7 Tips to Extend Your E-Bike Battery’s Life

7 Tips to Extend Your E-Bike Battery’s Life
What’s the real magic behind electric bikes? The battery. E-bike batteries power virtually every part of your e-bike, fueling your most epic adventures and riding memories. It’s no surprise they’re one of the most important components of an electric bike. And why it's so important to maintain your battery. Check out these battery health tips to enjoy your bike for years to come, whether you're thinking about buying an e-bike or are already one.

1. Hold it tight, Sparky! - The safest way to charge is to first connect the charger to the battery and then plug it into the wall. This helps you get a proper connection before electricity starts flowing and prevents arcing. All HOVSCO batteries can be charged on or off the bike; it's totally up to you.

2. The Right Environment - Charge your battery in a dry, clean, and temperate area. Never charge in a damp or cluttered environment. Garages that are cluttered are the cause of many household accidents, so if it is an issue, a seasonal cleaning may be in order, or the battery can be charged in a less cluttered area.

3. Top It Off - Before you ride your bike, charge it fully. Never charge right after riding! You want to wait at least 30 minutes before charging to allow the battery to cool down. Always check the voltage on your LCD before you go out.

4. Set It, but Don’t Forget It - Set a timer so you won't forget to unplug the battery. You can use your cell phone to set a timer or even pick up an outlet timer at any hardware store. Your battery is fully charged when the charger turns green and you should unplug it. Unplug the charger from the wall and then unplug the charger from the battery.

5. Hibernation - If you’re not riding during the winter, it’s important to store your battery inside and at the right charge level. Keep your charge at 50% capacity when storing. Since the battery will self-discharge over time, if you don't ride for two months or more, be sure to check the charge every once in a while and charge back up to 50% when necessary.

6. Safe Travels - Electric bikes are the ideal travel companion but remember to remove your battery from the frame using the key whenever transporting on a rack or truck bed. Water can damage your model's electrical components, so use a waterproof cover if the weather forecast calls for rain.

7. The 80/20 Rule - You should keep your battery between 80% and 20% voltage. Use our voltage vs. percentage chart to know where your battery falls before charging. Check the voltage on your LCD or use our battery charge monitor to get an accurate read of how much power you are putting back into your battery every time!

Love your new e-bike? Make sure you treat it right. In exchange, your battery will love you back with a longer life and more riding miles! Take advantage of these helpful tips to avoid range loss and get the most enjoyment from your ride.

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