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Battery Safety

E-Bike Battery Safety Tips

E-bike battery fires are very rare, and following some simple best practices can help further prevent them.

  • E-bike battery fires are very rare, and following some simple best practices can help further prevent them.
  • Only use the battery and the charger that were designed for, and came with, the device. Do not use aftermarket, low-cost, counterfeit, or refurbished e-bike batteries. Only charge your e-bike battery with the charger provided by the manufacturer.
  • Don’t modify your e-bike or attempt to repair it yourself. For maintenance, always go to an authorized dealer for your e-bike brand.
  • Do not keep charging the device or device battery after it is fully charged. Do not leave a charging e-bike battery unattended or on the charger overnight.
  • Store batteries away from anything flammable. Store and charge your battery in a dry environment at room temperature and protect it from direct sunlight. Store e-bikes and their batteries away from exit doors and anything that can get hot or catch fire. If possible, store your e-bike battery in a fire-resistant cabinet or container when not in use. Keep batteries away from children and liquids.
  • You should only charge the battery up to 100% when you first receive it to balance its cells, however, subsequent charges should only go up to 80% (unless your intended trip is an exception, like e-cargo touring.) This reduces stress on the cells which will aid in expanding the life of your battery. When storing it long-term, store the battery with a 30% to 60% charge and avoid completely discharging it before storing.
  • Stop using the e-bike if you notice any of these problems with the battery: unusual odor, change in color, too much heat, change in shape, leaking, smoking, or not keeping a charge. Do not use or attempt to charge a damaged or malfunctioning e-bike battery. Store it outside and away from flammable objects until it can be safely disposed of.
  • Do not put lithium-ion batteries in the trash. Recycling is always the best option. Take the batteries to a battery recycling location or contact your local waste department for disposal instructions.
  • If you see a fire leave the building immediately and call 911. Lithium-ion battery fires give off toxic gases and they burn extremely hot.

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