There is no more enjoyable way to spend the summer than on an e-bike. Whether you’re meeting up with long-lost pals or stopping by some of your favorite lunch places, you’ll be spending a lot of time on two wheels. So with all of your summer activities ahead of you, here are a few strategies for maintaining a good battery and keeping you up and riding all summer.
Avoid Direct Sunlight on Your Battery
While you may like soaking up the sun, your battery is less enthused. So, avoid leaving it in direct sunlight for an extended period of time. Please note that as battery cells are in an aluminum case, they may get more heat inside the case than the feeling temperature outside. Keep it away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures when charging your battery. It is a good idea to charge your battery indoors or in a shaded area between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius.
While we always suggest keeping your ebike inside, if this is not feasible, remove the battery and store it in an excellent, dry location away from direct sunshine, filth, debris, extreme heat, and acidic household goods.
These simple procedures might assist in extending the life of your battery. However, extreme temperatures might deteriorate the components that create electricity for your bike, resulting in a loss of capability prematurely. That is why you shouldn’t choose no name low quality battery cells. Always purchase high-quality and heavy-duty e-bike batteries like Panasonic, SAMSUNG & LG Lithium-ion batteries that you can find on vBike products.
Avoid riding in extreme heat.
To maintain the health of your battery and maximize your range per charge, avoid riding your bike when the temperature exceeds 45°c(113°F).
As is the case with many electrical devices, including the majority of mobile phones, your battery will protect itself from overheating by shutting down when it becomes too warm. Do not panic if this occurs to you. This is a typical function of its protective controls and occurs when the interior temperature exceeds 60 C°.
It will need to cool down before regular usage can resume. Place the batteries in an indoor location, preferably between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius, for about one hour.
Steer clear of salt and saltwater
While a touch of beach spray on a hot summer day may be soothing, it is detrimental to your e-bike battery.
Salt is corrosive and has a high conductivity. Therefore, we advise avoiding riding your ebike in regions where salt and seawater are likely presents, such as straight on the beach.
If you come into contact with salt or seawater, there are several precautions you can take to reduce damage to your e-bike or batteries.
Remove the battery, clean the battery box and tray with a clean, dry towel, and check the connections for dryness and cleanliness. After cleaning the ebike frame and mechanical components with a clean towel wet with fresh water, allow them to dry thoroughly before reconnecting the battery. Prevent water from spraying directly into electrical components, such as your display or battery tray and battery connector.
Regular maintenance, such as lubricating your chain, is critical at all times but is especially critical when there is a risk of salt or saltwater exposure.
While it’s not always easy to identify exposure, you can usually tell whether your bike has come into contact with salt or seawater by the white, chalky residue that salt leaves behind.
Conduct Regular Battery Inspections
Inspect the battery terminals for corrosion, which may appear as green dust or film. Never touch the terminals at the back of the batteries and keep them clear of debris. Ensure that the battery is just slightly warm to the touch when charging, not hot, which is a potential indicator of damage.
Before riding, check the battery to verify it is firmly fastened to the frame.
If your battery needs to be changed, get it directly from vBike since they are manufactured with additional durability in mind. In addition, the vBike’s battery and charger are meant to function flawlessly together.
The battery may be charged too quickly or lose capacity by switching things up and using third-party batteries or chargers. In addition, excessive heat might cause severe and irreversible harm to your battery.
Who wouldn’t want to go by road with an electric bike? When you secure yours to an e-bike rack or park it in the back of a truck bed, remove the battery as an extra layer of protection from the weather. You’ll also save around 7-10 lb of bike weight by doing so.
Have you absorbed all of that? Using the manufacturer’s instructions, your e-bike battery may give years of dependable power. Avoid harsh weather conditions, bright sunshine, and salt or seawater whenever feasible. Additionally, as usual, remove your battery while transferring your bike outside and watch for the first symptoms of damage.
With these things in mind, your e-bike’s battery will surely last longer, but it would also be wise to purchase an additional battery just in case. For more information on what battery to buy or how to take care of your e-bike in the best way possible, keep following us at vbike.ca.