[Request for advice] Looking for an appropriate charger

I recently got a used Jetson e-bike for free, and the owner says it works and I just need to charge the battery.
However, the charger itself is missing.

I need to find and buy and appropriate charger to charge it at home off the home-grid (I live in New York, US if that matters), but I'm a complete newbie when it comes to electrics. Could you please give me an advice what kind of a charger it would need to be and where I should look for it?

The bike's motor is 500W, the brand is Jetson.

The Lithium battery has 48v, 17Ah.

The ID-code (??) on the battery says "HW 48V17AH 140608 144372".

The power connector is the same kind as used at computer monitors (I'll attach a picture of the charger connector that fits it).

Pic. 1: the manufacturer's tag on the battery

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Pic.2: the battery and the ID-code (??)
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Pic. 3: the C-14 charger end that fits the battery.

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Sierratim

Well-Known Member
I recently got a used Jetson e-bike for free, and the owner says it works and I just need to charge the battery.
However, the charger itself is missing.

I need to find and buy and appropriate charger to charge it at home off the home-grid (I live in New York, US if that matters), but I'm a complete newbie when it comes to electrics. Could you please give me an advice what kind of a charger it would need to be and where I should look for it?

The bike's motor is 500W, the brand is Jetson.

The Lithium battery has 48v, 17Ah.

The ID-code (??) on the battery says "HW 48V17AH 140608 144372".

The power connector is the same kind as used at computer monitors (I'll attach a picture of the charger connector that fits it).

Pic. 1: the manufacturer's tag on the battery

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Pic.2: the battery and the ID-code (??)
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Pic. 3: the C-14 charger end that fits the battery.

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When you say the connector is the same kind as used on computer monitors, it looks like you're referring to the power cord connector, correct? I've never seen this style used on a lithium battery charger so you may end up needing to change the charger's connector.

As to a charger, you will need a charger specifically designed for lithium batteries. Nothing showed up when I Googled this battery. 48V is fairly common however. An eBay search brought up dozens of generic lithium chargers that should handle this safely, after changing the connector. Prices were $20 and up with the lower $ units shipping from China. Domestic stock is more $, but still Chinese origin I'm sure.

Have you checked the voltage at the battery pack pins? It'd be a good sign if it was anywhere near 48V. A lot lower may be a sign of trouble.
 

AHicks

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Myself, I would just plan on changing the charge outlet, or adding my own. A pair of XT60 or XT 90 male/female connectors make this a simple operation that would reduce the difficulty of finding a charger that is able to charge this battery correctly MUCH simpler.

Fingers crossed on the condition of that battery....
 

Sierratim

Well-Known Member
I recently got a used Jetson e-bike for free, and the owner says it works and I just need to charge the battery.
However, the charger itself is missing.

I need to find and buy and appropriate charger to charge it at home off the home-grid (I live in New York, US if that matters), but I'm a complete newbie when it comes to electrics. Could you please give me an advice what kind of a charger it would need to be and where I should look for it?

The bike's motor is 500W, the brand is Jetson.

The Lithium battery has 48v, 17Ah.

The ID-code (??) on the battery says "HW 48V17AH 140608 144372".

The power connector is the same kind as used at computer monitors (I'll attach a picture of the charger connector that fits it).

Pic. 1: the manufacturer's tag on the battery

View attachment 52652

Pic.2: the battery and the ID-code (??)
View attachment 52653

Pic. 3: the C-14 charger end that fits the battery.

View attachment 52654
BTW - The Jetson ebike web site, https://ridejetson.com/collections/electric-bikes, has 3 models available. All 3 use 36V batteries. They have replacement chargers, but just for these 36V bikes. A generic 48V lithium specific charger looks like the way to go.
 
When you say the connector is the same kind as used on computer monitors, it looks like you're referring to the power cord connector, correct? I've never seen this style used on a lithium battery charger so you may end up needing to change the charger's connector.

As to a charger, you will need a charger specifically designed for lithium batteries. Nothing showed up when I Googled this battery. 48V is fairly common however. An eBay search brought up dozens of generic lithium chargers that should handle this safely, after changing the connector. Prices were $20 and up with the lower $ units shipping from China. Domestic stock is more $, but still Chinese origin I'm sure.

Have you checked the voltage at the battery pack pins? It'd be a good sign if it was anywhere near 48V. A lot lower may be a sign of trouble.

Thanks for the answer!

Yes, I was talking about the power connector.

I found this on E-bay >>

https://www.ebay.com/itm/48V-2-5-Am...833177?hash=item285b435cd9:g:tL0AAOSwf05bA877 ,

It seems to match the specs and also seems to have the fitting connector pre-installed. Do you think this should do?

In regards to the voltage between the contacts, I just contacted several people on Letgo to buy a multimeter.
 
Myself, I would just plan on changing the charge outlet, or adding my own. A pair of XT60 or XT 90 male/female connectors make this a simple operation that would reduce the difficulty of finding a charger that is able to charge this battery correctly MUCH simpler.

Fingers crossed on the condition of that battery....

Thanks for the answer!
I might replace the connectors as you say, though I think I found a charger with the fitting connector.
 

Sierratim

Well-Known Member
Thanks for the answer!

Yes, I was talking about the power connector.

I found this on E-bay >>

https://www.ebay.com/itm/48V-2-5-Am...833177?hash=item285b435cd9:g:tL0AAOSwf05bA877 ,

It seems to match the specs and also seems to have the fitting connector pre-installed. Do you think this should do?

In regards to the voltage between the contacts, I just contacted several people on Letgo to buy a multimeter.
The eBay description notes that this is a lead acid battery charger. This is not safe to use on a lithium battery pack. Be sure you include 'lithium' in your search criteria.
 

Sierratim

Well-Known Member
Thanks for the answer!

Yes, I was talking about the power connector.

I found this on E-bay >>

https://www.ebay.com/itm/48V-2-5-Am...833177?hash=item285b435cd9:g:tL0AAOSwf05bA877 ,

It seems to match the specs and also seems to have the fitting connector pre-installed. Do you think this should do?

In regards to the voltage between the contacts, I just contacted several people on Letgo to buy a multimeter.
Take a look at this charger,


Terrible URL, but it has a matching plug, is rated for lithium batteries and ships dometically; $22.

Since there's no industry standard for the polarity on these plugs I would suggest verifying it with your new multi-meter before connecting it to your battery.
 
Take a look at this charger,


Terrible URL, but it has a matching plug, is rated for lithium batteries and ships dometically; $22.

Since there's no industry standard for the polarity on these plugs I would suggest verifying it with your new multi-meter before connecting it to your battery.

Thanks! Once I check the battery with a multimeter, I'll buy this charger.
 

AHicks

Well-Known Member
Geez, be careful here. There's a significant difference in the cut off voltage when considering LiFe vs. LiPo chargers. LiFe cut off is considerably lower.
 

Sierratim

Well-Known Member
True. If the battery is a different chemistry it could shorten the life of a presumptively older battery pack, though under-charging has been shown to extend battery life, so maybe a wash. Hard to say without more specifics, which Google didn't produce for me. Lacking specifics on the pack's chemistry the only other choice would be no charger as using a LiPo charger could irreparably damage the battery, or worse.

What would you suggest at this point, given what is known and knowable?
 

AHicks

Well-Known Member
Need to know more about this battery. If there are no external markings identifying it, taking it apart may be the only option. This, to identify the individual cells, which USUALLY are identifiable.
 

Timpo

Well-Known Member
Take a look at this charger,


Terrible URL, but it has a matching plug, is rated for lithium batteries and ships dometically; $22.

Since there's no industry standard for the polarity on these plugs I would suggest verifying it with your new multi-meter before connecting it to your battery.
It says 59V, don't use that charger.

48V Lithium-Ion is 54.6V
 

Timpo

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^ oh, and warning.. AliExpress is usually not the fastest, sometimes they could take 8 weeks!

I don't think the Covid 19 situation helps either.
 
Need to know more about this battery. If there are no external markings identifying it, taking it apart may be the only option. This, to identify the individual cells, which USUALLY are identifiable.
I think I'll try to disassemble it as you say, just to be safe. Thanks!
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Certainly doable, if the owner is up for it.

For the OP's refernece, here's an Endless Sphere thread on LiFePO4 vs LiPo batteries, https://www.endless-sphere.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=26709 .
Reading the thread. Thanks!
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I checked the voltage between the contacts with a multimeter, and it shows 20V.

What does it say about battery? Does it mean it's in a bad shape?
 

Sierratim

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Not good news. Depending on the chemistry it shouldn't be lower than about double that. At 20V it's telling you that most of the cells are way below their spec'd minimum voltage or that one or more cells are dead. Low cell voltage can lead to early cell, and therefore, battery failure. Can't really say if that's all ready happened or not. You could take the pack apart and check individual cell voltages. If none are dead and you're willing to spend a few $ on the charger you can test the pack by charging it up. If the voltage comes up, you're good to go. Otherwise you've got a new charger and a dead battery.