CONEBI flags concern for e-bike battery repairs. Electric bike battery repair

CONEBI flags concern for e-bike battery repairs

With the EU legislation concerning batteries currently being discussed in Brussels, the industry organization CONEBI has voiced its concerns on e-bike battery repairs. “CONEBI is a strong supporter of only using original OEM certified batteries on e-bikes, we highly discourage end-users to make use of any repair services,” the industry association says in a position paper.

The proposal for a new EU Battery Regulation was released by the European Commission in December 2020. The new proposal stipulated that batteries placed on the EU market should become sustainable, high-performing and safe all along their entire life cycle. Above all, the proposal suggests that (e-bike) batteries should be designed as such that they facilitate the reuse, repair and recycling of batteries and the appliances in which they are integrated.

E-bikes need safe, high-quality batteries

With sales of e-bikes reaching 4.5 million units in Europe in 2020, the industry organisation, Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI), has been directly involved in the EU advocacy process to state the importance of safe and high-quality e-bike batteries for European consumers. This includes warning about the safety concerns involved with battery repair.

Writing in a position paper on E-Bike Battery Repair, CONEBI says, “Currently there is no sound technical framework for repairing or remanufacturing e-bike batteries which is aligned with the type approval of batteries and thus with well-defined parts requirements and product/production process quality, product responsibility and certification and transport safety aspects as well as safety testing of batteries. Lacking this framework, any kind of battery repairing or remanufacturing can lead to loss of type approval and also to uncontrolled, potentially unsafe situations during actual use.”

New is best – for now

CONEBI goes on to say that is “a good decision for the consumer to invest in a new, compatible, higher quality and more innovative e-bike battery at the end of the lifetime of the first battery, if available.” However, the industry association does not rule out the possibility of repairs in the future. “Increasing the lifetime of batteries is an ongoing development process in the whole battery/mobility industry as is the investigation into the development of certified processes that may make repairing e-bike batteries possible in the future.

Additionally, together with other 10 industry associations – including the Advanced Rechargeable Lithium Batteries Association (RECHARGE), Home Appliance Europe (APPLiA) and the European Portable Battery Association (EPBA) – CONEBI is also calling for clear rules on battery replaceability within the framework of the new EU Batteries Regulation. The joint position paper can be found here.

‘We do not yet know what conditions will apply to the category of LEV batteries and in that respect we are concerned’

warns Annick Roetynck of trade association LEVA-EU.

Separate category for LEVs

Besides CONEBI, other trade associations are also citing their concerns about the new Battery Regulation proposal. One of those is the trade association LEVA-EU. “We welcome the separate category which has been created for batteries for light electric vehicles,” says Annick Roetynck of LEVA-EU. “We have put in a lot of effort. Initially the LEV batteries were categorised as portable batteries and electric car batteries, which was anything but a suitable solution. However, we do not yet know what conditions will apply to the category of LEV batteries and in that respect we are concerned these conditions will be so strict that it will be very difficult for LEV battery producers to comply.”

“LEV batteries have to be sustainable while recycling and reuse is very essential, but it should not be the case that the conditions are unfeasible and thus endanger the survival of the LEV battery manufacturers.

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A potential threat?

“A shortage of LEV batteries could also threaten the future of LEV manufacturers,” warns Roetynck. “LEVs offer great potential to make transport more sustainable, as the DLR study LEV4Climate has shown. It should not be the case that people jeopardise this sustainability in order to be the best student in the class when it comes to batteries.”

“Because the LEV battery category was introduced into the legal text during the decision-making process, the European Commission did not carry out an impact assessment. LEVA-EU has asked them to do that impact assessment before introducing very strict requirements in order to enter into a dialogue with the LEV sector about how to make LEV batteries more sustainable and circular. So we are now anxiously awaiting the final text,” concludes Roetynck.

Electric bike maintenance: how to look after your ebike

If you’re thinking about buying an electric bike, you’ll want to know how to take care of it. The best electric bikes can be expensive, so to keep yours in the best condition you’ll need to have a regime of regular maintenance.

This guide explains how to look after your electric bike, including tips on washing the bike, applying lubricants, regular component checks, software and app updates, and looking after the battery. If you’re not sure where to start, our beginner’s guide to electric bikes will explain the ebike basics. The essentials of electric bike maintenance are the same whether you’re looking at an electric road bike, an electric hybrid bike or an electric folding bike.

Proper maintenance, particularly of the drivetrain, is even more important if you’re riding off-road, whether that’s on an electric mountain bike or an electric gravel bike, because dirt and debris can quickly take a toll on expensive components. An electric bike, like any bike, needs regular maintenance. Cleaning and taking care of your ebike will keep it running smoothly, efficiently and safely, all of which can contribute to a longer lifespan for the bike and its battery and motor.

How often should you service an electric bike?

In many senses, electric bicycle maintenance is no different from that of a non-assisted bike. However, some components, and particularly the drivetrain (cranks, chain and sprockets), are subject to greater forces and increased wear. Therefore, washing your ebike regularly and keeping it well maintained is of utmost importance if you want to get the most out of the bike. First things first, a clean bike is a happy bike. Dirt and mud increase wear on components and, when mixed with water and grease, can form a paste that will, at best, decrease the efficiency of your bike and, at worst, quickly wear through consumable parts. The smoother your electric bike runs, the more efficient it will be, and the longer your key components will last. Keep the drivetrain clean and running well: battery life and power output are irrelevant if your gears are grinding and skipping all over the place. Riding a bike with a clean, efficient drivetrain, along with correctly adjusted gears, is ultimately a more pleasurable experience and will help you get the most from the bike in the long run.

If your drivetrain looks excessively dirty (usually an accumulation of black gunk on the chain or, on electric mountain bikes in particular, mud stuck in the jockey wheels of the rear derailleur), you can give it a quick clean with a rag, or a deep clean with degreaser. We’ve got separate guides on how to clean a bike and how to clean a bike chain. Electric bike chains tend to require more frequent lubrication than non-assisted bicycle chains. Regularly applying a quality lubricant to your chain will ensure the transmission runs efficiently. It’s a good idea to do this after every ride, and certainly after washing and drying the bike. Otherwise, read our guide on how to choose and apply the best chain lube for your bike. Applying lubricant to an ebike sometimes isn’t as simple as it seems. You can’t back-pedal most ebikes, so try putting the bike in a workstand (or get a friend to hold the rear wheel off the ground) so you can turn the pedals to let the lube drip onto the chain evenly. If your bike has a ‘walk’ mode, you can engage it so that the cranks (and rear wheel) spin around slowly, allowing you to lube the chain easily.

Keeping your tyre pressures at the right level will help your ebike run more efficiently. Katherine Moore / Immediate Media

You should also regularly check your ebike’s tyre pressures. Under-inflated tyres are not only potentially dangerous, but they can also waste power and reduce efficiency, meaning you’ll get less out of a battery charge. Equally, running tyres at too high a pressure can compromise comfort and grip, especially if you’re riding off-road. As a starting point, keep your tyres inflated to within the recommended pressures indicated on the sidewall but experiment to find the ideal pressure for you, balancing weight, comfort, grip and rolling resistance. Want to know more? We’ve got guides to road bike tyre pressure and mountain bike tyre pressure.

Component wear and tear

Many ebikes now use components developed specifically for assisted riding. This means stronger parts made to withstand the added forces that go through an ebike, due to the increased power output, speed and overall weight of the bike. Electric bike drivetrains tend to be beefier and have different gear ranges from non-assisted bikes. Ebike-specific wheels and tyres are also sturdier, forks stronger, brakes more powerful, and so on. Nonetheless, despite this additional reinforcement, you are still demanding a lot from an electric bike, whether pedalling, braking, turning, climbing or descending, so it’s a good idea to keep a keen eye on the components and frame for loose bolts or damaged parts. Regularly safety check your bike to ensure that all bolts and axles are tightened to the manufacturer’s recommended torque settings, check your tyres for anything that might cause a puncture and test for any loose spokes. Watch out for excessive wear, too. If one part wears out, such as the chain, it can have a knock-on effect on other components – such as causing premature wear to the chainrings and cassette. We’ve got a guide to chain wear so you can spot any issues before they become a problem.

How to wash an electric bike

There are a few additional things to consider when washing an ebike. Alex Evans / Immediate Media

We’ve already covered the importance of keeping your bike clean to improve its efficiency and lifespan, but let’s take a closer look at how to wash an electric bike. Electric bike motors and batteries are sealed units and, therefore, shouldn’t let in any water, but you should avoid washing any bicycle – electric or not – with a powerful jet wash because the power of the water could force its way through the bike’s numerous seals. Wash your ebike with water from a bucket or low-pressure hose, a brush and (optionally) a bike-specific cleaning product to quickly cut through dirt and grime. Ensure that all connections remain sealed by leaving the battery in its housing, but turn the ebike system off before washing it (and unplug it from the charger). Charging ports can accumulate dirt, so check inside and brush out any mud with a dry cloth or brush. Keep the port closed when washing the bike. After washing the bike, dry it off with a clean cloth, making sure to avoid the disc brakes (you don’t want to accidentally contaminate them with any oil or other cleaning products used elsewhere on the bike). Every now and then you might want to give the battery contacts a clean. You can do this with a soft, dry brush, a cloth and (optionally) switch lubricant. If your bike has a range-extender battery (an optional second battery that can be connected for longer rides), you should always disconnect it before cleaning and clean the connections with a soft, dry brush. Your ebike may have a speed sensor magnet on its wheel. Clean this with a soft cloth to avoid any problems.

Waterproofing and repairs

Provided you’re careful, you’re unlikely to damage your motor when washing your ebike. Immediate Media

As mentioned above, the battery and motor of an ebike are well sealed to prevent any water damage. That doesn’t mean it’s absolutely impossible for water to get in, but with a certain level of common sense and care, you won’t need to worry. Things to avoid with an electric bike include using a jet wash and fully submerging the bike. No lake jumps then, sorry! The motor itself is in a factory-sealed unit and you should never attempt to take it apart for maintenance or to try and fix a problem. If it seems like there is something wrong with the motor or system, visit the store where the bike was purchased or take the bike to a reputable dealer. Some electric bike insurance policies cover loss or damage to your ebike’s battery.

Battery charging and storage

It may seem impossible to care for a sealed battery, but there are numerous ways to keep your ebike battery in tip-top condition.

All lithium-ion batteries gradually deteriorate and lose capacity over time. This might only amount to around 5 per cent of maximum charge per year, but is to be expected. Taking good care of the battery, storing it correctly and keeping it charged will help ensure a long life.

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If you disconnect your battery regularly, take the opportunity to clean it with a damp cloth and brush any dirt off the connections with a dry brush.

Clean and lightly grease the battery contacts occasionally, too. Never clean the battery with a high-pressure jet wash or high-pressure hose.

Charging and storing an ebike battery

Charge the battery at room temperature in a dry location. To improve the lifespan of your battery, avoid leaving the battery fully charged or fully discharged for long periods of time.

When the bike is out of use for an extended period, you can disconnect the battery. It will gradually lose charge, so still top it up every now and again.

As we’ve already said, avoid storing the bike for long periods of time with no charge – maintaining 30 to 60 per cent charge is ideal for long-term storage, according to ebike systems manufacturer Bosch.

If your ebike battery is removable, it’s a good idea to store it indoors when you’re not riding. Steve Behr / Our Media

Extreme heat and cold are the enemies of electric bike batteries. Store your ebike battery in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.

During winter, and particularly if the temperature is below 0°C, charge and store the battery at room temperature, and re-insert the battery into the bike immediately before riding.

Use the correct charger

While some battery chargers may seem compatible with several bikes, you should only use the charger specific to yours. Batteries don’t always charge in the same way, so using an incorrect charger could damage your ebike battery.

Software and app updates

Most ebike system manufacturers release software and app updates; some occasionally, others frequently.

As well as logging ride statistics and other useful information, some proprietary ebike apps or built-in displays can allow you to tailor the performance of your bike.

This might mean adjusting the power settings (so that, say, the maximum assistance setting delivers less power and, therefore, uses less battery) or acceleration characteristics.

Reducing the output settings so the battery discharges more gradually can extend the battery’s life, although you’ll have to work harder to get up the hills.

Many motor systems come with an app that lets you customise your settings and update firmware. Russell Burton / Our Media

You might also be able to get system health or maintenance updates from your ebike’s app or built-in display, which may show you information such as service intervals.

It may be possible to check if there are any firmware updates available through connected apps or by visiting the manufacturer’s website. Some brands recommend you visit an authorised dealership for any updates to be made.

Depending on the motor brand and system your bike is running, these firmware updates might help boost torque, extend battery life or provide other useful upgrades, so it’s well worth checking if there are any available updates for your ebike.

Finally, sometimes ebikes can display error codes that stop the motor from engaging. The reasons for these errors vary but can usually be easily fixed by a dealership.

Electric bike maintenance basics

Like any bike, looking after your electric bike will help you get the most enjoyment out of your machine, and can potentially increase the lifespan of key components.

By keeping on top of some basic maintenance, your ebike will keep you grinning from ear to ear. So, to wrap things up, here’s a recap of the basics of ebike maintenance:

  • Keep your bike clean, the drivetrain well lubricated and the tyres properly inflated
  • Regularly check for loose bolts, spokes and broken parts
  • Keep the battery partially charged and store it in a cool, dry place
  • Avoid storing the bike with a flat battery
  • Charge the battery only with the correct charger
  • Check regularly for software updates
  • Visit a dealership if there is a fault. Never try to take apart, or fix the motor or battery yourself
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Hiring one of our Taskers gives you the convenience of place and time. We’ll save you the trouble of going to a bike repair shop. Your Tasker can come to you at your available schedule! Airtasker also connects you to rated and reviewed Taskers with affordable rates.

No, you don’t have to provide materials for electric bike repair. But feel free to supply materials if you already have them at home. Either way, inform your Tasker about what materials you need before your appointment.

Electric bike repair can take a few minutes to a couple of hours. The duration will depend on the type of bike service. Before your appointment, you may ask your Tasker for an estimate on how much time the service will take.

Yes! Your Tasker can either repair or replace your bike battery. The specialist may need to replace old parts to restore the battery condition. Or the specialist may do a full replacement if required.

Yes, some bike tyre punctures are repairable. A specialist will have the right equipment, such as a repair stand to hold the weight of an electric bike. When you post your request, try to describe the issue in detail. Taskers can then give you a quote and recommend a proper solution for your tyre puncture.

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Fixing a flat

A Tasker can come to your location at your ideal time – be it in your home or workplace. Fixing a flat tyre for electric bikes is the same as fixing a tyre on a conventional bike. However, an electric bike requires more care because of the electrical component.

An experienced Tasker will know the safe way to handle this task. Taskers can examine your tyre for punctures, patch up tears, install a new tube, or inflate the tyre. What’s more, a Tasker can replace your tyre if it’s beyond repair.

Testing or replacing the battery

The battery is an essential electrical part of a bike. For this reason, it’s crucial to hire someone you can trust. Airtasker helps you find a capable specialist with a ratings and reviews system. Taskers can do electric bike battery repair or battery replacement. If you’re not sure what service your battery needs, your Tasker can also diagnose the issue. Post your request now to find someone who can fix your battery while keeping the circuit intact.

Fixing the brakes

Brakes or handlebars can suffer damage when an electric bike drops. A brake repair helps ensure your safety on the road. Leave it to your Tasker to do all sorts of tasks related to fixing your brakes. Brake repair services include replacing the brake motor switch and checking wires, brake shoes, and pads. After reviewing your bike, your specialist can recommend the next steps such as tightening or replacement. Your electric bike expert can also give you tips on how to prevent further damage to your brakes.

Fixing a broken bike chain

Bike chains need regular maintenance, especially when you frequent steep and challenging terrains. Also, electric bikes tend to travel farther distances than conventional bikes. Taskers can reattach a slipped chain, lubricate the crankset, or replace your bike chain.

Chain repairs may involve removing the broken links and attaching new links to the chain. But some damages require a full replacement. Regular maintenance is more manageable on Airtasker, where you can find affordable rates.

Cleaning the drivetrain

Regular cleaning can lessen wear and tear on your electric bike. An experienced Tasker can remove all the drivetrain parts (e.g. chain, cassette, crankset) to give the pieces a thorough clean. Afterwards, the Tasker can reinstall the drivetrain correctly. Our specialists may also spot maintenance measures you may have missed. As a result, you can take the necessary steps before a minor issue turns into an expensive problem.

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The Complete Guide to E-Bike Batteries: Care, Maintenance, and Storage

At the risk of being obvious: an e-bike without a battery is just a bike. But that said, not just any battery will do.

An e-bike battery is responsible for how much power can be delivered to your motor, translating into how much assistance your e-bike gives you on rides. It’s also among the most expensive single components of a bike, with high-quality replacements typically costing several hundred dollars. Because of this, learning about e-bike batteries is critical to getting the most out of your e-bike experience — and the most bang for your buck.

Here’s what we’re about to go over:

How Does An Electric Bicycle Battery Work?

The battery stores all the electrical energy that will eventually be sent to your motor. E-Bike motors don’t have any energy of their own, so the battery is what makes the whole electrical system possible.

E-bike batteries have to be powerful enough to support the motor throughout a typical ride. While you do need to charge your battery regularly, a quality e-bike battery shouldn’t interrupt your commute or sightseeing tour by powering down before your ride is over.

Magnum E-Bike batteries are made of a series of advanced lithium-ion cells. Each cell is like a mini battery; they join together with the other cells to create a battery powerful and long-lasting enough to take you where you need to go.

Volts, Amp-Hours, and Watt-Hours: What Do They Mean?

Voltage refers to the potential power of a battery. For example, a 48V battery is more powerful than a 36V one. Technically speaking, voltage measures the pressure that allows electrons to flow. Similar to water pressure from a hose, the higher the pressure, the more powerful it is.

On an e-bike, the voltage of the battery and motor have to be compatible. Using a battery with a lower voltage than the motor can handle is a waste of potential motor power. Conversely, using a battery with more voltage than the motor can use may cause damage to the motor.

For similar reasons, your battery’s charger needs to be rated at the same voltage as the battery.

If voltage is like water pressure in a hose, amperage is the amount of water flowing. Amp-hours (Ah) refers to how much energy a battery can provide in one hour. So the more amp-hours there are, the longer a battery can keep the motor running. E-Bike batteries typically have between 8Ah and 15Ah.

To combine these two metrics into one simple number, batteries are often rated using a single metric called watt-hours (Wh). Watt-hours are calculated by multiplying voltage by amp hours. For example, a 48V 15Ah battery would have 720Wh (4815 = 720).

It follows that a 36V 20Ah battery would also have 720Wh — but the similarities between those two batteries could end there. To get all the details of what makes a battery the right choice for your e-bike, you need to look deeper.

Qualities Of The Best E-Bike Batteries

There are many e-bike battery makers out there! So what’s the difference between a high-quality battery that will help you ride farther and a cheap battery that just doesn’t perform?

Optimal Materials

Not long ago, most batteries were made from heavy, inefficient, and unsustainable materials like lead-acid or nickel-cadmium. At Magnum, we use the latest lithium nickel cobalt manganese (Li-ncm) battery technology.

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Battery Management System (BMS)

The battery management system in each Magnum E-Bike battery controls the individual performance of each battery cell. BMS makes sure that each smaller cell drains, charges, and works the same as others. Without an effective BMS, e-bike batteries would be inconsistent, failing to deliver predictable power to the motor.

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Like any hardware, batteries become worn over time. BMS helps extend battery lifespan by avoiding the main causes of battery deterioration: overcharging and excessive depletion. Cells that overcharge get fried and lose performance. Similarly, when batteries drain too much energy and can’t properly recover it, they start to fail. BMS regulates charging and energy deployment across every individual cell, helping the overall battery to perform better and for longer.

Battery Cycle Lives And Long-Range Performance

The number of times you can charge and deplete (discharge) the battery completely before it starts to lose capacity is called its cycle life. It’s normal for batteries to lose performance over time, but higher-quality and better-made batteries have larger capacity and longer range, resulting in increased cycle lives.

Higher-quality batteries typically have a larger capacity and longer range compared to cheaper models. But it’s difficult to produce batteries with high amp-hours and watt-hours that still fit into the slim packaging necessary for a balanced, aerodynamic e-bike.

It’s important to note that batteries continue to function even after they start to lose some efficiency. When batteries have surpassed their cycle life, you may notice your ride range decreasing, needing a charge after fewer miles.

At Magnum Bikes, the cycle life of our advanced Lithium-NCM battery is 700 cycles. Once our batteries have powered riders through 700 charges and discharges, our battery still performs at around 80% of its original level. With proper care, you can typically get 800-1000 charge cycles out of your Magnum battery — roughly two to five years, depending on how frequently and how far you ride.

Best Tips To Maintain Your E-Bike Battery

As the most expensive part to replace on your e-bike, it’s worthwhile to take the extra time and effort to keep your battery in good health. For that reason, even seemingly obvious tips bear repeating.

Follow these recommendations to get the best performance and life out of your e-bike battery.

  • Charge the battery before it gets to 30% life. Batteries are at their healthiest when they stay at or above a 30% charge level. When you’re out on a ride, watch your battery’s charge level. It’s shown on your e-bike’s display monitor. When you get down to 20% or even 10% battery, you’re at risk of losing power before you get back to your charging station. Not only does that put you at risk of unassisted pedaling for a long or hilly journey back home, but it also puts unnecessary strain on the battery. Over time, this speeds up the natural process of deterioration. If you go for extended rides, it may just be a fact of life that you’ll drop into the low battery levels. Don’t sweat it — just know that your battery will last a bit longer if it stays topped off.
  • Don’t charge or use the battery on the bike while it’s hot. Batteries can get hot for a number of reasons. On really warm days, the outside temperature can cause a battery to overheat. Climbing steep terrain can cause the motor to get hot — and potentially the battery, too. Another cause of a hot battery is using a charger with a higher voltage than the battery. But whatever the reason, your response to a hot battery should always be the same: let it cool down before continuing use or charging.
  • Don’t charge immediately after use. Even if your battery doesn’t feel hot, let it rest when you get home after a ride. You won’t have to wait long — batteries recover from use very quickly. You can use the time to hang up your helmet, remove your shoes, and maybe even give the bike a quick clean or tune-up. In less than 5 minutes, you can charge your battery to get ready for your next ride.
  • Don’t use it immediately after charging. Are you seeing a pattern? When it comes to e-bike battery care, patience is a virtue! If you’re leaving on a ride right away, unplug the charger for just a few minutes before you head out. This valuable reset gives your battery time to prepare to transfer energy to the motor on your ride.
  • Unplug the battery when fully charged. When your battery has reached 80% to 100% charge, go ahead and unplug the charger. Don’t worry; your battery will hold the charge until your next ride! This is important because while you can’t actually overfill your battery with power, you can strain the battery by continuing to charge it after it’s full.
  • Keep your battery at the right temperature. When you’re not riding, store the battery around room temperature: 68°F/20°C or slightly lower. Feel free to store your bike in a weatherproof garage or shed, protected from the elements — but if the temps dip much higher or lower than 68°F/20°C, take the battery indoors.
  • Don’t get your battery wet. This is true of any battery, really! Your battery has a sealed, waterproof protective cover that keeps it protected from the rain while you ride. Where you need to be careful is in cleaning and storing your bike and its battery. You might look to a pressure washer to get dirt and grime off your bike quickly, but the intense jet of water can get past the seals, damaging the inside of the battery. And when you aren’t riding your e-bike, store it inside. Excessive and continuous exposure to rain and snow can compromise the waterproof housing over time.
  • Travel safe. Whether you’re traveling with your e-bike on a car rack or in a bike box for shipment, be sure to remove the battery beforehand. This protects it from damage or accidental loss. Remember that you also need to protect that battery from rain and snow! So removing it before putting your bike on a car rack is the best way to keep your battery dry while you travel.
  • Know what to expect for winter performance. In addition to protecting your battery from snow and excessive cold, be aware that e-bike batteries are less efficient in the cold. This means they may deliver a reduced mileage range in extremely cold temps. Try to shorten your rides, or at least ensure that you’re able to charge your battery frequently for extended rides. But don’t worry; the performance will bounce back when warmer temperatures return.
  • Always use the right charger. Your e-bike comes with a charger made specifically for that model; use it! It’s critical for battery health that the charger and battery are compatible and work with the same voltages. Otherwise, at best you’ll see extended charge times — and at worst, you can fry the battery.

Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Battery

Even with impeccable care, your battery will need to be replaced eventually. Once it’s surpassed its cycle life, the battery will begin to lose capacity. When this happens, a “full charge” will really only get you to about 80% of the charge level that the same battery got when it was brand new.

Having read all about your battery by now, you’ll probably recognize the signs early: reduced range or inconsistent performance. This is a normal part of your battery’s life. However, if you notice these signs early (for example, only a year or couple hundred cycles into using your battery), take your bike to a shop or call the manufacturer for more specific information.

When the time comes, make sure to replace your e-bike battery with one crafted for your specific e-bike make and model. As we mentioned earlier, this part is a significant investment, so it’s critical to make the right purchase! Consult your manual or call your manufacturer with any questions.

Take Care Of Your Battery And It’ll Take Care Of You

There isn’t a whole lot to remember for a healthy e-bike battery! Just keep an eye on your battery life when you’re riding, charge it when needed (but don’t forget to unplug when it’s done!), store it properly, and transport it safely. By following these steps to support long-lasting battery health, you’ll get the most out of your e-bike’s battery for many rides to come.

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