Frequently Asked Questions
How do I recharge my battery pack?
Simply plug your battery pack into any standard 220/240 volt outlet using your charging cord (24 volt 36volts models). You can leave the battery pack in the bike or take it out. Charging to full power takes about five hours depending on battery type . The safety circuitry guarantees that the battery pack cannot be overcharged.
Remark: After the battery has finished charging, remove the charger plug and wait at least few minute before activating the display.
How should I store my battery pack?
Store your battery pack in a cool, dry place. Your battery pack will last longer if stored fully charged, so top it off with a fresh charge every 30 days if it is left unused.
Is my battery pack recyclable?
Yes. Ni-MH batteries are 100% recyclable, so contact your local waste management office or battery distributor for legal and safe battery disposal. Many places offer small rebates for used batteries.
How long is the life of the battery pack?
The battery pack life is dependent on how often you use it and how deeply you discharge it. Generally, you can fully recharge the battery pack about 500 times before you need a new battery pack.
Can the motor get overheated?
Yes. The motor can overheat on very steep hills and under heavy loads, but the built-in heat sensor will automatically shut down the system before any damage can occur.
Can I ride my electric bike off-road?
Yes. This electric bicycles are suitable for normal trails as well as paved streets and bicycle paths.
However, it is not suitable for extreme terrain.
Can I ride my Electric Bike as a normal bike without motor support?
In Off mode you can ride your Poweredbicycles as any other normal bike depending on the model .
Do I have to switch off my Electric Bicycle?
Yes, When you park the bicycle, you must switch off through ignition switch.
Do I need an insurance?
Depending upon the legal requirements in your country, insurance may be required. You will need to check this with your dealer.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
Depending upon the legal requirements in your country, you may need to wear a helmet. Please check regarding this with your local dealer.
Electric Bike Motor Questions
What is the Motor Type?
Hi-efficiency DC Brushless has Rated Power: 200 W (equal to 250 W of normal motor) peak power and is located in the front wheel or Rear hub. The hub spins around the fixed stator and therefore there is no friction besides the usual wheel bearings. There is no drag from the motor because of the lack of friction and completely enclosed design, the motor is maintenance free.
The Front Hub & Rear Hub looks like it has the motor in it. Does this hub free-wheel when the motor does not have power? In other words, is there resistance due to the motor (when no power) or is it
free-wheel so that there is no resistance even when no power?
The motor is brushless with absolutely no resistance when free-wheeling with motor on or off. The motor is virtually silent. The only noise you will hear is the clicking of the gear cog in free wheel mode of operation, same if you were to stop pedaling on a regular bike and hear the light clicking of the gear cogs.
Electric Bike Battery Questions
Lithium Polymer Battery and Recharge Time
The battery is a 24V & 36V 10Ah Polymer Lithium-ion Battery . Unlike NiMH and SLA batteries, the Polymer Lithium-ion Battery is lightweight and has no problems with charge memory. The batteries can be charged at any battery state and are charged from empty in less than 4 hours. Polymer Lithium-ion Batteries have a longer lifespan, usually at least 500 charge cycles.
Fast recharge - Our Polymer Lithium-ion Battery charges fully in less than 4 hours and provides 100% power to the motor until the point when the battery is fully depleted.
Lithium Batteries are transported at 20% state of charge, Customers should charge to full capacity before use. Lithium Batteries do not have memory as do other batteries but severe depletion below 10% will cause damage to the cells.
Can you equip this bike with more road type tires?
Customers can buy their own tire type if they do not like the factory ones ...we are not customizing bikes, if they want to change the tires that will not affect the warranty.
PAS, Manual, Electric Motor Operation
The bike does not have to have the power on it to operate the Shimano gears. It is completely independent of the electrical system, and can be ridden the same as a normal 3-6-7-21 speed mountain bike.
Unless it is turned on the bike is still in the no-electric operative mode, the same as a normal bike. However, once you turn on the power, it is in the electric mode. From this point on, when you crank the pedal and reach 2-3 turns, the electric motor kicks in, and starts to drive the bike with power, and is called PAS (Power Assisted System).
If you do not continue to turn the pedals, every so often, the electric motor will shut down automatically. If you do continue to crank the pedal, occasionally, the motor automatically cuts in to help propel the bike. This in effect, is how you can get up to 85 kilometers per charge, if you pedal a little. Not much pedaling is needed to achieve the long distance that you can achieve, but it does work out very well.
In the same token, you can also operate the twist grip throttle, and or the pedals, to activate the electric motor, as long as the power switch is turned on. In effect, the bike with gears. when the power turned off. It is a very fast and efficient like normal bike....without the use of the motor at all.
Why would someone want an electric bike?
For many reasons! Some people use them to commute, as an alternative to a car or public transportation. "Then why not use a regular bike?" you ask? Well, not everyone wants to get to work dripping in sweat, and other people travel distances that are unrealistic to travel by bike without assistance. Some people use electric bikes because they live in areas that are particularly hilly, making regular biking a bit too strenuous. Some people use them for light exercise. There are plenty of reasons.
These electric bikes are basically just electric-powered motorcycles, right?
An emphatic no. None of our electric bikes surpass 20 miles per hour when riding solely with electric assistance. If you"re looking for high speeds and raw power, your best bet would be to look elsewhere. Electric bikes are meant to augment human power, not to completely replace it. Do you want some extra help climbing hills? Then get an electric bike. Do you want to commute to work without breaking a sweat? Then get an electric bike. Do you want pedaling to become largely effortless? Then get an electric bike.
Do electric bikes require a license or registration?
No. They are legally treated like standard bicycles, with all of the laws surrounding standard bicycles applying to them. We wouldn"t recommend them for anyone under 14 years of age.
Can electric bikes be ridden with the electric assistance?
Yes! Our electric bikes come in different models and styles. Some weigh more, some weigh less. They can be ridden just like a regular bike when the power is off.
I have heard the batteries for Electric Bikes are of different types.
Electric bikes and electric scooters use one of three types of batteries: Lead Acid (SLA), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), and Lithium Ion (Li Ion.) The current generation of electric bikes use mainly NiMH and Lithium Ion batteries, with the heavier SLA batteries having been largely phased out (the exception would be electric scooters, which still predominantly use SLA batteries.)
- Lead Acid (SLA) batteries
They"re the heaviest of the three with the shortest overall lifetime. A Lead Acid battery will last about 300 full charge cycles before it needs to be replaced. Their only advantage is the fact that they"re relatively commonplace and the least expensive to replace.
- Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries
A big jump up from SLA batteries, they"re much lighter and have a better overall lifetime. A Ni-MH battery will last about 500 full charge cycles before it needs to be replaced.
- Lithium Ion (Li Ion) batteries
The newest technology in batteries. They"re pretty comparable to Ni-MH batteries, with the exception of these differences: Lithium Ion batteries are a little bit lighter, and a Lithium Ion battery will last about 500-700 full charge cycles before it needs to be replaced, Lithium Ion batteries do not retain a memory so you can charge them from any state, Lithium Ion batteries charge completely in 3 to 4 hours. Lithium Ion batteries are the most expensive of the three.
How far will an electric bike go on a single charge?
That depends on a lot of things, including rider weight, how much pedaling you"re doing, how much of the ride occurs on an incline and the severity of the aforementioned incline, etc. On flat ground, a rider of average weight can travel about 20 to 25 miles per charge on a throttle-based bike (with no pedaling), and on a pedal assisted bike that same rider can travel up to 60+ miles per charge.
Are electric bikes affected by adverse weather?
They"ll handle the rain just fine, but you"ll experience a decrease in range when riding in severely cold weather.
Why would I want a folding bike?
For ease of storage, so that you can take them with you wherever you go without having to lock them up outside, so you can integrate your bike riding with other forms of transportation.
How long does it take to fold a folding bike? Is it hard?
That depends on the folding bike, but generally they"re simple and quick to fold. It can be completely folded in about ten seconds, with such great ease that each public display of its folding will attract a lot of attention, observers and questions.
Are folding bikes safe?
Completely. 100%. The integrity of a folding bike is the same as that of a standard bike.
What is the range of an electric bike?
The range of a fully charged battery varies. It is usually between 12 to 39 miles with gentle pedalling Depending on the battery technology used. Most of the power is drained when moving off and on hills so pedaling at these points will preserve the power and give good mileage.
The distance varies with the weight and size of the rider and the terrain encountered:
- Smooth, Clean, and Dry Pavement – Excellent Range
- Gravel, Rough Pavement and Packed Dirt – Reduced Range
- Grass and Loose Dirt – Greatly Reduced Range.
- Mud – Might as well walk.
- Snow and Very Rainy weather – Get off the bike, and go home.
If you have specific requirements it is best to talk to us and get some advice before spending your hard earned cash.
What are the running costs?
Other than charging the batteries at a cost of approximately 5 pence per full charge there are no other significant running costs. You should carry out basic maintenance as you would with a normal pedal cycle, however the electronic parts of the bikes are designed to be trouble and maintenance free.
Does the battery recharge when I pedal?
We are asked this question by almost every customer. The answer that applies to most electric bicycles is no but you do preserve the battery by pedalling! There are a few exceptions but this technology adds weight, more expensive components, and the benefit is pretty negligible.
ABS is slang for "Regenerative". Some motors (direct drive) can generate electricity when the rider propels the bike by pedaling, or while when going down hill or braking.
A motor and a generator are actually the same thing. If you turn a motor shaft, you will generate electricity. If you energized a generator you would get a motor. So on an electric bike that does not have a planetary transmission, or a freewheel between the motor and the hub, and has a controller that will allow the motor to become a generator – you can have regeneration.
ABS, however, is not as useful as it sounds. To recharge the bike while riding requires you to ride a long way against the resistance of the motor. You must create more work (due to efficiency losses) to recharge the battery than the work that the energy in the battery can do through the motor. (Awkward to explain.) Basically, you have to work harder to charge the battery enough to propel the bike 10 miles than it would have taken you to ride 10 miles by yourself. For most purposes, ABS captures a small, very small, amount of extra range. Maybe 50 meters in a 20 mile ride.
Do I need to "break-in" my batteries?
Yes, the batteries used in the currie hybrid Electric Bicycles will need to have a "break-in cycles consisting of ~ three discharge /charge cycles before the will reach optimum performance. This involves three complete discharge and three complete recharges. After this initial "break-in" cycle the batteries will have maximum possible performance and less line voltage fluctuation under load.
What is conditioning (NI-MH only)?
The conditioning process is performed by first draing the batteries and then charging them first fully. Conditioning is recommended for ever then charges to twenty charges.