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Did you know that lowering tire pressure during rainy weather will provide you with better traction? Also, if you choose to get a new Li-ion battery, fully charge it up on the first charge to make it last up to 12 hours (and to make sure the charge cycles kick off in the right way). These and many other tips are available on our blog ‒ they’re a good read, we promise.

This is my first electric bike. What are some basic eBike Riding tips?

Here are some of the best eBike riding tips if you’re completely new to eBiking:

  • Make sure your eBike is in tip-top condition before taking it for a ride. This means, give it a proper visual inspection, checking the brakes, lights, tires, and check to make sure you have a fully charged battery.
  • Follow all traffic rules. Personal responsibility is critical, even though your eBike doesn’t feel as big and “serious” as a car on the road, your position and behavior on the road affects everyone.Know your route. Check your route before you start driving. It will help you avoid any unpleasant surprises - and pack the appropriate amount of snacks - before a long trip.
  • Turn on your lights to make sure you’re visible on the road.

How can I ride safely in winter conditions and rain?

Every season is beautiful when it comes to riding an eBike. However, there are some things you should consider before going on a ride in cold, rainy and snowy weather:

  • Dress appropriately. Make sure your body and face are covered well enough to keep you warm despite the wind and cold temperatures.
  • Take care of your eBike. Don’t store it outside when it’s freezing (we’re talking below 30F), make sure it’s fully charged before your ride, and check to make sure the tires aren’t flat. Also, we recommend installing special winter tires that provide you with better traction.
  • Make sure your brakes and lights work properly ‒ this is a rule of thumb during any season, but in foggy weather and on slippery roads it’s even more important.
  • Don’t ride when it’s freezing. The battery might not operate correctly in temperatures around 0F or during winter storms and blizzards.No need to put yourself in danger.

How to Calculate eBike battery range

Your battery range depends on the Watt-hours (Wh) capacity of your eBike. For example, the TOP 3.0i battery has 72V 48Ah, meaning it has 3456 Wh. Now, considering an eBike spends around 30W 20W per hour, its range will be around 172 miles on a single charge. 3456 / 20 = 172.8

How do you calculate eBike range?

Electric bike range can be calculated in a few simple steps once you know the values that need to be used in the formula. The simplest thing to know is the lower the speed and the higher the battery capacity, the longer the electric bike range. To calculate range, you’ll need to find the Voltage and Amp hours of the battery and we’ll supply the Watt-hour per mile. Multiply the Voltage (V) and Amp hours (Ah) of the battery to get the Watt-hour (Wh) value. Then take the Wh value and divide it by the number of Watt-hours that are consumed per mile. The average electric bike consumption is around 20Wh per mile.

Let’s calculate the estimated range of the Delfast long-range eBike, the Top 3.0i, as an example using the 20Wh per mile consumption:

The Delfast long-range e bike battery is 72V 48Ah.

72 x 48 = 3456 Wh. 3456Wh divided by 20Wh per mile = 172.8 miles of range on a single charge. Keep in mind that conditions such as temperature, terrain, speed, level of pedal assistance and of course battery capacity will all made a difference in range.

If the Top 3.0i is being operated in a flat area, on smooth terrain and no wind resistance the average consumption will be around 15Wh per mile. This is what helped Delfast achieve the Guinness World Record for an electric bike’s longest range on a single charge.

3456Wh divided by 15Wh per mile = 230.4 miles.

On rocky, hilly terrain, such as an offroad scenario with substantial incline, the average consumption is closer to 25Wh per mile (or higher).

3456Wh divided by 25Wh per mile = 138.24 miles.

The exact numbers are hard to calculate by hand since all the variables above change so constantly. Delfast eBikes come with highly intelligent operating systems that continuously update the smart controller with the various conditions using an algorithm, sending this valuable information to the display and your smart phone. You always have the latest data on hand to help you predict range and decide what your ride will look like.

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