Extremely low temperatures. Prolonged rain, sleet or snow. Freezing wind tunnels.
These are phrases no ebike rider likes to hear. But when the icy blast of winter comes your way, that means it’s probably time to put your ebike away for the season.
Because an ebike is a more complex piece of machinery than your average bike, you should take a few extra precautions to ensure that you keep it properly protected from the elements.
Follow these tips to keep your ebike and battery safe during the winter and ready to go when spring hits!
Top Tips for Storing Your Ebike this Winter
Winter storage usually equates to prolonged storage. Depending on the climate you live in, you might be storing your ebike for months so we’d recommend you to:
- Make sure your storage location is safe and secure for a prolonged time period.
- Store your ebike in a cool, dry location with low humidity levels, like a garage or shed.
- Keep the storage space between 32ºF and 68ºF (0°C - 20°C) when possible.
How to Store Your Ebike Battery
Ebike batteries are the most sensitive element of an ebike and they require additional caution when it comes to storage.
- Whenever possible, remove the battery from your ebike to store it.
- Store in a dry location with low humidity levels.
- Keep the storage space between 55ºF and 75ºF (12°C - 24°C) when possible.
- Check the battery monthly—the charge should be kept at 50%–70% range for lithium ion batteries. For the Velotric Discover 1 and Nomad 1, you’ll have to plug it back into the bike and check it in the display.
- Don’t keep the battery plugged to the charger for a prolonged amount of time
Taking these steps will help you prolong the life of your battery, maximize performance, and increase its longevity.
Did You Know? Velotric Batteries Have Low Temperature Protection Mode
When the ambient temperature is below 32ºF (0°C), your Velotric ebike battery will go into Low Temperature Protection Mode, and the battery will no longer charge. This keeps your battery safe even in below-freezing temperatures.
To remove Low Temperature Protection Mode, keep your battery in a warm environment for at least 1 hour. This mode will release when the battery temperature reaches 50ºF (10°C.
Bringing Your Ebike Out of Winter Storage
The air is fresh, birds are chirping… and it’s finally time to get your ebike out of storage! Before you start riding, make sure to properly prepare for the new season.
We suggest taking your ebike to your local bike shop for a quick tuneup. A professional should check that components like your brake and gear lines, brake pads and more are all in good working order so you can get out there and enjoy your ebike safely.
Now for the fun part: Take a quick test ride! Make sure everything is to your liking—brakes, gear shifting, saddle, etc. Make sure everything is in working order and you’re good to go!