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Electric Bike Battery Health – Do’s And Dont’s
Charging Your Battery
Be sure to close the rubber charger port cover after disconnecting your charger.
If contaminants or moisture enter the charging port, it can destroy your battery and pose a safety risk!
When inserting the charger tip to your battery’s charging port, be careful, there should not be excessive weight on the charging tip from the wire or charger’s black box.
Do not wiggle the charger tip inside the charging port of the battery.
Our batteries are rated for 800-1000 charge cycles. One cycle is counted as charging the battery from 0 percent to 100 percent. Take good care of your battery and this means if you charge your bike twice a week on average, your battery should last you 4-5 years! We all ride differently and may charge more or less than 2x a week – you do the math :
To maximize battery life, there are some things you want to do, and there are some things you definitely don’t want to do!
Battery Care – What to do
Try to keep the battery above 20% in general, your battery will be much happier. Charge the battery just to 80% when you can help it. Think of it like being hungry: Don’t wait until you are starving to eat; and when you do eat, don’t fill up to the point of not being able to eat anymore.
Keep your battery between the 20-80% charge level. This simple rule can increase the effective lifetime of your battery. You can set a timer on your phone or use an outlet timer. Typically for 1-2 hours, as the battery will likely get to the suggested amount in the first few hours of charging.
Nurture your bike and your battery! Failing to keep your battery charged or forgetting to use your bike/check the battery levels consistently (monthly at minimum) is a sure fire way to damage your battery and kickstart the L-ion cell degradation process. Batteries are expensive and ensuring to do this will keep a smile on your face and more money in your pocket!
If storing for longer periods, it is a good idea to store your battery with a 40-80% charge. Check the battery once a month. If the battery drops to 20% or below, charge it up to the 40-80%. Recommended storage temperatures are 50F – 77F. Storage should be done in a dry area.
Battery Care – What not to do
You actually want to avoid charging to 100 percent and as this can stress the battery. It is better to charge to 80 percent if you know a full charge is not needed. If you plan on doing a longer ride, charge the battery fully with the knowledge you will drain the battery from max capacity soon.
Do not leave the battery on the charger unnecessarily or for extended periods of time after the battery has been fully charged. Doing this can expedite battery cell degradation and reduce the lifespan of your battery significantly.
Pro Battery Tip – Avoid draining your battery completely. If your battery is nearly dead and your bike powers off, do not power the bike up or drain the battery any further. This can harm your battery and reduce its longevity over time. In this case, use leg power or wait until you get home to charge up the bike.
Avoid temperature extremes! Very hot or cold temperatures can negatively affect the performance of the battery and shorten its expected life. Avoid exposing the battery to extreme cold or heat for long periods of time. 40F- 90F are ideal operating temperatures.
Dry off your battery charging port after you ride in wet conditions and ensure that there is no moisture or debris on both the charger tip or the charging port before plugging in your bike to charge. Plugging in your battery while wet risks damage to the battery, charger, and the potential risk of fire or injury.