Since electric bicycles run on batteries, it is important to know a little bit about them. E-bike batteries come in different types and sizes, and they need to be properly charged and maintained. This is what you need to know when it comes to e-bike batteries.
Are all electric bike batteries the same? No. Batteries are made of cells, and the cells do not last forever. When a battery is put together, the cells should be closely matched so that they wear out at the same time. If the cells do not match each other, the ones that last longer will have to work harder, which results in a shorter life of the battery.
No battery lasts forever. Each battery can be recharged a finite number of times. Over time, the ability to store the charge decreases, until the battery cannot store a charge at all. Manufacturers will state the amount of times the battery can be charged, but this number might be best-case. Environmental variables and usage habits affect battery life. When looking for a battery, assume that you could get fewer charges than the battery claims to offer.
Battery performance drops in cold temperatures. As the weather gets colder, the chemical reaction within the battery that supplies power slows down. As an e-bike rider, you might notice that the power from the motor is reduced when it is cold. To minimize the effects of cold temperatures, charge your bike battery indoors where it is warmer.
What kinds of batteries do electric bikes use? The two main types are lithium-based and nickel-based. Lithium batteries have a higher energy capacity than conventional batteries. Lithium-based batteries also weigh less than other types of batteries. Nickel-based batteries cost less than lithium-based batteries and have a more predictable life span.
Batteries come in different sizes, with capacity to store energy generally proportionate to size. The larger the battery capacity, the heavier and larger the battery will be. A larger battery will also have more cells and will take longer to charge in comparison to a smaller battery.
Batteries will not last forever. Eventually you’ll need to replace your battery in order to keep your bike running. The price of the battery will vary depending on the type of bike and the type and size of the battery.
E-bike batteries power the e-bike and keep it moving easily. Proper care and storage will maximize battery life.