Essential battery-saving tips for your electric bike

November 16, 2015 Electric Bikes News

Ensure that your electric bike battery lasts the entire ride with these top tipsAxcess Electric Bikes

An electric bike can be a life-changing purchase. With less time spent sat in standstill traffic and endless opportunities to get out in the fresh air, surely you’d be mad not to buy one.

The perfect way to improve your fitness while helping to make the world a greener place, electric bikes are becoming more and more common in cities around the world.

But your electric wheels come with a small dose of responsibility; a battery pack. There’s nothing worse than a flat battery ruining your day out, but with the right preparation you’ll never have to worry. Ensure that your bike battery stands the test of time (and lasts your entire journey!) with our top tips.

Make sure it’s fully charged

This may sound like an obvious one, but here at Axcess we’ve heard horror stories of commuters stranded at work after forgetting to charge their e-bike battery the night before. Make it part of your cycling routine to charge it as soon as you get home (yes, even if you’re tired!). A full charge can take 6-8 hours – so leave it overnight and go for a kip.

Be realistic

The average bike battery can last for around 3 hours on a full charge, which could take you anywhere between 30-50 miles depending on your pedalling efforts. While we wholeheartedly encourage a lengthy bike ride to get the juices flowing, it’s not advisable to go gallivanting on a 100-mile ride with only one battery. Which brings us onto…

Buy a second charger

If you’re worried about missing out on your favourite long ride, or have an especially long route to work, it would be beneficial to buy a second charger. This way, you can leave one charger at home and one in your desired destination. Take a second charger on a long ride – a 2 hour charge on a pit-stop can give you power for an extra 30%.

Get the most out of your electric bikeIf you think there’s a problem, get it tested

If your battery seems to be having major problems, it’s worth getting it tested. This will show any issues and will confirm whether or not you need to buy a new one. It can take up to 2.5 hours so we only recommend a test as a last-resort option. A battery test at Axcess Electric Bike costs £15 plus VAT.

Keep your tyres pumped up

As anyone who’s tried to ride with one will tell you, a flat or deflating tyre will very quickly ruin your journey. Both the rider and the electric bike will waste a shedload of energy if your tyre pressure isn’t kept up, meaning your battery will rapidly start to dwindle. E-bike riders should stick to road tyres with a pressure of 50-60psi (pounds per square inch). A lot of the bikes seen at Axcess have very soft tyres – 20psi feels hard but it isn’t.  

Take care of your tyresTreat your battery well

Assuming that you’re very fond of your electric bike, please try to treat it that way. Batteries aren’t good in extreme weather so store yours at room temperature, even in winter. When the climate drops to below 10 degrees, the battery needs to be brought indoors. They also appreciate regular use, so even if you decide to store your battery during colder seasons, it’s still a good idea to charge it every other month.

Check your brakes

In the same way that your battery has a longer life span if your tyres are pumped up, it will also perform better if your brakes are in tip-top condition (also helpful for other, obvious reasons!). Check them regularly to ensure that the brakes aren’t binding against the wheels.It makes a smoother ride for you and ensures little wastage on your energy supplies.

Check your brakesBe organised

An electric bike could be one of your most valuable purchases if you keep your battery in tip-top condition. Peter Blackman, Director of Axcess Electric Bike says: ‘Remember to charge your battery regularly, store it properly and most importantly,  never leave it in a fully discharged state. We have customers who are on the 4th year with their battery and still going strong. It’s also worth noting that a hard-worked battery lasts a lot longer than an idle one!’

We recommend having regular checks on your electric bike to ensure that you’re always riding safe. Please see our list of services for more information.

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I bought my bike, the Axcess Eriskay the first week in Jan 2018. I was well looked after by Peter, I knew what I was buying as the previous year I had bought my wife an Axcess Camargue and so I didnt have a problem going back to the same shop to buy mine. Peter and his staff can not be any more helpful in my opinion. If you decide on a bike but want a few cosmetic changes, they are more than happy to oblige, my wife wanted different handlebars and a change of tyre type. Since buying my wifes bike I have also bought maps and pannier bags. I do not have a problem recommending this shop to anyone who requires an electric bike.
Axcess were the nearest specialist supplier of Ebikes, and there web page gave good descriptions. I visited their premises, tried out their folding models around the factory estate and on that basis chose a ELife folding bike as the one best suited to my needs. I have been pleased with the model I chose. - It is of robust construction with front fork suspension and it deals well with farm tracks and forest trails - it folds easily and fits in the back of the car - it shrinks distances compared with my old pedal bike - it has coped with all hills I have so far tried it on - I don't know what its range is (30 miles seems about right for gentle countryside). I had thought that battery capacity would be a limitation, but it is not. It is in fact saddle soreness.
I recently purchased the Axcess Electric Shetland folding bike which fits nicely In the back of my SUV without having to lower the rear seats. It’s an excellent bike and build .. easy to mount and dismount .. perfectly suitable for me as I am now in my mid fifties and appreciate a little assistance nowadays on longer journeys and Inclines , that said It’s a great bike for any adult whatever there age and as they say ... It has the power to get you there and back. I have previously owned two other electric cycles of another brand that were hard work to cycle when the power was off even on the flat. I’m pleased to say that this Is not an Issue with the Axcess Electric Bike that you can pedal with ease If and when the power Is not required ..
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