Building a couple of 20" wheel tadpole e-trike from scratch

Discussion in 'Recumbents, Trikes and HPVs' started by voyager, 30 Sep 2014.

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    voyager

    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    It shouldn't be a problem in a bag , personally on a df a rack mount isn't a problem , l keep batteries as low as possible on a trike for stability reasons.


    regards Emma
     
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker


    Let's go for a nice evening ride says Ken ,
    As the day drew shorter it got colder .

    it ended up a 10 mile round trip with a drink at the local watering hole , before coming home . Still the ride did us good l think , both of us slept well.

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    voyager

    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    An interesting start to the week , strange arcing noises started to emit from the charger .
    A trip to the Peace statue , and a rush home to keep infront of the rain drops .
    A quick rewire of the charge plug found the outer screw-on cover to have developed a stress crack .
    Rewelded the crack with a soldering iron and a quick tape job until I can find some large heat shrink. WP_20190527_13_26_52_Pro.jpg WP_20190527_13_28_00_Pro.jpg WP_20190527_13_28_14_Pro.jpg WP_20190525_12_48_41_Pro.jpg
    rewired the plug but next time it will be a replacement l think.

    House clearing still taking up to much time and the other events are moving closer to fruition.

    Regards Emma
     
  4. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    Location:
    On 3 Wheels
    :eek: how much current does the charger draw.
     
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    Charger is a 36/42v 2.5A unit but there is also a voltage present from the battery , l do not know if there is a current limit when backfeed from the charge socket. It did get rather warm , burnt and generally upset with itself.
    The Charger is almost 5 years old and the black insulated covering is starting to show signs of cracking .

    regards Emma
     
  6. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    Location:
    On 3 Wheels
    So it's around 100w output, even assuming that the charger is only using 'half' the sinewave of AC and allowing for losses in the transformer it shouldn't be drawing more than an amp or so from the mains.

    Time for a new charger maybe.
     
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    I will rewire it once , and it might last another 5 years , l have 3 spare chargers so not a problem .
    regards Emma
     
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    With the sun shining brightly in the sky , Ken and I decided to have a ride out to Hove lawns and get back through Brighton before the Hells Angles invasion ( motor cycle run ) lots of Police presence around Brighton.
    Grabbing a Tesco meal deal before stopping at Rottingdean Pond for Lunch , great day out .
    Rottingdean is a pretty village and former home to Kipling ( 2nd photo )
    nice pubs as well.
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    Regards Emma
     
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    What a change in the weather from nice to nasty ( flaming June ) The only flames were in my log fire . Only a couple of 10 mile short trips this week as the wind was cutting and lowering the temperature .
    Still its a few more miles and it will all WP_20190605_16_59_49_Pro.jpg add up eventually.

    regards Emma
     
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    Hi folks

    A few more miles this week and after Ken managed to lose the trike keys yesterday a quick hot wire to get it home .
    Keys now sorted and a clean up , during the clean up the rear mech lost it's spring , new mech fitted and ready to go again .

    regards Emma
     
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    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    Not much has happened to this pair of bikes of late , few more miles and little maintenance needed , hope to replace my rear wheel later to test out where an intermittent rubbing noise is coming from . WP_20190825_19_25_22_Pro.jpg WP_20190822_19_28_52_Pro.jpg
     
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