How to Choose the Right Ebike Battery
Electronic bikes are a great way to get out exercising more while also reducing your carbon footprint. The electronic battery is more ecologically safe than gas-burning motors, but still offers additional assistance to the rider when needed to get past difficult stretches of the ride. Although getting into ebikes is fun, it can also be difficult to choose the right bike with the right electric bike battery. As you begin researching your ebike options on E-Lux Electric Bikes’ site you may soon find yourself asking a question that many before you also asked: What’s the difference between electric bike batteries?
The most inexpensive electric bike battery available, a lead-acid battery is not an ideal choice if you intend to ride your bike more than sporadically. The lead-based batteries are safe and easy to dispose of after use, which is nice from an eco-friendly perspective, but they also lack durability. They are easy to damage and possess a short shelf life, so anyone looking for a bike to use with any regularity should look elsewhere. In today’s electric bike world, lead-acid batteries are virtually non-existent.
Nickel Based Batteries
Although more efficient than lead-acid batteries, it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that any new ebike uses a nickel-cadmium or nickel-metal hydride electric bike battery. These batteries are incredibly difficult to recycle safely, making them a poor match for ebikes. The nickel-metal hydride variation offered improvements over nickel-cadmium, but if your decision to take up ebiking is motivated by a desire to live a greener life, this is not the battery you’re looking for.
Lithium-Ion has become the king of ebike battery types by combining the best of both worlds. They’re more long-lasting and generate more additional power for their riders than other batteries, without the negative environmental effects of nickel batteries. Lithium-Ion batteries are more complex to manufacture, which does lead to higher prices, but you get what you pay for in the form of safer, more effective ebike batteries.
E-Lux Electric Bikes only uses high quality Samsung Lithium Ion Batteries. There is variety even within lithium ion batteries, particularly when it comes to size and power. You want at least a 48 volt battery and not a 36 volt or less. The higher the voltage the faster the bike speed typically and more power going up hills. Amp hours are important to look at as well. The higher the amp hours the more range will be achieved. Elux provides batteries with a minimum of 10 amp hours with upgrades to 20 amp hours. A 48 volt 10 amp battery has about 2.5 to 3 miles per amp hour or about 25 to 30 miles of range. While a 20 amp hour 48 volt battery can have a range of 50 or more miles!
You can learn more about how battery amp hours and voltage affect an e-bikes performance by watching the video below.
Electronic bikes are fun and effective, so don’t get bogged down too much about which electronic bike battery you should buy. In nearly all cases, you’ll be best served by a bike which has a Lithium-Ion battery, and with most modern bikes utilizing them, this makes your search even easier! Just start browsing for the bike that best matches your need, from terrain to usage rates, and get started biking. You’ll feel better physically from riding more, and the decrease in pollution from riding instead of driving is a great perk, too.
If you have any additional questions on electric bike batteries or would like to take some E-Lux Electric Bikes for a test drive today give us a call at 949-440-1967. To learn more about our different models or arrange a demonstration at your local dealership easy online contact form.