Join Date: May 2018
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Great question! Rechargeables are basically 2 cells filled with an electrochemical medium separated by a membrane. As the battery is drained the electrons in the medium travel from one cell to the other through the membrane. Fully draining the battery and then charging it, keeps the cells healthy. That is cycling the battery. When you fully charge the battery and leave it plugged in after it reaches 100% the electrons travel back through the membrane. This is called balancing and helps with battery health and longevity. Since the most expensive part on this bike by far is the battery ($5000.00), it is a important part of maintenance. The battery's are rated for thousands of cycles (1500?) before they start to lose range. I'm not a electrical engineer but I think I have the basics right. Sometimes I cheat and cycle the battery by leaving the headlight on if I didn't get a chance to ride enough to deplete the charge below 20% that month. I keep a journal with all miles, charging, maintenance, ect so I can track the performance. The bike is not as bitching as a custom like Orange Madness, but its light, fun and has the novelty factor. Hopefully Polaris will rebrand them as Indians and they will go from a fad to more of a mainstream option.
2017 Empulse TT - Minneapolis Minnesota