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How Long Do Ebike Batteries Last and Other Ebike Battery FAQs

So you want to buy an ebike. However, unlike a conventional bike, ebikes come with a few more parts and pieces (like a motor and a battery) that will need your consideration. Before you take the plunge, there are a few questions left to answer. Here are the answers to your biggest questions about ebike batteries:

How Long Will an Ebike Battery Take to Charge?

Your ebike battery will fully charge in 3 to 5 hours. To charge your battery, make sure the battery pack is turned off, remove it from the bike, and connect it to the charger that came with the ebike.

How Long does an Ebike Battery Last?

Just like the gas in your car, the length of time your ebike battery will last depends on multiple factors. Things that can impact your battery life include:
  • Terrain
  • Rider weight and size
  • Assistance mode
Ebikes can offer different levels of assistance, known as modes. Specialized Turbo ebikes, for example, offer three modes: eco, sport, and turbo. Eco provides the least amount of assistance and therefore uses the least amount of battery life. In contrast, turbo mode cranks up the speed with the most assistance but will drain your battery faster. Again, just like the gas in your car, the faster you go the quicker you’ll empty the tank (or battery).

What Happens if the Battery Dies?

If you’ve pushed your ebike to the brink and completely drained your battery, well, congratulations on being a die-hard and challenging your limits! Luckily, you’re still on a fully functioning bicycle which will operate in the old-fashioned way: with (wo)manpower.

How Can I Tell When the Battery is Low?

Ebikes like the Specialized Turbo series are smart bikes that connect to an app on your phone. Specialized’s Mission Control app allows you to customize motor characteristics, control range, and ensure you get home with enough charge.

What is the Life Expectancy of an Ebike Battery?

Lithium ion batteries like the ones used in ebikes can be charged over 1,000 times with little to no degradation. Many ebike batteries and motors come with a 2-year warranty, and, should you wear out the battery from 1,000+ epic rides after that period, you can always recycle and replace it with a new one.

Where Can I Learn More About Ebike Batteries?

Got more questions about ebike batteries, parts, or performance? Visit us at Roseville Cyclery, Northern California’s premier ebike shop located in Roseville, CA. Our knowledgeable team can help answer all of your ebike questions and find the perfect fit for you and your riding style.


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