So, you’ve finally made the leap and purchased a mens electric bike. Before you can fully enjoy your new purchase, you need to learn a few new things. In addition to familiarizing yourself with how Ebikes work and how to keep them in good condition, you also need to learn how to charge your bike. Without this important piece of knowledge, you could end up stuck on the side of the road somewhere with nothing but your own energy to get you home.
Fortunately, electric bikes aren’t too difficult to charge. Once you do it a few times, it will become like second nature to you. Here’s a brief beginner’s guide to charging an Ebike properly.
How Long Ebikes Can Go Between Charges
Before you take your bike out for a spin, you need to know how long it can go between charges. Most batteries can get you anywhere between 25 and 100 miles before requiring a recharge. Of course, the type and size of your battery and motor determine just how far you can go. The larger the motor, the more power it will take to keep it going. For example, a 500 watt ebike motor will drain your battery quicker than a 250 watt battery.
Your riding habits will also determine how far a single charge will take you. For example, if you’re generating some power by pedaling, you’ll go further than if you rely solely on your battery to get you where you’re going.
Good Charging Practices
Before you take your new electric bike out for its first spin, you should take time to charge it fully. This will help condition the battery and get current to every cell. Once you’ve charged your bike for at least 12 hours, you’re good to go.
Fully discharging your battery too often can shorten its lifespan. To keep this from happening, try to recharge your battery before it gets below 30%. This may not always be possible, and there’s no need to panic if you fully deplete your charge sometimes. But to maximize the lifespan of your bike, it’s best not to fully deplete your battery every time you ride.
As important as it is to recharge often, it’s equally important not to overcharge your battery. The last thing you want to do is leave your bike plugged in for days or weeks. This can negatively impact battery life. Instead, plug it in until it’s fully charged, then unplug it. If you don’t plan to ride for a few days, you can always plug your bike back in to top off the charge right before you’re ready to ride.
Keep Your Battery Out of Extreme Temperatures
Exposing the battery on your electric bike to extreme temperatures for long periods of time is a bad decision. Batteries should never be left out in the hot sun for days at a time. If you plan to ride your bike on a hot day, put it in a shady area anytime you’re not riding. You should also store your bike indoors to extend battery life as much as possible
Following these charging tips will help you get the most out of your battery. Remember to replace your battery when it no longer performs as expected.