For in-city commuters sick of public transportation and cross-country bikers sick of steep mountains, e-bikes were a gift from the two-wheeled gods. By 2030, e-bike sales are expected to exceed $40 billion!
If you're thinking of buying a new e-bike battery, it's important to know what you're getting. Let's talk about electronic bikes, their batteries, and everything you need to know to make an informed decision on your next ones!
What Type of E-Bike Batteries Are Best?
The two most common types of e-bike batteries are lead-acid and lithium-ion. A lead-acid battery is cheaper to purchase but will not last as long. They also tend to be heavier on average for the same amount of volts.
On the other hand, a lithium-ion battery will last for up to 10 years of daily use and come in a more compact size. While they will cost significantly more upfront, they will pay off in the long run.
How Long Do E-Batteries Last?
Lead-acid batteries typically last for 300 to 800 lifecycles or up to 5 years with light or moderate use. This means you could run your battery to empty every day for 1 to 2 years before losing significant capacity. If you’re in a hot area such as Arizona, California, Texas, Nevada, etc., your battery life will be even shorter with a lead acid battery. Lithium-ion batteries can last up to 6,500 lifecycles with proper care.
Battery storage and caring for both types of batteries are the same, and it's essential. Don't store your batteries without at least 50% of a charge, do your best to insulate and prevent overheating, and try to use less than 20% of its capacity when charging. That means that if your battery can handle 100W at a time, try to limit it to 20W.
How Far Can One Charge Get Me?
The range is arguably the most important feature of an e-battery. For a 6-pound lithium-ion battery and a 250W bike, you should expect to go around 20 miles on one charge. You can always add extra batteries, but the weight will add up quickly.
Do My Batteries Remember?
Battery memory is a term used when you charge a battery before it is completely discharged, and it "remembers" that point. This can lower its capacity quite quickly. Fortunately, our products and most lithium-ion batteries don't have this feature!
How Can I Extend My Battery Life
Some batteries allow for solar or even wind charging. You will need to purchase solar panels or wind turbines separately, along with an MC4 cable. Just ensure that the battery you buy will allow for this method of charging.
This could extend your battery life significantly, especially if you're going on a longer "bike-packing" trip. 100W of solar input should be more than enough to get you up those mountains if you're willing to pedal the rest of the way!
Choose Electronic Bikes Today
Now that you know a little more about how electronic bikes work and how to find the right battery, why wait? E-bikes are the hottest new thing for a reason, and they're made even better when you choose the right gear.
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