8 FREE Tips To Increase Your E-bike Mileage
Check your tire pressure regularly and maintain it at the recommended level. This can significantly affect your electric bike's mileage, as higher tire pressure leads to lower rolling resistance and better performance. Different tires require different tire pressures, so make sure you know the recommended pressure for your electric bike's tires. If you try to ride with a nearly flat tire, you may find it's very hard and slow, the same to the electric bike motor, it will need more electricity to rotate. so pump up your tire to the suggested pressure marked on the sidewall. For example, our new folding electric bike 'Dolphin Plus', its recommended tire pressure from 35psi/2.4bar/240kpa to MAX. 60psi/4.2bar/420kpa.
The tire should fit with what you are doing. Many E-bikes have big and wide tires with big anti-slider on them, also called knob tires. Yes, those tires can provide extreme grip when DH(Down Hill), also with bigger rolling resistance, but there is no need for those tires if you just ride on normal roads such as city streets or country roads. Using those big and wide tires on normal roads will dry your battery faster.
Some 'fat tire electric bikes' called, tires above 3.0 or 4.0 inches wide, are more suitable for snowfield or sand rides, if you use those fat tires on normal roads, your mileage will decrease(not too much). But there is an advantage of those fat tires, when used on normal roads, they are more comfortable compared with thinner tires(1.5 inches wide or lower), if you come across a step or a hole, the 'fat tire E-bike' can filter through most bumpings, let you feel better, I had felt the difference, that's true.
If you just need an electric bike for commuting, we must recommend you a Qualisports Volador which with 20*1.95 inch tire, that's enough for commuting. But if you want riding on beach, we would like introduce the Qualisports Beluga for you, 20*4.25 inch tire, which can ride both on normal roads and beach, have more fun.
Lube the chain
If your electric bike has a Mid-drive motor, it powers your electric bike through your chain wheel to chain to freewheel, if your chain didn't in good condition, that will increase the resistance and decrease the mileage. Don't you feel much easier after lubing the chain, even riding a normal folding bike? Regularly lubricating the chain can make it easier to pedal and extend your e-bike's range.
Don't dry the battery out
Try not to dry the battery out often! Nowadays, nearly every electric bike's battery is lithium-ion battery, this type of battery shouldn't run until dead, which will cause damage to your battery permanently, and reduce your battery's mileage. You may not feel the damage at the beginning, but as time pass, after one year you always dry the battery out, and you can feel your battery's mileage is less than before.
Why did I so sure? Because I had done an experiment on my own folding electric bike and two iPhone 13. As for comparison, let me tell you about the experiment between two iPhone 13.
Usually, my iPhone often charged when the battery is above 40% and below 90%; my wife's iPhone always gets charged when the battery is below 10% or after shutdown. After one year, my 'battery health' says it can hold 97% of its MAX capacity while my wife's battery just can hold 83%. See the difference? I'm not joking, the experiment won't cheat you.
It's easy to know, when you want to go from one place to another place with your electric bike, there are 3 ways: pedal your electric bike yourself; or let the motor 'pedal' for you; or pedal with the motor together. When the motor boosts you up, it needs electricity from the battery, and the electricity stored by your battery is limited, if you want to travel further with limited electricity, the only thing you can do is pedal harder, you do the most effort yourself, let the motor have a rest or at low power.
This is a riding technique, when going uphills, you need to switch to lower gears to gain more torque; but when on flat terrains, you can use the higher gears to get a higher speed. This will affect mileage both on Mid-drive or hub motor electric bikes, mid-drive motor electric bikes will have more affection than hub motor E-bike if you didn’t choose the suitable gears while in pedal assist mode. If your electric bike is riding in pure electric mode, this tip can only affect the mid-drive motor E-bike, because the mid-drive electric bike boosts your bike through chain and freewheel. So, you should choose a suitable gear to gain enough torque or speed and keep them in balance through gear reduction.
Don't take too many things with you when riding, do those things in need? Ride in short distances that will be almost no difference, but if you have a long way to go, you must consider this.
Ways using the power
I can share with you the result of my experiment: When starting up, the motor will consume more power; when traveling at a higher speed, the motor will consume more power. so if it's not so hurried, you can try lower speeds such as 15.5mph, and pedal with the motor when starting up to go further.
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Sandra Hollins said:
Hello Qualisports, I saw in your article the knob tire. Are you saying those tires are better for city