Best Kuberg Freerider Battery Upgrade Options

There’s no doubt that the Kuberg Freerider is an awesome electric dirt bike, but its battery won’t get you to (and from) the middle of nowhere. Luckily, you can upgrade the Kuberg Freerider battery to extend its life. We’ve got the best Kuberg Freerider battery upgrade options (plus everything else you need to know).

Can You Upgrade Your Kuberg Freerider Battery?

Kuberg Freerider batteries can be upgraded if you replace them with 48V models. 

A battery with a voltage greater or less than 48V will cause the Freerider to fail, according to the Kuberg user manual. It’s pretty common knowledge, even if Kuberg didn’t warn about it.

It’s okay to use a battery of any Amp hour (Ah) as long as it doesn’t have a higher voltage (V). The “Ah” rating reflects your battery capacity. Having a higher “Ah” rating means your bike’s battery will last longer. 

Basically, you can change the amp hour of a battery, but not the voltage. The Kuberg Freerider battery can be upgraded by replacing its original 48V battery with another 48V battery with a higher “Ah” rating.

Kuberg Freerider Battery Specs

First, let’s take a look at the main specs of the Kuberg Freerider battery.

TypeLi-ion Polymer
Voltage 48 Volts
Amp Hours 22.2 Ah
Watt Hours 1065 Wh
Charge Time 2.5 Hours

Kuberg’s Freerider battery is a trapezoidal power pack that sits under the seat post. Kuberg’s in-house BLDC Pro controller regulates the power flow to the 48V BLDC motor rated at 8,000W.

Simply plug it into a 110V or 220V electric wall outlet in your garage to recharge the battery. You can charge a fully drained battery in around an hour and a half, but you’ll need two and a half hours to get it up to 80%. 

If You can also get the optional quick charger to fully charge your battery in just one hour if you’re uber-busy.

Kuberg Freerider batteries are easy to swap, and we like that. Swappable means replaceable… and upgradeable! Simply take the seat off and disconnect the battery from the frame.

How Long Does a Kuberg Freerider Battery Last?

In terms of battery life, the Kuberg Freerider isn’t the champ you might expect (and there’s a good reason for it, which we’ll explain shortly). 

An adult weighing 75kg (165lbs) can ride for about an hour on the 48V 22.2Ah lithium battery and hit speeds as high as 70km/h (43mph) in average conditions. 

As with any off-road machine, the actual riding range and time depend a lot on the trail, so it’s hard to give a universal number. However, most riders get at least an hour out of their Kuberg Freerider battery.

For those dirt adventures that don’t last an hour, you can always upgrade the Kuberg Freerider’s battery. Sounds interesting? Just hang in with us, we’re getting there soon.

Kuberg Freerider Replacement Battery

There’s one solid reason people will have to replace their Kuberg Freerider batteries at some point – they don’t have a long service life. It’s not because it’s a bad battery, it’s because it’s great! 

In order to provide the Freerider’s adrenaline-pumping ride, the Kuberg Lithium battery squeezes everything out of its cells.

Getting 8,000W out of a 48V battery pack requires 167A to deliver 167A to the motor (48V x 167A = 8,000W). With a 13S/10P layout, the battery uses high-capacity cells that deliver an incredible 16.7A (167A/10 = 16.7A).

Due to its high amp output, which is one of the highest on the market, it’s totally natural for the Kuberg Freerider battery to have a shorter service life.

At some point though, the battery has to be changed.

How to Replace the Kuberg Freerider Battery?

It’s not hard to replace the Kuberg Freerider battery, especially if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty. Please consult a Kuberg dealer or technician if that’s not the case. 

Here’s what DIY fellas need to know:

  • Turn off the power.
  • Remove the two bolts located under the rear fender. 
  • Remove the seat by sliding it backward.
  • Take a photo of the position and direction of each wire terminal. It’s important because you’ll later have to reconnect each of the battery wires to the correct bike terminal while installing the new battery. Kuberg warns that incorrect connection of the battery wires to the terminals may cause irreparable damage to the electrical components.
  • Unplug the battery connectors one by one. 
  • Carefully lift the battery pack by clearing the positive and negative wires out of the way. You can push them to the front and sides of the bike.

That’s it, you’re done. The battery can now be reinstalled by reversing the above steps.

Kuberg Freerider Replacement Battery Options

Based on our thorough research, we’ve shortlisted two Kuberg Freerider replacement battery options.

Kuberg Freerider Replacement Battery

Side view of a Kuberg Freerider replacement battery. Would’ve been better if they gave us a diagonal view, but this is all we can legally get for now. (Source: Kuberg)

Specs

  • Brand: Kuberg 
  • Output: 48V 20Ah
  • Type: Lithium-ion

Pros 

  • Original Kuberg battery
  • Seamless fitting in frame
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Most expensive option

If you want to replace the battery of your Kuberg Freerider with the original unit, you can always buy a new Kuberg replacement battery from their official store. 

Due to its trapezoidal shape, the Kuberg battery fits seamlessly beneath your seat without requiring any bike frame modifications.

You’d have to pay more than $2,100 for a 48V 20Ah replacement battery for the Kuberg Freerider. Depending on how often you use your bike, you’d have to spend this much every 2 to 3 years.

If you’re looking for a budget replacement battery, see the next option below.

Unit Pack Power Replacement Battery

Specs

  • Brand: Unit Pack Power
  • Output: 48V 20Ah
  • Type: Lithium-ion

Pros

  • Versatile 
  • Budget option
  • Reliable, durable

Cons

  • Difficult to install
  • May feel a bit short on power

Unit Pack Power’s 48V 20Ah lithium-ion battery is the best budget replacement battery for Kuberg Freerider. 

There’s a lot of battery sizes and shapes available (rear rack, bottle, triangular, and rectangular), so replacing your Kuberg Freerider battery will be easier. 

You can mount the rectangular battery under the seat with a little modification to your bike frame. Even with the installation, the battery still costs 3 to 4 times less than the original Kuberg.

You won’t feel any difference riding your bike with the UPP battery as it weighs the same as the original Kuberg Lithium battery at 11.6lbs (5.3kg).

With 800+ charge cycles, UPP says this battery will last 5 years. This is an exaggeration, but the battery would still last for about 3 to 4 years, so it’s worth it.

Kuberg Freerider Battery Upgrades

Let’s get real! Here are the best Kuberg Freerider battery upgrade options for making the most of your rides.

Kuberg Freerider Battery Upgrade 

Here’s another side view of the Kuberg Freerider Battery upgrade. Still can’t see anything but the wires and the side wall. Still, Kuberg sent them, so this must be how they wanna show the battery. (Source: Kuberg)

Specs

  • Brand: Kuberg 
  • Output: 48V 30Ah
  • Type: Lithium-ion

Pros 

  • Easy fitting
  • Original battery

Cons

  • Costliest option

The original Lithium battery used in the Freerider is also available in a 48V 30Ah version. In average conditions, it increases your riding time by 50% – to one and a half hours.

It’s an original Kuberg Lithium battery, so there’s no downside. Except it’s insanely expensive and only guaranteed for 300 charge cycles and burns a hole in your pocket. Other than that, it’s awesome!

Looks a tad steep, huh? Here’s a budget option.

Unit Pack Power Upgrade Battery

Specs

  • Brand: Unit Pack Power
  • Output: 48V 28.8Ah
  • Type: Lithium-ion

Pros

  • Best value for money
  • Reliable and durable
  • Weighs just 14lbs (6.4kg) 

Cons

  • Difficult to fit
  • Long charging time

The cheapest way to upgrade your Kuberg Freerider battery is with this 48V 28.8Ah Lithium battery from UPP

Although it’s lighter, this triangular battery has a comparable riding time to the original Kuberg Lithium battery with 30Ah. It also has a BMS, which protects against short circuits, over currents, over charges, and over discharges.

The only drawback is that it takes 6 hours to charge with its 4A charger and will only fit if you modify your bike. These downsides are more than made up for by its bargain price and long service life.

Looking for something heavy-duty but affordable? Here’s another option.

Shunbin High Power Upgrade Battery

Specs

  • Brand: Shunbin 
  • Output: 48V 40Ah
  • Type: Lithium-ion

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Perfect for heavy-duty use
  • Longest riding time

Cons

  • Difficult to fit
  • Adds a lot of weight

The Shunbin Kuberg Freerider upgrade option is incredibly awesome for all those enthusiasts who want to get the most out of their ride.

There are four sizes of heavy-duty Lithium batteries, ranging from 20 to 60Ah. The 40Ah unit is our favorite. It’s not too big, but has enough juice for the wildest adventures. Also, you’ve got good protection mechanisms, and an incredible value for money!

It does have some downsides, though. The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s pretty bulky at 22lbs (10kg). Secondly, this rectangle battery wouldn’t fit in Kuberg’s trapezoidal space without the help of a crafty bike tech. 

This concludes our Kuberg Freerider battery upgrade guide. Thanks for reading! I hope you found it helpful!