Ah, the joy of electric bikes. Efficient, environmentally friendly, and incredibly beneficial in more ways than one.
If you are reading this, you most likely own an e-bike or are on the hunt for electric bikes for sale. Maybe you do not yet own one but are curious about how these modes of transportation work. Many people new to e-bikes want to know how fast electric bikes go without pedaling and how far one can go on an electric bike. Before you can even use your electric bike without pedaling or testing its distance, you need to complete one vital step—giving your e-bike a full charge.
This then begs the question, how long does it take to charge an electric bike?
You used your bike to its fullest. When you get home, you notice that the bike’s battery is dead. Once you plug it in to charge, you can expect it to take anywhere from four to six hours to charge completely. If you bring your bike home and it has some battery power remaining, it will take less time to charge.
Now that you have a rough estimate of how long it takes to charge an empty battery, let’s address a few issues to help ensure that your bike’s battery is well taken care of. After all, a healthy battery will extend its life, and that is what bike owners want.
You do not need to wait for your bike’s battery to completely run down before charging. You may not realize this if you ever needed to take the bike out on a last-minute ride and found that there was no juice left in the battery.
Get into the habit of charging your electric bike regularly. It’s a good idea to leave a cushion in the range of a 30% to 80% charge–you want to use your bike regularly, so getting in the habit of regular charging will ensure you can ride to your heart’s content.
To increase your battery’s life, it is important to learn what the best habits for charging and usage are. Certain things that may not be intuitive play a large role in the longevity of your battery: Ride1UP Electric Bike Battery Health – Dos and Don’ts
Hey, did you know that the performance of all batteries drops drastically at low temperatures? Operating in cold temperatures will reduce the effectiveness almond capacity of the battery for that particular charge cycle.
Well, the same thing goes for your electric bike’s battery. If you are charging it or using it in extreme temperatures, it will affect your battery’s performance over time. Be mindful to keep it out of extreme cold and extreme heat, especially while storing it for long periods.
Storing the Bike
If you know that you will not be using your electric bike for the foreseeable future, do not leave it with a depleted battery or on the charger. Instead, use the 30% to 80% rule we discussed earlier and keep it in a climate-controlled environment–this will help preserve the battery’s overall lifespan.
One question that you might be wondering is what the overall lifespan of a battery is. This is a very logical question; batteries do not last forever, and over time, they do lose their efficacy and need to be replaced.
Most batteries found in electric bikes will last through at least 500 full-charge cycles. The charge cycle rating also depends on the quality of the battery cells. Great care goes into Ride1UP ebike batteries, designed with Samsung or LG cells rated to 500-800 cycles depending on your charging habits. Once this limit is reached, however, the overall capacity of the battery begins to decrease. This is due to the natural and foreseeable degradation of the cells from use. This simply means that your ebike will have a smaller range than when you first purchased it.
Most ebike batteries are rated for 3-5 years of use before the range begins to decrease. This range depends on many factors we have explained in this article. After this much time, you may want to begin thinking about getting it replaced. Of course, it’s best to check your bike’s brand and model to see what the actual numbers are so that you’re never left guessing!