Talaria Battery: Proper Maintenance And Charging For Longer Life

Talaria Battery
The Talaria Battery comes with a single heavy-duty connector. Picture courtesy of www.talariacanada.com

The Talaria Sting electric dirt bike comes with a high-powered battery that gives the bike great speed, range, and torque. It is important for Talaria owners to know how to keep their Talaria battery in optimal health and how to improve the longevity of the Talaria Battery. It’s also important to avoid the critical mistakes that some riders are making that will ruin your Talaria Battery.

The Talaria battery is a 60V 38Ah removable lithium-ion power pack made from LG 21700 battery cells providing 2280 watt-hours. It comes with a programmable BMS for optimized health and protection. With proper maintenance, the Talaria battery will last between 500 and 1000 cycles or 5 to 7 years.

The life and performance of a Talaria Sting battery can be worse or better for different owners and it usually comes down to battery care and charging.

Since the cost to replace a Talaria battery is about $1800.00 in the USA and $2200.00 in Canada, it makes a lot of sense to know how to keep the Talaria battery performing well and lasting as long as possible.

It’s also important to know about the safety hazards of ion lithium batteries.

What Is A Talaria Battery?

Talaria Sting Battery
The Talaria battery sits near the front for perfect balance.

The Talaria Sting is equipped with lithium-ion batteries. These same batteries can be found in many items of electric high-power devices like phones, drones, and cars.

The Talaria battery pack is made up of about 200 LG Lithium-ion cells that look like AA batteries all connected together. These cells are all connected together in layers and the whole battery provides 6000 watts of peak power and 60 volts and weighs 28 pounds / 12.85kg.

The Talaria Battery is designed to ensure that riders get the maximum power, speed, and range. For more on the Talaria Sting check out our page on 2022 Talaria Sting Review.

Battery Safety

NOTE: With more and more of these large lithium-ion battery packs around there have been more and more instances of fire and even fatalities linked to battery fires.

For this reason, we only recommend using quality batteries for good brands and avoid tampering, fixing, or modifying your battery – see a recent news report about death due to ebike battery fire HERE

How Long Will Your Talaria Battery Last: Lifespan

We are not talking about how long the Talaria battery will last on a ride or how much range, we are talking about the entire lifespan of the Talaria battery, and how many charges you can do, or how many years should you get out of your Talaria battery.

If you maintain a proper charging regimen and don’t do anything that will affect the longevity of your Talaria Battery, you can expect to have a perfect working battery for 500 cycles. After 500 charging cycles, your Talaria battery should degrade slowly until you need to replace it somewhere around 1000 charging cycles.

One charging cycle means from 0% to 100%, so if you deplete your battery to 50% and then charge it that count for a half cycle. If you change it only 50% a second time that equals one full cycle.

For the average rider, 1000 cycles should mean 5 to 7 years of use, or up to 10 years of use if you are lucky. Since the Talaria bike is new, your battery life will vary and there are things you can do to make it last longer, or shorten the battery lifespan which we will discuss below.

The lifespan in years will also depend on how often your ride. A guy that rides to work and back every day will have to replace the Talaria battery long before a guy that rides the trails once a week.

We have seen users make the mistake of not charging or not storing their battery properly and they ruin the battery within a year or two. Ruining a battery can mean anything from the battery not taking a full charge, or depleting a full charge much faster than it should, or having other electrical problems. This can be very irritating and a costly mistake that can be avoided.

The Best Way To Charge Your Talaria Battery

A great thing about the Talaria Battery is that you have the option to charge the battery while it’s in the bike, or you can remove the battery and charge it wherever you can find an outlet.

Either way works, so there is no excuse for not charging your Talaria battery. Using the proper steps to charge and store your Talaria Sting battery will help ensure your battery lasts as long as it is meant to.

Battery experts say that if you want to extend the lifespan of your Talaira battery, you should never discharge it completely and only charge it to 100% just before you ride. This is because when the lithium-ion battery cells are at extremes, meaning when they are at 0% and at 100% or above, they will degrade faster in this extreme state.

It is recommended to use the stock Talaria charger, which is considered a fast charger and is meant for this type of battery.

However, we have heard battery experts say that is better for the longevity of the battery to use a slower charging method most of the time, therefore an aftermarket trickle charger may be best when you are not in a rush to get back on the bike, and then only use your Talaria battery charger when you need a fast charge.

How much using a slow charger will extend battery life is not confirmed, but it is recommended by some lithium-ion battery makers.

The stock Talaria Sting battery charger can be plugged into any standard wall outlet, just be sure to use the charger made for your country and the plug fits the outlet properly.

The red light on the charger means that it is charging, and the green light means that it is fully charged.

When you get your Talaria Sting bike, it is recommended that you charge your battery to 100% just before you use it, and most riders will charge their Talaria battery to full after each ride, but this can be a mistake. I will discuss why this is?

Talaria Battery Charging Procedure

Your Talaria sting battery can be charged while out of the bike or while it is still in Talaria’s bike. The less you remove the battery, the less wear on your cable plug and connector.

Before we get into proper charging, did you know that your Talaria battery is happiest between about 50% to 75% when you are storing it for the short and long term and that overcharging or leaving it near zero percent charge can be a serious issue? See below for Optimum storage percentages for long and short storage.

You can also damage your Talaria battery by charging it when it’s too hot, or too cold. We have heard reports of riders with fairly new batteries damaging their perfectly good battery, which gives them less range and power.

Charging The Talaria Battery Out Of The Bike

Charging A Talaria Battery
When charging in or out of the Talaria bike, make sure the Talaria charger plug and battery are lined up properly

If you are going to charge your Talaria battery after you take the battery out of the bike, it’s best to follow these procedures.

  • Place the battery on a flat dry surface, and somewhere not in direct sunlight or where it is exposed to extreme heat, cold, or moisture.
  • Line up the charger plug to the battery port and then plug the charger into the battery, make sure when you plug it in that it fully clips in, you may hear it clip.
  • Plug the charger plug into the wall outlet
  • The Red light on the charger means that it is charging and the green light means that it is fully charged.
  • Listen for the fan to come on and confirm the red light is on.
  • When that battery is charged, unplug the charger from the wall then unplug from the battery port.
  • Secure the battery port cap.

Charging The Talaria Battery While In The Bike

  • Ensure the key is out of the bike and the bike is completely off.
  • Open the battery lid and turn off the breaker. (this is very important)
  • Unplugging the connector cable.
  • Plug the charger into the battery port and make sure it fully clips in.
  • Plug the charger into the wall.
  • Listen for the fan to come on and confirm whether the red light is on or flashing.
  • When that battery is charged, unplug the charger from the wall outlet first, then unplug the charger from the battery port.
  • Secure the battery port cap and your battery is ready to go (NOTE: Some experts recommend waiting 30 to 60 minutes after a charge to let your battery cool down before you use your bike.)

NOTE: some users report their charger does not show the green light or turn off when fully charged

TIP: I set a timer on my phone to unplug the battery charger, so I do not forget about it.

Or, I also use an outlet timer that will cut the power to the charger at a certain time. I do this most often, especially when I plug in the charger and then go to bed or to work.

These methods ensure that I do not overcharge or forget about my battery and charger.

Charging Tips For Extended Battery Life

The tips we provide come from battery experts and battery manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries. They are meant to help you prolong the life of your Talaria battery, and are not meant for more speed or power. There are other ways to get more speed and more power from your Talaria Sting Bike.

These charging tips will depend on whether you will be using your bike within 24 hours, a few days later, weeks later, or storing it for months, and they are critical to your Talaria battery’s health and longevity.

24 Hour Use

If you are planning on riding within 24 hours and you need to use most or all of your battery charge to ensure you have enough range for your trip, then go ahead and charge your battery to 100%.

Optimum Storage Percentage For Talaria Battery – 24 Hours To 30 Day Use

If you won’t be using your Talaria Sting for a couple of days or weeks, it is best to only charge your Talaria battery to 50% to 70%, and that you charge it within a couple of hours after your last ride. Then keep it topped up in that range and don’t store it below 40% for an extended period of time.

Then, only charge it up 100% just before you go for a ride.

NOTE: We have been told that after a ride in very hot or very cold, you should wait until your battery returns to about room temperature before starting to charge it.

30+ Days And Long-Term Storage: See Below

Optimum Charging Temperatures For Talaria Battery – Quick Guide

(UPDATED November 22, 2022)

It can be bad for the battery to charge it in extreme temperatures, and there are certain temperatures that are optimal for charging.

The ideal temperature for charging a Talaria battery is 55F to 70F (12.8 – 21 Celsius). However, also charging from 42f to 109F (5C to 42.5) can be done.

The minimum temperature for charging a Talaria battery is 41F or 5C – Your talaria battery may not charge at or below this temperature.

The maximum temperature for charging a Talaria battery is 109F or 42.8C Your talaria battery may not charge or may be damaged at or above this temperature.

DO NOT CHARGE – Extreme temperatures:110F and under 5C

Some tips for prolonging the battery life of your Talaria Sting Battery are:

  • Turn off the circuit breaker before charging or removing your connectors cables
  • Let your Talaira battery rest or cool off or get it to room temperature after a ride and before you charge it.
  • Do not charge a hot or cold Talaria battery.
  • Do not charge the Talaria battery in extreme cold temperatures or in extreme heat temperatures. Charging between 55F to 70F (12.8 – 21 Celsius) is ideal.
  • DO NOT Charge below freezing (32F – 0C)
  • Do not ride your Talaria to 0% or completely drain the Talaria battery. It’s better to leave a 5% to 15% battery charge if possible.
  • Do not leave your Talaria battery on a very low charge or 0% charge for a long time as this can cause serious battery damage. Instead, charge the battery as soon as possible and within 24 hours after full discharge or when below 50%.
  • If your next ride wont be for a week or two or longer, only charge to 50% to 75% and do not charge it to 100% – See below for short and long-term storage.

Never Drain Your Talaria Battery To Zero Percent

It is recommended to never drain your battery to zero, however doing so should not cause any damage, however…..

Your Talaria battery comes with a built-in BMS (Battery Management System) which has a built-in safety mechanism that will prevent your battery from ever truly reaching zero percent after a ride, or reaching 100% full when charging, even if your gauge says so.

This safety mechanism is in place because charging to absolute zero or 100% can be fatal for your battery. However, even with the BMS working properly, if you drain your battery to zero on a ride and then you don’t charge it for a period of time it can drain even more over time to absolute zero/dead, and that can permanently damage your battery and prevent your charger from recognizing your battery and then it will not charge. See more details on charging a dead battery below.

Storing A Talaria Battery

Properly storing a Talaria battery for both short and long periods of time is critical for maintaining a long-lasting battery. You can charge your Talaria Battery fully, but over time some or all of the charge will deplete on its own without any use. This is Ok if the battery doesn’t get too low ( below 40%). If the battery becomes too low, especially completely dead, it can cause serious future problems with the battery not taking a charge or not holding a charge, or even loss of power.

Follow these tips and advice for short and long-term storage.

Talaria Battery Proper Storage Charge

When storing your battery for a short or long time, battery experts recommend to only charging the Talaria battery between 50% and 75% and then store it at that level.

Talaria Battery Short Term Storage: 15 Days or Less

If only charge your Talaria battery between 50% and 75%, and it’s a short time unit your next ride, you probably won’t need to check on the battery since it should not get below 50% in a few days, and you won’t need to top it up until you are ready to ride. But, if you plan on leaving your battery unused for a longer time, up to 15 days, you will need to top up your charge.

Talaria Battery Long Term Storage, 30 Days or More

DO NOT store your Talaria battery and then forget about it! This is a critical mistake that others have made.

For any long-term storage, like over the winter when you put the bike away for months, you will need to have a regular schedule to check on the battery. You should check on the battery weekly to ensure that the battery stays between 50% and 75%.

I set reminders on my phone to make sure when the Talaria battery gets to about 55% I charge it back to about 65%. Never let it drop too low and leave it low, or it could cause long-term damage that will affect your range or power, or both.

Talaria Battery Storage Area And Temperature

It is best to store your battery in an area with a steady temperature between 55F and 70F and preferably somewhere dry with low humidity. Storing your battery in very cold or very hot can ruin your battery and also deplete the battery quicker.

Storing your Talaria battery somewhere with drastic temperature fluctuations is also not a good thing. Storing your battery in your home at room temperature is Ok.

Never store your Talaria battery in direct sunlight in your vehicle or in a window, a shed, or outside, since doing so might put your Talaria battery at risk of overheating and it could also start a fire or damage your battery.

Use Your Talaria Battery: Ideally, you should try to use your battery at least every 3 months if possible. When you are ready to pull your Talaria battery and bike out of storage, charge it up just before you ride and it should work perfectly.

Talaria Battery Storage and Charging Humidity

It is best if you can charge and store your talaria battery in an area with humidity around 50%. Slightly over or under this is fine, but high humidity can cause potential problems.

Balancing Your Talaria Battery

The recommended guideline to only charge between 55% and 75% is a good rule of thumb but only charging to 75% or less could mean some cells will be slightly less or slightly more charged than others, and therefore your battery might become out of balance. DON’T WORRY, This is not an issue in the short term, and it shouldn’t happen if you charge it to 100% before each ride.

But over a 4 to 5-month storage period where you may need to top up your battery 5 to 10 times back to a maximum of 85%, this can unbalance your battery. Therefore, your battery will need to be balanced about every 5 to 10 cycles. I have heard battery experts recommend 10 cycles. Balancing means that every cell is full and has an equal charge (balanced).

Balancing a battery is simply charging the Talaria battery completely to 100% ( or letting your charger stop on its own,)

NOTE: My charger, and I have heard from others, can run for 60 minutes or more even after the battery reads 100%.

Talaria Battery Won’t Charge: Fixing Charging Problems

It has been reported that once the battery gets too low of a charge the charger may not recognize it as a battery and your charger won’t start charging. This has been happening to some riders. There are two possible fixes that might work if you experience this problem.

Method One

The first fix is the jump-start method which you may need to try a few times to get it to work:

  • Step 1 – plug the Sur Ron Charger into the battery
  • Step 2 – Plug the charger into the wall plug and wait until you see the charger flash red and green
  • Step 3 – Once you see the light flashing green and red unplug it from the wall and quickly plug it back in. You should see it flash red.
  • Step 4 – Let it keep flashing red for about 10 to 60 seconds until it turns to a solid red light.
  • Step 5 – Once it goes from flashing red to solid red unplug it from the wall and immediately plug it back in. This should start the charger and the fan should turn on which will indicate the charger is working.
  • Check the Talaria battery and you should now see the gauge at 0 to 5% and it should take a charge from then on.
  • You can see this done with a Sur Ron bike on YouTube HERE

Method Two

If the jump-start method doesn’t work and your battery and charger seem dead, it’s time for the second method.

The second method to get your Talaria Battery to start taking a charge is to purchase the GritShift Variable charger for the Talaria. make sure you select Talaria to be sure you have the correct adaptor.

Once you receive the charger and adapter, connect the adapter to the charger and plug it into the wall

Then set the charger to 2amp for a slow trickle charge.

Then plug the adapter into the Talaria Battery: This should start charging immediately and will allow you to build up enough of a charge that you will be able to either charge it fully with that charger, or you can now use your Talaria stock battery charger again. See how it is done on A Sur Ron Bike HERE

With this second method, you want to order the charger immediately since leaving your battery on a very low charge for too long can cause permanent damage to your Talaria Sting battery.

NOTE: These methods may or may not work for you so if possible it is best to never drain your Talaria battery to zero when riding.

Riding In Extreme Temperatures

Your Talaria Sting Battery may not have as long of a range if you ride in extreme heat, or if the battery gets too hot.

It is also well known that lithium-ion batteries do not perform well in very cold temperatures so riding your Talaria bike in the extreme cold will also cause a loss of range and battery life if the battery gets too cold. However, riding at or below the freezing mark should not permanently damage your Talaria battery.

Talaria Battery Replacement

With these tips and with proper charging and storage, your Talaria battery should last a long time and provide you with many years of great riding, but should you need to replace your battery, it is recommended to replace it with an authentic Talaria battery.

You can purchase an authentic Talaria Battery suitable for Canada, USA, and European outlets from Ebikezilla

Talaria Battery Upgrade

There are some riders that will want to upgrade their Talaria Battery for a larger battery that can provide more power, more speed, or more range. The range on the stock battery is said to be about 62 miles or 105kms but with an upgraded battery it is possible to get over 100 miles.

The problem right now is that Talaria bikes are new and only recently are we seeing aftermarket parts and upgrades like batteries becoming available.

Once we see some upgraded Talaria Batteries used and tested by riders and we know which ones are worth recommending we will updates this page.

Talaria Battery Q & A

We have received some interesting questions which we are looking into answering soon. If you have a question, comment, or some advice regarding the Talaria battery, let us and readers know in the comments section below.

Question: When charging to a full battery and then starting your ride going downhill (if you live on a mountain) with the regen on, can that overcharge the battery beyond 100% full, and can it damage your Talaria Sting battery?

Answer: From what we are told is that the motor will cut out once the battery hits 100%. The BMS should also prevent the Talaria battery from overcharging and that may cut power to the motor if you are using it when the battery hits 100% or at the cut-off point. However, we are still waiting for confirmation on both of these, so until then, it’s recommended to take preventative measures to prevent possible overcharging.

A few things to try:

  • If you live on a hill or mountain and if you start your downhill descent in eco mode, regen does not function in Eco mode so it will not overcharge your battery.
  • You can also stop charging your battery somewhere below 100% on the charger, like maybe 80% if you are concerned about the Regen turning on and causing an overcharge during your descent.
  • Lastly, just ride with regen turned off.

Question: Can you leave your Talaria battery plugged in for long periods even after it’s fully charged or does the charger shut off?

Answer: The Talaria battery charger has a built-in cut-off, but it is still strongly encouraged to unplug the Talaria battery as soon as it gets to 100%.

Ride Hard, Ride Safe

Graham and The Ride Team

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