Electric Bike Battery Care
Hello and welcome to bigcatbikes.com, In this post, we will be giving you some basic tips and information that you can utilize to maximize your battery's life and performance. This will ensure you get the optimal performance and a greater riding experience of your big cat electric bike
What is a Lithium-Ion Battery?
a lithium- ion battery is constructed of lightweight lithium and carbon. Lithium is a highly reactive element, which means that a lot of energy can be stored in its atomic bonds. This translates into a very high energy density for lithium-ion batteries. One of the key advantages of using Lithium-ion Batteries as opposed to older and lower cost Electric bicycles which may utilize Lead Acid (SLA), Nickel Metal Hydrate (NiMH) & Nickel- Cadmium (NiCad) is that Lithium-Ion Batteries weigh less, offer longer charge cycles, and are safer when charging.
However despite the greater performance of Lithium's they do not last forever, and if not cared for properly, they can result in very low performance which can entail less range for your electric bicycle and a much lower life span.
on average most e bike batteries will be semi or fully charged out of the box. What we recommend to do is:
1. once you've taken your Big Cat battery out of the box, plug it up to a wall outlet. Note: only charge for 2-4 hours for the first charge
2. once the first step is complete, and the bicycle has been put together properly. Place the battery on the Bicycle where it is supposed to go ( either on pannier rack or center of the frame) and connect it.
3. your next step would be to enjoy your ride! simply ride your electric bicycle until it has nearly depleted. Depending on your model you can go as far as 15-30 miles (range varies between users)
4. we know some riders may only ride a couple of miles a day and the first depletion may not be for the next couple of days from when you originally started this procedure, and that's ok. But once the battery is nearly depleted do a Recharge for 4-6 hours MAX. You will have to repeat this step 2-3 times of charge and discharge to get optimum performance from your battery. Lithium-Ion Batteries require this cycle so that the cells contained in the battery get used to charging.
- Charge Time 4-6 Hours
- Do not store batteries in Extremely hot or cold temperatures. If stored, charge Lithium Batteries once every 60 days
- Always unplug battery from outlet and charger when fully charged
- Always turn the ignition switch off when not in use
- Be aware that Weather conditions, weight load, terrain, and charge are all factors that can affect your range and battery life.
- extended use of the throttle as well as frequent stop and go will affect your range and battery life.