? Am contemplating one myself. The full installation would be nice, but it's only about 1 in 20 rides where I'd make use of the extra range.