When you are reading up on the electric bike devices and what they can do in terms of performance, you may be pleased to see some can travel twenty miles on one charge. However, you should also read that information with caution. The bike might be able to travel that distance on one battery charge, but that is under optimal conditions with a fully charged battery. There are conditions that affect how many miles you go and the battery is the main component to determine that factor. What do you need to know about batteries and how they can affect the performance of your electric bike?
Battery Charge for an Electric Bike
- The battery on your electric bike comes to you in prime condition – or you hope it does. Since the electric bike battery is responsible for how long the electric bike runs and how fast you can go, you want it to perform at its optimum levels. And most batteries will when they are charged correctly. Every battery will come with charging instructions that need to be followed precisely in order for your battery to have a long life and in order for it to perform at peak levels.
- When an electric bike battery isn’t charged correctly, for example it sits on the charger for a week while you are out of town, it can actually damage the battery and make it hold less charge than it is supposed to while riding your electric bike. A battery can also overheat when it is plugged in too long or in an area that doesn’t get enough air. Batteries for the electric bike are the most important part of your electric bike so you want to make sure you take the proper care of it. If the manufacturer suggests letting the battery completely drain before you hook it to the charger, let it completely die out before you plug it in.
Road Conditions for an Electric Bike
- A bike product description says it can get 15 miles on one charge of the battery. However, it doesn’t say how many if the battery wasn’t fully charged, if it was charged improperly or if the road conditions are poor. Even when your battery is fully charged and in perfect working order, you might not get 15 miles because the wind you are headed in to takes more motor power to get through. You might also have to go up and down hills or across rocky terrain in order to get to your destination. Whenever your bike is not on a flat service, it is using more battery juice to power over the terrain it is on. If you are traveling uphill on a steep grade, expect to travel less than your 15 miles. On windy days where you are peddling headfirst in to it, expect to get less than 15 miles. The only time you might get more than 15 miles from a battery charge is if you are going downhill with the wind at your back.
Electric Bike Style
- The bike itself can alter how well a battery performs. The heavier the bike, the more battery juice it will require to go along each mile. When you have a heavy bike the battery might be able to power twenty miles, but only when the battery is fully charged, there isn’t any wind and you are biking on a level surface. When you are estimating a route to take on your bike, always give yourself a little less on the mileage so you don’t get stranded somewhere you don’t want to be – away from your destination!
No matter what type of bike you purchase, you need to take care of it as well as the battery. Carry the charger with you if possible on longer trips so that you can plug it in if necessary while you are away from home. The office might allow you to charge your bike during the day so you don’t have to worry about making it home (and the round trip) all on one charge. Even though taking care of the battery on the bike may take a little bit of your time, the results are well worth the effort. A well cared for electric bike battery will have a longer life and not need replacing as often.