Those who are shopping for a great electric bike may be wondering about some of the specifics when it comes to how to charge their electric bike battery.
In the simplest terms, charging an electric bike simply requires plugging the included charger into a wall power outlet. That’s it. The types of lithium battery packs that are included with electric bikes typically take anywhere from three to six hours to receive a full charge and will allow for 22 to 60 miles of use per charge.
If you are looking to squeeze the most from a single charge out of your eBike battery, then we have assembled some useful tips and guidelines to consider. We also have more great tips on how to increase the range of your electric bike.
One of the easiest ways to make sure you won’t run out of battery life while out on the road is to bring the charger with you. These chargers can be plugged into any viable power outlet, with many of these outlets available in urban locations. Gas stations, retail areas, and government buildings, among other locations, should all feature power outlets available for use. Be aware of your battery life before riding to a remote or off-road location. Some campgrounds should have an outlet, however, though you should ask for permission. It’s also worth noting how far your eBike can go on one charge before heading out, so you don’t get stranded. Additionally, it should be noted that the real-life charge time of an electric bike battery can be affected by temperature, capacity, and battery age, as well as other factors. There are also some bike options that have removable batteries, so you can carry a spare lithium-ion battery to help increase your range without having to worry about a battery charger.
If you really want to make the most out of your electric bike’s integrated battery, we would recommend sticking to flat and smooth terrain. Ascending hills and traversing over rocky ground can seriously tax the battery if you have pedal-assist modes or the throttle engaged. This can also be true when engaging the brakes during a steep decline. Of course, riding through wild areas can be unpredictable so use your best judgment. While off-road and mountain trails can be an exciting riding experience, if you are only really concerned with distance, then sticking to flat roads will be your best bet for a smooth ride.
Every electric bike features a maximum weight allowance. It is important to follow these guidelines for the overall health of the battery and to increase battery life. The maximum weight recommended for a particular eBike can range anywhere from 200 pounds to 350 pounds and more. Try to stay under this weight allowance, and don’t forget to include items on your person or rear rack if the eBike design has one. These items can include backpacks, pieces of safety equipment, and bags of groceries. It should also go without saying that towing anything behind you while riding an electric bike will severely limit your battery life. And if you happen to notice the motor making a clicking noise, it is important to diagnose and solve that issue before it turns into something serious.
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