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Electric Bike Batteries

When choosing electric bike batteries, keep in mind that these affect your bike's weight. As a consequence, your driving distance becomes affected. The battery recharging time and its lifespan also affects your e-bike performance.


Electric Bike Battery

Currently increasing in popularity as a healthy and a green method of easy transportation, electric bikes are slowly coming into the spotlight as a great, eco-friendly way of getting around. These bikes offer cycling which is power-assisted, with a rechargeable battery powering its motor.

Cyclists still need to pedal, especially when the road you are on has hilly areas, since relying solely on the battery tends to drain it quickly. Riders who use their electric bikes for short distances can opt not to pedal at all, and let the bike's motor do all the work.

The different types of electric bike batteries include SLA's, NiMH, Li-ion and Li-Po. SLA's are Sealed Lead Acid, which are very affordable in terms of production and are commonly used by electric bike owners. These need very little maintenance and contain a high density of energy. Typically thirty pounds, these cannot be quickly charged and tend to die out when the cells of the battery become old.

NiMH batteries are Nickel-Metal Hydride. These give you the advantage of charging quickly and are both less toxic and are lighter than Sealed Lead Acid batteries. High density energy is maintained by these batteries, giving you both speed and power. The down side of this battery is that cold weather conditions tend to reduce the battery life and in order to maximize the battery's life, frequent discharges at specific intervals need to be planned.

Li-ion Roars!

Li-ion batteries are another name for Lithium-Ion batteries. These types of batteries are maintenance free and lightweight at the same time. Not only do these charge rapidly, the longer life these batteries have make their higher price worth it.

Keep in mind that the chemicals need to be stabilized, and you will need a system for battery management when using these types of batteries for your electric bike. Within each lithium cell, the temperature and the charges also need to be monitored. The most current types of Li-ion batteries use iron phosphates, making them much more stable than their previous counterparts.

Li-Po batteries are Lithium-Polymer cells and are the lightest e-bike batteries. The most current of all the batteries, these weigh just ten pounds and are extremely stable. You can find electric bike batteries for between $150 for an SLA to more than $500 for the most current Lithium iron phosphate battery selections.

In Conclusion ...

The two factors to consider when choosing an electric battery are the weight and the price. You also need to take the longevity, rechargeable time and performance of each battery before you decide to buy it. Read all the small print if you can, since many times, manufacturers create lighter batteries that have less battery life. If you plan to use your electric bike daily on the same route, you need a fast-recharging Lithium battery and a spare. If you very rarely bike, you might be happy with an SLA battery, and get a great workout in the process.

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