If you are new to electric bikes, understanding how to get the most out of the battery is paramount. Notably, an e-bike's battery is a critical power source for cyclists' uphill runs, making it a fundamental part of an e-bike's performance. Unfortunately, even experienced e-bike users still struggle to understand factors influencing a battery's output and longevity. This article highlights tips to help prolong your e-bike's range and lifespan.
Match Mode with Need
Riding an e-bike is fun, but most owners take it to another level by charging in turbo mode all day. Unfortunately, if you do that, an e-bike's battery might fail on you when you need it the most. Therefore, you need to learn how to conserve a battery's juice without compromising on performance. The best way to do it is to understand your bike's different modes and match them to your needs. For instance, if you want to cycle for about three hours on flat terrain, you need to activate the throttle mode, which allows you to cruise without expending a lot of power from a battery. However, if you plan to go on a long uphill ride, a combination of throttle and pedal assist is the perfect mode. It ensures that a battery does not run out of power and, at the same time, makes uphill rides comfortable.
Weight is arguably the number one culprit affecting an e-bike's battery range. It might explain why e-bike manufacturers try as much as possible to keep the weight as low as possible by using light materials such as carbon fibre. Nonetheless, you still need to keep excess weight away from an e-bike to prolong its battery's range. Understandably, you might overlook the impact of weight change on flat terrain because a battery only works to maintain speed. However, weight reduction benefits are most notable during climbs when a battery needs to work harder to drive the motor. Overall, you always get more range from a single charge with a lighter e-bike.
There is a misconception that pushing hard on pedals when cycling up a hill on an e-bike provides more power for easier climbing. However, e-bikes are designed differently because pushing hard on the pedals overworks the motor and battery. Therefore, a conservative approach is to pedal smoothly by letting your feet spin gently. Luckily, newer e-bike models are equipped with a cadence sensor that detects and measures how hard a rider is pedalling. Therefore, you can rely on the sensor to adjust your pedalling action and exert less pressure on a battery.Share