Tips for Maximising your E-bike Battery Life
Like all electronic devices, electric bike batteries need to be handled with care and regularly maintained. There are many factors that can affect how your battery performs, including how it's stored, how often it's charged, usage and environment.
To make the most of your eBike, you need to be aware of the conditions that can affect its power supply. This way you can maximise its efficiency, letting you ride your eBike further and for longer.
Thankfully, ARCC Bikes has compiled a list of things to be mindful of when using your electric bike and its battery.
While it might not sound immediately obvious, the weather can have a big impact on how your eBike battery performs. This is because the outside temperature affects the chemical reactions that take place within the battery. For example, if it is cold then these reactions are slowed down, which results in the battery giving the false impression that it has less charge.
Thankfully, the ARCC Intelligent Drive Pod comes with a neoprene covering that weatherproofs the battery. But it is worth keeping in mind that a spare battery might need to be brought along if you are taking the bike out for a long ride on a cold day.
Additionally, wind can affect battery life significantly. For example, if you are cycling into strong headwinds, then the pod might have to work harder than normal to compensate. Conversely, if you are experiencing tailwinds and being pushed along, then the pod will not need to work so hard and your battery life will be extended.
Weather that affects road conditions, like rain and snow, will also affect battery life by forcing you to change your riding style.
With electric-assist systems like the pod, the motor will only add power to that already generated by your muscles.
This means if you are consciously working harder, then the motor will not put as much power in and will not use as much battery. Conversely, if you are putting in less work, then the motor will have to accommodate more power and your battery will be expended quicker.
How you ride your eBike then has a big effect on your battery. This extends to how you take stops and corners. For example, if you approach a stop or corner at speed, and need to slow down or come to a complete halt, then the energy needed to get you going again will be more than if you had slowed down and approached the junction more gently.
Equally, the gradient you are riding on will determine how much work the motor needs to put in. Whether you want to fly up the hills or tackle them under your own steam, the power level you choose on your pod will determine how much of your battery life is used up.
When climbing or descending hills, your chosen gear can affect your bike’s acceleration, which in turn changes how much power the battery needs to expend. Therefore, your chain should be well-oiled and looked after too (if you have an ARCC Moulton TSR or Brompton).
It is not just the battery and motor that need care, but your eBike’s mechanics need to be kept in check to preserve your battery life.
Along with lubricating parts, tyre pressure is a big factor in how well your bike rides, and so how much work the motor needs to put in. Keeping your tyres pumped is important then, in ensuring your battery is not undergoing unnecessary usage.
Other factors that change how your bike rides include weight. Carrying lots of luggage, for example, will result in greater battery drain. For the same reason, a heavier person will create more drag, and use more battery life, than a lighter one.
The way batteries are used and charged can create wear that will affect their efficiency. For example, it is not recommended to keep batteries below 20% or without charge as this can damage them over time. Equally, it is not a good idea to keep a battery permanently on charge, which can cause overheating.
Keeping a battery at a reasonable level, therefore, is recommended and it is also a good idea to use every opportunity available to top up your battery.
ARCC’s bikes can be fitted with a spare battery holder to increase your distance. But ultimately, just like any bike, maximising your eBike’s battery life is a matter of finesse and being aware of your riding conditions, as well as treating the machine with respect.