We previously shared some tips on how to increase your ebike’s range. And one of our tips is to invest in a bigger battery.
The battery is one of the key components of your ebike. It’s health has a huge impact on its performance and a typical replacement costs around $600, so you would want it to last as long as possible.
Today we’d like to share ebike battery charging tips to get the most out of your electric bike.
6 Ebike Battery Charging Tips
- Charge a new battery for 12 hours. Upon receiving your brand new electric bike, take the time to charge the battery completely for 12 hours. Initial charging ensures current flows through the cells and helps in conditioning the battery right out of the box.
- Charge your ebike battery regularly. An ebike’s battery lasts longer with regular use and regular charging. Don’t let your ebike battery discharge completely. Try to charge when there’s 30 to 60 percent of capacity remaining. However, some experts suggest allowing full discharge occasionally, between 30 to 40 charges. But it’s safer to go for the 30-60 rule. To charge your ebike battery regularly, you would need to use it often, so this can be another encouragement to go riding. On that note,
Mind your charge level. Battery life is dependent on cycles, one cycle is calculated by charging from 0 to 100 percent. If the battery is around 25 percent and you recharge it to 100 percent, you can do this 3 more times before reaching one full charge cycle.
You would want to avoid charging the battery to 100 percent as it stresses the battery. To maximize battery life, it’s better to charge to 85 percent especially if you know you wouldn’t need a full battery.
Avoid extreme temperatures. It’s best to avoid extreme temperatures both in usage or when charging your ebike battery.
When you’re charging the battery, make sure the room temperature is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Do not store an empty battery. If you won’t be using your ebike for a few months, say you’re going out of town, it’s ideal to leave the battery with a charge of 40 to 70 percent. If the percentage drops to 20 percent or lower, charge it to have 40 to 70 percent power. Store your battery in a dry space between 45 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not leave the battery in your car or in direct sunlight. Keep it secure in your ebike which is cooler than inside your car.
- Never overcharge your ebike battery. You just came home from a bike ride, you plug the battery in to recharge for the next day. Do not leave it charging for long periods of time. Use a timer or set an alarm on your mobile phone to remind you to check on your battery.
Electric bike charging
Keep your electric bike battery in top shape with these tips. Did we miss anything or do you have any battery charging practices we didn’t cover? Leave it in the comments and we’ll add it to our list.
Hi Dean, should the battery be charged with it turned “on” or “off”?
If you use the “M” button on the pedal assist control while the bike is on, the battery will tell you volts. A full battery is 54.6 volts, so ideally you should store above 45 and below 50
Can you clarify how we can determine battery charge percentages?