Electric Bike Laws
Pedego Battery Range
The most common question people have is how far they can go. The short answer to this question is far enough!
Generally speaking, any Pedego battery should last longer than you. We don’t hear many stories of people running out of juice.
With that said, this can be a complicated question because there isn’t a “standard” and everybody makes vastly different claims about range. So we’ll go over some simple math that can help you objectively predict the range of any electric bike.
All batteries have both a voltage and amp-hour rating. If you multiply the two together, you get watt-hours. Watt-hours is an objective measurement of the actual amount of energy stored in a battery.
Volts x Amp-Hours = Watt-Hours
This is where it gets tricky, because there are so many variables. On average, you can expect to use between 12-24 watt-hours per mile. This number fluctuates so much because of differences in terrain, rider weight, weather, speed, and most importantly how much you pedal.
Pedego offers four main battery choices that are classified by their voltage and amp-hour ratings. The voltage determines how powerful the bike will feel and the amp-hours determine how far you can go on a single charge.
Choosing the right battery for you depends on your individual needs and budget.
The basic needs of most people will be satisfied with the standard 36V 10Ah battery. It usually provides more than enough power and range, and it’s the most affordable option.
The extended range 36V 15Ah battery is best for trips over 20 miles or if you plan to pedal very little (or not at all). It can really come in handy to have excess capacity.
The more powerful 48V 10Ah battery is best for riders over 180 pounds and for overcoming steep hills or strong headwinds. The extra power makes it more fun and exciting to ride.
The 48V 15Ah battery is the best of both worlds, and it’s the most popular option. It has all the power of the 48V 10Ah battery and the extended range of the 36V 15Ah.
Note: Several Pedego models have slightly different batteries, but the idea is the same.
Pedego batteries are made up of individual Li-ion cells designated 18650 because of their size (18mm x 65mm). These are very common batteries found in countless consumer electronics, electric bicycles, and even electric cars.
There are basically two types of 18650 cells- those made by reputable, name brand suppliers, and everything else. The name brand cells are naturally much more safe and reliable than cheaper cells.
Pedego Electric Bikes use premium cells made by name brand suppliers like Samsung and Panasonic.