How to Get the Most Out of Your eBike or eScooter Battery

Whether you’re planning on taking your electric bike or electric scooter out for a long, scenic ride, you’ll want your battery to last as long as possible. The more powerful and resilient your battery is, the more you’ll be able to enjoy the adventure without worrying about problems — like pushing up that next hill.

Fortunately, there are many simple ways to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your eBike or eScooter battery. From maximizing its range to charging it properly, every step you take when caring for your battery is crucial to its effectiveness. Here are some guidelines to help you get started before you hit the road.

Check Your Tires 

When it comes to boosting the range of your battery, one of the most important steps you can take is adjusting the tire pressure. Riding on flattened tires can make it seem like you’re slogging through mud, increasing the need for motor assistance. And overly pumped tires can feel like you’re riding on a washboard. Both of these situations can quickly take the fun out of your ride.

The recommended tire pressure range should be printed on the side of your tires, and you shouldn’t ever go over the maximum amount. But within that range, you have plenty of wriggle room, and different riding situations call for different adjustments. 

Split-screen image with the EB7 Pro Plus (left) and the eBike display (right).
Split-screen image with the Swagtron EB7 Pro Plus Electric Bike (left) and the eBike display (right).
  • Road surface: Are you shredding downhill over roots and rocks on your SWAGTRON® EB6 Fat-Tire eBike, or are you taking the scenic rails-to-trails blacktop pathway? Basically, the rougher the road, the less tires pressure you need to help reduce vibration transfer.
  • Weight: OK, we won’t ask the exact number, but the more you weigh, the higher pressure you need.
  • Outdoor conditions: Wet roads can get slick. By lowering your tire pressure, you can increase the amount of rubber that connects with the road, giving a whole new meaning to “where the rubber meets the road.”

FURTHER READING: Learn more of why tire inflation is important here.

Charge Your Battery Immediately

Choosing the right time to charge your eScooter or eBike battery can boost its effectiveness dramatically. Generally speaking, it’s best to charge your battery as soon as you come home from a ride. This gives you plenty of time to fully replenish your battery before you take out your equipment for another ride.

Most eBike and eScooter batteries need at least three full hours to charge completely. Make sure that you leave yours plugged in long enough to keep your eRideable running at full capacity.

Use Manual Power

The type of power you use is another important factor in boosting battery life. It’s a good idea to use manual power as often as possible when riding your eBike as this can greatly extend the life of your battery. You were planning on burning some calories anyway, right?

However, manual power shouldn’t be relied on at all times. Be sure to switch to pedal-to-go (pedal assist) whenever you’re facing a particularly steep incline. Electric power gives you the strength needed to push through tough hills successfully and that’s what riding an electric cycle or scooter is all about. If you have an eBike with gear shifts — like our EB7 Plus eBike or EB11 Cruiser eBike with Shimano Gears — be sure to adjust the gear accordingly.

Couple wearing helmets, both riding their own EB11 eBike.
Electric bikes like the EB11 Cruiser eBike let you ride manually with no ePower.

Use the “Push-to-Start” Feature

If you’re looking for a quick and simple way to get the most out of your electric battery, check this out. Some SWAGTRON® eScooters, such as the Swagger 8 Foldable Electric Scooter, include a “push-to-start” feature, which can give you 10-25% more range off of your battery.

Once you engage the push-to-start mode, your eScooters’s motor becomes motion-activated. When you reach speeds of 1.8 miles per hour via manual power, the electric motor turns on. This feature helps cut down on battery power significantly by ensuring that the motor only runs when it needs to.

Guy riding on the Swagger 8 Electric Scooter for Kids and Teens.
The kick-start motor of the Swagger 8 helps conserve battery life.

Choose eBikes or eScooters With Replaceable Batteries

You can optimize your battery use by choosing eBikes or eScooters that come with replaceable batteries. This makes it easy for you to switch out your power supply if it’s drained or isn’t living up to its full potential. With these rideables, we took great pains to engineer efficient batteries that can fit in your backpack or messenger bag.

Many of our eScooters and eBikes come with replaceable batteries. For example, the Swagger 7 Folding Electric Kick Scooter includes a removable battery and a dual brake system to help make every ride more enjoyable.

Another eBike model with a replaceable battery is the EB5 Pro Plus Folding City & Campus eBike. This bike’s removable battery has a convenient carry handle for effortless transportation and storage. Switching out your battery whenever necessary is easier than ever with this model.

Split-screen image with the Swagger 7 eScooter (left) and the EB5 Pro Plus (right).
Examples of eRideables with removable batteries: the Swagger 7 eScooter and the EB5 Pro Plus eBike.

To find the right eBike or eScooter with a removable battery, be sure to explore all of your options and carefully consider every feature. eBikes and eScooters come with several useful add-ons to help enhance your riding experience while allowing you to extend your battery life.

Boost the Lifespan of your eBike or eScooter Battery

Taking proper care of your bike and following these guidelines can help you get the most out of your eScooter or eBike battery. No matter which model you choose, it’s crucial to explore all of its features to ensure that you’re getting maximum enjoyment from your electric ride.

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