Can An eBike Battery Overheat? Explained
So can an eBike battery overheat? Yes, it can. But you can prevent that. Read on to see how to avoid your eBike battery from overheating and what to do when it does overheat.
Protect your eBike battery from the heat!
Ebike batteries generally do not tolerate heat well, so they must always be carefully maintained in the summer. Extreme temperatures can cause the range of your battery to decrease, or cause other damage to your valuable battery. Read our helpful tips here on how to best protect your battery from the heat.
Are you a real cycling holidaymaker? And do you like to take the e-bike abroad to make wonderful cycling trips? Then it is very important that you know how to maintain the battery of your electric bicycle in warm weather.
Bicycle batteries cannot withstand extreme temperatures, so they must always be carefully maintained in summer climates. Of course, you don’t want the range of your battery to decrease, or for your battery to suddenly stop working and you have to continue without support during a long bike ride through the mountains.
Did you know that?
An eBike battery performs best in temperatures between 50 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit (10 and 25 degrees Celsius.)
Bicycle battery in the sun
On a cycling trip or holiday, it is, of course, the intention that you can enjoy the sun while on the road. This is no problem at all for your bicycle battery since the battery gets some cooling during cycling due to the wind. What is extremely important is that when you are not cycling, for example, to eat a sandwich during a short break, you never put your electric bicycle and especially bicycle battery directly in the sun!
Therefore, always try to put your electric bicycle in the shade! Is there no shade to be found at that moment? Then disconnect your battery from the bicycle and take it with you to a shaded spot or store the battery in a special battery or bicycle bag. This allows the battery to cool down a bit and prevents temperature damage.
What to do when your eBike battery is overheated
My battery has overheated, what now? If your bicycle battery has been in the sun for too long, it may overheat. This can sometimes be dangerous and create potential damage to the battery. If your battery feels too hot, be sure to let the battery cool for a while in the shade or in a cool place until the battery has returned to room temperature. Does the battery remain hot even after a long time? Then it is possible that your battery is broken and needs to be replaced. You need to have this checked as soon as possible with a local electric bicycle or battery specialist!
Charging your battery on the go
Especially during long rides on a cycling holiday, you may sometimes have to recharge your battery in between. Especially in (extreme) heat, it is important that you let the bicycle battery cool down before you put the battery on the charger. A hot battery can be damaged during charging. It is also smart not to fully charge the battery in very hot weather. If you choose to charge the battery with a fast charger, we advise you to make sure that the battery temperature remains low.
Do you want to be really well prepared and always be sure that if your battery overheats you can still continue cycling? In that case, purchasing and taking a second battery with you is also an option.
Cycling holiday with an eBike
Not only the battery but also yourself must remain well protected against the hot sun during a cycling holiday on the e-bike. So never forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and enough water for the road. By following these tips, we hope that you can cover many pleasant and safe miles with your electric bicycle. We wish you a lot of cycling fun on your next cycling holiday!