Or is sometimes less more?
Where the arms race among various e-bike manufacturers will lead is often not entirely clear. Ever larger batteries, more and more watts of power and, basically, ever longer charging cycles. Is that the last word of wisdom?
A reader survey by EMTB Magazine in Germany shows that this is not always the case.
More and more e-bikers are satisfied with less power and therefore lighter batteries, which can also be charged faster. Not every e-biker needs 750 Wh and more to enjoy e-bike fun (uphill flow). 650 Wh are usually enough to do a leisurely and extensive lap without recharging.
What does the charging station manufacturer say about this?
We from bike-energy basically agree. It's also understandable, what do we get out of it if our charging stations are in the area and all e-bikers with full batteries drive past them? Not only we are of this opinion, our customers, tourism regions, municipalities, cities and the like are considering great concepts for charging infrastructure, this may then also be used and should be used.
What does all this have to do with each other?
We want to explain this briefly: "large" batteries with many Wh and a lot of capacity, from a purely technical point of view, have to be charged less often. As a result, they are often heavier and have a long loading time. This is especially true for home chargers. Even with batteries with 650 Wh, a full charge with a home charger takes quite a long time. With a Charging cables bike-energy, at a bike-energy Charging Station a full charge is much faster. Especially e-bikers with powerful motors and batteries are recommended to charge with professional charging cables at professional charging stations and NOT to take their own home charger with them on tour. To get straight to the point:
- Settle for smaller, sleeker batteries
- The performance that comes from 750 Wh batteries is usually not needed
- It is better to charge with a bike-energy charging cable at one of our stations on tour
- You reduce charging time and do not need to carry a home charger with you
Basically, it's very simple: it's better to charge more often, take a leisurely break in a cafe with a charging station and supply the e-bike with energy than to ride around with endlessly large batteries that also weigh unnecessarily.
We wish you a great e-bike summer!
Your bike-energy team
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