On long rides and touring, electric bikes don't have the largest batteries on the market, which can lead to range anxiety. It can be difficult to enjoy a trip around town or on vacation if you are worried about your range, but there are options to make sure you have enough battery power to make it there and back. A day out on your electric bike can be relaxing, stress-free, and enjoyable without worrying if the battery will die and you'll be stuck pedaling (or walking) a heavy bike home!
Whether you know you'll use up the battery or you just want peace of mind, the easiest way to charge your electric bike on the go is to bring along a charger and either plan a stop (or have a few in mind) where you know you can plug-in. Among these are bike shops, coffee shops, libraries, and restaurants. Before charging, check with the owner.
Electric bikes often won’t have the largest battery on the market and range anxiety can be on your mind on longer rides and touring. Range anxiety can take a bit of the fun out of a trip around town or on holiday, but there are options that can help make sure you have enough juice to make it there and back again.
With a little planning, a day out on your electric bike can be a relaxing, stress free, and enjoyable affair, without worrying if the battery will die and you’ll be stuck pedaling (or walking) a heavy bike home!
It's best to bring along a charger, whether you know you'll run out of battery power or just want peace of mind, and either plan a stop (or have a few spots in mind) where you'll know there's a good chance you can plug in. The places can be bike shops, coffee shops, libraries, or restaurants. Be sure to check with the owner before charging.
Apart from bringing a charger with you, there are a few other less common options for charging your ebike on-the-go, such as purpose built charging stations, regenerative braking, solar panel charging, and using a car.
While your ebike usually has enough charge to get you through your daily ride, if you sized the battery to your needs, there are many reasons you may need to charge it while on the go:
- An extended trip where your battery can't cover the distance you need
- Camping or traveling with your ebike, away from your typical charging spots
- Packing in a number of trips or errands around town,
- Commuting longer distance or towing heavier loads than usual
An ebike can be charged on-the-go most easily by bringing a charger and plugging it into a wall outlet. A larger battery might be nice to have more capacity and less need for on-the-go charging, but more capacity means more weight and a higher price.
In most cases, batteries account for a large part of the price of an ebike, and if you do not need a large battery for your average daily activities, the cost and weight will not be worth it.
Top Spots Where you can plug in (with permission)
- Bike shops
- Coffee Shops
- Picnic pavilions in parks
- Highway Works Yards
- Fire Stations