Electric bikes are transforming the world of cycling, opening the sport up to more people and making getting on two wheels incredibly accessible. However, one of the most commonly asked questions from new riders is how to charge them.
The batteries on electric bikes are incredibly durable and are designed to be very simple to use. Most eBikes come with a removable battery that can be charged directly from your mains. To help you, we have put together our guide to charging your electric bike and maximising the performance of your battery.
How to charge an eBike
Each electric bike is slightly different, so the exact method of charging will vary between each one. Typically though, when you buy an electric bike, it will come with the battery pack separately, and it will need to be charged before you first use it. When it needs to be charged again, you can just remove the battery from its position on the bike and plug it back in.
Some eBikes will have an integrated battery that cannot be removed. In these instances, the bikes will typically come with a long extension cable that can be plugged directly into a bay on the bicycle, usually somewhere around the seat or motor.
When a bike or a battery is charging, you will see an LED light flashing or changing colours, indicating the level of charge it has. When it is fully charged, this will turn fully green or switch itself off.
How long do they take to charge?
To fully charge an electric bike, it can take up to six hours. However, the overall charge type will vary depending on the size of the battery and the initial starting charge level. When considering which eBike to purchase, looking at the recharge rate is essential.
For example, if a bike takes two hours to charge and gives 30 miles of riding, that recharge rate is 15 miles per hour. However, if a bike takes four hours of charging but gives 100 miles of riding, the recharge rate is 25 miles per hour, making it a better option.
Do I need to wait for the battery to empty before charging?
One of the most common questions new eBike riders ask is whether they have to wait for the battery to be fully drained before charging. Many people mistakenly believe that letting it run flat and charging prolongs the lifespan, but this is not true.
Most manufacturers recommend charging it while there is still some power left in the battery. Most riders will typically plug their electric bike in when it drops below 20% or the required charge to get them to their destination.
How long do batteries last for?
Most eBike batteries are able to last for at least 10,000 miles, while some larger batteries can last up to three times that. Ensuring you are looking after your battery and your eBike will ensure you can prolong the life of your battery, ensuring you can enjoy it for several years before replacing it.
Are you looking for an eBike?
If you are considering joining the electric bike revolution and want to discover the many benefits that come from using an eBike, the Electric Rider is here to help you. Our mission is to become the one-stop-shop show for electric mobility, giving riders the chance to enjoy high-quality vehicles at affordable prices.
We stock a wide range of electric bikes, so if you want to find out more, check out our full range today.