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Removable or Hidden E bike Battery? All You Should Know

Before you buy your next electric bike. there are certain factors you want to consider. Among other factors, e-bike battery is an essential component as it usually determine your bike performance level. However, batteries are in different types and sizes, they can either be removable or integrated, each with its pros and cons. Although many people reduce integrated and removable batteries differences to looks, they have more features. These characteristics can determine if it meets an intending rider’s needs or not.

What are Integrated Batteries?

Integrated batteries are rather fixed to the bike’s frame. Another name for integrated batteries is hidden batteries. The main advantage of integrated batteries is enhanced durability. Since it is mounted within the bike frame, it is not exposed to harsh weather conditions like storms. The battery is also hidden from wetness, which could cause corrosion.

Overview of Removable Batteries

Removable batteries are more commonly seen in modern electric bikes. They can either be a removable front frame or detachable rear rack batteries. The main difference is in the location. As the names imply, the former is located at the front frame, and the latter is at the rear rack region. We place the battery of Honbike HF01 at the middle centre of the bike’s frame.

Benefits of E-bike with Detachable Batteries

Removable batteries are popular nowadays because of their added benefits. Due to the tight schedule in people’s daily activities, they want to move their electric bicycles around quickly. Other benefits of removable batteries are further highlighted below.

Undoubtedly, removable batteries are easy to charge, as users can either choose to charge on or off the ebike. It is the perfect choice for a vacation, picnic, or trip. You can easily take your battery to a charging center without worrying about the extra load of moving your electric bike around. It also helps riders to charge their batteries in their work environment. You simply need to unlock the frame and detach the battery. The battery of Honbike HF01 can be fully charged for about 3.5-4 hours, which is short enough not to cause a delay in your journey.

Contrary to integrated batteries, you can easily replace a removable battery. You do not need any technical knowledge before replacing a battery. As for HF01 users, you can also take an extra battery to double your range As it only weighs 1.26kg. However, you must follow certain safety precautions while removing your e-bike’s battery.

  • Insert the key gently into the battery lock.
  • Use your other hand to support the battery to prevent it from crashing on the floor.
  • Removing the Honbike battery will require you to do it clockwise.
  • Once the battery has been successfully detached, pull out the key.
  • Fold the stand, and release it back into the compartment.

Cons of Removable Batteries

Removable batteries have a few disadvantages, which are further listed below.

  • They are prone to theft compared to integrated batteries.
  • Removable batteries are apparent and enormous. However, the innovations ongoing in the ebike industry have yielded light-weighted removable batteries. For instance, the HF01 battery weighs 1.26 kg, a reasonable weight with much flexibility.

Advantages of E-bike with Integrated Batteries

Although removable batteries are popular and more adopted, hidden batteries serve their benefits.

  • Most integrated batteries are lightweight.
  • E-bikes with integrated batteries are designed to give a streamlined appearance. However, this is not a setback for removable batteries, as manufacturers’ expert level mainly determines an e-bike design.
  • Integrated electric bikes are the best option for garage storage since you will have access to a charging point.
  • Minimal theft risk since it is not easily removable.
  • The batteries require low maintenance because they are not exposed to dirt or dust.

Features to Consider When Buying Ebike Batteries

The critical differences between integrated and removable batteries should help make good buying decisions, but there are other features to consider.

You need to ensure your electric bike has a battery lock that minimizes theft. This helps riders to park their e-bikes at ease without worrying about the bike being stolen. However, this applies if you ride an electric bicycle with a removable battery.

Every removable battery exists in different sizes. Understanding your commuting range will help in choosing the suitable size for you. This will help determine the extra weight you can carry while shopping or riding off-road. Also, the battery is an essential component of an e-bike and can influence its weight. Thus, there is a specific weight for different riders’ body sizes.

The range is also critical in choosing the best battery power rate. For instance, a 300Wh implies that the battery will run down after one hour. Confirm if your battery will survive the range you are riding or not. Meanwhile, the Honbike Uni4 can cover up to 52 miles on a single charge, meeting the daily needs of urban cyclists.

How to Extend your E-bike Battery Life

Battery’s durability varies with quality and brand type. However, a rider’s maintenance proficiency determines how long a battery lasts. If you want your battery to be in good shape for a long time, here are the maintenance processes to implement.

  • Avoid using your battery on red: A rider needs to learn to charge a battery before it runs down. When a battery keeps running down, it gets weaker over time.
  • Avoid overcharging your battery: Even if you are riding a long distance, overcharging the e-bike batteries is not the best solution. Instead, take the extra fully charged battery while on the journey. Also, you should know your battery’s charging time. If you use the Honbike Uni4, the charging time is between 4-4.5 hours. Whenever your battery is fully charged before this duration, please do not leave it plugged into the socket.
  • Do not use a warm battery: Allowing your battery to cool off before usage boosts its longevity. It would help to let it cool off after charging before putting it in the e-bike.
  • Proper storage condition: Storing your e-bike battery in an extremely hot or cold temperature could reduce its lifespan. It would help if you did not also expose your battery to harsh weather, such as heavy rainfall. The manufacturer’s manual guide usually states the appropriate storage condition for every battery.

Conclusion

Not every rider can easily identify whether an electric bike has a removable or integrated battery. The positions of the batteries are the easiest way to determine if it is removable or not. Meanwhile, it is not difficult to detach a removable battery from an electric bicycle. The integrated batteries are usually placed in the front region of the frame. In the real sense, integrated batteries can be removed, but you will need some technical tools or equipment. With the differences highlighted in this article, you can decide if you want to stress through removing an integrated battery or not.

Bezior XF200: Foldable E-MTB as a bargain at Gogobest

E-bikes are becoming increasingly popular. This is reflected not least in the constantly rising sales figures. In view of the growing sales, it is not surprising that the motorized bikes are now available in a wide variety of designs. From compact folding bikes to city bikes and e-mountain bikes equipped with thick tires, the market offers just about everything. The Bezior XF200 combines a folding bike and a mountain bike. The result is a durable e-bike that scores points for practicality, everyday usability and performance. Whether it’s asphalt, pothole-strewn gravel roads or wet dirt tracks, the Bezior F200 is ready to take on any challenge. We present the e-bike in more detail below.

Where performance meets practicality in the Bezior XF200

The Bezior XF200 gives you plenty of power on asphalt or dirt roads thanks to its 1000 W motor. And not just for a short time. Thus, the 15 Ah large battery provides for proper endurance. According to the manufacturer, the e-bike can cover a range of 130 km. That is anything but a matter of course.

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The thick tires make it clear that the e-bike feels particularly comfortable off-road. So it’s not surprising that the two-wheeler is said to be able to climb a 35-degree incline. Thus, nothing stands in the way of a weekend bike tour in nature. Due to the foldable design, you can then also put the E-MTB in the trunk of your car without further ado and take it with you on vacation.

That’s why the XF200 is best in class

Meanwhile, more and more bike manufacturers are offering their customers e-bikes that come in a classic mountain bike design. But a look at the Bezior XF200’s technical specs makes it clear why this model is ahead of many of its competitors. For one thing, there’s the power of the 1000 W motor. The bike experts rely on an extremely lightweight brushless motor here, which is supposed to work very efficiently thanks to a star-shaped gearbox.

By the way, thanks to the hidden battery, you can only see that this is an e-bike at second glance. Bezior places the battery namely in the frame itself. Here, the battery technology with a range of up to 130 km is protected from the damaging penetration of dirt and water. Especially when riding uphill, you will earn impressed looks on this bike. After all, the XF200 with its powerful motor overcomes even climbs with 35 degrees slope.

The rest of the technical specs read great, too. Thus, not only a 7-speed gearbox of the industry giant Shimano is used here. On top of that, an IP65-protected display gives you the most important information about battery status, riding performance and more while riding. The 20 x 4.0 inch tires provide comfort on asphalt and dirt roads. Especially in combination with the suspension system of the front fork you get an extremely comfortable riding experience.

To come to a quick stop on descents or at traffic lights, reliable hydraulic brake discs work here at the front and rear. However, the real highlight of the e-bike is certainly its foldable design. Despite its bulky exterior, you can easily take it with you on the commuter train or even stow it in the trunk for your vacation. To do this, you simply fold it up.

Bezior XF200 now at Gogobest for a bargain price

In our climes, the store Gogobest is becoming more and more famous. Given the regular bargains that you can secure here, this is not really surprising. For example, on the campaign page you can currently get discounts on many different e-bikes. One of them is the Bezior XF200, which you can currently buy for a really great price of 1,089.99 euros instead of the regular 1,899.99 euros.

EB18: eBike Trends – Mismatched wheels, hidden batteries here come the cars

Yeah, yeah, e-bikes. But here’s the deal, they are helping drive the bike industry right now, particularly in Europe. From a technical, feature-wise standpoint, there are a couple of trends worth noting, and we’ll cover those first. But looking much farther down the road, we had a few good conversations with product managers and saw brands that seem more interested in how the automotive industry is going to take over the e-Bike industry.

Or, as some of those companies and Eurobike itself are calling it, e-Mobility. And that naming is important…because it’s not going to be just e-Bikes, it’s going to be various personal transportation options using electric assist. But first, the tech…

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in the front, 27.5 in the back

It was almost comical how many eMTB brands were showing off new enduro level mountain bikes using a 29er front wheel and 27.5 rear wheel and calling it Moto-something. Motocross bikes use a similar setup, and now we’re seeing it on long travel trail to enduro e-mountain bikes, too.

Ghost and KTM are two such brands, both shown here, and the idea is pretty simple: Use a bigger wheel diameter with a leaner, lighter tire to roll over obstacles in the front, then put a fatter, wider 27.5 tire in the back. We expect more of this setup to start showing up in 2019 and beyond.

Batteries are disappearing

The first e-bikes were kinda ugly. They looked like regular bikes with motors and batteries bolted on and wired up wherever they could fit. Because that’s what they were. Over the past couple years, downtubes and frames have become more shapely to match the battery pack’s lines, but the next step is frames that completely integrate the battery into the tubes. 2019 will see a ton of these, like the Haibike prototype shown above that slides it completely into the downtube. Specialized’s Turbo models do a really good job of this, too, making it harder to tell they’re e-bikes save for the extra bulky downtube.

For road bikes, you might be riding next to an e-bike and not even know it until you’re sucking wind to keep up. That’s thanks to eBikeMotion, which has developed a super slim battery pack that fits into a near-standard sized downtube. The charging port sits on top of the BB shell, and the on/off/mode button is flush on the top tube. They’re paired with a small hub motor that’s almost undetectable unless you’re looking for it. Bianchi, Orbea and others are already using this system, and more are coming.

Why Automotive Companies Might Take Over?

When you look at the future of the automobile, it’s looking more and more electric. Which means the vast majority of battery technology advancement is going to be driven by the automotive industry. And battery improvements are the main way that e-bikes are going to get lighter, faster and longer range. Electric vehicles are also more and more likely to become “last mile” delivery methods, using small cargo vans and bikes to deliver our increasingly online purchases. Some of those “vans” may look more like trikes with basic enclosures, others might be bakfiet-style bikes. UPS, DHL, Deutsche Post and others are already using them for urban delivery. Regardless of all the forms they’ll take, there’s little doubt many of these will be branded with well known automobile names. There’s several reasons for that.

First, as one major brand’s PM (who asked to remain anonymous) proposed, what are general consumers more likely to buy – a high tech electric powered “vehicle” from Tesla? Or from Haibike? Nothing against Haibike, they’re actually pushing the boundaries of e-bikes and we really like what they’re doing. But for most non-cyclist consumers looking to drop 5,000 on an occasional use alternative to their car, who do you think they’re going to trust? And where do you think they’re going to look? If they already own a Tesla, and Tesla is selling e-bikes through their dealers, would that customer really go to a bike shop?

Second, as the automakers continue to develop electric battery and motor tech, they’ll be looking for more ways to use them to defray those development costs. In Europe, e-bikes are almost the norm anymore. They’re literally everywhere. But in the US, there’s little brand awareness outside of the cycling community, which means there’s massive opportunity for a well-known car brand to own that market. Ford is already dipping their toes in the water by helping to develop car-to-bike awareness and safety tech. Volvo is, too. And Maserati just launched a full lineup of e-Bikes developed with Diavelo, which is owned by Accell Group (Raleigh, Lapierre, Ghost, etc.) and is promoting their consulting business to bicycle and automotive partners alike.

So, where does this leave bicycle brands and component manufacturers? One concern is that the automotive brands have infinitely greater RD resources and can develop most of what they need on their own. And if they put their weight behind it, we could see greater bike-friendly infrastructure come to our cities. Which is good. Great, actually.

But what if the bicycle brands we know and love are left behind? It’s a legitimate concern, and the Smart brands are trying to figure that out now. SRAM has their eBike-specific EX1 drivetrain group, but as we discussed in our Drivetrain Trends story, the future may not be the derailleur and cassette we’re all used to.

Want more e-bike news? Check out our sister site, e-Bikerumor.com, for the latest tech and coverage of electric road, mountain, commuter and touring bicycles.

Review: The Aniioki full-suspension e-bike has the biggest battery I’ve ever seen

I’ve seen some big batteries in my day, but nothing prepared me for the monstrosity of a 60Ah battery hidden in the frame of the Aniioki A8 Pro Max. If you want a super-long-range electric bike, this is the type of battery you’ll want.

This 48V 60Ah battery manages to stuff in 2,880 Wh of energy when fully charged. To put that into perspective, an average electric bike these days has around 600-700 Wh of capacity, and we generally call anything with 1,000 Wh “long range.”

So when you come in with nearly triple the capacity of a traditionally large battery, you’ve pretty much put yourself in an entirely new category of extra-super-duper-long-range e-bikes.

Meet that new category of e-bikes, population: Aniioki A8 Pro Max.

What’s going on with this thing?

The Aniioki is trying to be a lot of things. First of all, what’s with that name? It almost sounds like a play on the famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley, though that might be giving too much American history credit to a company that seems to be another one of these Asian import e-bike brands that tend to spring up overnight.

And when we take a deeper look at the bike itself, it seems to go in a number of directions. On the one hand, the ultra-long-range battery and the 1,400W motor start to push it toward the moped category. The 32 mph (51.5 km/h) top speed and the 20″ fat tires also help support that moped classification.

The dual suspension design adds a bit of a more premium feel to the bike, and the adjustable saddle gives us something most mopeds don’t: a prayer at actually fitting a wider range of rider heights while feeling marginally pedalable.

To set realistic expectations though, you should know that I’m rather short at 5’7″ (170 cm), and I still had the seat up at its highest position. So while I commend Aniioki for having an adjustable seat on a moped-style e-bike, don’t think that you’re going to be able to set it up for a super-tall person. That isn’t in the cards.

So the design of the bike is certainly a bit of a mashup, but they seem to land it fairly well. It’s a heavy bike, so don’t be mistaken there. At just over 100 lb. (46 kg), this sucker is one of the heaviest e-bikes I’ve ever ridden. But it’s also the longest range e-bike I’ve ridden and has the biggest battery, and so weight comes with the territory. In fact, that battery alone is just over 30 lb. (13.6 kg), so you’re lugging around a lot of poundage in battery cells.

But if you want to go fast and far, this is the e-bike for you. The top speed is just over 30 mph, and I was able to get it up to brief peaks of 32 mph, which is pretty darn fast for an electric bicycle. Most fast e-bikes will drain through their batteries quickly, since going fast takes a lot of power. But with this massive battery between your knees, you can actually sustain those higher speeds for longer periods of time.

They claim a 200-mile range (320 km) on pedal assist and a more modest 110-mile range (177 km) on throttle only, though I’m sure that throttle range is at lower speeds. You won’t bang out 110 miles while traveling at 32 mph, that’s for sure.

The rest of the bike has some nice features, from the full suspension to the hydraulic disc brakes. The suspension makes for a smooth ride and it actually works well. Some e-bikes have stiff or super springy suspension, but the Aniioki A8 Pro Max seems to be fairly comfortable, eschewing the ultra cheap suspension in favor of something that works decently. And those hydraulic brakes use 180 mm rotors that are quite thick, which is exactly what I want to see on such a heavy and fast e-bike.

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But there was one issue with the front brake that I never could get to go away: It won’t stop singing to me.

No matter how much I adjust the brakes, the front still resonates like a wine glass. I’ve tightened the rotor. I’ve aligned the caliper. I’ve used multiple disc brake cleaners. I’ve tried repeated full power braking from high speed. I can often get it to go away for a few minutes, but then the singing brake rotor eventually comes back. It’s a mystery that is driving me nuts.

Singing brake rotor aside, there are other nice features included that still score a few points with me, like the included rack and fenders as well as the nice LED light package with a big motorcycle-style headlight and rear tail/brake lights.

There’s even a 7-speed transmission, not that I spent that much time pedaling the bike. With this much power (and on such a heavy bike), I think most people will just ride it like a motorbike and make ample use of the throttle. But if you ever get stuck with a low battery or just want to get some exercise, the shifter will allow you to dial in your pedal cadence for a better pedaling experience.

But then again, there’s another problem with pedaling this heavy e-bike. The pedal assist is somehow both laggy and jumpy. When you start pedaling, there’s a solid second or two until the pedal assist power kicks in, which is quite noticeable on a 100 lb. bike. But then if you’re already using pedal assist and decide to increase the power level, such as from level 2 to 3, the power instantly rockets up and you’d better be holding on. Some e-bikes have jumpy pedal assist, and others can be laggy. But I rarely see an e-bike that has both qualities at once. Bravo, Aniioki, I guess?

So what’s the summary?

Let’s bring this review to a close and tie everything up in a nice, neat bow. There’s a lot to like here. The Aniioki is fast and powerful, yet still comfortable with that full-suspension. The seat is nicely adjustable and of course there’s that long range from the massive battery. But it’s a heavy e-bike that doesn’t have great pedal assist, and there are a few fit and finish issues that leave me a bit disappointed (such as that brake rotor that won’t stop singing to me).

So all told, for 1,999, you’re getting a pretty nice little bicycle-shaped electric motorbike. Just don’t expect to turn this into a true pedaling e-bike, or you’ll be disappointed. For those that just want to fly, the Aniioki A8 Pro Max will help you soar with long-lasting wings, that’s for sure.

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