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A Spark of Battery Power Ingenuity: Quality Batteries Save You Money

Battery specifications are important to consider if you are planning on using your e-bike over an extended period of time. These days you get a lot more than you used to out of a standard battery, thanks to the advancements in Lithium cell technologies. Where battery technologies have advanced, so too has the range and overall lifespan. However, some batteries will need replacing more often than others. For example, some can take 1000 charge cycles, lasting anywhere from eight to ten years, whereas others can last as little as 18 months. That’s why quality truly matters!

 

 

Generally speaking, the longer lasting batteries cost a little more initially. Again, this is typically an investment in quality. So if you only plan on using the e-bike for a couple of years, a cheaper cell option could lower your overall running costs.

For example, you plan to use the bike for the next 15 years:

Basic Battery

Advanced Battery

Battery Cost: $335

Battery Cost: $670

Lifespan: 3 years

Lifespan: 7.5 years

Number of times replaced in 15 years: 5

Number of times replaced in 15 years: 2

Total cost for 15 years: $1670   

Total Cost for 15 years: $1337

 

This example shows a basic breakdown of the differences between advanced batteries and basic batteries. Clearly, advanced batteries are cheaper and are less of a hassle in the long run. However, it should be noted, this example does not represent the time you are without the bike, postage costs, etc.

 

Batteries And Power Glossary

Here are some factors you should take into consideration when purchasing a new battery for your e-bike:

Amp Hours: The amount of energy the battery can store. Simply put, the more amp hours your battery can store the further you can travel on your e-bike.

Voltage: The energy potential of the current supplied by the battery.

Cycle Life:  This dictates how many times a battery can be charged (to full capacity) and discharged before the rate of performance starts to decline.

Max Current:  The max current (also known as ‘C Rate’) is how fast energy can be drawn from the battery – this is what affects acceleration.

Recharge Rate:  As the name suggests, the recharge rate is how quickly energy can be returned to the battery (charged).

 

Remember, the real enemy to your battery’s longevity is heat. Store your e-bike in a cool place whenever you can.  It is also good to let your battery cool down after use, prior to placing it on charge. You can find out more about battery and motor care in our recent blog post, “How to Keep your Motor and Battery’s Spark Alive”.

 

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