Posted On: July 8, 2018 WRITTEN BY: Martin Kasz Comments: 0 CATEGORIZED IN: Bike, ebike

JIVR’s powerful 250W motor is powered by 36V, 8.7 Ah lithium ion rechargeable batteries of the same grade that are used to propel Tesla cars down the racetrack.

You’re probably familiar with the lithium-ion name, since the first generation of this type of battery appeared in consumer electronics in the early 1990’s. Soon after moving from the laboratory to retail shelves in 1991, lithium-ion, or Li-ion, quickly became the new standard for powering a long list of products due to the amount of energy they could store in relation to their size and their ability to better maintain the capacity of their maximum charge. Lithium-ion batteries were also superior to the previous generation of nickel-based batteries thanks to their minimal self-discharge, or the “leak” of power that slowly drains away when not in use.

In short, Li-ion was better in every way a rechargeable battery could be better and it’s no wonder that they’re everywhere now, from laptops and smartphones to portable power chargers and an ever-growing list of other devices.

Like bikes, for example.

The batteries that power the JIVR's electric bike motor are securely encased inside the graceful curves of the JIVR’s frame and are far advanced from those early days. 

White JIVR ebike

We’ll leave the details of the electro-chemisty behind the Li-ion revolution aside for the moment and save the discussion of the broader significance for product applications for another day. For now, we want to focus on how you can get the most out of your JIVR and maintain high battery performance by following a few simple good practices.

The do’s and don’ts of lithium-ion batteries

Let's start with what you can do to keep the batteries in your JIVR in top condition.  

JIVR’s battery will last around 1,000 charge cycles before it needs to be replaced. Since you can ride about 50km on a single charge, that means you can cover 50,000km before you reach that limit. That’s about 10,000km more than the circumference of the Earth, so let’s start by making it clear that changing batteries is not something that you’ll need to worry about if you can make a habit of doing (and not doing) just a few things that will keep the battery operating normally.

The absolute best thing you can do for any lithium-ion battery is to make sure that is always at least partially charged, ideally above 30% of its capacity. This is especially important to bear in mind when JIVR is stored for extended periods. The reason is a little too complicated to dive into here, but it’s enough to say that depleting the battery causes a kind of damage to its cells and diminishes its charging capacity. There’s no harm in partially charging the battery when it’s already, for example, about half-full so go ahead and connect whenever you can!

Keeping your JIVR stored in a cool, dry place seems like a no-brainer but it's another "must" on this short list. Lithium-Ion batteries definitely require a not-too-hot-not-too-cold approach to things so be aware of this when taking an all-day ride or storing the JIVR for an extended period. This doesn’t mean you can’t take your JIVR out on a hot summer day or when there’s a bit of snow on the ground, just that it’s important to limit exposure in such conditions 

Speaking of storage, our last piece of advice here is to charge the batteries to about 60% of their capacity before putting the JIVR away during a long break from use. For more complicated reasons related to the cellular structure of the batteries, this is the optimum charge for preserving the full charging capacity during prolonged inactivity. 

Follow these three tips and you'll be riding in pedal-assisted comfort on your JIVR for years to come! 

….and the don’ts

On the list of negatives, let’s start with the obvious point of not using chargers or related accessories other than those that come with the JIVR. This same idea applies to most devices that are driven by electric circuitry but it is especially important for an advanced piece of engineering like the JIVR. 

Next on the naughty list is tampering with any of the internal components of JIVR, electronic or otherwise. This is never a good idea, especially with precision-engineered elements like JIVR has. If you have any questions about anything inside the JIVR's frame or how it works, contact your JIVR | Customer Care representative. 

The last "don't" is letting the charge on your JIVR dip too low, too often. Using up the entire available charge on your JIVR is something that is almost certainly going to happen at some point and that's okay, since you can always use it as a traditional pedal-driven bike. However, it's important that you not make a habit of this for more of those complicated scientific reasons we keep avoiding going into here. Allowing the batteries to frequently become fully depleted, or nearly so, will reduce their charging capacity over time so always try to keep the available charge as high as possible. 

And there you have it—everything you need to know to get the most out of your JIVR battery or anything that uses lithium-ion technology. Follow these reminders and—who knows?—maybe you will ride around world after all!