Battery range, understanding the “tuning” parameters.

Richard Stallard

Active Member
Region
Australia
For the industry the amplification factor = motor output power / rider's input power.


It is never referenced for the "regular" e-bike legal definition but is often used by manufacturers for marketing purposes. Like, Giant/Yamaha PW-X2 motor of the amplification factor of 360% or Bosch CX with its 380%. It is, for instance, possible to tune the amplification factor of a Giant e-bike by selecting Amplification Factor % directly from 11 preset values spread over 5 assist levels. However, no e-bike I know (except Specialized) offers the capability to set the Peak Power. Therefore, Giant e-bikes always seem to be overpowered and battery hungry.
Fair enough, I suppose. As you say, the industry seems to use the terms assistance, support and amplification interchangeably.

I was somewhat dejected a few months ago to read in this forum that the 35% boost of my Vado SL in Eco mode was actually more like 63% boost (35% x 1.8) on top of my power input. Perhaps I should reduce the Eco setting to 15-20% to encourage me to put in a bit more effort knowing that the higher boost modes are available if needed?
 

Stefan Mikes

Well-Known Member
Region
Europe
City
Mazovia, Poland
Fair enough, I suppose. As you say, the industry seems to use the terms assistance, support and amplification interchangeably.
Some manufacturers call it "Boost" as well :)

I was somewhat dejected a few months ago to read in this forum that the 35% boost of my Vado SL in Eco mode was actually more like 63% boost (35% x 1.8) on top of my power input. Perhaps I should reduce the Eco setting to 15-20% to encourage me to put in a bit more effort knowing that the higher boost modes are available if needed?
Well, it depends on your leg power Richard. If you, say, can pump 200 W into your cranks, the motor should award you with 126 W of its output power. However, if your Peak is 35%, too, the motor power is limited to 240 * 0.35 = 84 W. Is it too much for you? The Peak is the critical factor in keeping the motor power in reins, and it affects the Range the most!