Hopefully, the battery on your eTrike won’t cause you any issues, but if for some reason you do experience any issues we’d be more than happy to chat through what the problem could be and if necessary send a replacement battery.
In order to help with the care of your battery we have detailed below some recommendations and tips to ensure the life of your eTrike battery remains in tip top condition so you can continue clocking up your outdoor mileage!
We find that most eTrike riders use the power assist as an aid ie: combine riding manually and use the power assist as and when required, we haven’t heard of an incident that the battery has gone completely flat when out and about. Fortunately, though if this does happen you still have the manual lever drive option to continue your return journey. As stated previously the range of the eTrike does vary depending on terrain and unless using in extreme conditions the battery should last all day.
During the cold/winter months we have found that the majority of eTrike customers remove their battery from the Trike and keep it indoors in the warm. They also tend to charge the battery indoors – usually over night.
There are some obvious occasions when the battery usage will go up, for example, wet, muddy tracks which are harder to push through so using the power assist on this sort of terrain will affect the range. The same applies for hills if the surface is slippy, the rear wheel can spin and will again use more power – particularly when it is cold (icy) and wet. Using the power assist as an assist, rather than just using power all the time will further extend the range.
Using the eTrike power on 5 all the time will encourage the rear wheel to slip, from experience riders tend to leave it set on 2 and have found this to be the best option to gain the traction needed without draining the battery.
When charging your battery let it charge until the green lights go out, not just comes on, as this can make a difference to the run time.
Another technique to help the battery life, at any time of year, to help reduce the load on the motor, try not to start with the power on and have the Trike moving manually before using the power – maintain momentum and help the system by pushing the drive levers. It makes sense that this then has the effect of prolonging battery life.
We hope these recommendations help you with your battery maintenance.
If you have any further queries we’d be more than happy to chat through them with you. Please contact us, here.