Just how long is Shimano Di2 battery life?

Bettery life is something that a lot of potential Di2 or EPS (and now SRAM eTap of course) customers consider before taking the plunge. How many miles am I going to get? Will it suddenly go flat mid ride? Is there any warning?

I’ve been riding Shimano’s 10-speed Ultegra Di2 since late last year and have covered quite a few miles on it now. I absolutely LOVE IT! It hasn’t missed a beat, is a real pleasure to use and most of all makes you feel totally pro.

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With Shimano, you get a nifty little indicator light on the stem-mounted junction box to let you know roughly how much charge is remaining. Press the shifter paddle for a second or two and it lights up in one of four different sequences:

Solid green = From 100% down to 50% battery level remaining
Blinking green = Around 50% remaining
Solid red = Around 25% remaining
Blinking red = Charge me now!!

CXzwANbWcAAqB5PEven on blinking red you still have (apparently, I haven’t tested it out) over 200 shifts left before completely draining the juice. When it gets really, really low, first the front derailleur quits shifting, then after a couple of hundred more shifts the rear derailleur stops in whichever cog you happen to be riding at the time. From then on you’re single-speeding home!

From a 100% charged starting point, the indicator light on my system changed from solid green to blinking green at 750 miles (1200km). I do change gear quite often, but not so much on the front which requires more battery power.

After 1030 miles (1650km) the indicator light changed to solid red. Not wanting to chance it, I then charged the system up to 100% again! Charging is simple enough. A port on the side of the junction box connects to a USB cable so you can charge from your computer/laptop or any other USB point.

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I’m guessing the battery would be good for 1300 miles on a single charge, probably more. That said I’d be inclined to charge it as soon as you hit solid red – maybe sooner if you’re planning some really long rides. So there you go, as long as you’re sensible and keep an eye on that all-important indicator, there’s no reason for your Shimano Di2 to ever run out of juice while out on a ride! Just keep an eye on that light!

17 Comments Add yours

  1. sevencyclist says:

    Easier said than done … even with those indicators, I still have a bunch of friends who got themselves into the single speed mode. I guess it’s just human nature to procrastinate to that level.

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    1. Yep know a couple of people who’ve gone into rear-only and single speed mode on a ride. Easy to forget I suppose. I check mine every time I put the bike away after a ride, get into a habit and avoid any issues.

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  2. Sam May says:

    Can’t see me ever feeling the need to upgrade to that sort of kit, but it’s good to know just in case ;-)

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    1. I certainly didn’t need to, but it just happened to be a deal too good to pass up! ;-)

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  3. ekels22 says:

    I’m getting Ultegra Di2 on my next bike, enjoyed the review.

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    1. Thanks. I’m sure you will LOVE IT! :-)

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  4. Steve Brown says:

    The people who run there battery’s flat on a ride are the same people who ride on bald tyres and dry drive chains it’s about the 7Ps prior planning and preparation prevents piss poor performance 😀👍

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    1. Spot on! It’s just another step in good bike maintenance. Thanks for the comment.

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  5. Thanks for the review. It confirms what I’ve suspected which is I am not getting normal battery life. Mines lasts about 200 miles, but it does charge in about an hour. I could be fine if I just throw it on the charger every weekend. So far I’ve gone into no front or single speed mode 4 times this year.

    i have the original di2 and bought it off eBay, pssobly someone dumped a battery with an issue on me, someone wrote on the battery, probably has been in for service.

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    1. Probably worth sourcing a new battery as that is not normal, I’d say it’s getting past it’s best by a long shot! Replace it before it totally bunks out on you. Is yours the original external battery Di2 version?

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    2. Carl J Licari says:

      That shud never happen. You got a bad battery.

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  6. Bob says:

    I have 3 bikes with di2, built up in 2013, using batteries with a 2011 date stamp on them. Two of the three batteries are still good in May 2017, seeing avg 5,000 km annually – so that’s five year battery life. They are probably charged once per 1,000 km. Battery life really depends on the number of shifts, and that will depend on terrain and individual riding style.

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    1. My battery is still going strong. Hardly ever needs charging (it’s the Zwift Bike now so getting plenty of shifting).

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  7. Carl J Licari says:

    I recharged my battery after it hit red. I then did not ride for a month due to weather. Upon checking the battery it was completely dead, no lights. I put it back on the charger and it shows it’s charging. I got a flashing red right after I starting charging so I know it’s alive, but now wonder if this battery is going to be unreliable. When is it time to replace the battery?

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    1. Did you charge it up fully? That doesn’t sound normal, but it could have been a one-off with the battery discharging over time. I’ve left mine for a month before with no noticeable discharging. If it charges up and works again it’s probably fine, but worth keeping an eye on it. Mine is still going strong and showing no signs of degradation.

      Must remember to charge it tonight though, it’s flashing red!

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