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» How to Operate Your New e-Bike?
How to Operate Your New e-Bike?
Your First Ride
(Reprinted from the Safety and Compliance with the Law section)
When you are ready to get on your e-bike for the first time, be VERY CAREFUL because the e-bike, when in active power-assisted mode, moves significantly faster than a regular bicycle. Take your e-bike to an area with a lot of open space before you start. Do not start pedaling hard as soon as you get on the e-bike (as you normally would with a regular bicycle), as the e-bike will accelerate under pedal-assist mode and you may be unprepared for the sudden increase in speed. However, after a few times,you will enjoy using the pedal-assisted function.
You must turn on the battery to use the e-bike in pedal-assisted mode.
In the pedal-assisted mode, power assist is triggered when you pedal forward, and
power assist stops when you stop pedaling. In other words, power assist happens as
long as you pedal. You don't need to pedal hard. All you need is to apply a light force
to the pedals continuously to maintain the current flow. When you apply one of the
brakes, power assist will automatically stop, allowing the e-bike to slow down and stop.
Power assist will turn itself off when the e-bike has reached the maximum speed of
You should use the gear shifter at the handlebar to set the gears appropriately
according to road conditions and pedal as usual, you will find that you need to exert a
lot less effort and the e-bike travels faster and at a more steady speed.
Note that the charge level indicators on the handle bar will show the correct level only
when power is not being drawn from the battery. When power assist is active, the
indicators will momentarily show low. This is true for both modes.
Hand Throttle Control
Your e-bike is factory-configured to operate in pedal-assisted mode only.
To re-configure it to full power mode where you can also use the hand throttle, please
consult the section on Reconfiguring the Power Assist Mode.
In the hand throttle mode, amount of power assist is determined by the throttle switch
controlled by your right hand. You control the throttle by twisting it from its resting
position, the farther the throttle switch is from its resting position, the more power is
delivered to the motor to accelerate the e-bike. When you want to slow down, you
simply release the throttle and let it return to its resting position, and simultaneously
apply the brakes if necessary.
You do not need to pedal the e-bike if you use the hand throttle. However, you can
pedal while commanding power assist. If you do pedal to help the movement, you conserve energy and the charge in the battery will last longer.
Charging Your e-Bike Battery
Your e-bike battery is a lithium ion battery. Lithium ion battery requires specially
designed chargers. You should never charge your battery with a substitute charger
that is not designed for this use. Use of an unsuitable charger to charge a lithium ion
battery will result in over-heating, fire or even explosion. If your charger is lost or damaged, contact your dealer to order a replacement.
Charge your battery while the e-bike is not in use. You should turn off the battery
before you charge it. You may charge your battery while it is mounted on the e-bike, or
after it has been removed from the e-bike.
Do not place either the charger or the battery near flammable substances while
charging is taking place. Charging should not be done in the vicinity of infants and
small children. It is also prudent to remove valuable objects from the immediate vicinity
of the battery while it is being charged.
The length of charging time depends on the level of charge the battery still holds. If a
battery is completely discharged, it will take 4 hours to be fully recharged. When a
battery is fully charged, the LED on the charger will transition from RED to GREEN. At
this point, you should disconnect the charger. Do not leave the charger connected to
the battery for very long period of time after charging is complete. (Leaving it
connected for an overnight charging is OK.)
It is normal for the charger and the battery to be slightly hot while charging is on-going.
Removing the Battery from the e-Bike
The battery is an important and costly part of the e-bike. It is designed to be locked into
position with a key to prevent theft. You can take further precaution by removing the
battery while the e-bike is parked unattended. You may also have a need to remove
the battery from the e-bike to recharge it at a location where you cannot park your e-bike.
Use the key to unlock the battery and pull out the top first, and then lift to extract the
entire battery from the bottom socket. The battery is quite heavy and you should take care not to drop it.
Maximizing the Riding Range
Many factors affect the rate of use of the electrical energy and the riding range.
You should fully charge the battery before a long journey.
Rough road conditions and hilly terrain will consume more energy.
Frequent change of speed will consume more energy.
Carrying more weight on the e-bike will consume more energy.
Keeping the tires properly inflated and keeping the e-bike clean and well
lubricated will save energy.
Making sure that both wheels move freely when brakes are not applied will save
energy. You should check brake adjustments frequently.
Pedaling as you ride will consume less electrical energy and increase the riding
When the battery is turned off, your e-bike functions as a regular bicycle. If you
embark on a very long journey, you might want to turn off the battery for long
stretches where the road is level or downhill, and pedal the e-bike as a regular
bicycle so that you can conserve electrical energy stored in the battery.
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