Electric bikes can be quite handy, so it's not surprising that more people are purchasing them these days. Riding an electric bike instead of driving a car or public transportation can be greener, cheaper, and healthier than other ways of getting around town. Of course, you must plug your electric bike in when you get home so it can charge, but can the battery charge your phone? If it's powerful enough, sure. However, most electric bike batteries cannot fully charge phones or other electronics before they need recharging themselves.
The answer to this question comes down to the specification of your electric bike's battery pack and your phone's model. This article will help you understand how to charge your phone from your electric bike's battery pack. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about electric bike batteries and their ability to charge phones.
How much electricity can my bike produce?
The power in your e-bike’s battery is measured in watts. Higher-wattage motors equate to higher speeds, more power when accelerating, and stronger assistance when pedaling. Bikes with powerful motors can help you travel faster, further, and less effort than those with lower wattages. For example, a Class 3 hub motor has 600 to 1,000 watts of power. That means it will have no trouble accelerating on steep hills or speeding down flat roads at 26 miles per hour (40 km/h). Similarly, an e-bike with high-end components—low resistance tires and reduced gearing—can easily reach 26 miles per hour and accelerate quickly with little effort because of its low weight.
How does pedaling power my phone if I need it?
If you can, it’s best to leave your phone on for most of your ride. On most electric bikes, recharging takes less than 15 minutes. (This depends on how much power is left in your battery and how far you have pedaled.) This time frame can vary depending on your particular bike model and its condition. If you’re riding uphill, it might take longer to recharge because you’ll be putting more strain on your pedals. Some motors put out less power if they’re working harder, like when climbing hills or going against wind currents, so recharging times will also depend on that factor. Most riders enjoy exploring new places while pedaling their way around town.
How to Charge an Electric Bike Battery
Electric bikes are powered by rechargeable batteries. To recharge them, you'll need to connect them to an electrical outlet. If your bike has a removable battery pack, you should have no problem doing so (this is something you'll want to verify with your owner's manual). Just plug in and walk away from the bike for a few hours or until it's completely charged. Alternatively, you can hook the charger directly to the bike's power port if your battery pack isn't removable. The charger with your bike will usually come with instructions on how to do this; follow those instructions when necessary.
Is it Possible to Charge My Phone On My Bike’s Battery?
Absolutely. An e-bike’s battery can power most devices, from headlights to computers. You can even use it to charge your smartphone if you have a USB port adapter. The best part is that it’s completely portable; only wires are needed. If you don’t want to be stuck somewhere with no power and no way to contact anyone, ensure your e-bike has extra juice in its battery when you need it most.
Things to consider when charging your phone from your bike’s battery
Are you using any apps while riding that might drain your phone faster than usual (GPS, music player, etc.)? Are you going up hills, running multiple errands on your trip home from work, and wearing down your battery faster than if you’re riding around town for fun? Are you currently using any special features on your smartphone (like wireless or quick charging) that will also affect how long it takes to recharge it? If the answer is yes, getting enough juice in your phone’s battery can take longer to keep things running smoothly.
Phone manufacturers recommend that you don’t use your phone while charging as it can cause damage to your device. But how much damage is done and whether or not it makes any difference depends on what you do while charging. When choosing how to charge your phone, the first thing to consider is where you want to store it on your bike – inside or outside of its waterproof case.
How much power is in your bike’s battery? How many phones will you be charging at once? How far away from home are you, and how long will it take to get back there (and what will you do if you lose power mid-ride)? How long does it take to charge a phone, anyway? Are there cheaper, more convenient ways to keep my devices charged on longer rides besides using my e-bike’s built-in charger—like buying some extra capacity lithium-ion batteries and bringing them with me on my ride.
The Effects on My Ebike Battery
The charging capacity of most e-bikes is limited. Your bike won’t last as long per charge and may feel sluggish while riding. These effects will vary depending on your e-bike model, how often you ride, and how fast you go. The only way to know is to do some testing with a power meter. Still, it’s easy to predict that these drawbacks will be minor compared to more significant issues like range anxiety or replacing damaged parts. Some companies make batteries compatible with e-bikes and phones, such as Pedal Go Plus, Plugless Power, and Cycliq's Aero 14 Plus. The benefits of an off-the-shelf charger outweigh the inconvenience of carrying one around.
Does my e-bike have enough range?
If you're riding an e-bike, you don't have to worry about traveling too far before it runs out of power. However, if you're going to be commuting around town or pedaling with your friends, it might be worth your while to invest in a second battery and keep it charged up. This way, if your ride home gets cut short because of unforeseen circumstances or you forgot that today was longer than usual, you'll still have enough juice to make it back home.