My Prodeco Mariner G was recently vandalized and relieved of it's battery and battery mount, which means the controller is gone too.
ICan I use one of these other batteries? Any suggestions or help would be much appreciated.
@Amber777H You can use the next size up of Prodeco Tech battery and components; upgrade to 36V; just call Prodeco Tech (ask to speak to Luis in Customer Service) and ask for the battery, controller and throttle for a Mariner v3.5. Your 24V motor should handle a little more volts without a problem.
I called the bike shop where I purchased the bike and they no longer carry Prodeco bikes or their parts. Then I contacted Prodeco but they no longer carry this battery and instructed me to try and find the battery on websites such as eBay.
Well I've looked, and looked, and can't find a 24V 9Ah battery. I've found 48v 9AH, 36v 9AH, 24V 11AH, but no 24V 9AH.
So what do I do? Can I use one of these other batteries? Any suggestions or help would be much appreciated.
I can understand not leaping on the total rebuild with Prodeco, it is a costly deal and wouldn't really be able to offer a warranty on mismatched components. Since you are able to get the compatible 24V parts, then that will put the least amount of extra stress on your motor and current wiring harness. Given that this is a little older bike, then pushing the 24V motor to 36V will mean that the motor will be running hotter and thus wear out sooner. You would need to watch the amount of Amps of the controller since the wiring harness and motor will have limits as to what each is designed to handle. Too many amps on too lightweight of wiring can melt the wires and pushing the motor too hard most likely would cause a failure due to overheating or failure of the mosfets inside the motor. To give you a more specific answer, I'd need more info on the motor. It's best if all 3, motor, controller and battery match in voltage; however, some motors are designed to handle different voltages. I think this subject is a real good candidate for one of EBR's upcoming tech articles. Glad you're curious about this @Amber777H
Higher amp hours on the battery, like 10-12 amp/hours, while it is still a 24V battery would not be a problem, Amber. If you went from 9 amp/hours to 15 or 20 amp/hours that might be an issue. It would be the combo of higher voltage with much higher amps on the battery and controller that could be interesting. . I would need other specs that would come from Prodeco Tech beyond just the basic info to be more specific. Honestly, if you have original parts available (and I mean a fresh 24V battery, not one that's sat around on a shelf for 2 or 3 years) at a reasonable price, that is going to be the easiest way to get back on the road. I still would take into consideration that this 24V motor is not new if you're still thinking about changing voltages to gain more speed. Gotta love a project bike!
I would get a 24 volt controller from Prodeco if they still have them, that way the wires will match up. Get a 24 V Frog battery from ebay.com or Alibaba.com. The frog battery has space for a controller and will mount on the frame beneath the seat post. It they cut the wire you probably need a handyman to rewire it, if you stick with the Prodeco controller the wire colors will match up. http://www.aliexpress.com/item/24v-...-Battery-for-250W-350W-motor/32379816124.html
You can try Alababa.com and find a 24 volt 10 AH frog battery for cheaper; it takes a few emails to get a shipping quote. (ask for a sample)
The bike won't look the same because the Prodeco has been using an extended mount since March 2011 but it will work. There are pictures at tthat link of the battery mounted on an ebike. My experience is 18-24 days on delivery. Anyone with Prodeco bike problems just email me as I am a Prodeco dealer
@vincent & @Amber777H , Luna Cycles is a good resource and there are others, too. One bit of necessary info you need for that controller is the Amperage rating. It will need to match or exceed that of the original Prodeco Tech controller. You can find that info on the side of the controller box. If the amperage rating of the controller is too small, you can potentially fry it! Flushed money . I agree with Vincent that having a shop help you with the wiring is a smart idea; most electric bike shops do a fair amount of customizing, so call a few and chat about what you need. The gauge of wire off the controller & battery are usually heavier duty to carry the amperage and prevent a meltdown when the bike is under a load and pulling the most power.