When the weather warms up in Ontario, you may be looking to take your e-bike out for a spin. A common issue that keeps arising is e-bike battery fires due to extreme heat and charging malfunctions. As a result, it’s important to understand how to prevent e-bike battery fires. In this article, we’re breaking down the many ways to do just that.

1. Be mindful of your e-bike when it’s charging

One of the most important things to remember is to not leave your e-bike unattended when it’s charging, such as overnight. Additionally, it’s important to unplug it as soon as it’s fully charged. Not only is this tip following manufacturer instructions, but it also helps you keep an eye on the bike in case it overheats. 

2. Find a safe space for storing your e-bike

This tip is helpful if you’ve owned an e-bike for a long time, or just purchased your first one. Blocking your entry hallway or bedroom, for example, isn’t ideal. It can lead to a tripping hazard or overheating, depending on the other appliances in the area. Additionally, where you store your e-bike is also where you should charge it. 

3. Keep your e-bike away from flammable materials

Another helpful way to prevent e-bike battery fires is to keep the bike away from flammable materials. External heat sources, such as heating vents and radiators, are a big fire hazard for the e-bike’s battery. We recommend charging your e-bike outside in your garage or shaded area.

4. Pay attention to your e-bike battery when riding

When you’re using your e-bike, it’s still important to remain conscious of how the battery is performing. And if you damage your bike or get into an accident, make sure to assess the battery to see for any damage.

5. Always use the charger that comes with your e-bike

To avoid any fire hazards, we recommend using the charger that comes with your e-bike. It is designed to help support your bike, whereas a charger for another model won’t be fully equipped to protect and charge your bike. 

6. Purchase your e-bike from a reputable brand

To prevent e-bike battery fires, it’s important to trust the brand of the e-bike you’re buying. As e-bikes are relatively new on the roads, it may be difficult to know which brands are trustworthy. We recommend Emmo, NIU, and Rad Power Bikes.

7. Remove your e-bike battery when transporting your bike

Another way to prevent an e-bike battery fire is to remove the battery when transporting your bike. Not only will this protect the battery from damage, but will also limit its exposure to flammable materials and surfaces. 

8. Get your e-bike checked by a professional

If you notice anything wrong with your e-bike, it’s best to get it checked by a professional. An authorized dealer can check and see if your bike is still good to ride or at risk of catching on fire. A good way to verify this is by checking if your battery is damaged. 

9. Keep e-bike batteries away from pets and children

Another important way to prevent e-bike battery fires is to keep the battery away from pets and children. The risk of these batteries catching fire is low, but it is still a possibility due to overheating. So, it’s always best to keep vulnerable members of your household away.

10. If you notice a problem, stop charging your e-bike

Finally, if you feel concerned about the temperature of your e-bike while it’s charging, we recommend stopping the charging process immediately. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

We hope this article provides a better idea of how to prevent e-bike battery fires. Stay safe!

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