How to Store Your Electric Bike in Winter

Jan 09 2023

Many people have told us that the snow buildup and chilly temperatures make it hard to ride a bike in the winter. Naturally, we also hope that the chilly winter will end soon for the benefit of all C3 users. When not being used for a prolonged period of time in the winter, how can electric bicycles be stored properly?


Store the battery fully charged

Electric bicycles are more likely to remain parked for a long period in the winter because of the chilly temperatures, rain, and snow. In fact, proper battery storage is the most crucial factor. The battery of an electric bicycle will continue to use energy when it is not used for a while. The battery is said to be “self-discharging” in this circumstance. The idea behind this is that since the battery is still made of plates and acid, there will still be chemical and physical interactions. Long-term low-power and static usage of the battery increases the risk of damage, which slows down charging and prevents the battery from charging correctly. Remove the battery from the electric bike and keep it fully charged indoors if you won’t be using it for an extended length of time, especially in the winter when it will be cold outside.

For instance, the electric bicycle with C3 at this point has a battery capacity of 20Ah, and its energy consumption per hour for the battery board, self-discharge, and protection board is around 0.2–0.4mA. The basic battery provided by C3 may theoretically be fully charged. Although the battery has been completely charged and has been kept for more than a year, we nevertheless advise monitoring the battery level at least once every two months to prevent unusual events.


Pay attention to battery maintenance

We advise monitoring the battery state at least once every two weeks if the electric bike won’t be used for a while.

Maintenance strategy

1. To maintain the battery’s operating frequency, start the electric vehicle and attempt to drive a short distance in a sparsely populated field.

2. To verify the battery’s remaining power, turn on the battery power switch; pay attention to charging in time.

3. Wipe the battery’s outside structure gently if it has water mist or ice on it.

4. Charging maintenance, owing to the cold weather, charging in the winter will result in lower energy efficiency and longer charging times. Normal conditions dictate that the battery’s charging time will increase by 1-3 hours during the winter. When I don’t ride my electric bike for an extended period of time, I need to charge the battery completely at least once every half month to maintain battery health.


Avoid damp and rust

The outdoors will become quite humid in the winter because of prolonged exposure to snow and water mist. The electric bicycle’s flywheel, center shaft, chain, and shaft will all suffer harm if it is left in such an atmosphere for an extended period of time. The objective of this is to stop the parts of the bike from rusting. Brakes, brake handles, and other parts are extremely easy to rust. You may attempt to clean them with lubricating oil before storage. Therefore, we advise taking the electric bicycle’s battery out and storing it indoors while keeping the remaining components either indoors, outside with a cover over them, or in an underground parking garage.

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