Specialized battery solution. Problem solved!

PaD

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I have triangle bags from 4 sources. One is pure crap the others are OK with some reservations and needed adjustments Will check yours out next!.
It’s got a zipper closure. Seems to be well made but it’s a bit tough to go the last millimeters to make it waterproof.
 

PaD

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Won't the bag overheat the battery in the summer, PaD?
I don’t think so. Of course there is reduced airflow but the bag isn’t supertight on top of the battery.
There is no temp sensor in the battery is there? Would be nice to get info in the Mission Control app
 

Sierratim

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So I got more than just 4 litres of storage when buying the framebag. Extra security for the battery included :)

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Not really super tight but maybe it helps. The conical shape of the down tube is not ideal when using velcro straps but the bag doesn’t slip.
PaD,

Did this frame bag come with velcro straps that would go around the Vado's battery, or did you need to change these out? Ortlieb's site doesn't specify this.
 

SamAlex

New Member
After the initial repair getting the battery out is not a problem. The problem is how hard it is to get it properly locked in and also having it pop out while riding.
Has this ever happened to you?
My solution: Put the battery in place, then hold the bike by the seat and the handle bar and use your foot to seat it. Works every time.
 

PaD

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PaD,

Did this frame bag come with velcro straps that would go around the Vado's battery, or did you need to change these out? Ortlieb's site doesn't specify this.
Hi
This is embarrassing. I just realised that you asked me in January about the velcro straps for the framebag.
Sorry I missed that.
This is of course too late but here is my answer any way.
There was some velcro straps to put around seat tube and bottom tube but if I remember this right it wasn’t enough for the battery/bottom tube on the Vado.
I think I bought 3-4 ft width 25mm.
 

Sierratim

Well-Known Member
Hi
This is embarrassing. I just realised that you asked me in January about the velcro straps for the framebag.
Sorry I missed that.
This is of course too late but here is my answer any way.
There was some velcro straps to put around seat tube and bottom tube but if I remember this right it wasn’t enough for the battery/bottom tube on the Vado.
I think I bought 3-4 ft width 25mm.
No worries. I bought the Ortlieb frame bag with 20" long velcro straps off eBay. Works great!
 
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PaD

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My solution: Put the battery in place, then hold the bike by the seat and the handle bar and use your foot to seat it. Works every time.
That’s probably exactly what Specialized think is what all owners need to know. Not.:)
(but I may try)
 

Stefan Mikes

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(I cannot get people not capable to insert the Vado battery properly... I own two batteries and no issues with inserting them).
 

mdl2020

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I have a 2020 Turbo Vado 4.0 and I have no issues with removal or the battery staying in but trying to install the battery is a complete nightmare. Already buggered my paint on the frame and have had it take 15 minutes of fiddling at best 1 or 2 minutes absolutely never first try, cussing and other trying to install it especially embarrassing at a trail head as everyone hops on their bikes and rides away.
 

Stefan Mikes

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@mdl2020: Here is the procedure:
  1. Lean the bike slightly onto the drive-side
  2. Align the battery the way it is parallel with the frame: Only a micro gap should remain between the top of the battery and the battery chamber
  3. Give the battery a slap from the top-left corner.
I am in the mood to make a short movie tomorrow morning my time.
 

PaD

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@mdl2020: Here is the procedure:
  1. Lean the bike slightly onto the drive-side
  2. Align the battery the way it is parallel with the frame: Only a micro gap should remain between the top of the battery and the battery chamber
  3. Give the battery a slap from the top-left corner.
I am in the mood to make a short movie tomorrow morning my time.
Please make that movie.
 

Stefan Mikes

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