Buy smartly: these e-bikes meet the internationally recognized safety standards
The demand for e-bikes has doubled nearly every year since 2015. Recognized bike brands like Trek and Specialized were quickly joined in the market by smaller brands like Aventon, RadPower and Tern. Established as well as some newer bike brands source parts from suppliers that are vetted for quality and safety, and must meet strict standards for battery charging and overall performance. However, many off-brand e-bikes and e-bike conversion kits found online source low-quality parts and may be produced with low or non-existent quality control.
Cheap electronic batteries and electrical systems may not include safety technologies for preventing thermal runaway — a phenomenon in which the lithium-ion cell enters an uncontrollable, self-heating state — that can result in batteries overheating and causing fires.
After some headline-grabbing fires in New York City that were linked to e-bike batteries, officials moved to legislate for safer battery powered micromobility vehicles. Some of the fires may have started as a result of faulty or low-quality lithium-ion e-bike batteries, and represent a small fraction of the total number of fires in the city.
Battery failures that cause fires constitute a tiny fraction of the total number of e-bike batteries bought by consumers, and an even smaller percentage of the total number of all Li-Ion batteries used in all sorts of applications – automobiles, robotic vacuum cleaners, and laptops.
A quick search on Google, Amazon, or AliExpress turns up thousands of motors and batteries—and even completely assembled e-bikes—manufactured abroad that do not appear to meet any safety standards, and offer no documented safety testing.
As of early 2023, there are no federal guidelines, requirements or regulations that address micromobility battery and motor safety in the United States. However, Underwriter Laboratories, an internationally recognized independent organization that tests consumer products maintains safety standards for micromobility electronic systems and power supplies. UL standards for Canada are similar to those in the United States.
The UL Listing for e-bike motor and battery components offers assurances that the products have passed rigorous protocols for thermal runaway, overcharging, discharging, and other safety measures. These standards apply only to the motors, batteries, and charging devices, and not other components, manufacture, or assembly.
Voluntary E-bike Battery Certification
Underwriter Laboratories is an independent organization that performs safety testing and certification for consumer products. The applicable standards for e-bike motors and batteries are:
There are other, similar standards issuing bodies for the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, and elsewhere which maintain analogous standards. Standards similar to the UL Listed standards for Li-Ion batteries for e-bikes are:
Additionally, lithium-ion batteries receiving the UL Listed certification must also meet minimum standards for transportation and shipping. One battery manufacturer, Tritek, indicates that transportation requirements include labeling the batteries with the proper shipping labels and packing the batteries in approved containers.
Shopping and Servicing E-bike Batteries
When shopping for an e-bike, it’s always a safe bet to stick with brands that only source parts that are verified as safe by a third-party independent testing agency. Recognized e-bike brands may initially cost more as they are more expensive to manufacture with higher quality and superior materials, under monitored and approved processes, and which exceed minimum safety standards.
When servicing an e-bike, it’s also a good idea to bring the bike to a shop with technicians trained in servicing e-bikes, and that source high-quality replacement parts from trusted suppliers. And, always use the charger supplied with the battery and e-bike, or one specifically certified for compatibility with specific models of bikes and batteries.
“Lithium-ion battery fires are more common when batteries are modified or repaired by untrained technicians,” according to Electrek’s Micah Toll. “Another factor that has led to some of these fires is the use of third-party and non-compatible aftermarket chargers that can overcharge a battery.”
If a battery charger is not rated for outdoor use, don’t charge the battery in exposed outdoor conditions. You could ruin the charger, battery, and or other electronics, or cause a fire.
Many e-bike manufacturers use just a few suppliers for sourcing e-bike motors, batteries, control units, and other electrical system components. Not all electrical systems original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) meet UL or other, similar standards. The National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA) recognizes the need for standards requirements for e-bike component OEMs, and its website recommends its members request certification from suppliers. “On July 15, 2022, the NBDA advises all retailers to encourage their vendors and suppliers to certify their e-bikes or e-bike systems installed on e-bikes to UL 2849.”
The list compiled by Cycling Weekly identifies many bike brands and models meeting Underwriter Laboratories certification standards. The list maintained by UL and by Cycling Weekly is frequently updated, but may not include the most recent updates. If you do not see a bike brand and/or model listed, inquire with the bike manufacturer regarding UL listing. And if you represent a brand that’s missing do let us know.
UL and CE Listed e-bike brands as of May 2023
|Row 0. Cell 1|
|Dark Matter, Subito E-Gravel, Subito E-Road|
|Abound, Aventure, Level, Pace, Sinch, Soltera|
|46er, Boost, Ejoy, Remidemi|
|Aria E-Road, E-Impulsivo Road, E-Arcadex, E-Impulsivo Gravel, E-Omia, E-Omnia, E-Vertic, T-Tronik|
|Aveny, Dubbel, Packa, Sol, Ultra, Vika (CE Listed)|
|RoadMachine AMP, Fourstroke AMP, 257 AMP|
|Cerana, Charter, Charter F, Centris|
|Synapse Neo, Topstone Neo, Moterra Neo, Treadwell Neo, Adventure Neo, Compact Neo, Tesoro Neo|
|Grail:ON, Precede:ON, Spectral:ON, Torque:ON|
|E-Enduro, E-All Mountain, E-Trail, E-Road, E-Urban, E-City|
|Union, Response, Current|
|Loft Go, Townie Go, Townie Path Go, Vale Go, Ghost Rider Go, Ace of Spades Go, Navigator Go, Shibori Go, Cruiser Go, Bali Cruiser Go|
|Thron, Jam, Focus SAM, Jarifa, Aventura, Planet|
|Blackhill EVO, E-Jari, Ambient EVO, Conductor, E-Traverse, Sanibel, E-Crosstown, E-Nevada|
|Fastroad E, Roam E, Explore E, Talon E, Trance X E, Stance E, Reign E|
|G4 (CE listed; UL certification pending)|
|Hudon E2 (CE Listed)|
|Bolt, Bolt Pro, Bolt Up, LX10 Folding, Journey, Adventure, Haze Folding, J5, Jetson Axle, J8, Atlas Fat Tire, Arro Folding,|
|RipRacer, Rip Current, CrossCurrent, Hyper Scorpion,Hyper Scrambler, City Scrambler|
|Hybrid, Mountain, Cruiser|
|Lyfe, Lyfe Step-Thru, Range Evation (inc. flat bar) Range Ride 50 (inc flat bar),|
|Remote, El Kahuna, Libre EL, Dew-E, Ecoco, Rove HD, Dew HD, Coco HD|
|XP, XPedition, XPremium, Electric XP Trike (CE Listed)|
|Amity E, Thrive E, Rove E, Embolden E, Tempt E, Intrigue E|
|Alpine Trail, Rift Zone, Sausalito, Stinson|
|Fat Murf, Alpha Cargo, Alfa Murf, Fat Murf Step-Thru, Higgs, Izzy|
|Moscow Plus, C5, NCM Aspen, City Robin, Boogie Cruiser, ET Series, M7, C7, Milano, Cobra, Big Dog, Escape, Zebra, Cruiser, EE-Bike T7S|
|RIP, e9, WFO e9, RLT e9 RDO|
|Sight, Fluid, Range, Bigfoot, Charger, Indie, Scene|
|Gain, Wild, Rise, Urrun, Kemen, Vibe, Optima|
|Nytro, Nytro Dust|
|RadRover, RadExpand, RoadRunner, RadWagon, RadCity, RadExpand, RadTrike|
|Retroglide Royale, Venture|
|Koa Rev, Koa Rev Step-Through, Beaumont Rev Electric City Bike, Beaumont Rev Electric City Bike Step-Through, Valen Rev Electric Fat Tire Bike, Valen Rev Electric Fat Tire Bike Step-Through, Chatham Rev Electric Beach Cruiser Bike, Chatham Rev Electric Beach Cruiser Bike Step-Through, Jax Rev Electric Folding Bike|
|Core-5, Roadster, Turris, LMT’D, Cafe Cruiser, 700 Series, Rift, Prodigy, Revv1|
|Patron, Strike, Contessa, Lumen, Aspect, Solace, Addict, Contessa Addict, Sub Cross, Solace Gravel, Contessa Solace Gravel, Sub Active|
|Haul, Turbo Levo, Turbo Tero, Turbo Tero Step-Thru, Tero Como, Turbo Vedo, Turbo Vedo Step-Thru, Turbo Kenovo, Turbo Creo|
|Skid Loader, Big Easy|
|Quick Haul, NBD, Vektron, HSD, GSD|
|Fuel, Rail, Domane, E-Caliber, Fetch, Powerfly, Allant, Townie Path Go!, Vale Go!, Verve, Ghost Rider Go!, Ace of Spades Go!, Navigator Go!, Townie Go! Step-Thru, Townie Go! Step-Over, FX, Dual Sport, Loft Go! Step-Thru, Loft Go! Step-Over, Bali Cruiser Go!, Shibori Cruiser Go!, Kakau Cruiser Go!, Cruiser Go! Step-Over, Cruiser Go! Step-Thru|
|S5, A5, S4, X4, S3, V|
|Ultra Hybrid, Filante Hybrid, Cento1 Hybrid, Triestina Hybrid, Jena Hybrid, 101X Hybrid, 101X Hybrid, E903TRN, E830TRB|
|Freedom X, Freedom Fatty 2, Freedom 2, Freedom ST|
|CrossCore, CrossConnect, Wabash, UrbanRush, Civante, YDX-Torc, TDX-Moro,|
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Can You Overcharge An Electric Bike Battery?
E-bikes are becoming increasingly popular, as they provide a great way to get around without relying on fossil fuels. E-bikes popularity also grew to unprecedented levels during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With new technology comes new systems. Charging an electric bike battery is a key part of keeping your e-bike in good working order, so it’s important to know how to do it correctly.
What Is an Electric Bike Battery?
An electric bike battery is a rechargeable battery used to power an electric bicycle. It helps provide the pedal power needed to make the bike move. Electric bike batteries come in various sizes, shapes, and voltages, so you’ll need to choose the right one for your e-bike.
Types of Electric Bike Batteries
Electric bike batteries come in several types. Lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride, and lithium-ion are the options at your disposal. Each type of battery has its advantages and disadvantages, so it’s pivotal to choose the right one for your needs.
Lead-Acid Electric Bike Batteries
Lead-acid electric bike batteries are among the most common batteries used in e-bikes. They are typically cheaper than lithium-ion batteries but also have some disadvantages. These include:
- They are heavier than lithium-ion batteries.
- They have a shorter lifespan than lithium-ion batteries.
Lithium-Ion Electric Bike Batteries
Lithium-ion electric bike batteries are a popular type of battery on the market. They have several advantages over lead-acid batteries, including:
- They are lighter than lead-acid batteries.
- They have a longer lifespan than lead-acid batteries.
- They provide more power than lead-acid batteries.
Nickel-Cadmium Electric Bike Batteries
Nickel-cadmium electric bike batteries are another type of battery that is available. Some of the outstanding features of nickel-cadmium batteries include:
However, there are some disadvantages to using nickel-cadmium batteries, such as:
Nickel-Metal Hydride Electric Bike Batteries
Nickel-metal hydride electric bike batteries bear similarities to nickel-cadmium batteries but do not contain cadmium. As a result, they are less toxic, but because they contain nickel, they still need careful disposal.
Is It Possible to Overcharge an E-Bike Battery?
Now that we know a bit more about electric bike batteries, let’s answer the question: can you overcharge an electric bike battery?
The short answer is yes, it is possible to overcharge an electric bike battery. However, it is not often something that will happen if you accidentally leave your battery plugged in for too long.
Instead, overcharging most often occurs when there is a problem with the battery charger.
How Do You Overcharge an E-bike Battery?
Rechargeable batteries are designed to cycle off and on as they charge and discharge, which helps to protect the battery from overcharging.
When a battery overcharges, it receives too much voltage for too long, which can damage the battery.
There are several ways an electric bike battery can overcharge. These include:
- Using a charger not designed for the battery
- Using a charger with the wrong voltage
- Leaving the battery plugged in for too long (less common due to the battery’s built-in protective measures)
- Charging the battery in extreme temperatures
Can Overcharging Damage an E-bike Battery?
Regular overcharging of batteries can cause several problems.
Reduced Battery Capacity
Overcharging can reduce the capacity of your battery, meaning it will no longer be able to hold as much charge.
Why does this happen? When a battery overcharges, chemical reactions may occur inside it, breaking down some of the materials and reducing its capacity.
Increased Battery Temperature
Overcharging can also cause the battery to heat up. When a battery is overcharged, it produces more heat than it can dissipate, which causes the temperature to rise rapidly.
Although rare, fires have resulted from overheated e-bike batteries. As you can imagine, the damage can spread to more than just your battery. It may also damage the bike itself.
Sulfation is a process that occurs when lead-acid batteries overcharge, resulting in a build-up of lead sulfate on the plates inside the battery. In turn, the battery capacity reduces.
Decreased Battery Life
How is battery lifespan defined? Battery lifespan is the number of charge/discharge cycles a battery has. Overcharging a battery can shorten its lifespan by reducing the number of cycles it can go through.
A complete charge cycle occurs when a battery is charged from empty to full and discharges back to empty. When a battery overcharges, it goes through partial charge cycles, which can shorten its lifespan.
Caring for an Electric Bike Battery
It is imperative that you take care of your electric bike battery if you want it to last. There are a few simple things you can do to extend the life of your battery and keep it in good condition.
How you store your battery has an impact on its lifespan. You should always keep your battery in a cool, dry place.
Avoid storing it in direct sunlight or near any heat source. Heat can cause chemical reactions inside of your battery and damage it.
You should also avoid storing your battery in a completely discharged state. Make a habit of it, and the battery capacity will reduce.
If you need to store your battery for a long time, it is best to keep it at around 50% charge.
It is good to recharge the battery every few months to keep it in good condition.
It is essential to use the correct charger for your battery. Using a charger not designed for your battery can damage it. Make sure you always use the charger that came with your bike or one specifically designed for your battery.
It is also important to avoid overcharging your battery. As we have seen, this can damage the battery and reduce its lifespan.
Always follow the instructions that came with your charger and stop charging when the indicator light turns green.
When charging the battery, ensure it is done in a cool, dry place away from flammable materials. You should also avoid charging the battery in extreme temperatures as this can result in permanent damages.
How To Make E-Bike Battery Last Longer
There are several ways you can extend the life of your e-bike battery and keep it in good condition.
The Right Mode in the Right Moment
It is important to use the right mode when riding your bike. For example, if you only ride for a short distance, it is best to use the low or eco mode. These modes exist to help preserve the battery and make it last longer.
Riding in the Right Conditions
You should also try to avoid riding in extreme conditions, such as in very cold or hot weather. Extreemes can put a strain on the battery and reduce its lifespan.
Storing the Battery Properly
We’ve already talked about how important it is to store your battery properly. Remember: cool, dry, and halfway charged.
It is also good to regularly maintain your electric bike and its battery. Clean the bike and check the tires. You should also check the battery regularly to ensure it is in good condition.
Do Not Overload Your Bike
You should also avoid overloading your bike. Too much weight will strain the battery and reduce its lifespan. If you need to carry a lot of weight, it is best to use a trailer or cargo rack.
Checking Battery Health
It is important to check the health of your battery regularly. Do so by checking the voltage with a multimeter. If the voltage is below 36V, it is time to replace the battery.
Frequently Asked Questions
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An electric bike battery’s lifespan depends on several factors, including how it is used and stored. With proper care, an electric bike battery can last several years. Store it in a cool, dry place, avoid extreme temperatures, and regularly clean the bike.
When in use, it is best to charge your electric bike battery every few months. If you are not using your bike regularly, it is still a good idea to charge the battery every few months to keep it in good condition. It is of utmost importance that the charge cycles are completed properly to avoid damaging the battery.
You’ll need to check the voltage with a multimeter. If the voltage is below 36V, it is time to replace the battery. Another way to tell if your battery is dead is if it will no longer hold a charge. If your battery can’t maintain its charge, you won’t be getting very far!
Your battery has a built-in charging system that will shut off when the battery is fully charged. Therefore, leaving your electric bike battery charging overnight is relatively safe, but if you can
Overcharging an electric bike battery is not recommended as it can shorten the battery’s lifespan. It is important to understand the proper way to charge your battery and how to care for it properly.
By following these tips, you can extend the life of your electric bike battery and keep it in good condition.
Jason Hawkley is a biking enthusiast, which is a nice way of saying he’s a total nerd when it comes to bikes. One day while mountain biking through the woods in New Hampshire, the idea came him to create Our Streets as a way to share his biking passion with you.
Costco Electric Bike Review: A Comprehensive Guide
Electric bikes have become a popular mode of transportation due to their sustainability and affordability. As one of the leading retailers in the market, Costco offers a range of electric bikes for sale. In this article, we will provide a comprehensive review of Costco electric bikes to help you make an informed decision.
Ⅱ. Understanding Electric Bikes
Before diving into Costco’s offerings, it’s essential to understand the basics of electric bikes. Electric bikes are bicycles with an integrated electric motor that assists pedaling. They come in different types, including pedal-assist and throttle-based systems, each with its unique benefits. Electric bikes offer various advantages, such as reducing the physical demands of cycling, increasing speed and range, and providing eco-friendly transportation.
Ⅲ. Costco Electric Bikes: Overview
When choosing where to buy an electric bike, it’s important to consider all of your options. Costco is a well-known retailer famous for offering high-quality products at affordable prices, including a range of electric bike options from brands like Jetson and Nakto. In this section, we will give an overview of Costco electric bikes and compare them with other retailers.
Walmart, Amazon, and Costco each offer a range of electric bikes at different price points. Depending on which one you choose to buy from, you can get a good deal or pay more than necessary. Here’s a quick rundown of how much each store charges for popular models:
All three stores have their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to product quality. At Walmart, some customers have complained that the bikes they received were damaged or faulty, while at Costco, customers have reported mixed experiences with some finding that the bikes they purchased from Costco are of high quality and rarely require repairs. On Amazon, reviews are overwhelmingly positive, but a few customers have complained that their bikes had issues and were difficult to return or exchange.
Costco’s return policy is no-questions-asked 60-day returns, which means you can bring any item back at any time within 60 days of purchasing it and receive a full refund. Each electric bike they sell comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. If you have any problems with your bike within that time period, just contact them and they will either fix it for free or give you a full refund.
After considering the comprehensive review of both Costco electric bikes and VTUVIA e-bikes, we believe that VTUVIA offers excellent features, performance, and value for money. As a reputable e-bike brand, VTUVIA provides high-quality products at affordable prices. We encourage you to make an informed decision when purchasing an electric bike and consider VTUVIA as your top choice.
Ⅳ. Features of Costco Electric Bikes
Costco offers a variety of electric bikes from brands like Sondors, Jetson, and Jupiter Defiant. These bikes come with different features, including motor power and type, battery capacity and range, frame material and design, brakes and suspension, gearing system, display and control panel, and additional features such as lights, fenders, and racks.
The Sondors Smart Step LTD is one of the highest-quality electric bikes sold by Costco. It has a 36-volt battery with a 10.4Ah rating that can cover up to 40 miles on a single charge. The bike is designed to be easy to transport with its foldable lightweight aluminum alloy frame, and it also comes with a rear carrier rack for cargo that can carry up to 20 lbs. The bike has hydraulic brakes, oversized tires, and a front suspension fork to ensure a smooth ride even on rough terrain. The bike also comes with additional features such as a clip-in bag, front and rear lights, a horn, and a USB port where you can charge your phone and other devices. The Sondors Smart Step LTD costs 1,499.99.
The Jupiter Defiant All-terrain Foldable e-bike is another option sold by Costco. It has a 750W motor suitable for different terrains, 48-volt battery, and 7-speed Shimano gear shift. The foldable frame makes it portable, and the bike also has a bright 5-speed LCD, 20-inch wheel diameter, and 300 lb maximum weight capacity. It has a range of up to 60 miles, making it the best option for longer distances. The bike costs 1,999.99.
For those on a budget, the Jetson Haze e-bike is a great option sold by Costco. It has 16-inch tires with a 350W motor, and a removable battery that covers a range of 15 miles on a single charge. It also has a foldable lightweight frame, anti-theft locking device, and all-terrain wheels. The bike costs 649.99.
Overall, Costco offers a range of electric bikes at different price points with various features, making it an excellent choice for those looking to buy an electric bike.
Ⅴ. Performance and Ride Experience
- Performance on Different Terrains. All the electric bikes sold by Costco have different features that make them suitable for different terrains. For instance, the Sondors Smart Step LTD has hydraulic brakes, oversized tires, and a front suspension fork to ensure a smooth ride even on rough terrain. The Jupiter Defiant All-terrain Foldable e-bike, on the other hand, has a 750W motor suitable for different terrains, 48-volt battery, and 7-speed Shimano gear shift.
- Riding Experience, Comfort, and Stability. Comfort and stability are crucial factors when it comes to choosing an electric bike. The Sondors Smart Step LTD comes with a clip-in bag, front and rear lights, a horn, and a USB port where you can charge your phone and other devices, making it more convenient to use. On the other hand, the Jetson Haze e-bike is equipped with anti-theft locking devices and all-terrain wheels for added stability.
- Speed and Range Capabilities. Different electric bikes come with varying speed and range capabilities depending on their motor power, battery capacity, and other features. The Sondors Smart Step LTD has a 36V battery with a 10.4Ah rating that can cover up to 40 miles on a single charge. The Jupiter Defiant All-terrain Foldable e-bike has a range of up to 60 miles, making it the best option for longer distances.
- User Reviews and Testimonials. User reviews and testimonials provide valuable insights into the quality and performance of different electric bikes sold by Costco. Some users have praised the portability and convenience of the Jetson Bolt Pro Folding Electric Bike, while others have commended the power and range of the Jupiter Discovery X5.
Overall, when buying an electric bike from a large retailer like Costco, it’s important to consider factors such as your personal fit and riding style, the purpose of the bike, the frequency of use, and the required maintenance. Assembly and adjustment of the bike must also be done correctly to ensure safety and performance.
Ⅵ. Pros and Cons of Costco Electric Bikes
Advantages. One significant advantage of buying an electric bike from Costco is their affordability. For instance, the Jetson Bolt Pro Folding Electric Bike is much lower priced at 374.99 on the Costco website compared to 599.99 on the Jetson website. Costco also offers convenient locations for customers who can purchase e-bikes in-store, saving on shipping costs and waiting time. Additionally, Costco provides a generous return policy, and users can return defective items to any Costco warehouse of their choosing.
Disadvantages. One major disadvantage of buying an electric bike from Costco is the limited selection of brands and models compared to dedicated bike shops. While they offer a variety of features and capabilities, Costco’s stock might not cater to specific user needs. Another downside is that purchasing online without a membership attracts a 5% surcharge over posted for members. Also, Costco does not offer payment plans on any of their products.
Comparison with Other Brands. Costco’s electric bikes are affordable, but they lack the specialization and expertise of dedicated bike shops. However, they offer a diverse range of options for beginners and intermediate riders who don’t need advanced features or high-end performance. In comparison to other brands, such as Sondors, Jetson, and Jupiter Defiant, Costco’s e-bikes offer similar features and capabilities at competitive prices.
Ⅶ. Buying Guide: How to Choose a Costco Electric Bike
Factors to Consider. When selecting an electric bike from Costco, it’s crucial to consider factors such as budget, intended use and terrain, rider preferences and needs, and maintenance requirements. These factors determine the type of e-bike that suits your lifestyle, fitness level, and riding style.
Budget. Costco electric bikes are affordable compared to specialized bike shops, making them an ideal option for beginners or intermediate riders on a budget. However, it’s essential to consider additional costs such as helmets, locks, lights, and other accessories.
Intended Use and Terrain. It’s vital to choose an electric bike with features suitable for the intended use and terrain. For instance, the Jupiter Defiant All-terrain Foldable e-bike has a 750W motor suitable for different terrains, while the Jetson Haze e-bike is equipped with all-terrain wheels for added stability.
Rider Preferences and Needs. User preferences and needs vary, and it’s essential to choose an e-bike that caters to these requirements. Some e-bikes come with add-ons such as USB ports where you can charge your phone or a clip-in bag for carrying your belongings, making them more convenient to use.
Maintenance Requirements. E-bikes require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. It’s important to consider the battery life, charging time, and replacement costs when choosing an e-bike.
Tips for Making an Informed Decision. To make an informed decision, consider reading user reviews and testimonials and consulting Costco’s customer support team for information on warranty policies. It’s also essential to assemble and adjust the e-bike correctly to ensure safety and performance.
In conclusion, purchasing an electric bike from Costco is an excellent way to enjoy the benefits of e-bikes at affordable prices. When choosing an electric bike, consider factors such as budget, intended use and terrain, rider preferences and needs, and maintenance requirements to make an informed decision.
Ⅷ. Maintenance and Care
Proper maintenance of electric bikes is essential to keep them running smoothly, efficiently, and safely. E-bikes require regular cleaning, maintenance, and care to ensure a longer lifespan for the bike, battery, and motor.
Cleaning, Storage, and Safety Tips:
- Clean your e-bike regularly to remove dirt and debris that can take a toll on expensive components. Avoid using a high-pressure jet wash or powerful water stream, especially around the battery, motor, and charging ports.
- Keep the drivetrain clean and lubricated to ensure the transmission runs efficiently. Electric bike chains tend to require more frequent lubrication than non-assisted bicycle chains.
- Keep an eye on the components and frame for loose bolts or damaged parts, particularly when riding off-road. Regularly safety check your bike to ensure that all bolts and axles are tightened to the manufacturer’s recommended torque settings.
- Store the bike partially charged in a cool and dry place, avoiding storing it with a flat battery.
- Use the correct charger for your bike’s battery, as using an incorrect charger could damage your ebike battery.
- Check for software updates regularly to keep your e-bike up-to-date and functioning correctly.
- Visit a dealership if there is a fault, and never try to take apart or fix the motor or battery yourself.
Troubleshooting Common Issues: If you experience any issues with your electric bike, visit the store where the bike was purchased, or take the bike to a reputable dealer. Many electric bike insurance policies cover loss or damage to your ebike’s battery.
To extend the range of your battery on a ride, you can ride with a cadence above 50 revolutions per minute, reduce the load on your bike, ride efficiently, optimise tyre pressure, use technology that tells you how much battery power you are consuming, and avoid riding in cold conditions that will place more strain on a battery and reduce range.
In conclusion, proper maintenance is crucial for the upkeep of your electric bike. Regular cleaning, lubrication, and safety checks ensure that the components and frame remain in good condition, contributing to a longer lifespan for the bike and its battery and motor.
Ⅸ. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some commonly asked questions related to Costco electric bikes:
Q: Are Costco electric bikes good quality?
A: Yes, Costco electric bikes are of good quality and are backed by reputable brands. They offer a range of models that cater to different needs and budgets.
Q: What is the average cost of a Costco electric bike?
A: The average cost of a Costco electric bike ranges from 700 to 1,500, depending on the model and features.
Q: How long does the battery last on a Costco electric bike?
A: The battery life of a Costco electric bike varies depending on the model, usage, and terrain but can last anywhere from 20-50 miles on a single charge.
Q: Are Costco electric bikes covered by warranty?
A: Yes, Costco electric bikes come with a manufacturer’s warranty that covers any defects or malfunctions in the bike or its components.
Q: Can you return a Costco electric bike if not satisfied?
A: Yes, Costco has a generous return policy that allows customers to return products for a full refund within 90 days of purchase. However, the bike must be returned in its original packaging and condition.
Costco offers a great selection of electric bikes at competitive prices. They offer brands that are well-known for their quality and reliability. Costco also provides excellent customer service and support.If you are looking for the best deals, we suggest checking out Walmart or Amazon as they offer a wider selection of electric bikes. However, if you want to have more options in terms of variety, Costco is a great choice. To make an informed decision about purchasing an electric bike, visit vtuviaebike.com for more information. Our research will help you choose the best place to buy an electric bike, and you can purchase it with just a few clicks!
JETSON Electric Bike User Guide
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JETSON Electric Bike User Guide
- Before use, please read the user manual and safety warnings carefully. and make sure you understand and accept all the safety instructions. The user will be responsible for any loss or damage caused by improper use.
- Before each cycle of operation. the operator shall perform the preparation checks specified by the manufacturer : That all guards and pads originally supplied by the manufacturer are in proper place and in serviceable condition ; That the braking system is functioning properly; That any and all axle guards, chain guards, or other covers or guards supplied by the manufacturer are in place and in serviceable concertation; That tires are in good condition, inflated properly, and have sufficient tread remaining; The area that the product is to be operated should be safe and suitable for safe operation.
- components shall be maintained and repaired in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and using only the manufacturer’s authorized replacement parts with installation performed by dealers or other skilled persons.
- Don’t allow hands, feet. hair, body parts. clothing, or similar articles to come in contact with moving parts, wheels, or drive train. while the motor is running.
- This product should not be used by children or persons with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they hove been given supervision or instruction (IEC 60335-1/A2:2006).
- unsupervised children should not play with the product (IEC 60335-1/A2:2006).
- Adult supervision is required.
- The rider should not exceed 265 lb.
- Never use near motor vehicle.
- Units shall not be operated to perform racing, stunt riding, or other maneuvers, which may cause loss of control, or may cause uncontrolled operator/passenger actions or reactions.
- Avoid sharp bun1)S, drainage grates, and sudden surface changes. Scooter may suddenly stop.
- Avoid streets and surfaces with water, sand, gravel, dirt, leaves, and other debris. Wet weather impairs traction, braking, and visibility.
- Avoid riding around flammable gas. steam, liquid, or dust that could cause fire.
- Operators shall adhere to all of the manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions, as well as comply with all laws and ordinances: Units without headlights shall be operated only with adequate daylight conditions of visibility. and ; Owners shall be encouraged to highlight (for conspicuity) using lighting, reflectors. and for low-riding units. signal flags on flexible poles.
- Do not ride at night.
- Only ride the product with adequate daylight conditions for visibility.
- Persons with the following conditions shall be cautioned not to operate : Those with heart conditions; Pregnant women ; Persons with head. back, or neck ailments, or prior surgeries to those areas of the body ; and persons with any mental or physical conditions that may make them susceptible to injury or impair their physical dexterity or mental capabilities to recognize, understand, and perform all of the safety instructions and to be able to assume the hazards inherent in unit use.
- Do not ride after drinking or taking prescription medication.
- Do not carry items when riding.
- Never operate the product barefooted.
- Always wear shoes and keep shoelaces tied.
- Make sure your feet are always placed securely on the deck.
- Operators always shall use appropriate protective clothing, including but not limited to a helmet, with appropriate certification, and any other equipment recommended by the manufacturer : Always wear protective equipment such as helmet. knee pads. and elbow pads.
- Always give way to pedestrians.
- Be alert to things in front and far away from you.
- Do not allow distractions when riding, such as answering the phone or engaging in any other activities.
- The product cannot be ridden by more than one person.
- When you ride the product along with other riders, always keep a safe distance to avoid a collision.
- When turning, be sure to maintain your balance.
- Riding with improperly adjusted brakes is dangerous and can result in serious injury or death.
- Applying brakes too hard or too suddenly can lock up a wheel, which could cause you to lose control and fall. Sudden or excessive application of the brake may result in injury or death.
- The brake may became hot while operating, do not touch the brake with your bare skin.
- If the brake loosens, please adjust with the hexagon wrench, or please contact Jetson Customer Support.
- Replace worn or broken parts immediately.
- The area that the product is to be operated should be safe and suitable for safe operation.
- Check whether all safety labels are in place and understood before riding.
- The owner shall allow the use and operation of the unit after a demonstration that such operators can understand and operate all components of the unit before use.
- Recommended for indoor use.
- Use caution when charging. Do not operate charger near flammable materials. Unplug charger and disconnect from scooter when not in use.
- When the battery is fully charged, stop charging and unplug the unit.
- Prolonged exposure to UV rays, rain and the elements may damage the enclosure materials, store indoors when not in use.
California Proposition 65WARNING
This product can expose you to a chemical such as Cadmium that is known to the state of California to cause cancer or bi rth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.p65warnings.ca. gov/product
NOTICE OF COMPLIANCEThis device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference. and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
NOTE: This equipment hos been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which con be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
- connect the equipment into on outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
- Consult the dealer or on experienced radio/ TV technician for help.
Shielded cables must be used with this unit to ensure compliance with the Class B FCC limits.
Do not attempt to disassemble. modify, repair. or replace the product or any components of the unit without instruction from Jetson Customer Support. This will void any warranty, and can lead to malfunctions which may cause injury.
ADDITIONAL OPERATION CAUTIONS
Do not lift the product off the ground while it is on and the wheels are in motion. This can result in freely spinning wheels, which may cause injury to yourself or others nearby. Do not jump on or off the product, and do not jump while using it. Always keep your feet firmly planted on the mat sensors while in operation. Always check the battery charge before using.
For all maintenance repairs and needs beyond the capability of the consumer which may include but not limited to such as proper maintenance of brakes. control cables, bearing adjustments, wheel adjustments, lubrication, reflectors, tires and handlebar and seat adjustments, please contact Jetson Customer Support for assistance at:
support. ridejetson.comus Canada 1-(888) 976-9904UK 44 (0)33 0838 2551Spain/Portugal 34 952 179 479Hours of Operation: 7 days a week 10am-6pm EST
DISPOSAL OF USED BATTERY
Battery may contain hazardous substances which could endanger the environment and human health. This symbol marked on the battery and/or packaging indicates that used battery shall not be treated as municipal waste. Batteries should be disposed of at an appropriate collection point for recycling. By ensuring the used batteries are disposed of correctly. you will help preventing potential negative consequences for the environment and human health. The recycling of materials will help to conserve natural resources. For more information about recycling of used batteries, please contact your local municipality waste disposal service
Remember to be safe and most importantly, have fun!
Adults must assist children in the initial adjustment procedures of the product.
What’s in the Box
Front Tire2. Headlight3. Stem Quick Release4. Front Reflector5. Handlebar6. carrying Handle7. Seat8. Rear Reflector9. Seat Clomp10. Fog Light11. Rear Fender12. Rear Tire13. Kickstand14. Pedal15. Front Fender16. Charging Coble17. Charger
Tools needed but not included: Screw Driver, Ratchet SocketCAUTION : Before operating the Bolt Pro please tighten all screws, nuts. and bolts.
Folded Dimensions: 46. 5″ x 19.3″ x 23″ Unfolded Dimensions: 46.5″ x 19.3″ x 38. 6″ Weight Limit: 265 lb Product Weight: 41 lb Recommended Age : 12 Tire Size: 14 in Speed: Up to 15.5 mph Pedal Assist Range: Up to 30 miles Twist Throttle Range: Up to 15 miles Battery: 36V, 6. 0Ah Lithium-Ion Motor : 350W Hub Motor Charge Time: Up To 4 Hours Climbing Angle: Up To 15°
Correct Frame Size
For safe and comfortable riding there should be a clearance of 22 inches from ground to the crotch of the intended rider. Also, at least 1-3 inches between the crotch and the top tube of the bicycle frame, while the rider straddles the bicycle with both feed flat on the ground. Women can use a men’s style bicycle to determine the correct size women’s model.
Attaching the seat
Insert Seat Post in to Seat Tube. Slide Seat into Stem Tube.
Turn the Knob clockwise to tighten Seat Clamp. Close the Seat Clamp
Attaching the Pedals
Find Pedal Markings L R. Hand tighten the pedals to the crank arms, then securely tighten with a 15mm Wrench. Note: the Left Pedal is reverse threaded. turn Counter Clockwise to tighten.
Attaching the Fender
Remove Bolt and Nut from the frame. Run the Bolt through the Fender and frame. and secure using the Nut.
Unfolding the Handlebar
Operating the Bolt Pro
Power Button: Turns the Bolt Pro on and off.
Cruise Control/ Head Light Button: Press once to activate Cruise Control Hold button for 4 seconds to turn light on/off
Battery Levels:4 Lights: 76-100% Power3 Lights: 51-75% Power2 Lights: 26-50% Power1 Light: 1-25% Power (Please charge the Bolt Pro immediately!)
Riding RangeThe maximum range is 15 miles using the Twist Throttle and 30 miles using Pedal Assist. However, o lot of factors will affect how for you con go per charge:
Riding Surface: A smooth, flat surface will increase riding distance. Weight: weight means less distance. Temperature: Ride and store the Bolt Pro above 10°c I 50°F. Maintenance: Timely battery charging will increase riding distance. Speed and Riding Style: Frequent starting and stopping will reduce riding distance.
Cleaning The Bolt ProTo clean the Bolt Pro, carefully wipe with o damp cloth. then dry with o dry cloth. Do not use water to clean the Bolt Pro, as the electrical and electronic systems may get wet, resulting in personal injury or malfunction of the Bolt Pro.
Battery Keep the Bolt Pro away from fire and excessive heat. Do not subject the Bolt Pro to intense physical shock, severe vibration, or impact. Protect from water or moisture. Do not disassemble the Bolt Pro or its battery. If there ore any issues with the battery, please contact Jetson Customer Support. We ‘d love to help!
Storage Fully charge the battery before storing. The battery should be fully charged once o month after this. To protect against dust, cover the Bolt Pro. Store the Bolt Pro indoors, in o dry place and at o suitable temperature. You should bring the Bolt Pro into o worm (above 10°c / 50°F environment for charging.
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Jetson Haze Folding Electric Bike
Enjoy a better ride with the Jetson Haze Folding Electric Bike. The Haze comes with a 350-Watt hub motor that allows riders to hit up to 15.5 mph. And with its folding frame, folding handlebars, and folding pedals, this is one ride that is super convenient for storing and transporting, while a built-in magnet helps the Haze’s frame stay securely folded. Riders can select from three speed modes while riding. An anti-theft locking mechanism on the Haze’s rear wheel will also help riders keep peace of mind. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
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