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Determining Electric Bike Battery Ranges

Determining Electric Bike Battery Ranges

Without a doubt, the number one question we get asked about our Bakcou eBikes is “How far can I ride on a single charge?”, and to be completely honest, there isn’t a simple answer. The range of your Bakcou eBike, or any eBike for that matter, varies from rider to rider. When you see eBikes advertised as having a certain range, those ranges are usually inaccurate and sometimes quite exaggerated. It’s extremely difficult to estimate the range of your eBike because so many factors depend on the individual rider and the riding conditions. 

Some of the factors that influence the range of your Bakcou eBike include the rider weight, the level of pedal assist the rider is using, how much the rider is using the throttle, the terrain, the speed, weather conditions, and towing weight, just to name a few.

How Do I Determine My Electric Bike Range?

Bakcou eBike Battery Range

Before we start, it’s important to note that motor power only impacts how fast you can pull off and how well you can get up hills. Motor power doesn’t impact how far you can go. The battery capacity is the most important variable in determining the electric bike range. 

At Bakcou, we measure our battery capacity in Amp-hours (Ah). To calculate your eBike range, you will want to calculate the Watt hours (Wh) capacity of your battery. The formula to calculate Watt-hours is Watt-hours=Amp-hours X volts.

Examples:

  1. Bike A has a 24V - 20Ah battery: 24V x 20Ah = 480Wh
  2. Bike B has a 48V - 10Ah battery: 48V x 10Ah = 480Wh
  3. Bike C has a 24V - 6Ah battery: 24V x 6Ah = 144Wh

Bikes A & B have the same amount of energy, and with equal motors and riders they would perform very similarly. Bike B with the higher voltage will accelerate faster and climb better but at the expense of some of that energy. On the flip side, Bike C will not take you nearly as far.

So, Which is Better?

If you’re looking for an eBike that accelerates fast, climbs well, and can travel long distances on a single charge,the best option is to purchase a battery that has high voltage AND high amp-hours. A battery with high voltage and low amp-hours will shorten the distance you can travel on a single charge.

At Bakcou, our eBike batteries are all 48V and available in a few different amp-hour options. We're proud to offer the BIGGEST eBike battery on the market in our 25ah/1200wh battery. This gives you great acceleration and climbing power and the high value amp-hour options give you the ability to go further. 

Finally, it’s important to also take the type of motor you are buying into consideration when you are looking at eBike ranges. There are good arguments to be made that mid-drive motors get a better range than the hub-drive motor counterparts because they work synergistically with the gears. At Bakcou, the Storm, Storm Jäger, Mule, and Scout are all available with a mid-drive motor.

Bakcou Storm

Conclusion

We hope you find this information useful as you research and weigh your options for purchasing an electric bike. At Bakcou, in addition to having best-in-class customer service and eBikes built to handle their demands, we pride ourselves on offering the biggest electric bike battery available on the market for Lithium-ion batteries. 

If you have any questions regarding eBikes, eBike batteries, or Bakcou eBikes and scooters in general, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be more than happy to help!

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6 comments

  • Bakcou on

    @RichardRadel Hi Richard! Our Customer Service team will be in contact with you via email to help you out!

  • Richard Radel on

    I am very interested in the kodiak. I climb steep hills and demoed an ecell monarch with dual 750 hub drive bafang motors. 2 batteries, very heavy and not nimble at 97 lbs. plenty of power . Cold weather hunting and I would pull a trailer and I am concerned at 6”2 250 that the kodiak would have enough power . I would love to demo the bike and go up hills in alll modes with pedal / no pedal assist to see how it performs . I hunt in northeast and can’t find a dealer that will allow me to demo a kodiak .??? Want to demo to make my decision. . Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

  • Bakcou on

    @robert bourke We total understand your concerns! We highly recommend having one of our heavy duty bike locks and putting a lock code on your display to prevent the bike from being turned on by anyone who doesn’t have the code. We have many options to prevent this and would love to discuss more!

  • robert bourke on

    my problem is theft, you go to store and shop bike begone when you come out,

  • Bakcou on

    @Marty Tondreau we would love to see you on a Bakcou! The Mule, Storm, Storm Jager, and Scout are all great for climbing hills! And we always recommend 25ah battery when possible to maximize your distance. Give us a call with any other questions, we’d love to help get you set up!


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