Key Takeaways:

  • Charging an electric bike requires plugging the charger into an available power outlet and a complete charge should occur within three to six hours.
  • Bring a charger with you while riding and use a power outlet located in a public space for added battery life.
  • You should avoid steep inclines and follow weight recommendations to increase battery life.

Those who are shopping for a great electric bike may be wondering some of the specifics when it comes to how to charge the eBike.

How to Charge an Electric Bike

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.

Useful Tips for Increasing Battery Life

If you are looking to squeeze the most juice out of your eBike battery, then we have assembled some useful tips and guidelines to consider.

Bring the Charger With You

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.

Tip: Gas stations, retail areas, and government buildings, among other locations, should all feature power outlets available for use

Warning: Be aware of your battery life before riding to a remote or off-road location

Stick to Flat Terrain

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 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.

Tip: 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

Warning: Ascending hills and traversing over rocky ground can seriously tax the battery if you have pedal-assist or the throttle engaged

Follow Weight Guidelines

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. 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.

Tip: Try to stay under this weight allowance and don’t forget to include items on your person​

Warning: It should also go without saying that towing anything behind you while riding an electric bike will severely limit your battery life​

Related Post: How to Check if Your Electric Bicycle is Fully Charged

STAT:

Most e-bike batteries sold in North America are lithium-ion, which will provide a minimum of 500 full charge cycles at which point the battery will hold about 80% of its original capacity. (Source)

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_bicycle

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rechargeable_battery

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_battery

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378775309020564

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSGBhVvYZUI

How to Charge an Electric Bike FAQ

How many charges can I get out of a battery?

Electric bike batteries, particularly lithium-ion batteries, will begin to degrade after around 500 charging cycles. After 1,200 charging cycles the battery pack may experience a complete failure.

How much electricity does it take to charge a battery?

Depending on how large the battery is, it will usually take anywhere from 500 to 800 watt-hours (0.4 - 0.8 kilowatt hours) to charge a standard electric bike battery. This translates to about five to eight cents per charge.

Do they charge while pedaling?

Some electric bike models feature technology that allows for the pedals to slightly recharge the battery. This feature can only improve the overall battery life by five to ten percent.

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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