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Electric Bike Batteries – Amphours, Watts, and Volts!

When looking to buy a brand new electric bike, one of the most important factors to consider is the battery. 

Here are 3 battery specs that you should know about before making your purchase: 

 

  1. Watt (W)

    1. This unit of measure is similar to describing the engine size on a car which affects your maximum power output. 

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  1. Amphour (Ah)

    1. This measurement is similar to the size of your gas tank in a car.

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  1. Volt (V)

    1. This final spec affects both speed and acceleration (similar to horsepower) 

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More About Batteries: Amphours…

The Amphour rating is used to communicate how much electrical power the battery can provide in one hour of usage. 

Small batteries such as the standard AAA batteries found in your TV remote come, come with an Amphour rating denoted in milli-amp hours, or (mAh). 

On the other hand, large batteries typically have an “Ah” written on them. 

Additionally, batteries also have a C rating which tells you how many Amphours the battery can provide for a very particular amount of time. For example, at C/5, the battery will safely provide 26.8 Ah. 

In other words, the battery supplies a total of 26.8 Amps over a span of 5 hours without any interruptions. 

Please also note that the same battery might safely provide 36 Amphours for a period of 100 hours. 

Depending on whether you use the battery on a daily basis or only from time to time, you should compare Amphours in the C rating category as well but if you’re unsure of which C rating best fits your use-case, we recommend going with the C/20 rating. 

This is the middle ground which will give you a general sense of battery performance. 

All in all, batteries with higher Ah have better range, will be physically larger and will most likely increase the total cost of your eBike.

If you have any questions about purchasing or renting your next eBike, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (949) 484-6409

To learn more about electric bike batteries, please visit the following link

Thinking of building your own eBike? Simply put: DON’T!

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If you just purchased an eBike and it’s supposed to be delivered to your door by Friday and you’re planning on testing it out on a ride with your pals on Saturday, our best advice to you is to CANCEL your plans. Here’s why: 

Once you receive the eBike, you’re going to want to piece it together and hop on the saddle as soon as possible. 

You are probably thinking at this point that it’s no difficult task to put two wheels and some metal with a battery attached together. 

There are only a few possibilities as to what will happen. You will either be unable to build a functioning electric bike, or you go on your ride on Saturday and find out that something’s not working right which forces to you head to the nearest open bike shop. 

The most unlikely scenario entails you building the bike correctly. 

Despite what direct-to-consumer eBike companies tell you about building your own eBike, rest assured that the assembly process is no IKEA build. 

Many of the new eBike manufactures are now selling directly to the consumer. While that seems like you’re saving a sizeable amount of money upfront, you have to look at your long-term costs associated with such purchases. 

The manufacturers want to make you believe that it’s simple to build your own bike right out of the box. 

In fact, they want you to pull the trigger and put a dent in your wallet to purchase their product. One of their primary tactics to achieve the sale is through false claims such as: “Our eBikes are easy to build” and that there is “No need to pay an additional cost for a professional to build it.” 

In short, the assembly on the consumer’s end is boiled down to an uncomplicated and quick process.  However, that’s not the case at all from our perspective. 

Such a build can be complicated, costly, and potentially dangerous. 

Building your own eBike is like letting your painter plan and construct the foundation of your house. 

When the bike is assembled incorrectly, by all means, you will come across a number of additional maintenance costs. 

With eBikes going as fast as 28 miles per hour, if you want to let your child ride one, or you plan on riding one, you better make sure that every single part is working properly.

Over the past few months, out of every 10 consumer-assembled eBike that we have seen in our shop, 9 of them have had issues related to improper assembly. 

We have seen so many consumer build eBike come through our doors and many of them were damaged beyond repair because the customer built it wrong. 

Here are 2 solutions to such a widespread problem: 

  • Buy an eBike from your local bike shop OR

  • Drop off your eBike package at the bike shop and let a professional assemble your bike for you. 

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Either one of these solutions is meant to protect your investment. Building the bike right from the start will ensure many years of fun and safe riding ahead.

Yelp Reviews

Synaptic Cycles
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Based on 44 Reviews
W. G.
W. G.
2020-11-27 09:32:39
I rented an electric bike for an out of town visitor so he could join me riding around Dana Point and San Clemente for a day. Shawn made it very easy. He... read more
Aubrey H.
Aubrey H.
2020-11-09 09:04:42
Synaptic Cycles were the only ones renting bikes in the area during covid. Imo renting a bike can be done completely Covid friendly, so I'm not sure why... read more
Kristin Lewis P.
Kristin Lewis P.
2020-09-17 15:33:32
Great experience at Synaptic! I needed a tube replaced on my "purchased for the pandemic cheap and cheery" bike and Shawn took care of it in under 10... read more
Anthony S.
Anthony S.
2020-09-16 10:05:21
If you don't have a way to get your bike to a shop Synaptic is the way to go. Pick up and delivery is such a convenience. I highly recommend them. read more
Nails By Stephanie R.
Nails By Stephanie R.
2020-08-15 20:50:41
We had company in town during Covid and wanted to check out Electric bikes. Shaun was amazing to work with, he has several different types of bikes to rent... read more
Brian V.
Brian V.
2020-08-06 18:34:45
Was difficult To find a bike shop during Covid Called Shawn and he took my bike ... He also takes the time to explain things to you. and yet they deserve... read more
Jessica K.
Jessica K.
2020-05-20 21:19:33
Quarantine restlessness got the best of me but I couldn't find a bike in stores so I ordered one online. It arrived mostly assembled but I quickly realized... read more
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