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How often to charge an electric bike

How often to charge an electric bike

Bicycle enthusiasts’ interest in electric bicycles is growing. Compared with traditional pedal bicycles, these vehicles have many advantages. However, the general public still lacks a lot of information about them. In fact, many new electric bicycle owners who ride bicycles have many questions about the operation of their newly acquired electric bicycles.

One of the most common questions is how long does an electric bicycle take to charge.The answer may be as simple as the electric bicycle suggests. Most electric bicycles are equipped with some kind of indicator for battery charging. Should you wait until the battery is fully discharged? Or should you avoid it?

The battery of an electric bicycle discharges when the maximum mileage is reached. This range indicates the maximum distance that your electric bicycle can travel on a single charge. Although some electric bicycles only provide an auxiliary pedal mode, other electric bicycles have a throttle mode that can push the vehicle without stepping on the pedal. Therefore, the range you can reach depends on whether you only use the pedal or the accelerator. Even if you don’t use the throttle at all, the level of assistance you get from the motor plays an important role.

Most electric bicycles have a range of 22 to 50 miles. In some cases, the range can be larger. These values are obtained with easy pedaling. The more physical energy you contribute, the greater the range you gain. With a good electric bike and constant pedaling, you can drive about 80 miles.

However, other important factors affect the range you can obtain:

The capacity of the battery. This feature determines whether you must charge the battery more frequently.
Terrain type. Uphill terrain will cause the motor to draw more current from the battery to provide adequate pedal assistance.
wind. If you ride against the wind, the same effect as uphill terrain will occur, albeit on a smaller scale.
your weight. The motor will draw more current from the battery to replace the heavier load.
On the other hand, when you are going downhill or on flat terrain with little help, the mileage of your electric bike can be extended. But should I run out of battery every time I ride an electric bike?

Regularly recharge your e-bike battery

It is not recommended to completely discharge the battery of an electric bicycle. At least not so frequently. Ideally, you should charge the battery when the remaining power is 30%. Next time, charge when 60% remains. You should alternate between these two values every time you charge the battery of a two-wheeler.

However, it can be completely discharged after every 30 or 40 recharges. Although it is not necessary to do so. If possible, stick to the 30%-60% alternating rule. Lithium-ion batteries commonly used in electric bicycles need to be charged regularly to extend their service life. Therefore, you have another good reason to go out and ride an electric bike more frequently.

The best way to charge an electric bike battery
When you buy a brand new electric bicycle, you must charge the battery for 12 hours. This time it will ensure that the battery is fully charged. In this way, current will flow through all battery cells of the battery. This will prepare the battery for normal operation. However, you should not fully charge the battery the next time you charge it. The longer the battery remains charged at 100%, the faster the performance will decrease.

Therefore, if you do not plan to ride an electric bicycle for a long time, please do not fully charge the battery. It is best not to let it discharge completely, at least 40%-70%. When charging the battery, do not connect it to the charger for a long time. Instead, disconnect the charger when the battery is 90%-95% charged.

Important battery charging information
The service life of lithium-ion batteries used in electric bicycles can be as long as several years, especially if you maintain them properly. These additional tips will help you extend battery life:

Do not store the battery in an extremely hot or cold environment. The ideal storage temperature is between 59 °F (15 °C) and 77 °F (25 °C). Store it in a dry place.

Avoid charging the battery at temperatures below 32 °F (0 °C). In winter, make sure that the battery is at room temperature before charging.

For safety, please ensure that the battery and charger are on a dry surface, away from flammable materials, moisture, or heat.
Do not cover the battery or charger during charging.

Always use the charger provided by the manufacturer. Using a different charger may permanently damage the battery.
Even if the battery is not used for a long time (for example, in winter), please charge it at least once a month.

A simple rule of thumb
So, how often should you charge the battery? A simple rule of thumb is to charge after each ride. This way, once you decide to ride again, your electric bike will be ready. Ideally, you should follow the 30%-60% alternation rule described above.

With the high-capacity battery used in Hotebike, you may not need to charge it often. The maximum cruising range of Hotebike is 200 kilometers, which is equivalent to the cruising range of electric vehicles. Therefore, if you use it for commuting or short leisure cycling, you may not need to charge it after each ride.

In any case, Hotebike is equipped with a control display that indicates the percentage of battery power. With this information, it will be easy to follow the 30%-60% alternating rule.

What are the factors that affect the mileage of electric bicycles:

The question of how much an electric bicycle can travel on a single charge is quite controversial, because there are many factors that affect this:

Weather (the range of sunny days is usually about 15% longer than rainy days),
Tire pressure (remember, soft tires are suitable for urban driving, but not suitable for hybrids, especially mountainous areas),
The weight of the rider and the weight of the extra luggage may cause additional costs to be lost.
Sometimes the battery type will affect the cruising range, and the low-power battery will also be affected by the number of starts and stops during the trip.
The weight of the electric bicycle motor and battery will reduce the cruising range. Therefore, if you know that your electric bicycle has a heavy motor and you are going to travel long distances and cannot charge it, please don’t forget this factor,
The way you ride (the strength of pedaling and the speed of use) will also affect the battery level of the electric bike.
The terrain itself (plain or mountain) on which you are riding.

What is the cruising range of an electric bicycle lithium-ion battery?

There are many types of batteries for electric vehicles, but lithium-ion batteries are the most used. This type of battery is equipped with a mature control system, which is directly built into the battery box.

Lithium-ion batteries are very convenient to use. In order for them to serve as long as possible, you must abide by the following rules:

Before using a new lithium-ion battery, it must be fully charged. One of the most common mistakes people make when using electric bicycles is to use the battery immediately after purchase. The battery electrodes do charge about 50% during the production process, but not charging them initially will reduce the total available battery capacity and shorten the battery life.

After discharging, the lithium-ion battery must be charged immediately. In practice, there are cases where the battery is suddenly damaged. After finding out the cause, it was found that breakdown is not so random, because the car owner continuously discharges the battery completely, thereby reducing its resources. By the way, some battery sellers will suggest how to use batteries until they are fully discharged or cycled. They can do this without knowing it, or in pursuit of their profit-after all, if the battery is damaged, you will come and buy a new one.

Avoid continuous heating of lithium-ion batteries. High temperature has an extremely adverse effect on the battery and accelerates the aging process. The optimal temperature for the maximum battery resource and maximum current output should not exceed 68-77 degrees Fahrenheit. The interdependence between operating temperature and battery life quality is very large. Even if the operating temperature increases by 10 degrees, the battery life will be reduced several times. Therefore, it is strongly not recommended to store the battery near heat sources (radiators, stoves, etc.) or in direct sunlight.

Low temperature and half-discharge conditions ensure the long life of lithium-ion batteries.

Do not charge a cold battery. If your battery is exposed to low temperatures for a long time, for example, you are riding an electric bicycle in cold weather, then you should at least charge it before it heats up to the plus sign (degrees Celsius) of the thermometer, or even better room temperature. Otherwise, sudden temperature changes are fatal to lithium-ion batteries.

Use only the original charger.

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