In order to be independent of external energy sources and therefore suitable for ALL types of bicycles, the CyLock module with battery is designed for a long runtime with a standard 3.6 volt battery.
In order to achieve this, the latest mobile network technology (NB IoT) is used and a focus in the application is placed on “efficient energy management”.
How do I know when to change the battery?
Generally, the battery symbol in the CyLock menu (top right) shows me the power status of the battery in the module. In addition, the module independently registers how much energy it has already used and reports a necessary battery change as a message to the App.
If a battery warning appears as an alarm message in the App, the battery should be changed promptly and the battery symbol in the CyLock menu (top right) shows “full” again.
Should the battery be changed without an alarm message ?
To be on the safe side, it is also a good idea to replace the battery yourself or by a specialist of a bike shop as part of the annual service of the bicycle (spring or winter check) – at the latest when the energy warning occurs and/or the battery/energy symbol shows “red” or an empty battery.
Which battery type is the right one to change?
It is a standard battery that can be purchased from specialist electrical stores or the Internet, for example. Retailer can also order it via our retail stroe at our website for retailers. Important is the correct voltage of 3.6 V and a high energy density. The following battery types are suitable for this:
Battery type AA, Lithium-Thionylchloride, 3,6 V , > 2.000 mAh.
Suitable batteries are those with the designation: ER 14505 M, ER 14505 HP, Li-230/S
ATTENTION: The use of other battery types than those mentioned has a negative effect on the functioning of the module and can result in the loss of the warranty !
How can battery life be maximised and therefore battery replacement minimised?
Most of the energy is needed to determine the position of the GPS module and to link the module into the mobile network. With the following simple principles in handling, the energy consumption can be minimised considerably and the runtime maximised until a battery change:
1) Use the module when needed (e.g. bike is parked for a longer period of time); Don’t worry, even if the bike was stolen without prior protection (“arm”), you can still locate the bike afterwards (CyLock menu – locate function) and thus support the police/insurance in recovering it
2) Ideally, issue commands to the module (e.g. monitoring mode “On/Off”) in the vicinity of the module (bicycle) with an active BLE connection (CyLock menu: BLE symbol top right = white).
Another advantage: In contrast to messages from the module – such as an alarm message in particular, which is transmitted immediately – the module is technologically not “always on” for receiving information from a distance, i.e. it is not constantly logged into the mobile network. It therefore “listens” for new instructions in the mobile radio network at cyclical intervals. The delayed reception of commands (“latency time”) can take up to several hours in unfavourable cases. Therefore, a “nearby” command via BLE is faster and recommended and a ‘remote command’ is primarily recommended for urgent cases.
3) Only use the locate function (GPS) if necessary – e.g. if the bike has been stolen. The current position will be automatically (!) saved in the App every time a Bluetooth (BLE) connection is established or lost between the module and the App (e.g. bike is parked and you move away). If the bicycle can no longer be found at the parked location, the current position can be determined via GPS by using the “locating function”.
The module is designed for a runtime of approx. 6 months to 1 year until a battery change during normal use. Battery life depends on a variety of factors such as intensity of use, settings, temperature or mobile network availability.
Instructions for battery replacement:
CyLock Assembly Instruction English