Swytch launches new e-bike conversion kit with ‘pocket’ battery
Swytch has launched a new electric bike conversion kit (opens in a new tab) which has a 700g battery which is similar in size to a large smartphone and will turn any bike into an e-bike (opens in a new tab). The battery delivers 250W of power and has a claimed range of 15km with a one hour recharge time.
The British brand also offers a slightly larger battery which weighs 1100g and has a claimed range of 17 miles (30 km).
Swytch’s existing kit, the Universal eBike Conversion Kit, which we reviewed this year (opens in a new tab)has a battery that weighs 2 kg.
In addition to the battery, Swytch kits consist of a front drive wheel which replaces the original bike front wheel and is available in different sizes to suit your bike; a pedal sensor and a battery connector. As we found in our hands-on review, they’re simple to fit, taking around an hour and that’s it – your bike has been ‘Swytched’ and is now an e-bike. (opens in a new tab).
In addition to the new kit’s battery size, which Swytch says is something never seen before in the e-bike market, it’s also flight-safe and can be taken on planes in carry-on luggage. hand.
One of the benefits of an e-bike conversion kit is that existing non-electric bikes are recycled, rather than being scrapped for a brand new dedicated e-bike. Another, according to Swytch, is that its new kit will be around four times cheaper than an e-bike with equivalent specs, although no pricing is available yet.
The existing kit sells for £999 or £1,249 for the upgraded ‘Pro’ kit, but is available at a 50 per cent discount if you sign up on Swytch’s website.
Swytch says the new kit will be available for pre-order after the official public launch in May.
How the Swytch kit works
The Swytch kit is pedal assisted, which means it provides power as you pedal. The pedal sensor detects when you pedal and the motor controller (contained inside the handlebar connector) draws power from the Swytch pocket battery and powers a 250W hub motor contained inside a front drive wheel.
All Swytch kits are compatible with each other and are backwards compatible with previous versions so Swytch riders can use the new pocket power pack without the need to purchase a whole new kit.
Additionally, Swytch makes all parts user upgradeable with no tools or specialist knowledge required. The brand says it does this so that no component has to be discarded or unnecessarily rendered obsolete.
Swytch’s success story
Swytch is already a big success story, with its original e-bike conversion kit launched in 2019 selling 9,000 units in the UK, representing more than 5% of the entire bike market by volume, according to the brand.
To date, he says he has sold nearly 40,000 units of the original Swytch kit to customers around the world, with more than 50% of sales going to international customers, primarily in the EU and US.
Swytch claims its kits have been delivered to customers in over 50 countries and Swytch bikes have traveled a total of over 1.5 million miles, saving over 17,000 tonnes of CO2 through emissions savings from carbon associated with “recycling” an existing bicycle. cycling, plus the emissions saved by cycling more than driving.
Now, with the introduction of the new kit with its smaller and lighter battery, Swytch expects global sales volumes to reach over 50,000 units per year by 2023.
Swytch CTO and co-founder Dmitro Khroma said, “Our new and improved Swytch kit is a game changer. It’s going to totally disrupt the e-bike industry because it’s so much lighter, smaller and more affordable than anything out there.”
CEO and Co-Founder Oliver Montague said, “Our job as innovators is to create environmentally friendly technology that people want to use because it’s cool! In this way, an overall shift towards a more sustainable way of life will naturally occur”.