Electric bike safety tips

Electric bikes have become more popular than ever thanks to their battery powered assistance. It’s perfect for providing an extra boost to commuters and leisure riders, helping many to keep active and travel more efficiently.

When you’re not riding your e-bike, it’s important that it’s stored and maintained correctly to keep it in the best condition and prevent any potential risks. Keep reading to discover some essential electric bike safety tips to help protect yourself and your e-bike.

Always buy an e-bike from a reputable seller

While we all like to save money, it’s important to be wary of cheap e-bikes and accessories on the internet, particularly ones found on online auctions and fulfilment sites. E-bike batteries bought via these platforms often don’t meet British or European safety standards.

As a result, always buy e-bikes, batteries and chargers from a reputable seller. Saving a few pounds initially may seem like a good idea but it’s never worth it in the long run.

Never leave an e-bike battery on charge unattended

It’s important to always be alert and close-by whenever you charge your e-bike battery. Therefore, never charge it while you’re asleep or away from home. Being present will allow you to react quickly should an issue arise.

Do not overcharge the battery

It’s important to charge your e-bike battery as per the time recommended by your manufacturer. Overcharging the battery can cause it to overheat, so it’s essential to follow guidelines.

Don’t cover your e-bike battery while it’s charging

Make sure nothing is covering the e-bike battery while it’s on charge as this can also lead to overheating. Always ensure the space around you is uncluttered and that nothing has the potential to fall onto the battery.

Always unplug your charger when finished

When we’re in a rush, it can be easy to accidentally leave chargers plugged in. However, leaving an e-bike charger plugged in is a fire hazard, so it’s important to get into the habit of unplugging the charger once you’re finished. Also make sure that you’re not overloading socket outlets or extension leads.

Charge your e-bike battery in a safe area

You should charge your e-bike indoors as cold temperatures can reduce the battery’s power capacity. However, when charging the battery indoors, make sure it’s done in a safe area that doesn’t block fire exits. If you live in a multiple occupied building, also ensure that the battery doesn’t block any communal areas.

Store e-bikes and batteries in a cool place

When you’re not using your e-bike, make sure you store it in a place where the temperature is not overly hot or cold. Storing your e-bike in a warm or hot location can cause the bike to overheat.

Storing and charging your electric bike in the right environment will prevent any potential hazards. However, it’s still a good idea to ensure you have a smoke and heat detector installed within this area should any issues arise.

Register your e-bike products with the manufacturer

Whenever you buy a new e-bike battery or any other electrical accessory, always register the product with the manufacturer. This will not only validate any warranties, but it makes it much easier for the manufacturer to contact you, should any products be subject to a recall.

Dispose of old e-bike batteries correctly

If you have an old e-bike battery that needs to be thrown away, never be tempted to throw it in with your household recycling. Old batteries can be a fire hazard, so it’s crucial that they are disposed of in the right way. You should either call your e-bike manufacturer to see if they have a recycling service or call your local authority to find out the best recycling option for your area.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions

Ultimately, with every aspect of your e-bike, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions as details can vary between different e-bike brands. Whether it’s the charging time or storage and maintenance recommendations, always follow their guidance.

If you are ever unsure on the condition of your electric bike, bring it to Halfords for a free bike check. Our bike checks cover both standard and electric bikes and includes a 32-point check and a visual check for all e-bike electrical components for any potential damage.

Explore our full range of e-bikes and accessories online today or head over to our electrification hub for more information on e-bikes and e-scooters.