An electric bike requires its own set of batteries to power the motor and assist in propelling the bike forward while you pedal it on your own. Typically, this means one or two lithium-ion batteries, depending on the model of e-bike you purchase and whether or not it is equipped with an additional battery kit that allows you to double your range without having to recharge the main battery pack at home.
One of the main reasons to choose an e-bike over another form of transportation is the fact that you can take longer trips without having to worry about running out of battery power. However, if you don’t have an extra battery on hand, you might find yourself stranded with no way to go anywhere after your initial battery dies. So, should you carry an extra battery when it comes to range anxiety and e-bikes? The answer isn’t as straightforward as it might seem at first glance. Is it worth the trouble to add additional batteries and the added weight? Let’s look at what it takes to add extra e-bike batteries to your kit and see if it makes sense for you.
How Far Can I Go with a Single Battery?
As far as your battery will take you. In most instances, you can generally count on 25 miles to 30 miles range, though conditions like terrain and weather will affect how far you go. Plus, e-bikes come with a motor that assists your pedaling. If you want to do more mileage, select a bike with a larger battery capacity or buy extra batteries to be sure of not running out.
How Long Will It Take To Charge?: Depending on your battery capacity, it could take three hours to eight hours to fully charge an empty e-bike battery. The speed at which you recharge your battery depends on several factors: if it’s a high-capacity lithium-ion or Lead Acid model; if it has integrated solar panels; if it has multiple charging ports; and how many other devices are being charged at once. Most major manufacturers offer replacement batteries compatible with their products and those from other brands.
Do I Need to Carry Extra Batteries
There are also more expensive e-bikes available that have swappable batteries, which allow you to carry extras for extended range—or leave them plugged into a charger when not in use. In short: carrying spare batteries could help extend your range significantly; however, don’t feel like you have to buy them if they aren't affordable. Remember: It's better to plan than end up disappointed and stranded somewhere along your journey.
If you’re purchasing a relatively inexpensive electric bike, this is an essential question. Many of these bikes come with optional batteries that you can purchase separately to make your ride last longer, so it’s worth considering whether you need to pay for extra batteries before purchasing a bicycle. If money is tight and your budget can only stretch far enough for one battery, I suggest making sure it’s powerful enough to get you through a few hours of riding without needing to charge it up again. If your bike runs out of juice while riding on trails or in parks where finding an outlet may be difficult, at least you won’t end up stuck halfway between two points and frustrated because of an uncharged battery.
What Types of External Battery Packs Are There?
There are three types of e-bike battery packs available on today’s market:
- Removable lithium-ion batteries that are intended to be carried inside panniers or a rear rack;
- Removable lithium ion battery systems (integrated electronic speed and pedal assist sensors);
- Power packs that mount directly onto a bicycle frame.
If you’re carrying your e-bike battery pack on a rear rack, then it’s probably best to get as large of a capacity as possible in order to maximize range—not only so you don’t run out of juice in an emergency but also so you can easily carry other items with you. Some people even use their e-bike battery packs for commuting by strapping them to their backpacks. External battery packs that integrate into a bike’s design are typically larger and heavier than standard removable lithium ion batteries. Still, they offer advantages such as integrated charge indicator lights, compatibility with different mounting systems, more efficient cooling and higher wattage outputs.
They may also come with additional features such as regenerative braking technology which converts kinetic energy into electricity while slowing down or stopping. External battery mounts that attach directly to a bike frame offer increased safety since they sit closer to your body compared to those mounted on racks.
How Many External Battery Packs Do I Need to Charge My E-Bike Battery
How many packs of external batteries you need to charge your e-bike battery depends on how many miles you want to travel in a day. Most e-bikes can reach up to 50–80 miles on a single charge, and they require an average of 4 hours to recharge fully. The most reliable way is to carry at least 2 extra battery packs that are powerful enough so that you can travel an additional 20–40 miles without stopping. Depending on how powerful your motor is, this will give you a rough estimation of 60–100 miles per day.
Contact your local bike shop or manufacturers to inquire about available options to get more information about carrying more than one battery pack for long-distance travel. These companies build custom external battery pack charging systems for electric bikes like the Hovsco e-bike. Some portable packs allow you to add 25–50% more range depending on their watt-hour rating, and some can even be recharged with solar power while riding.
That’s why many people who own electric bikes are looking into adding extra batteries to their bike kit to travel farther distances without having to recharge the battery. Some of these batteries weigh as much as 4 pounds, which can be cumbersome when riding an e-bike with about 50 pounds.