There is no better way to enjoy summer than with an ebike . Whether you are reuniting with long-lost friends or enjoying a meal at your favorite lunch spots, it is a safe bet that you will be spending a significant amount of time on two wheels.
With all the exciting summer adventures ahead, here are a few tips to help you maintain a healthy battery and ensure that you can ride all summer long.
Protect Your Battery From Direct Sunlight
Shielding your battery from the sun is crucial. Avoid leaving it exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
While we recommend storing your bike indoors, if this is not possible, detach the battery and keep it in a cool, dry place away from sunlight, dirt, debris, extreme temperatures, and corrosive substances.
When it comes time to charge your battery, always keep it away from direct sunlight and high temperatures. Find a shaded spot indoors with temperatures ranging from 50 °F to 77 °F.
Following these straightforward steps can help extend your battery’s lifespan. Extreme temperatures can deteriorate the components responsible for generating power, leading to premature capacity loss.
Avoid Riding in Extremely Hot Conditions
To maintain a healthy battery and preserve its range per charge, avoid riding your ebike when temperatures exceed 113 °F.
Similar to many electronic devices, such as cell phones, your battery has built-in mechanisms to protect itself from overheating. If it shuts down due to high temperatures, do not worry. This is a normal safety feature that activates when the internal temperature reaches 140 °F.
Before you can resume normal usage, it is essential to let the battery cool down. Take it to an indoor environment with temperatures between 50 °F and 77 °F for approximately one hour.
Avoid Exposure to Salt and Saltwater
While the refreshing ocean spray may be enticing on a summer day, it can harm your battery.
Salt possesses corrosive properties and high electrical conductivity. Therefore, we advise against riding your ebike in areas where you are likely to encounter salt and saltwater, such as directly on the beach.
However, if you do come into contact with salt or saltwater, there are steps you can take to minimize potential damage to your bike and battery.
Remove the battery and carefully wipe down the battery case and tray with a clean, dry cloth. Ensure that the connections are dry and clean. Then, use a clean cloth dampened with fresh water to clean the bike frame and mechanical components, allowing them to dry completely before reattaching the battery. Be cautious not to spray water directly onto electrical components, such as the display or battery tray.
Routine maintenance, including properly lubricating your chain, is always important but becomes even more crucial when there is potential exposure to salt or saltwater.
Pro tip: Identifying exposure to salt or saltwater can be challenging, but you can often detect it by the white, chalky residue that salt leaves behind.
Regularly Inspect Your Battery
Check the battery terminals for any signs of corrosion, such as a green dust or film. Also, ensure that the battery only feels warm to the touch during charging and not hot, as excessive heat may indicate damage.
Before each ride, inspect the battery to ensure that it is securely locked onto the frame.
If you need to replace your battery, make sure to purchase the appropriate replacement battery for your specific model directly from Rad Power Bikes. They are designed with extra durability in mind, and Rad batteries and chargers are engineered to work seamlessly together.
Switching things up and utilizing batteries or chargers from a third-party source could potentially result in the battery becoming charged too rapidly or experiencing a decrease in capacity. Exposing the battery to excessive heat can lead to significant, irreversible damage.
The Importance of Smart Travel
Have you already placed your order for our brand-new RadRover 6 Plus? An easily accessible Battery Terminal Cover is a fantastic method to protect your bike’s connections during extensive journeys. Who wouldn’t want to bring their electric bike along for an exhilarating adventure on the road? If you secure yours onto a bike rack or place it in the bed of a truck, removing the battery serves as an additional safeguard against Mother Nature’s elements. Additionally, by detaching the battery, you can easily eliminate approximately 7 pounds of weight from your bicycle.
For added peace of mind, properly store your battery in our brand-new Battery Travel Case—specially designed to accommodate your battery, charger, as well as a spare set of keys.
Are you following all of this so far? When used as instructed, your ebIke battery has the ability to deliver years of dependable power. Just remember to steer clear of extreme weather conditions, direct exposure to sunlight, and salt or saltwater whenever feasible. And, as always, do not forget to detach your battery during bike transportation in open-air environments, and continuously monitor for any initial indicators of damage.
For additional insights, take a look at these helpful pointers on optimizing your battery’s lifespan, riding during warm weather conditions, and our inclusive online help center. Furthermore, to ensure the safety of your battery while on the move, take a look at our innovative Battery Travel Case.
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