Last Updated on May 17, 2023 by Matt
An electric bike’s charging time is an important factor to consider. A long charging time can be quite annoying if you use your electric bike often and hate waiting for things in general.
You may be wondering how long an electric bike usually takes to charge. We will answer that in detail in this guide.
How long does it take to charge an electric bike?
On average, an electric bike takes 5.5 hours to charge. The vast majority of electric bikes have a charging time ranging between 4-6 hours. However, depending on your ebike’s battery capacity and charger’s output current, charging can take as long as 8 hours or as little as 2 hours.
Next, we’ll see how long it takes to charge different models of electric bikes. If your bike model isn’t on our list, I will teach you a way you can calculate any ebike’s charging time easily.
How to calculate an electric bike’s charging time?
You can easily find the charging times of an electric bike model from the user manuals, manufacturer’s website, and user reviews.
Even then, it’s always a good idea to calculate the value yourself and then compare it with the charging time the manufacturer and users have reported.
To calculate the electric bike charging time for your ebike model, you can use the following formula:
Charging time (h) = Battery energy capacity (Ah) / [Charger current (A) * Charging efficiency (%)]
Let’s do an example with the Aventon Level.2 electric bike. The bike is equipped with a lithium-ion battery of 14 Ah energy capacity and a 3A charger current. Since lithium-ion batteries mostly have an efficiency of 90%, that’s the value I will use for this calculation.
Charging time for Aventon Level.2 = 14 Ah / [3 A * 90%] = 5.18 hours
The charging time specified by the manufacturer is 4-5 hours, which is affirmed by multiple user reviews as well.
You should note that the efficiency of lithium-ion batteries can vary in efficiency by a few percent depending on their age and the charge cycles they’ve been through. So even if the manufacturer’s value doesn’t match the calculated or user-reviewed value to the T, it doesn’t mean one is more accurate than the other. As long as the values are near each other, they’ll give you a good idea of the charging time you can expect from the bike.
Electric bike charging times
To find the charging times for all the electric bikes mentioned in the list, I went through the manufacturers’ websites and user reviews for each bike, but also took into account my own personal experiences with some of the models. I prioritized the charging times observed by myself or mentioned by users, and if there weren’t any available, I used the manufacturer’s specified value.
|Electric bikes||Charging time (hrs)|
|Izzy Wheels Vello Bike+||2|
|Specialized Turbo Como SL||2.5|
|JackRabbit micro e-bike||3|
|The Ride Radiant Carbon||3|
|Cannondale Quick Neo EQ||3|
|Cube Acid Hybrid ONE 500 Allroad||3|
|Specialized Turbo Como 3.0||3|
|Riese & Müller Homage GT Nuvinci HS||3.5|
|Cannondale Treadwell Neo 2||4|
|Swagcycle EB-5 Pro||4|
|Electric Bike Company Model Y||4|
|Swagtron EB5 Pro||4|
|Trek Allant Plus 9.9S||4|
|Blix Vika+ Flex||4|
|Brompton Electric P Line Urban||4|
|Focus Aventura2 6.7||4|
|VanMoof Electrified X2||4|
|Haibike XDURO Nduro 10.0||4|
|Ancheer Power Plus||4.5|
|Riese & Müller Load 60 Touring HS||4.5|
|Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0||4.5|
|Bulls Lacuba EVO E45S||4.5|
|Trek Powerfly FS 7 Plus||4.5|
|PEDAL Electric CORE||5|
|Rad Power Bikes RadMission||5|
|Biktrix Juggernaut HD Duo5||5|
|Aventon Aventure Step-Through||5|
|Specialized Turbo Levo Comp||5|
|Giant Quick E+||5|
|Haibike SDURO Trekking 4.0||5|
|Aventon Pace 500||5|
|Bulls Cross Lite E Step-Thru||5|
|Norco VLT R2||5|
|Scott Genius eRide 920||5|
|Trek Allant+ 7S||5|
|BH Atom-X Carbon Lynx 6 Pro||5|
|Cube Agree Hybrid C:62 SLT Disc||5|
|Flyer Uproc6 8.70||5|
|Haibike XDURO AllMtn 9.0||5|
|KTM Macina Kapoho LT 271||5|
|BH Atom-X Carbon Lynx 5.5 Pro||5|
|Cube Kathmandu Hybrid Pro 625||5|
|Haibike XDURO AllMtn 8.0||5|
|Izzy Wheels Leaos Carbon Urban||5|
|Izzy Wheels My Esel||5|
|Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent X||5|
|Kalkhoff Endeavour 1.B Move||5|
|KTM Macina Lycan 27.5 Master||5|
|NCM Munich Plus||5|
|Pivot Shuttle Race||5|
|Walleräng M.01 Touring||5|
|Watt Wagons Ultimate Adventure||5|
|Focus Paralane2 9.9||5|
|Cube Stereo Hybrid 140 HPC||5.5|
|Orbea Wild FS M-LTD||5.5|
|Rad Power Bikes RadRunner Plus||6|
|Ride1UP 700 Series||6|
|Lectric XP 3.0||6|
|Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus||6|
|Lectric XP Lite||6|
|Blix Aveny Skyline||6|
|Blix Sol Eclipse||6|
|Blix Packa Genie||6|
|Ride1Up Core 5||6|
|Nakto 350W Beach Cruiser||6|
|Trek Rail E-Mountain Bike||6|
|Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser||6|
|Rad Power Bikes RadRunner||6|
|Velotric Nomad 1||6|
|Ariel Rider X-Class||6|
|Rad Power Bikes Rad Rover 6 Plus||6|
|Ariel Rider Grizzly||6|
|Rad Power Bikes RadRover 5||6|
|Trek Verve+ 3||6|
|Electra Townie Go! 7D||6|
|Gazelle Medeo T9||6|
|IZIP E3 Moda||6|
|Juiced Bikes RipCurrent S||6|
|Lapierre eZesty AM LTD||6|
|Pedego City Commuter||6|
|Riese & Müller Superdelite GT Rohloff||6|
|Urban Arrow Family||6|
|Walleräng M.01 Sport||6|
|X-Treme Rubicon 48V||6|
|Diamondback Union 1||6|
|Jamis Hudson E3||6|
|Ariel Rider D-Class||6|
|Delfast Top 2.0||6|
|Gazelle Arroyo C8 HMB||6|
|Haibike Sduro Fullseven LT 8.0||6|
|Mando Footloose IM||6|
|NCM Aspen Plus||6|
|Riese & Müller Charger3 GT Rohloff HS||6|
|Riese & Müller Nevo GT Touring||6|
|Stromer ST1 X||6|
|Tern GSD S00||6|
|Tern Vektron S10||6|
|Urban Arrow Shorty||6|
|Urban Arrow Tender||6|
|VanMoof Electrified S2||6|
|Watt Wagons Ultimate Commuter||6|
|Xtracycle RFA Sport||6|
|X-Treme Malibu Elite Max 36V||6|
|Urban Arrow Family Performance||6|
|Xtracycle RFA Utility||6|
|E-Motion City Wave||6|
|Gazelle CityZen T10 HMB||6|
|Izzy Wheels Ampler Curt||6|
|Co-op Cycles CTY e2.1||6.5|
|Rad Power Bikes RadExpand 5||6.5|
|Serial 1 RUSH/CTY SPEED||6.5|
|Cannondale Synapse Neo 1||6.5|
|Focus Jam2 6.7 Nine||6.5|
|Tern GSD S10 LX||6.5|
|TurboAnt Thunder T1||7|
|Roadster V2 Gravel Edition||7|
|Juiced CrossCurrent S2||7|
|Fantic XF3 160 Race||7|
|Kalkhoff Agattu 1.B Move||7|
|Yuba Kombi E5||7|
|Bafang M400-based e-bikes||7|
|Bulls Alpine Hawk EVO||7|
|Cannondale Synapse Neo SE||7|
|Canyon Spectral: ON CF 8||7.5|
|Pedego Trail Tracker||8|
|Cube Travel Hybrid ONE 500||8|
|Juiced Scorpion X||8|
|Average charging time||5.5|
From the data, it can be concluded that the average charging time of an electric bike is 5.5 hours (5 hours and 30 minutes). The shortest charging time is 2 hours (the Izzy Wheels Vello Bike+), while the longest is 8 hours for several different models with bigger batteries.
Before you immediately decide to go for the bike with the quickest charging time, remember that shorter charging time is often because of a lower battery capacity. The charger itself can be faster as well, although that often results in a shorter battery lifespan.
Take all of that into account and make a decision based on your needs.
How to decrease an electric bike’s charging time
The most effective way to decrease the charge time of your electric bike is by using a fast charger. I recommend using a fast charger from the same manufacturer as your electric bike so there are no compatibility issues.
Not all batteries can handle fast charging. An incompatible fast charger will do more harm than good by damaging your battery and shortening its life. So make sure you consult the manufacturer before changing your original charger.
Factors that affect the electric bike charging time
There are many factors that can affect the charging time of an electric bike battery. The main ones are the bike’s battery type, capacity, and output current of its charger.
Lithium-ion batteries are the most efficient, but some rare electric bikes are also equipped with sealed lead-acid (SLA) batteries having an approximate efficiency of 85%. Less efficiency means the battery will take longer to charge.
The charge time of an electric battery also depends on its age. Batteries degrade with age, losing efficiency and their ability to charge quickly.
Other than that, charging the battery at high temperatures can increase its charging time and decrease its lifespan. The most suitable temperature for charging lithium-ion batteries is 0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F), and for lead acid batteries is –20°C to 50°C (–4°F to 122°F).
How to charge an electric bike?
Here are some tips for preserving your e-bike’s battery efficiency to maintain a quick charge time:
- always use the manufacturer’s provided charger.
- use a battery with a battery management system to prevent overheating, overcharging, and undercharging
- don’t charge your battery in extreme temperatures
- completely charge your battery, and never let it drain completely
- let your bike cool off after charging before taking it for a ride
- similarly, let it cool off after a ride instead of immediately putting it on charge
Check out my guide on how to charge an electric bike for more information.