Battery Tips for the Summer for Your Electric Bike
Here are a few tips to keep your battery healthy this summer so you can keep riding all summer long.
Protect Your Battery From Direct Sunlight
You might enjoy soaking up the rays, but your battery is less enthusiastic. Don't leave it in direct sunlight for more than an hour.
If that is not possible, detach the battery and store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, dirt, debris, high temperatures, and corrosive household items.
When charging your battery, keep it away from direct sunlight and high temperatures. Find a shady spot indoors that is between 50 °F and 77 °F.
These simple steps can extend the life of your battery. Ebike components can be damaged by extreme temperatures, resulting in premature capacity loss.
Don't Ride in Extreme Heat
Keeping your battery healthy and preserving its range per charge is as simple as avoiding riding your ebike when it's over 113 °F.
Your battery will shut down when it gets too hot, like many electronics, including most cell phones. Do not panic if it happens to you. As part of the normal protection controls, this happens when the internal temperature rises above 140 °.
It must cool down before normal use may resume. Place the battery in an indoor environment, ideally between 50 °F and 77 °F, for about an hour.
Avoid Salt and Saltwater
While you may find a bit of ocean spray refreshing on a summer day, it is bad for your battery.
Salt is highly corrosive and conducts electricity. As such, we advise that you don't ride your ebike in areas where you are likely to encounter salt and saltwater, such as directly on the beach.
Even so, if you do come across salt or saltwater, there are steps you can take to minimize any damage your bike or battery might suffer.
Remove your battery and clean the battery case and battery tray with a dry rag. Ensure that all connections are dry and clean. Use a clean rag dampened with fresh water to clean the bike frame and mechanical components. Let them dry completely before replacing the battery. You should avoid spraying water directly on electrical components, such as your display or battery tray.
Performing regular maintenance, like lubricating your chain, is always important but should be done more frequently when exposed to saltwater or salt air.
If your bike has been exposed to salt or saltwater, you can generally tell by the white, chalky residue that salt leaves behind.
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