Specialized battery solution. Problem solved!

Cyklefanatic

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OK this is a deep dive and solution into the battery fitment problem on Vado’s.
My OCD simply wouldn’t allow me to live with this problem any longer.
Short term I was using tape to keep the battery in place. Effective but too amateur.
So I had a look inside the battery case to see how this all works. Basically you have a latch actuated by the key, two rubber bumpers that the battery rests on and a spring loaded plunger that keeps the battery from rattling if it is a bit loose when locked. The battery has a shim to allow for manufacturing tolerances. They come in 3 sizes. +.25, 0, -.25mm. My battery has the thinnest shim which is the -.25.
The problem for my bike is that I needed a shim thinner than the -.25 because the distance between the latch of the lock and the bumpers was too small. So the battery never really fully latched in place. A sharp bump and out comes the battery. So I convinced my LBS to give me a shim and a ground it down to be a -.5mm. Actually it now has a taper on it to make it latch in easier.
Perfect the battery goes in without having to kick it in. Three finger pressure and it latches in nicely. It doesn’t rattle and because the latch drops all the way down now the battery will never fall out while riding. Another bonus is that the key smoothly releases the battery instead of having to almost break the key to get the battery out. The solution was simple but really Specialized should have known this and made some smaller shims and saved us all the aggravation.
 

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GaleL

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Stefan Mikes

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Same procedure for a Specialized Turbo COMO 3.0 Low-step?
All Como and Vado e-bikes share the same battery format. Moreover, you can swap batteries of different capacity (460, 500 or 600 Wh). It is a good design, unlike, say, Bosch or Yamaha that make batteries in many different formats. (Not sure about Shimano).
 

GaleL

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Thank you, Stefan! That's great -- that the battery capacities can be swapped. WOW. I am assuming that the different capacities of batteries fit into the same battery cover.
 

Kam1936

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It makes it hard for me to put the battery in the place, the Step-Through model. The Specialized Rib Cage II hardly fits between the battery and the top tube.


I think to all of us Vado users.
Not all. I just firmly press until I hear it click and then pull to check to see if it's solid. I never had the battery come loose during a ride and I've never had to give it a whack to get it in place. The previous Vado I tried did have the issue with battery. Still, I don't like to take my battery out much because of the difficult angle to get it in. It's been a little over a year, I've personally removed the battery maybe 5 times. The lbs did in my presence twice. I got the SOGEN specifically to charge my battery while it's on the bike and to not have to depend on a wall socket when I'm out and about. I think the more the battery is removed and put back, there is always a possibility of damaging the shim through improper installation. On the occasions I did remove and put the battery back in I was real careful to align it properly to keep from damaging the shim.

Positive note: I've surpassed 3000 miles now. No motor errors, battery health is still 100%(99% according to BLEvo),no broken spokes and no flats or punctures. I still have the same Specialized thorn resistant tubes, liners and slime in there from when I bought my bike. The Triggers Black Belt protection served me well (about 2200 miles) until I could see visible wear. Got about 800 or more with the Armadillos E. 2.0. They seem to be holding up well. Hopefully they outlast the Triggers and give me a couple thousand more miles before I need to replace them.
 

Stefan Mikes

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Brwinów (PL)
I just want to say my Sunday ride required:
  • Inserting the battery #2 into my Vado
  • Removing the battery #2 when it got down to 17% of charge
  • Inserting the battery #1 into the bike
  • Removing the battery #1 post ride.
Now, both batteries are being charged at my flat. If I had any issues such as battery trying to jump out, that happened only once on one of my first rides...

On my travelling, hotels are reluctant to admit my e-bikes for charging inside. I guess that eliminates SL e-bikes from my equation.
 

GaleL

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West Vancouver, BC
I just want to say my Sunday ride required:
  • Inserting the battery #2 into my Vado
  • Removing the battery #2 when it got down to 17% of charge
  • Inserting the battery #1 into the bike
  • Removing the battery #1 post ride.
Now, both batteries are being charged at my flat. If I had any issues such as battery trying to jump out, that happened only once on one of my first rides...

On my travelling, hotels are reluctant to admit my e-bikes for charging inside. I guess that eliminates SL e-bikes from my equation.
Does the SL model take longer to charge, Stefan?