How Cold Weather Affects Electric Bikes (Problems and Solutions)

Solarcabin

Active Member
Region
USA
Full article worth reading: https://www.ebikingtoday.com/how-cold-weather-affects-electric-bikes-problems-and-solutions/

How to Keep My Electric Bike Battery Warm in Cold Weather (Solution)​

Keeping your electric bike battery warm is similar to taking care of your cell phone. After all, you wouldn’t leave your phone sitting in the cold unprotected.

Fortunately, there are several ways of keeping your bike battery protected from the cold:

  • Use a battery cover. Thermal covers can be wrapped around the battery like a jacket while you’re riding. You can find a cover that fits your battery right on Amazon!
  • Wrap them with chemical heat packs, perhaps inside the battery cover
  • Store your battery in ambient temperatures above freezing but preferably between 50°-70° Fahrenheit
  • Keep it inside where temperatures are comfortable for you… and then you’ll know your e-bike battery is in good shape as well
  • Make sure your battery is warm before riding your e-bike (room temperature is perfect)
  • Charge your battery inside, or at least where it’s warmer than 32°F.
  • Charge your battery often… in low temperatures, your electric bike battery will lose its full charge more quickly
 

Dave Rocks

Active Member
Region
Canada
" Wrap them with chemical heat packs, perhaps inside the battery cover "

Is this tactic a good idea Heat Packs get pretty HOT!

135 degrees Fahrenheit (57 degrees Celsius). Max Temperature: 158 degrees Fahrenheit (70 degrees Celsius)
 

Dave Rocks

Active Member
Region
Canada
If your battery is detachable bring it in the house if it's below zero.

Also REALLY COLD Weather like the minus 30's will freeze hydraulics, shocks will feel tight. Really anything that has grease and oil to move gets cranky and sluggish.