# How much does it cost to charge?

## How much does it cost to charge?

How much does it cost to charge?

From empty to full, a typical e-bike battery costs about \$0.15 to \$0.20 or less to charge in Australia. It’s incredibly affordable. Even if electricity prices were to double overnight, you’re still sitting pretty in regard to costs associated with charging your e-bike.

If you know your electricity cost you can work it out how much it will cost you. Currently, at the time of writing this, the average price of electricity in Australia is about \$0.28/kWh. We’ll use that to show you the math.

Here’s how to work out the cost of charging an e-bike battery:

1. First find your battery kWh rating. To find this multiply the battery voltage (V) and amp hour (AH) rating and then divide by 1,000 to get kilowatt hours (kWh). For example, let’s say you have a 36 volt 15 amp hour battery. That would be 36 x 15 / 1,000 = 0.54 watt hours.

2. Now multiply your watt hours (0.54kWh) by your electricity price (\$0.28/kWh) to get your cost. In this example, that’s 0.54 x 0.28 = \$0.1512 (or 16 cents if we round up!).

What is intelligent pedal assist? How does it work?

Intelligent Pedal Assist System (PAS) enhances your electric bike riding experience by providing a more intuitive and personalised level of motorised assistance. These systems optimise power delivery, conserve battery life, and result in more smooth integration between your pedaling effort and motor assistance.

Pedaling the bike will activate the motor, speeding you onward with intelligent 1:1 pedal assist. A sensor monitors your output through the pedals. It then sends a signal to the electric motor to tell it how much assistance to give you based on your chosen assistance level.

In more simple terms, the motor will automatically provide the right amount of power to support your pedaling cadence and desired effort/speed. This results in a turbo-charged riding experience whilst still giving you total control at the pedals. It allows you to modulate your speed without the use of the throttle.

The faster you pedal, the more power the electronic motor will provide to assist you. Similarly, the steeper the incline, or the more challenging the terrain or headwind, the more power the motor will provide. Going downhill or on flats the motor will provide less power yet you’ll still feel the exact same level of support through the pedals.

One great thing about electric bikes is that you can choose your level of riding effort. If you want to do more of the work and have less assistance from the motor simply choose a lower support setting (e.g. assistance level 1). If you want to do less of the work and receive more motorised assistance then chose a higher support setting (e.g. level 5). You can toggle between these settings as you ride or when stationary with the press of an up/down button easily accessible on your handlebars.

Is it ok to ride in the rain with your e-bike?

Yes. All Vamos Bikes are 100% weatherproof. The motors and batteries are sealed units. You can ride them in any weather conditions. Rain or shine you’ll be fine to ride.

A bit of a no-brainer, but avoid any significant areas of water which will submerge the motor (located in the hub of your wheel). Whilst Vamos e-bikes are 100% weatherproof they are not designed to be able to handle being fully submerged.

Just like a normal bike, it’s best to park your bike undercover where possible to avoid rust and corrosion.

If you do happen to ride through rainy conditions ongoing, you may need to lubricate your bike chain more often.

What weight and cargo can I carry on an e-bike?

There are no weight or carry restrictions on our bikes. However, in general, the lighter the passenger/cargo the faster the bike will go, the more acceleration you will have, and the longer the battery will last. This is a consideration if you’re looking to carry cargo ongoing.

For those looking to carry passengers or cargo, an e-bike with higher wattage, higher torque, and a larger battery is always a great option. Amigo is a great option if you’re looking to carry passengers and/or a lot of gear.

Apart from the included carry options fitted to each bike, each bike can be fitted with additional after-market carry systems if desired.

Common additions are pannier bags (side saddle bags that hang off the sides of the rear carry rack), or a front basket. You can even fit out with a center-mounted child seat or attached a rear child carrier (towed carrier) to zip around the kids! Rear carry trailers that you can tow behind you also exist.

How you set up is only limited by your imagination.

All Vamos E-bikes should fit most universal attachments.

If there’s a particular attachment you’ve got your eye on please send us a link to the attachment and we can have someone from the team confirm the compatibility for you 🙌

How do you charge the battery?

To charge any of our bikes use the charger provided.

For added convenience, you can remove the battery from the bike to charge. Or, charge whilst the battery is still in the bike.

The charger plugs into any standard wall outlet. It’s similar in size to most laptop chargers.

Simply plug in, flick the power on and you’ll be chargin.

Most batteries in our range take between 5-6 hours to charge in full from flat.

Look for a battery with ‘3A’ if you’re after fast charge.

What weight can your e-bikes carry? Do they have any weight restrictions?

Our bikes don’t have weight restrictions.

However, the lighter the rider/cargo the faster they’ll ride and extend battery life.

Generally speaking, the heavier you are the less top-line speed, torque, and acceleration you’ll get. Similarly, the heavier you are the faster you’ll drain the battery.

For those on the heavier side or looking for more support and performance we recommend looking for higher watt/torque options in our range such as the Diablo, Hefe, Amigo, or Sancho.

How long does the battery last in life and per charge

You should find the expected KM range per full charge for each bike and battery option on our website, listed on each product page. Your actual range will vary depending on how heavy the rider/cargo is, your power setting, and throttle use. The heavier the rider/cargo, the higher your power settings, and the more you use the throttle, the faster you will drain the battery.

For those looking to go further on a single charge, looking to carry more, or after more top-line performance, the larger battery options are always a great choice. Most people just charge their bike battery when they’re home after a full day of riding. The battery can easily detach from the bike so it’s easy to take with you and charge at your destination or with you overnight. The charger is similar in size/weight to a laptop charger so is also incredibly portable for those that need it to be. Some people chose to get an additional charger to leave somewhere where they regularly commute (e.g. their place of work), although this is not essential.

Each Vamos Bike has a battery-life indicator on the controller/screen located on the handlebars. This will fluctuate as you ride (go up and down) as it shows you your expected range if you continue to travel at the current conditions in which you’re currently riding. For example, if you’re using a lot of power when going up a steep hill it will drop quickly. Once you are past the hill the battery-life indicator will go back up. When you are stationary the battery indicator will give you a true reading. You can check the battery life without having to turn on the bike too. If you press the power button on the battery it will also show you the charge left in the battery.

We only use leading battery providers including Samsung, Panasonic, and LG batteries purpose-made for electric bikes. Industry-leading, they are made to see a lot of use and are incredibly reliable. Nevertheless, like all batteries, they do have a finite lifespan. It’s probably only after 3-5 years or more of regular daily use that you will start to see a noticeable decline in battery life. For example, after about 500 full-charges expect about a 10-15% capacity decline.

New batteries are available if needed and can be easily replaced unlike those that are in-built into the bike. All batteries on our bikes can detach from the bike in seconds.

All batteries on our bikes come with a one-year warranty.

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