Battery Comparison Table
(Sealed Lead Acid)
(Lithium Iron Phosphorous)
|Weight||18 Lbs||13 Lbs|
|Range||~12 Miles||~25 Miles|
|Ride Time||~45 Minutes||~120 Minutes|
|Charge Time||5 Hours||3.3 Hours|
|Charge Cycles||400 Cycles||1,500 Cycles|
|Life Miles||~4,800 Miles||~40,000 Miles|
Sealed Lead Acid (SLA)
The SLA Battery is like a wheelchair battery. It is sealed and has a gel inside, so it is safe when turned upside down. (Unlike your car battery.) It is made from 60% – 80% recycled materials and is easily recyclable (please do your part!)
A SLA battery is ideal for the Ridekick power trailer. First, an SLA battery is more affordable for everyone. Second, your bike steers and balances naturally even with extra weight in the trailer, so a heavier battery is A-OK. Electric bikes benefit from lighter lithium batteries because the bike handles more naturally without extra weight. Ridekick International is interested in making the SLA battery available so more people can access and try an electric-assist for bicycles.
Lithium Batteries (LiFePO4)
Lithium batteries are a newer technology with better range, lower weight and smaller size. Go twice as far on a single charge!
You may have heard how they are not safe and may catch on fire. There are many types of lithium batteries, and we chose LiFePO4 (say “Life-PO”) because it is the safer style and well-adapted to the Ridekick power trailer.
Will it fit in my Ridekick trailer? Yes. The LiFePO4 battery pack fits in the same area as the SLA pack. Since the lithium battery is a slightly different size, Ridekick provides a new strap and bracket to make it secure in your trailer.