One of the main features of any e-bike you’ll find on the market is the maximum range that the e-bike can travel in a single charge. However, there are several factors that all play into just how far an electric bike can really go.
Some of those factors are elements that can’t be changed, like weather or the surface you’ll be riding on. But, there are a few things you can do to ensure you squeeze out the most of your e-bike’s lithium battery.
To get the advertised mileage (or close to it) requires not only battery care and bike maintenance. In this article, we’ll go through crucial e-bike battery tips to help you get the most life from your e-bike battery.
E-bike Battery Care
Inside every e-bike is a lithium-ion battery that helps speed you to your destination by powering the motor. These batteries are used in smartphones, laptops, and even in Tesla automobiles. To keep your lithium battery running at its full potential, you’ll need to follow a few easy steps. First and foremost is to strive never to let the battery become completely depleted.
If the battery sits in a completely discharged state for too long, it may be difficult for them to be energized again. If your battery does go empty, recharge it as soon as possible.
There’s an old myth that lithium batteries shouldn’t be charged so often, which is known as partial charging. However, new lithium-ion batteries can be charged anytime with no repercussions.With that in mind, you can and should keep your battery topped up at all times. We recommend charging after getting home or bringing your charger to work and keep a full charge before every commute.
When you’re not on a ride, treat your e-bike batteries like a good bottle of wine by keeping them in a cool, dry place (between 15°C and 25°C). Lithium-ion batteries don’t like to be stored in hot or cold environments, and prolonged exposure to moisture can inevitably ruin them. When you’re home at work, remove the battery from your bike and bring it with you. If you aren’t using your e-bike for an extended period, make sure to charge the battery still, at least once a month.
E-bike tire Resistance
Naturally, when riding a bike, there’s the resistance between the bike and ground as you travel to your destination. To keep this friction to a minimum, keep your tire pressure at the recommended level stated on your e-bike’s tire. Before you head out for the day, check to see that you have the correct tire pressure. If a tire is even a little deflated, it takes a lot more energy to roll across the ground.
Another place you’ll run into energy-wasting friction is the chain that runs from your crank to your back wheels. Always keep the chain well lubricated to keep your electric bike running smoothly. If the chain begins to wear down, replace it with a fresh one to avoid losing precious watts.
Of course, over a long period, your battery will slowly lose its charging capacity, which is inevitable of any lithium battery. However, if you follow these e-bike battery tips, you’ll keep your e-bike running at its top form for many years to come.