Battery and e-bike care: Tips from a professional

Battery and e-bike care: Tips from a professional

Battery and e-bike care: Tips from a professional

Enjoying nature from the saddle or reaching your destination quickly despite rush hour: If you have an e-bike, your journeys are always good - and sustainable too. To ensure that the pleasure lasts as long as possible, we asked our partner Veloplus what makes for the best e-bike care.

Proper care of the e-bike battery

The battery is one of the most important parts of the e-bike. Modern e-bike batteries generally last up to 1,000 charging cycles. They normally achieve ranges of up to 150 kilometers - and high-quality batteries even more than 200 kilometers. The range depends on various factors such as driving style, tire pressure, terrain and battery capacity.

The professionals at Veloplus recommend the following to ensure the longest possible service life:

Avoid extreme heat and cold

It is best to store your e-bike at temperatures between 10 and 20 °C. On particularly cold days, only insert the charged battery shortly before setting off. For longer trips in cold weather, the battery can be insulated with a thermal protection cover.

Charge the battery correctly

Charge the battery regularly and do not wait until it is fully discharged. The ideal load capacity is 20 to 80%, 60% for storage. Choose a dry place for charging.

Ride in a relaxed manner

Avoid abrupt acceleration or braking. Ride at a steady speed and select the right assistance mode for your route. Also make sure you shift into the right gear based on the riding situation. Low gears are ideal when starting off and on inclines. Shift up on flat roads or at high speeds. Selecting a low gear saves energy and power.

Cadence also plays a role: With a cadence of over 60 revolutions per minute, the drive unit works efficiently and saves energy. The ideal speed is 70 to 85 revolutions per minute. Slow pedaling in high gears shortens the range.

Protect battery against water

Do not allow water to enter the battery. Therefore, do not ride through deep water and remove the battery when cleaning the e-bike. Do not use a high-pressure cleaner, as this can damage the electronics. You can wipe the battery with a damp cloth.

Regular maintenance

Check the condition of the battery regularly and have it checked by a specialist if necessary.

If the battery clearly loses a significant amount of capacity or no longer works properly, have it checked by a specialist. For minor problems, a system update is often sufficient, and the battery will continue to run for quite a while. If a replacement is necessary, this can also be done for you in the specialist store and the old battery can be disposed of properly.

You can also find tips from professionals for beginners in the video tutorial from Veloplus.

Annual e-bike service

You should have your e-bike serviced once a year. The service will put your bike through a thorough check: on the one hand, checking e-bike-specific parts such as the battery, sensors or on-board computer and, on the other, the conventional bike parts such as brakes, wheels, chains or bearings. Software updates, tire pressure measurement, bike cleaning and chain lubrication are also included.

A regular e-bike service is worthwhile: Worn parts can be replaced in good time before larger and more expensive repairs become necessary. This is because the wear and tear on an e-bike is higher than on a standard bike. An e-bike is usually heavier and the drive forces are considerably higher, which increases the wear and tear on parts such as drive components or brake pads.

The service is also for your own safety. A professional checks whether all relevant parts are still functional and safe.

Don't have an e-bike yet?

You should pay attention to this when buying: First think about what you want to use the e-bike for. Do you prefer riding in the city, or would you rather go mountain biking? There are now various types of e-bike, such as city bikes, trekking bikes and mountain bikes. Do you tend to ride a lot of short distances, or less often and for longer distances? The e-bike should suit your needs, your height and your riding style.

It's best to go to a bike store for advice and let them recommend a model that suits you. Another advantage is that you can also try out different e-bikes there and take a test ride.

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