At Falcon Electric Bikes, we often are asked by our community members what they can do to extend the life of their battery on the road to be able to go farther on a single charge. In fact, there are three types of factors you should consider to extend your e-bike battery range:the rider, the bike, and the riding environment. Let's dive in and look at these factors one-by-one.
Factors related to your particular ride, including the rider's weight, the fully-loaded weight of the bike, the rider's cadence, average speed, and the power assist mode being used can all impact your battery performance. Specific considerations are as follows:
- The rider's body weight, posture and outfit can all directly affect energy efficiency. Losing a few pounds in itself will improve your range.
- Slowing down a couple miles per hour can have a positive impact on your range. The higher your average speed, the lower your range gets. Dropping your speed even by 5% well help you to save a noticeable amount of battery energy.
- Towing, or carrying any heavy luggage is not highly recommended. The lighter the total weight (your body weight and bike weight) is, the higher your range gets.
- Cadence is a measure of the number of crank revolutions per minute you achieve on average. In other words, this is the rate at which a rider is pedaling or turning the pedals. The higher your cadence, the greater your range becomes.
There are a number of variables associated with the bike itself which you can influence to extend your e-bike battery range:
Using a full independent throttle reduces your range by as much as 60 to 80%. Although throttles provide full power on demand, you can try to lessen your throttle usage and pedal your e-bike more often.This will spontaneously increase your battery range.
Hard throttles, particularly when starting up your bike, certainly will cost you range. If you want more battery range, it is better to assist your bike to gain speed when starting up and progressively use throttle as necessary. In this manner, it will not only leave more battery energy for a longer ride, it will also keep your battery cool. It is recommended to ease into the throttle.
If some of your bike components such as the battery, motor or controller are heating up, your battery is essentially wasting watt hours at the expense of the heat being generated. Always keep your bike system cool at all times.
Keep e-bike tires pumped up. Always keep tires at the right pressure as recommended on the tire wall. Tires that are kept at their maximum air pressure rate have less rolling resistance, which will help your battery to consume less energy. When the tire pressure is too low, it reduces your bike battery’s range and causes loose and broken spokes.
Tread patterns and thickness of the tire also increases your range. For example, road bike tires provides a higher range compared to city bike tires.
- It is vital to stay in an optimal gear to maintain maximum range.
The higher the assistance level used, the lower the range your bike battery will be. The battery range can be reduced by as much as 60 to 70%.
Environmental conditions such as wind, terrain, road or trail surface can also have an impact on your e-bike battery range. Here are some particular considerations:
The speed and the direction of the wind can substantially affect the battery’s efficiency. If you need to pedal into the wind, you can compensate by lowering your speed or finding a way to lower the total overall weight of your bike.
Biking on a flat terrain will return a far higher battery range than biking up an incline. Hilly terrain may put stress on your bike’s electrical system.
Also, biking on a smooth surface will return a higher range than biking on rough roads. Compared to gravel and forest paths, road mostly with good asphalt will increase your range.
Stopping and starting your bike can also affect your range. Whenever your bike brakes, you take energy out of your bike. Also, whenever you start your bike, it uses more power. Biking with consistent stops and starts will result in shorter battery ranges than freely biking at a constant speed on an open road.
We hope that this collection of tips and suggestions for you to get the most out of your ride and extend your e-bike battery range was helpful. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to drop us a line.