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How Long Do Ebike Batteries Last?

July 20, 2022

The maintenance requirements of an ebike are roughly equivalent to or even easier than a traditional bike. However, one thing is a little different: the battery. How long do ebike batteries last? Let’s take a look at an average lifespan of an ebike battery and what you can do to ensure yours goes the distance.

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How Long do Ebike Batteries Last? Industry Average and Blix Batteries

In perfect conditions, the battery in an electric bike can last up to 8 years. However, because lithium batteries slowly decline in capacity over time, a more realistic lifespan is between 3 to 5 years.

For Blix batteries, you can expect a 25,000 mile (500-800 charging cycle) lifetime.

Even if it’s not being used, lithium batteries will slowly degrade. This is the case for the lithium-ion battery in your ebike, the one in your laptop, and even the ones powering electric cars.

Many factors contribute to battery degradation. When the battery goes through the charge-drainage-recharge cycle, it can wear down some of its inner components. The mobile lithium-ions that move between electrodes can be lost over time. Regular use can also damage the electrode structure, reducing the battery’s capacity.

While many worry about cold temperatures diminishing the lifetime of a lithium-ion battery, the opposite might be even worse. The battery’s capacity in cold weather may be temporarily reduced, but its lifetime is diminished at high temperatures. This is a result of electrodes that break down in the heat, which will eventually impact the capacity of the battery to shuttle lithium ions.

While there are many factors you can’t control, you can take a few steps to ensure your ebike batteries last as long as possible.

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5 Helpful Tips to Ensure a Long Battery Life

You can expect a longer lifetime from your Blix batteries with proper maintenance.

  1. Maintain a charge of 20-80% at all times. A depleted battery affects its overall lifetime. Try to keep the battery above a 5% charge and avoid leaving the battery fully uncharged for extended periods.
  2. Only use the Blix charger. It’s best to use the charger that came with your Blix. Replacements are available, too.
  3. Charge the battery in appropriate conditions. The Blix battery charger is designed to be used in well-ventilated, dry, indoor environments.
  4. Avoid storing your ebike battery in extreme temperatures. As mentioned above, cold weather may impact the battery’s capacity. But really cold, sub-freezing temperatures can fracture the battery cathode, separating it from other components. The best thing is to avoid both extreme heat and cold, keeping the battery at room temperature (50-77℉).
  5. Regularly charge the battery during storage. Even when not in use, charge the battery for two hours every month.

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Show Your Ebike Battery a Little Love Today

When it comes to how long ebike batteries last, the answer is mainly up to you. You can do wonders for your battery’s lifetime with a little bit of regular maintenance. Just be sure to charge your ebike battery often, especially between rides. As always, Blix is here to answer any questions you might have about your ebike battery.