As temperatures continue to drop in Michigan and the beloved casual biking season comes to a close, electric bike owners may be asking what they need to do to maintain their battery’s health. Being a central component to the system, and a rather expensive replacement, storing and charging your electric bike battery is crucial during the fall and winter months. Electric Bike Place (powered by MACkite) has a list for electric bike owners on how to store and care for electric bike batteries:
- Store the battery with a charge level between 40% and 80%. The average battery charge is 30 miles and can be recharged up to 1,000 times.
- Store the battery in a location that will not experience extreme temperatures (either hot or cold), such as an insulated garage or in the home.
- Store the battery in a dry location.
- Store the battery in a location where a hot battery or charger (should a malfunction occur) would not cause a damaging fire.
- Do not leave the battery on the charger for prolonged periods. Although most chargers have an auto-off function, you will want to be sure there are no issues and store the battery off the charger.
- Every three months, check the charge level of your battery. If it has changed, be sure to charge the battery back to the 40% – 80% level.
It does not take much to keep battery life safe, but these small steps will ensure a long life for years to come. As always, Electric Bike Place is available for answering questions about bike maintenance and storage. Please call the shop at 800-622-4655 with any questions.
About Electric Bike Place: Electric Bike Place is an e-bike company in Grand Haven, Michigan, and is an authorized dealer for Benno, Gazelle, Norco, Haibike, iZip, Magnum, and Raleigh electric bikes. Electric Bike Place focuses on e-bike education, sales, and service. Electric Bike Place is powered by MACkite, a kiteboarding, snowboard, ski, stand up paddleboard (SUP), and e-bike retail store that has been in business for over 30 years. MACkite was voted as 2016’s Kiteboarding Retailer of the Year by the Association of Wind & Water Sports Industries.