FAQs: Further questions about charging stations for electric bicycles
Are the power outlets at charging stations different?
In most cases, the e-bike connector systems at charging stations are standard “Schuko sockets” like the ones you have at home. However, there are exceptions. Stations from bike-energy have their own plug system – but since you are provided with a cable, you don’t have to worry about it.
Is an e-bike charging station always open?
It depends. Many e-bike charging stations are located outdoors and are accessible around the clock. For stations in public buildings like museums, you are dependent on opening hours. The same applies to an e-bike charging station in a courtyard, for example. This information is missing in many apps. Therefore, keep this point in mind when searching for charging options.
Can I charge e-bikes in the rain?
f the charging station has a roof, you are independent of the weather. If not, be careful. There is a risk that the power supply unit could be damaged by rain. You can find out whether this is the case by looking at the instructions. For example, e bike connector systems from bike-energy are generally waterproof.
It is also not advisable to expose an ebike battery to direct sunlight. All in all, when a charging station features protection (also for, e.g., outside or indoor installation of bike components), it is always a good thing.
When should I charge my battery at the latest?
It is best not to wait until nothing works and not to charge your e-bike battery completely every time. The ideal charge level is between 20 and 80 percent. Also, don’t leave the battery connected for too long, but disconnect it as soon as your e-bike has enough power.