8 Simple Ways To Charge an Electric Bike Without Charger

8 Simple Ways To Charge an Electric Bike Without Charger

What factors do you consider fundamental before buying an electric bike?

Let’s see if you guessed correctly!

So, did you mention cost, need, warranty, or range?

You are so damn predictable. I wish I knew better.

How can you not mention charging compatibilities?

Did you not think of when you'll probably lose your bike charger?

Imagine enjoying your tour, cycling your ebike with full vigor, but looking at its display does not bode well. You are still far away from the destination yet about to exhaust your battery.

What now?

Call to mind that no artificial item is 100% efficient. And let’s all agree that getting a new charger isn’t a practical idea in case of an emergency. You, therefore, ought to plan for all eventualities.

You might be wondering, what are other alternatives to charging an electric bike other than a charger?

Worry no more.

Do you know why? Because we got you!

Come on! Continue reading to get some new insights!

How to Charge an Ebike

Disregarding the battery and power capacity type, the principle for charging electric bikes is relatively easy.

  1. Turn the battery switch off.
  2. Detach the battery pack from the e-bike.
  • Connect the original charger to the battery pack and plug it into a power outlet.
  1. Switch on the plug to begin charging
  2. Once the battery indicator shows full, restore the battery to the bike.

Believe it or not, that is easier said than done.

But you don't have to be distressed about a lost/malfunctioning charger or perhaps the absence of an immediate power source. A handful of options are available to maneuver about to get a lifeless battery up and running without any hassle.

Remember, desperate times call for desperate measures.

Aren’t you curious to discover them?

Let’s get right into them!


Alternative Ways of Charging an Ebike Battery

1)   Charging with a car battery

Most electric bikes use a 12V DC removable charger. What's more interesting about this feature is that you can plug the battery into anything with a compatible receiver. And a car is one of them!

Suppose your car has a 12V DC outlet. Set your e-bike's battery in the car and turn on the ignition. Then, plug the battery into the socket for a few hours.

You can also charge your hovsco ebike's battery using a 1000-watt inverter hooked up to a car battery, solar panel, battery bank, or other electrical setups. For this option, attach an inverter to the car battery and connect the inverter terminals with the power supply. Then, plug the power supply into the battery via the cables.


2)   Pedal charging

Most, but not all, ebikes have this inbuilt feature of pedal charging. The models with this feature use regenerative braking (or pedaling) technology.

How does this technology work?

It’s pretty simple!

The kinetic energy produced while pedaling is usually lost through the heat of brake pads and wind resistance.

How about converting this energy to a more useful form?

By the principle of energy conservation, energy is neither created nor destroyed but converted from one form to another. Electric bikes with regenerative braking make this principle practical. They capture the energy that would otherwise be lost and converts it to electric power to recharge the battery.


3)   Using an alternative battery

Have you ever heard of series, parallel, and series-parallel connections? If you haven't, they are methods of connecting two or more batteries to increase the voltage, ampere-hour capacity, or both.

Let’s borrow some knowledge from parallel battery connections.

To increase the ampere-hour capacity, you can connect your ebike's battery in parallel with another battery(or multiple batteries) of a similar voltage profile. This video explains how to achieve such a connection.

Both batteries will charge and discharge simultaneously, and their outputs will add up, giving you the desired charging setup.


4)   Using a variable power supply

So far, this method is proven to be the safest for recharging an ebike's battery without using a charger. All you need here is a direct current.

When the batteries are excited with DC power, electrons in the direct current will flow back into the battery cells to establish an electric potential that the batteries are supposed to have when fully charged.

Do you know how to make the connection feasible?

This video may help!


5)   Though a solar panel

Who doesn’t like renewable energy?

It can never be me:)

Solar energy is cheaper, Eco-friendly, and versatile. You should give it a go! You only need to connect a 100-200 watts solar panel to an inverter and channel that solar energy to power your existing ebike charger.

Sounds easy. Right?

Probably not.

But this guide can make it look like a piece of cake!

6)   Using a generator

If you can’t find any best method for charging your electric bike’s battery without a charger among those five we’ve already discussed, then a generator may be the one for you!

A generator is quite simple to use. It's just a subject of plugging one end of a charging cable into the generator outlet and connecting it to the electric bike's battery. But before that, you need to ensure that the generator has more power output than your ebike's battery. Then, you can run the generator for a while to charge up your bike's battery.

A portable generator with the correct wattage will guarantee a smooth, uninterrupted adventure with your hovsco ebike!

7)   Using a portable charger

With all these diversities in technology, how can you not consider a portable charger?

A power bank, or portable charger, works by first drawing power from an external source. It then converts this power to electrical energy and stores it in a battery. You can then plug your electronic device into it and transfer the power.

A typical electric bike draws up to 15amps. So, find a portable charger that meets these demands(or any other bike’s demands) and use it to power up your ebike's internal battery.


8)   On a charging station

Most entrepreneurs have discovered a gap in electronics—a lack of charging stations for electrical devices. That explains why you can't go past 2 miles without coming across a bike-energy charging station.

Always navigate through apps like open charge map, nextcharge, and eBIKE charge station app to check for the nearest charging stations along your route.

However, don't forget to check if your bike's battery is compatible with a higher voltage outlet before plugging it in.


Have You Made a Decision Yet?

A battery is often worth half of the ebike's value. If you tend to it well, you will get the best out of your ebike. Always be conscious of your bike's battery charging tips to ensure longevity.

If you have read this piece this far, I’m confident that you and I can get along nicely. Let's have a chit-chat in the comment section!

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