ebikes: How to Maximise Your Battery Life

Here is my guide to ebike charging and battery management tips, to get the best out of your battery life and extend your range.

Ebike batteries, like any other rechargeable battery, have a finite lifespan. Batteries are expensive and you don’t want to have to replace your battery any earlier than you have to.  Batteries are the most underestimated item and with a little bit of attention, proper care and maintenance, you can ensure you get the most out of your battery life.  Here are my practical tips on charging and managing your e-bike’s battery for optimal performance and longevity.

  • Regular Charging: Regular use and charging can help keep the battery healthy. Unlike some devices, you don’t have to wait for your ebike’s battery to be on its last bar before recharging. It’s perfectly fine and sometimes recommended to top up your battery after every ride if you wish.
  • Avoid Overcharging: Most modern ebike batteries are designed to handle overcharging. Still, best practice suggests you unplug the battery once fully charged to sustain the battery’s health.
  • Proper Storage: If you’re not using the ebike for a long period, don’t just leave the battery on the bike unused. Store it in a cool, dry place with a charge of around 60% to 70% – this is typically the optimal storage charge.
  • Keeping it Cool: Extreme heat and cold can strain the battery, decreasing its lifespan. Try to store and charge your battery in a cool, dry place to optimise its lifecycle. Also, if you’ve just been on a long ride, let your ebike cool down before you start charging it.
  • Regular Use: If you don’t use your e-bike regularly, make sure you still use and charge the battery at least every few weeks. Long periods of inactivity can cause capacity loss.
  • Use ONLY the Right Charger: Use only the charger recommended by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), for your ebike. Using a different charger might not provide the right voltage or current for your ebike’s battery, which could potentially affect its performance and lifespan.
  • Regular Maintenance: Keeping the battery, connections and terminals clean and dust-free can help improve its efficiency. Additionally, make sure to keep an eye out for any signs of impact damage, terminal corrosion, discolouration, swelling and basic wear, tear or damage, any of these signs, may indicate your battery requires replacement.