How to take care of your electric bike battery to make it last longer

13 December 2023

We are looking for sustainable alternatives. And the best sustainable alternative we know of to conventional transport is the electric bicycle.

It is a dabuti idea to move anywhere without parking problems. Especially if you travel long distances or are not in the habit of doing a lot of sport.

Many people have questions about when to charge the electric bicycle battery and how to charge it.

Therefore, in this itinerary we tell you about it:

  • How many kilometers you can travel with the battery at full power.
  • When to charge the battery of your electric bicycle.
  • How to do it properly so as not to make a mess (you will see that it is very easy).
  • Tricks to take care of it and make it last longer (the sustainability thing is serious).

Let’s roll!

How many kilometers you can travel with your electric bicycle battery charged to 100%.

I wish I were Esperanza Gracia to predict the future.

It is very difficult to determine exactly how many kilometers you can travel with the battery of your electric bicycle charged to 100% because it depends on:

  • Pedaling.
  • Wind resistance.
  • Your weight.
  • Tire pressure.
  • Terrain (asphalt, mountains, ascents, descents…).
  • The battery itself (brand, whether you take care of it or not…).

If you take care of your bike and pedaling does not make you too lazy, it can last more than 100 kilometers.

Let’s see now when you should load it.

Person pedaling on electric bicycle before charging battery

When to charge the battery of an electric bike to reach your destination without interruptions

In this post we focus on lithium batteries. They are currently the most common (and also the lightest).

These batteries do not suffer from memory effect. That is, you can charge them whenever you want, even if they are not completely depleted.

Most manufacturers recommend charging them when they are between 10% and 15% of their power.

Loading them is no mystery.

Here’s how to do it.

1. How to charge your electric bicycle so as not to cause a mess

Some batteries can be removed for charging and others can be charged directly without removing them from the bike.

If you use your bike frequently, you can leave it on while you charge it.

Here comes the first brown:

How to remove the battery from the bicycle? Well, it depends on each bike, if you have doubts about where your bike has the battery or how you can remove it correctly, the best option is to look at the instructions before doing anything to avoid damaging the battery.

Next step: connect the charger plug to the power supply and then connect it to the battery (it is important to do it in this order to avoid overcharging).

We recommend charging the battery at a temperature between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius.

If you have just returned from a trip in the middle of winter or summer, don’t be prissy. Wait for the bike and battery to come to a reasonable temperature to charge.

2. How long to charge the battery of an electric bicycle.

Depending on the brand and the power of the battery, it will take more or less time to charge. Approximately 2 to 5 hours.

It is as easy as looking at the little light they have to unplug it when they are finished.

Most of them usually work as the first day during the first 500 charges and after that they start to lose some power (but still hold up well for quite a long time).

That is why you should make sure to charge the battery to at least 80% on each charge.

Otherwise, it will consume half a load of your great ally’s useful life.

Headlamp and electric bicycle battery

How to take care of your electric bicycle battery so that it lasts for years in good condition

Extending the life of your electric bike battery is easy.

Here are 5 tips to achieve it.

5 tips to make your electric bike battery last longer

  1. If you are transporting your bicycle by car, remove the battery to prevent damage.
  2. If you are not going to use it for a long time, remove the battery and charge it from time to time so that it is always between 30% and 60% of its power.
  3. Do not use soap or detergent to clean the battery. Simply wipe it with a damp cloth when it is not connected to the power supply.
  4. Use the original charger of the bicycle. If you don’t have it, use one that is compatible.
  5. Always read the instructions for use because some brands require a complete discharge before charging for the first time.

And that’s it.

Now you have all the information you need to get the most out of your electric bike.

Undoubtedly, it is a top ally to become your usual means of transportation and forget about the car.

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