Hello everyone, first time poster here.
I recently ordered a TSDZ2 mid-drive kit to convert my Cannondale mountain bike. I ordered the 36V 350W version.
My problem: Trying to find a compatible battery pack seems like a huge headache. I've spent hours looking on amazon, ebay and various ebike company websites, as well as reading forum posts here that came up in google, and I am still thoroughly confused. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, it almost seems like I'd need to take a semester in electrical engineering to make the right choice at this point...
I know that I need a 36V battery, and that I probably don't want to get it from China. I also know that I probably do not want to get Li-Po, due to safety concerns. But I've seen totally opposite information from different sources about what other chemistry is best; some say that LiFePo4 is long lasting, but I've seen other sources say that it has a shorter life cycle than others. What gives??
Anyway, I'm mainly confused about the connecting cord for the battery. It seems like very few kits or batteries give the name of what type of connection type they use. Every time I try to research this it just seems like I'm running around in circles. If I get a battery with the wrong type of cord, do I have to do electrical work and risk frying the battery? I know its generally advisable to get everything from the same source, but I could only find the Tongsheng kit from a Chinese supplier and have heard bad things about getting batteries from China. I would like to find a battery in the 10-20 Ah range, depending on price. The kit is expected to arrive by Nov 28th, so I'm hoping to find a battery that will arrive by then.
I hope I provided the right amount of information. Can someone please guide me in the right direction and help ease my confusion? Am I just massively overthinking this?