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The Endurance of E-Bikes: Understanding Battery Life

When considering the purchase of an electric bike, commonly known as an e-bike, one of the most common questions posed by potential buyers is, 'How long does an electric bike stay charged?' It's a vital question as it determines how frequently you'll need to recharge and how far you can travel on a single charge.

Battery life on an electric bike can vary widely depending on several factors including battery capacity (measured in watt-hours, Wh), the type of battery, the age of the battery, the weight of the rider, the terrain, and the level of pedal-assist used. Most modern e-bikes come equipped with lithium-ion batteries which typically offer anywhere from 25 to 70 miles of pedaling support on a full charge.

A typical e-bike battery will have a capacity of around 300 to 500 Wh, which should give the rider about 20 to 40 miles on one charge. However, if you're lighter, ride on flat terrain, and use the pedal-assist sparingly, you could see the higher end of that range or even more.

It's also important to mention battery lifespan, which refers to how many charges a battery can handle before its capacity starts to diminish. Most e-bike batteries will last for 500 to 1,000 charge cycles before the capacity starts dropping significantly.

To preserve battery life and optimize each charge, riders should follow the manufacturer’s instructions

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