500c Bafang Display : The Mini-Me Of Ebike Displays

I’ve been pretty disappointed by almost every Bafang ebike display I’ve ever used. My number 1 complaint is that most ebike displays are way to big, and make your bike look too much like an ebike with any casual glance. With a backpack battery and a little discretion, I’ve found that most people don’t even notice that I’m riding an ebike on the trails, even if I stop on the trail and let them pass. If you don’t bring attention to yourself by looking down at your bike and if you weren’t riding insanely fast without pedaling, most people will just assume you’re on a normal bike. Nothing screams ‘EBIKE’ like having a large display on the handlebars with lots of wires coming out of it.

For any new BBSxx drive unit I bought today, I would only get with the 500c display

The updated 500c Bafang display (aka the Luna Mighty Mini display) available here for $69 is a display that is worth buying on its own and upgrading whatever display you are running. Lunacycle had this display developed to fit bikes like the Luna Banana which didn’t have a display that worked very well for it, and Bafang is now reselling it to their other dealers. I have about 12 Bafang displays right now, many of them are pretty beat up with broken brackets and screens and so I bit the bullet and just ordered one to test with. I really liked it, both because of the color display, the wattage graph on the left side that fills up with bars showing you at a glance how much juice you’re chugging (in watts) as well as native support for 52v nominal battery packs.

Before the 500c display came out, if you wanted to have a discrete Bafang ebike your best bet was to dump the display entirely. Instructions on doing this can be found on the Powered Ride website article here. The biggest disadvantage of doing this is that you lose your ability to switch PAS levels or disable PAS by selecting level 0 (it stays at your last setting). If you don’t care about PAS or only use one PAS level ever and aren’t afraid to cut and solder cables and plug them into your expensive ebike motor then it’s a distinct possibility (I’ve never tried it). For the rest of us, there is the 500c display.

I prefer having it mounted on the left-hand side so I can shift PAS levels with my thumb

Pros

  • Lighter and smaller than any other Bafang display currently available
  • Support for any battery voltage from 24v to 52v nominal
  • Shows proper voltage level up to 60v
  • Haptic feedback (unit vibrates when you press a button)
  • The bracket is a lot more solid than the plastic brackets on most of the other Bafang displays
  • Works with any BBSxx drive unit or the Ultra Max

The 500c display does not work very well in direct full sun, this is my primary complaint

Cons

  • Hard to see in direct bright sunlight
  • You have to buy it for $69 if you want to upgrade your current display
  • Have to hold the power button down for a pretty long time to get the unit to turn on

I like that the 500c has only on attachment bracket and it’s very sturdy

For using the display there are a few things you want to know

  • Long Press Power button to turn on and off
  • Long Press + turn the headlights on and off (if you have headlights, none of my kits do)
  • Short press MENU button to cycle through display settings/trip meter
  • Long Press MENU to get to the menu settings
  • Press + or – to change menu settings
  • Long Press on MORE in the menu to get to extended settings Password is 1919 (Bafang) or 1199 (Luna)
  • In the advanced menu, you can set wheel size and number of PAS levels as well as a speed limit
  • Press + and – together to reset the trip meter
  • Speed Poles is how many poles your motor has (don’t change this)
  • Start Poles is how many turns of the speed sensor happens before the motor cuts on

If you have less PAS settings than 9 the display, the controller will interpolate the levels according to this chart

I haven’t bought a BBSxx drive unit in a while (I currently have 4 BBSHD’s, 8 BBS02s and 1 Ultra Max) but if I buy another BBS02, BBSHD or Ultra Max you better bet your favorite weasel that I’m going to order it with the 500c display. Small and light for discrete weight weenies like me, it is now my newest favorite display.

It’s about time.

Ride On.

Bafang 500c on the left and the 750c on the right which was the previously the smallest Bafang display

 

21 thoughts on “500c Bafang Display : The Mini-Me Of Ebike Displays

      • Thanks Karl. Been following you for over year. Follow me on recumbents dot com. Iam carolina there. I build carbon velomobiel bodies. Iam in the velomobiels section. Have 1 customer with bafang on the yellow velo. My web pages getting rebuilt by Godaddy.

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  1. Will the 500C be compatible with the Ultra Max? I thought that was only compatible with the DPC-18.
    I love my 750C displays, on my BBS02 and BBSHD equipped bikes, so I wouldn’t change them, but I’d go for the 500C if I ever ordered an Ultra Max.

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  2. I agree, just built a bbso2 based bike with the 500c. It’s very stealth but still has great readability, and info. Can’t figure out what the default adv settings password is though…

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      • I just got the egg rider from em3ev. I like it for its small footprint on the handlebar. Haven’t tried it in bright summer sunlight yet, only in autumn morning sun. But it was still easy to see everything on the display. It shows the voltage – and that is a little too small. But everything else is clear. There is an app that you can download and connect it with your smartphone in order to configure the various modes (I have only tried the Iphone version). It is loosing connection and hangs – but the idea is good. An additional thing is that you have a button for off-road and road mode switching. Off-road mode lets you use the speeder without limitations. In road mode it stops at 20 km/h as is the legit limit for speed pedelecs using the speeder only, in Denmark. In the theoretical event that I will be stopped by the police, I can always activate road mode. I have just broken the plastic attaching the unit to your handlebars. I am not sure whether I overtightened it or it is weak.Still overall I like it better than my previous 750c display.

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      • Thank you Karl, you’re the best, you write inspiring articles. And you have a great country – even though I haven’t been there – yet. All the best.

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  3. Thats great to see – I was looking for a way to unclutter my handlebar but Im stuck with wires for my brake sensors. Im using hydraulic Shimanos, so how can I hide the wires for the sensor?

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  4. I’m looking at this display on AliExpress, but they’re all listed as only supporting 48v.

    Is there an update to the firmware? How does on flash it? Is it the same cable used to programme the BBSHD?

    Thanks!

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