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How Long Does It Take to Charge an Ebike?

How Long Does It Take to Charge an Ebike?

We’ve brought you a few different lists of awesome all-electric bicycles (ebikes) over the past few weeks. If you haven’t done so, I invite you to read these here and here. Today, we’re going to look at charging times for the various ebikes featured in these articles. For our purposes, we are going to assume that “ebike” means a bicycle that gives the rider the option of using an integrated electric motor to assist with propulsion, as we noted here. 

A Bit of Vatriation

All of the ebikes we have featured in our writings have a charge time of between 2.5 and 6 hours. The ebike with the longest charging time appears to be the Merax Aluminum at “5 – 6 hours.” The award for the shortest charging time goes to the Swagtron Classic at 2.5 hours. This is not surprising because the Swagtron appears to have the smallest battery, the lowest top speed, and the least amount of distance on a single charge.

Swagcycle Oddity

I found the below comparison of the different Swagcycles interesting:

Swagcycle Pro Swagcycle EB-5 Swagcycle EB-1
Motor 350W 250W 250W
Battery 37v 4.4 Ah Lithium-ion 36v 4.4 Ah Lithium-ion 36v 4.4 Ah Lithium-ion
Max Throttle Speed 18 MPH / 29 km/h 15.5 MPH / 25 km/h 12.4 MPH / 20 km/h
Range per Charge 15.5 miles 15.5 miles 7.45 miles
Charging Time 3~4 hours 4~5 Hours 2~3 Hours
Pedal-assisted
Max Load 264 lbs / 120 kg 264 lbs / 120 kg 242.5 lbs / 110 kg
Brake Dual Disc Brakes V-brakes Dual Disc Brakes
Wheel Size Front Wheel: 12″ / Rear Wheel: 10″ Front Wheel: 14″ / Rear Wheel: 14″ Front Wheel: 14″ / Rear Wheel: 12″
Bike Weight 30.4 lbs / 13.8 kg 37 lbs / 16.8 kg 37.5 lbs / 17.4 kg

 

In comparing the Swagcycle Pro with the Swagcycle EB-1 we see that it takes the Pro between 3 and 4 hours to reach a full charge and the EB-1 between 2 and 3 hours. This makes sense. The bigger and more powerful the battery, the longer the charging time will be. I’m reminded of the new Nissan Leaf Plus that will take over two days to charge on a level-1 charger. What doesn’t make sense to me is why the 37v battery in the Pro would take between 3 and 4 hours to charge while the smaller 36v battery in the EB-5 would take between 4 and 5 hours.

Maybe someone out there who is MUCH smarter than I am can leave a comment below and explain why this is the case.

To Fast or Not to Fast…Charge

All of the charging times above are assuming that the owner is charging using the standard, 120v outlet found in most North American homes. There are however, several fast chargers on the market as of the date of this writing that you can use to charge your ebike’s battery much quicker. I won’t go into too much detail about the science behind fast charging, everything you need to know about the subject was covered by the fine folks at electricbike.com in this article. I will echo their caution about doing a bit of research on your specific battery before using a fast charger however.

Any readers out there who have interesting insights in the world of ebike charging? Anyone ever use a fast charging system (either successfully or unsuccessfully) and want to share their experience? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.

Source | Images: Amazon.com and Pexels.com

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Neil Brooks
Neil Brooks is an electric vehicle owner and lover currently based in the greater Washington D.C. area. Neil is a fan of all things electric and may be the only person in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States to own both an electric leaf blower and an electric chainsaw. When he's not busy blogging about the latest on electric technology he enjoys grilling, rock climbing, and taking naps in his hammock.