Taking Good Care of Your E-bike Battery During Winter
Navigating the winter months with your E-bike requires careful consideration, whether you're determined to pedal through brisk and wet conditions or contemplating the best storage practices for an extended period.
To ride confidently through winter, we need to keep the heart of the E-bike, the electric motor beating enthusiastically and powerfully even in harsh weather – oh, by the way, at VETANYA, all bikes are born with a big heart thanks to our 750W motor and 20Ah battery!
Whether you're new to the E-bike world seeking advice on maintaining your first electric bike or a seasoned rider in need of a refresher on battery care, we are here to present you with an in-time and ultimate guide to preserving your battery. Don’t stress out, we’ve got you covered:)
The Battery We Use:
Say hello to the cool kid on the block – the lithium-ion battery! It's the most popular battery currently on the market. It rules the market with its killer combo of good capacity and not being too heavy, making it possible to balance the portability and sufficient longevity and range for a powerful E-bike.
Plus, it's a shape-shifter – you can mold it into different forms, allowing stylish E-bike designs for the age of kaleidoscope now. Sure, it might cost a bit more than the classic lead-acid, but trust us, the extra power is worth it.
So, if you're eyeing those longer rides and want a reliable sidekick, go for the lithium-ion battery.
Mayday From Your Batteries:
Using your battery inappropriately or continuing to use a damaged battery/charger is the root of relevant safety hazards. So please don’t ignore it if you see/suspect any of the following conditions:
- The flexible power cord or output cable of your charger or the electrical cables on your bike are frayed, have broken insulation, or any other signs of damage.
- The battery or charger is physically damaged, non-functional, or performing abnormally.
- A significant impact from a fall, crash, or shipping has happened to your battery, with or without obvious signs of damage.
- Leak of a clear, pungent, gel-like substance (likely to be corrosive and flammable) from your battery
- Your battery was submerged in liquid or had extensive water exposure or damage.
- Your charger becomes too hot to touch (it’s designed to get warm with normal use), makes an unusual smell, makes a popping sound, or shows other signs of overheating.
Spot it and solve it for everyone and everything you care about!
Charging and Storing your Ebike Battery in Winter:
While our state-of-the-art Samsung batteries prioritize safety, it's crucial to adhere to best practices.
Charging your battery
It’s best to charge your VETANYA battery in a temperature-controlled environment, indoors are better, between 32 °F – 104 °F (0 °C – 40 °C). You may remove the battery from your Ebike.
Battery is best charged on a hard, flat surface (like concrete). It’s best to not charge your battery on wood floors or carpets.
Overcharging is always bad for your battery! It weakens its cells and results in capacity loss and lowered range. As part of the best Ebike battery maintenance practices, adhere to the engineer’s recommended charging time and unplug as soon as you can when the charging is completed. For the same reason, avoid charging your battery overnight – this is the fastest way to exhaust its cells!
Storing Your Battery In Winter
- Always ensure that the bike is off when you end riding.
- The cold temperature will fasten the range reduction. If you park your Ebike outside over the winter night, it is recommended to bring your battery inside with you.
- Batteries like dry, clean and climate-controlled indoor places and they are best stored close to room temperature.
- Remove the battery from your Ebike to store it for a prolonged time during the winter.
- Don’t store your batteries on an empty charge. Before long-term storage, charge it to a 75%-80 range and check on a monthly basis to ensure it is not under 75%
If you find it challenging to recall all the Ebike battery care tips mentioned above, here's a simple rule to remember: "If the weather feels too hot or too cold for you, it's likewise too hot or too cold for your battery." Just think of your battery as having the same comfort preferences as you do!
Adhering to these tips, your e-bike and batteries will enjoy a long and happy life. Hit the road and explore, my friends!