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Okay, everybody. Peter, sixthreezero, e-bikes, and bikes. Today we're going to talk about your favorite topic, power.
It's been said that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Well, we've seen a lot of that in the world. But in the world of e-bikes, power is usually a good thing. Some people don't want more power, but a lot of people do. And why do you want more power? And what does it mean? What do we mean when we talk about power? Well, there are different ways of thinking about power. Okay. You can think about power as how much oomph you get. You can also talk about power in terms of how much you have in terms of capacity. And on the battery, the battery will tell you. The battery's going to come in different volts, which is going to mean how much absolute power you have to drive that machine forward. Okay. So if you have less power, it's like having a less powerful car. So you won't be able to accelerate quite as fast. And then if you have a more powerful one, it's like having a race car. You can spin out on your e-bike and leave some donuts in the parking lot.
So anyway, you could get options from a 36-volt, 48 volts, or 52-volt battery. There are other options as well. Those are the most common, 36, 48, and 52. And that will be how much power you're delivering to your motor, whether it is a rear drive in the rear wheel, a front drive in the front wheel, or a mid-drive. Ours is in the rear wheel. And so, you want to look at volts for how much power you're getting. And that, as I said, is kind of in terms of whether you're getting an economy sedan or a gas saver compared to a race car or Lamborghini or other sports car. So the volts will be how much oomph you get.
When you're looking at how much capacity you have, how big your gas tank is, then you're looking at amp hours. Okay? Basically, amp hours is how much capacity you have, but the two are also related. And when you multiply them together, you get a thing called watt-hours, which is another way to measure capacity. On a 48 volt by 10.4 amp hour battery, like this one is, you're going to have about 500 wat hours. That's about half a kilowatt-hour, which is a pretty good amount. On a 500 wat hour battery like this one, 48 volts by 10.4 amp hours, you're going to get, depending on conditions, anywhere between 20 to 35/40 miles. Okay? It's going to depend a lot on how much throttle you use if you're going up and down hills, how windy it is, how much you weigh, and how often you accelerate. And let's see. Hilly, yeah. Windy, other conditions like that.
So... Oh, how much you pedal and how much you use the throttle, of course. Of course, if you pedal a lot and use a lower, assist, you can go much farther. If you go straight throttle, you're not going to get as much out of it, maybe, but you can still probably get may be up to 20 miles even with just going straight throttle. So it's pretty good capacity.
Now, suppose you want to go farther. Well, there are different things you can do. You can get more amp hours. That's often what people do. You can get a bigger amp hour battery. We're going to offer one that instead of 10.4 will be 14 amp-hours. So that's a lot more battery. That's almost 50% more battery and more range, more capacity.
But another thing you can do is bring another battery with you. You can just bring an extra battery with you. It's not a bad idea at all. They don't weigh a whole lot extra, especially when you're talking about an e-bike, which already weighs more than a regular bike and is giving you assistance. Okay? So you could strap it to the top here, or you could have [inaudible 00:03:23] and bring another battery with you. And obviously, another battery would double your range.
So your range is directly correlated to the amp hours of the battery, also watt-hours. But once you bring in watt-hours, you're also bringing the voltage. So obviously if you have more power, like a 52 volt, that's going to suck up the energy faster because you're using more of it more quickly. But once you get up to speed, it kind of evens out because you have inertia going for you, momentum.
So anyway, that is the basic story of about how much battery do you need, how much battery you need. Like I said, this is a 500 wat hour battery that would get you anywhere from about 20 to 40 miles, depending on how much throttle you use, how much pedaling, how much you weigh, hills, road conditions, wind, et cetera. If you need more than that, then get more battery. You may not need more voltage. You may not need more power than, say, 48 volts. In fact, 36 volts might be good for you, but you could get a 14 amp hour battery. You could get an 18 amp hour battery. You could get two batteries that are 14. So that's one good way to gauge how much battery you need.
The best way to figure it out is to go ahead and get your e-bike and get on it and start riding because everyone is different and everyone's going to get different range because they're going to ride different places, they weigh different amounts. They may be starting and stopping a lot, or just going steady state. It may be windy or not.
So, anyway, get on your e-bike and ride, kind of figure out what your range is with your battery. You'll start to understand it intuitively and your range anxiety will go away. And then if you need more battery, you can get more battery. You can either get a bigger one or just by instead of replacing the one you have, get an extra one and carry it with you. Okay? So basically amp-hours, and also watt-hours relate to your range and how much battery you need.
Where do we start? With power, that's right. So this power won't corrupt you. This will make your life better and improve everything in your life, including your relationships, your health, your psychology, your emotional wellbeing, and also the planet that we live on. Have fun.
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