Electric Bike Information

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Battery Details

Pedego Battery Range

The most common question people have is how far they can go. The short answer to this question is far enough!

Generally speaking, any Pedego battery should last longer than you. We don’t hear many stories of people running out of juice.

With that said, this can be a complicated question because there isn’t a “standard” and everybody makes vastly different claims about range. So we’ll go over some simple math that can help you objectively predict the range of any electric bike.

All batteries have both a voltage and amp-hour rating. If you multiply the two together, you get watt-hours. Watt-hours is an objective measurement of the actual amount of energy stored in a battery.

Volts x Amp-Hours = Watt-Hours

This is where it gets tricky, because there are so many variables. On average, you can expect to use between 7-15 watt-hours per kilometre. This number fluctuates so much because of differences in terrain, rider weight, weather, speed, and most importantly how much you pedal.

Battery Selection

Pedego offers four main battery choices that are classified by their voltage and amp-hour ratings. The voltage determines how powerful the bike will feel and the amp-hours determine how far you can go on a single charge.

Choosing the right battery for you depends on your individual needs and budget.

36V 10Ah

The basic needs of most people will be satisfied with the standard 36V 10Ah battery. It usually provides more than enough power and range, and it’s the most affordable option.

36V 15Ah

The extended range 36V 15Ah battery is best for trips over 30 kilometres or if you plan to pedal very little (or not at all). It can really come in handy to have excess capacity.

48V 10Ah

The more powerful 48V 10Ah battery is best for riders over 180 pounds (81 kg) and for overcoming steep hills or strong headwinds. The extra power makes it more fun and exciting to ride.

48V 15Ah

The 48V 15Ah battery is the best of both worlds, and it’s the most popular option. It has all the power of the 48V 10Ah battery and the extended range of the 36V 15Ah.

Note: Several Pedego models have slightly different batteries, but the idea is the same.

Battery Lifespan

You can expect your battery to last about 2-4 years.

Lithium batteries usually don’t just stop working altogether, what happens is they gradually lose their capacity over time.

Pedego batteries are backed up by an industry-leading 2 year warranty.

Charging Time

A battery will charge is between 2-6 hours with a standard wall outlet.

It’s equipped with an advanced battery management system (BMS), so you don’t have to worry about discharging it completely*, and it’s best to recharge it after each use.

It uses very little energy – usually about ten cents worth.

And it includes a smart charger that will automatically shut off when it’s done.

*If you do discharge your battery completely, leaving it in an “empty” state for an extended period of time is not advised. We suggest that you fully charge the battery as soon as possible.

Battery Cells

Pedego batteries are made up of individual Li-ion cells designated 18650 because of their size (18mm x 65mm). These are very common batteries found in countless consumer electronics, electric bicycles, and even electric cars.

There are basically two types of 18650 cells- those made by reputable, name brand suppliers, and everything else. The name brand cells are naturally much more safe and reliable than cheaper cells.

Pedego Electric Bikes use premium cells made by name brand suppliers like Panasonic.

Charge By Pedaling

The battery is charged by plugging it into the wall, and the more you pedal the farther you can go. Your pedaling conserves the battery, but it doesn’t actually charge it.

The technology does exist that would allow you to charge your bike by pedaling, but it’s heavy and expensive and we’ve found that it just doesn’t make sense in the real world.

The main problem is that it makes it hard to pedal, and that’s not fun! Even under the most ideal conditions, like riding downhill, the amount of energy you would get back is negligible.