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6 Proven Tips To Improve Your Electric Bike’s Battery Life

Improving Your Electric Bike’s battery life

Battery life is an important factor to consider when deciding which e-bike battery to buy. A battery is the most important part of an electric bike. A question that is asked a lot is: How long will the battery of my electric bike last? 

The battery is usually the part of an electric bike that has to be replaced the fastest. It is therefore very important to keep it in optimal condition. 

Many electric bike owners think they have little influence on the life of the battery, but the maintenance of the battery is partly in your own hands. 

That is why I would like to give you some tips and facts about e-bike batteries so that you can extend the life of your electric bike’s battery and get the most out of your electric bike.  

 An electric bike battery has an average lifespan of about five years (under normal use). 

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Charging the battery

Excessive charging of an electric bike battery means that your battery must be replaced a lot sooner. 

You extend the life of the battery of your electric bike by keeping the charging cycle as small as possible. A charge cycle means that a battery is completely discharged and charged. 

How do you extend the life of your bike battery by taking the charging cycle into account?

  1. Regularly charging and discharging your e-bike battery ensures that your battery remains in good condition . We recommend doing this at least once a month.
  2. Charge your bike’s battery in a room that is at room temperature. It sounds strange, but it significantly increases the battery life of your electric bike.
  3. As with other batteries and accumulators, it is important to remove the charger when the battery is fully charged. Make sure that the battery is not left on the charger for more than 24 hours when it is fully charged! 

Replacing a bike battery usually costs between $200 and $400, but the price of a bike battery can go up to $500.  

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6 Proven Tips To Improve Your Electric Bike’s Battery Life 

Extending the battery life: during and just before your bike ride, there are several things you can take into account to extend the battery life of your electric bike. 

  • Have the correct tire pressure. High rolling resistance occurs when the tire pressure is low. By keeping the maximum pressure on your bike tires (3 to 4 bar), the battery uses as little extra energy as possible. 
  • Do not drive off with pedal assistance. If you drive away with pedal assistance, this will unnecessarily cost your battery a lot of energy. Our advice: when stationary, drive away without pedal assistance in order to save energy and thus extend the life of your bike battery.
  • Do not set the gear too high. When you pedal slowly, with too high a gear at a low speed, this often costs a lot of extra energy.
  • Switch gears on time. Just like with a car, try to use a higher gear at a traffic light, and shift up if you start cycling faster. To extend the life of your bike battery, we also recommend switching gears as little as possible if this is not absolutely necessary. 
  • Do not cycle until your battery is completely empty. Try to charge your battery during a stop, so don’t forget to take your charger with you.
  • Dry the battery contacts before installing your battery. If your bike is wet from the rain and you have removed the bike battery, it is wise to dry the contact points of the battery (and the ones on your electric bike) before placing the battery back on the bike. Purchasing a protective cover for your battery can prevent against rain and possible water damage. 

Storing your battery affects the life of the bike battery

  • Try to avoid extreme temperatures. The temperature has a major influence on the condition, and therefore also on the lifespan of the battery of your electric bike.
  • Make sure that your battery is never completely empty when you store it. When you store your bike battery for a longer period of time, it is wise to never store it completely empty. If a bike battery is deeply discharged, the battery can no longer be (properly) charge and must therefore be replaced. Our advice: store your bike battery when it still contains at least 50 percent of energy, in order to increase the lifespan of the battery of your electric bike.
  • Remove the battery from your electric bike. If you have a detachable battery and your bike is outside all day, remove your bike battery. This means that the battery is less exposed to cold, excessive heat, or rain. If you cannot remove your bike battery, we recommend that you store your electric bike indoors, in order to extend the life of the battery of your electric bike.
  • Store your battery in a battery bag when not in use. Protective covers for batteries of electric bikes ensure that the temperature of the battery remains stable when it is stored.  

The end of the battery life of an electric bike is approaching 

The lifespan of a battery for an electric bike unfortunately does not last forever. 

Is your battery charging much slower than before? Or does your battery run out faster lately? Then you may well have to replace the battery of your electric bike. 

CLICK HERE for more information on how you can check whether your battery is due for replacement. 

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