Understanding your Battery
Lithium-ion batteries have a high energy content when charged. The contents of these cells can be flammable in the right conditions. These batteries should always be handled and stored carefully. Temperatures below 15° F and above 140° F should be avoided. Avoid mechanical stresses such as dropping your battery on hard surfaces. Avoid coming in contact with moisture; always remove the battery prior to washing your bike. Note: The CS models are protected from normal wet riding conditions by a rubber gasket. NEVER open the battery’s black plastic housing. Failure to do so will void any warranty, implied or otherwise.
The 36V lithium-ion battery included with your new bike ships partially charged.
Batteries should be charged in a dry location at room temperature. The best charging practice is to fully discharge the battery, then fully charge it. The charger is equipped with over-current protection for safety. The LED light on the charger is red during charging and green when fully charged. Once the battery is fully charged it should be removed from the charger. Never leave a battery connected to a charger for long period of time unattended. Charging time depends on the battery capacity, but typically can be charged from zero to 100% in 6 hours.
There are many variables that can affect the total range on a fully charged battery. Environmental factors that affect distance are road surface type, terrain type (including steep hills), frequent stopping and starting, temperature, and wind. Rider variables including total weight and riding posture will affect the range. Bike factors such as tire tread, gear shifting, and the level of selected pedal assist will all influence the total range. On average, you can expect to travel 40 miles or more on a fully charged battery using pedal assist.
The "power loss curve" for lithium-ion batteries is a depiction of how the battery loses its full potential over its lifetime. This is a gradual curve downward caused by many variables such as charging habits, work load, temperature, and age. During the initial 500 charges a single charge may last 4 days or 40 miles. Over time, it may drop to 80% of the original potential, then 70%, and so on until the battery must be charged too frequently to use. Near the end of the usable life of the battery, a typical 6 hour charge may only result in a 10 mile range. Lithium-ion batteries degrade over time, even if you don’t use them.
Storage & Transport
Optimal storage locations are dry, well-ventilated areas with smoke detectors. NEVER store your battery near heat sources or flammable materials. Avoid storing the battery inside the bike in direct sunlight. For long periods of storage, the battery should have a 50% charge. Prolonged storage in a fully charged or discharged state will decrease the life of the battery. We recommend that the battery be removed from the bike for transport.
Additional batteries and chargers for both the CS-240 and CS-260 are available for purchase on our website at www.totemusa.com Batteries that can no longer be used should be properly disposed of at a recycling facility.