Can a battery ride for 10 years? How to maintain your ebike battery?

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In addition to the inherent life of the battery, it also depends on how you use it. Just like your old mobile phone now needs to be charged every five minutes, the battery of an electric bicycle will inevitably age over time. Here are some small tips that can help you minimize the loss and keep the power supply longer.

1. Correct cadence

The fewer times the battery is charged and discharged, the longer the battery's service life. Every time you ride an electric bike, you need to find the best rhythm that matches the electric booster motor during pedaling. This is a very smart choice.  

Generally speaking, the electric motor of the electric bicycle is the most efficient at the normal to high cadence rhythm, and it also means the least power loss. For example, Bosch Electric recommends that the driver's cadence should be higher than 50, and make full use of the transmission to avoid the increase in torque due to too low cadence.

Similarly, make full use of the riding mode selected for you by the smart computer of the electric moped. For example, you want you to use the lowest power and the highest power output from the motor to help you climb steep slopes, at this time should not be reduced to the lowest cadence, not only smart computer may make wrong judgments,but also batteries and motors may be wore out.


 2. Don't completely be out of battery

The battery or motor itself actually has a computer chip to regulate the output and charge, and protect the health of the battery, which means that the battery will never damage itself by overcharging and discharging. However, a full charge before each ride and a complete exhaustion of power on the road will put a greater load on the battery. Such a charge and discharge is a battery cycle. Therefore, try to stop using the motor before the battery is completely exhausted. Although, easier said than done.

3. Charging

It is very important to charge the battery at room temperature. The ideal charging temperature is between 10-20℃, neither below 0℃, nor in a humid environment. Bosch recommends charging in a dry place with smoke detectors. (Lithium-ion batteries are proven to be very safe, but if short-circuited, they will catch fire in very rare cases, and many property managers will clearly announce electric vehicles, electric mopeds are not allowed to enter the corridor). It is recommended to charge outdoors in China. So when riding outside this temperature, you can obviously feel that the battery power drops quickly, which will also shorten the battery life. Because the low temperature slows down the lithium-ion activity, a larger voltage is required to drive the battery for normal operation, which causes greater consumption of the battery. And if the temperature is too high, the resistance is too large and the consumption is also greater.

But riding for a few hours in cold weather is not bad for your battery, because no matter what the surrounding weather is, the self-heating of the motor will keep it warm, but don't challenge yourself in extreme cold conditions. In a hot environment, the motor needs to go through the test, because the speed of the bicycle is far from the air-cooling requirement. If the temperature rises blindly, the load on the battery will increase, but the motor and battery manufacturers will take this into consideration.  Normal environment is no problem.


4. Storage

If you will not ride your electric vehicle for a few days, weeks or months, do not be out of battery completely. Bosch recommends keeping 30-60% of the electric energy frequently, and Shimano recommends keeping at 70% as much as possible. Charge it every 6 months, of course, you must fully charge it before riding again.  Avoid much too wet environment, which may cause infiltration and short circuit.

5. Cleaning and maintenance

Bosch recommends that you remove the battery before cleaning the bicycle, but Shimano says that you should leave the battery in place to protect the exposed socket.  Shimano's suggestions may be better in practical applications. They both recommend using a sponge to wipe it clean rather than high-pressure water guns.

We believe the best way is to gently clean it with a sponge in a vertical position, and then wait for it to dry completely before opening the motor compartment cover.  Shimano recommends that if your battery protective cover has mud or dirt (not the battery itself), you can clean them with a soft, dry brush or cotton swab.

Finally, if you have any questions, it is recommended to contact the relevant dealers, and they will assist in checking the status of your battery.