Electric Bike Charging Time [Complete Data And Research]

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?

person calculating their electric bike charging time using a calculator, a laptop, and notebooks

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

visual representation of 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 bikesCharging time (hrs)
Izzy Wheels Vello Bike+2
Propella SS2.5
Propella Mini2.5
Specialized Turbo Como SL2.5
JackRabbit micro e-bike3
The Ride Radiant Carbon3
Cannondale Quick Neo EQ3
Cube Acid Hybrid ONE 500 Allroad3
Specialized Turbo Como 3.03
Gocycle G43.5
Riese & Müller Homage GT Nuvinci HS3.5
Cannondale Treadwell Neo 24
Swagcycle EB-5 Pro4
Electric Bike Company Model Y4
Swagtron EB5 Pro4
Trek Allant Plus 9.9S4
Blix Vika+ Flex4
Brompton Electric P Line Urban4
VanMoof S34
Focus Aventura2 6.74
VanMoof Electrified X24
Haibike XDURO Nduro 10.04
Aventon Level.24.5
Ancheer Power Plus4.5
Riese & Müller Load 60 Touring HS4.5
Specialized Turbo Vado 5.04.5
Bulls Lacuba EVO E45S4.5
Trek Powerfly FS 7 Plus4.5
Yamaha CrossCore4.5
Aventon Aventure.25
Aventon Soltera5
Ride1Up Prodigy5
PEDAL Electric CORE5
Rad Power Bikes RadMission5
Biktrix Juggernaut HD Duo55
Aventon Aventure Step-Through5
Specialized Turbo Levo Comp5
Giant Quick E+5
Haibike SDURO Trekking 4.05
Aventon Pace 5005
Bulls Cross Lite E Step-Thru5
Blix Vika+5
Charge City5
Haro Downtown+5
Norco VLT R25
QuietKat Ranger5
Scott Genius eRide 9205
Trek Allant+ 7S5
Yamaha Wabash5
BH Atom-X Carbon Lynx 6 Pro5
Cube Agree Hybrid C:62 SLT Disc5
Flyer Uproc6 8.705
Haibike XDURO AllMtn 9.05
KTM Macina Kapoho LT 2715
BH Atom-X Carbon Lynx 5.5 Pro5
Cube Kathmandu Hybrid Pro 6255
Haibike XDURO AllMtn 8.05
Izzy Wheels Leaos Carbon Urban5
Izzy Wheels My Esel5
Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent X5
Kalkhoff Endeavour 1.B Move5
KTM Macina Lycan 27.5 Master5
LeMond e-bike5
NCM Munich Plus5
Pivot Shuttle Race5
QuietKat Villager5
Walleräng M.01 Touring5
Stromer ST35
Watt Wagons Ultimate Adventure5
Focus Paralane2 9.95
Cube Stereo Hybrid 140 HPC5.5
Orbea Wild FS M-LTD5.5
Rad Power Bikes RadRunner Plus6
Ride1UP 700 Series6
Lectric XP 3.06
Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus6
Lectric XP Lite6
Blix Aveny Skyline6
Blix Sol Eclipse6
Blix Packa Genie6
Mokwheel Basalt6
Ride1Up Core 56
Nakto 350W Beach Cruiser6
Trek Rail E-Mountain Bike6
Lectric XPremium6
Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser6
Rad Power Bikes RadRunner6
Velotric Nomad 16
Priority Current6
Ariel Rider X-Class6
Rad Power Bikes Rad Rover 6 Plus6
Ariel Rider Grizzly6
Rad Power Bikes RadRover 56
Trek Verve+ 36
Electra Townie Go! 7D6
Gazelle Medeo T96
IZIP E3 Moda6
Juiced Bikes RipCurrent S6
Lapierre eZesty AM LTD6
Pedego City Commuter6
Riese & Müller Superdelite GT Rohloff6
Urban Arrow Family6
Walleräng M.01 Sport6
X-Treme Rubicon 48V6
Diamondback Union 16
Jamis Hudson E36
Ariel Rider D-Class6
Delfast Top 2.06
Diamondback Current6
Gazelle Arroyo C8 HMB6
Haibike Sduro Fullseven LT 8.06
Mando Footloose IM6
Magnum Peak6
NCM Aspen Plus6
Optibike R15C6
Riese & Müller Charger3 GT Rohloff HS6
Riese & Müller Nevo GT Touring6
Stromer ST1 X6
Tern GSD S006
Tern Vektron S106
Urban Arrow Shorty6
Urban Arrow Tender6
VanMoof Electrified S26
VanMoof X36
Watt Wagons Ultimate Commuter6
Xtracycle RFA Sport6
X-Treme Malibu Elite Max 36V6
Urban Arrow Family Performance6
Xtracycle RFA Utility6
E-Motion City Wave6
Gazelle CityZen T10 HMB6
Izzy Wheels Ampler Curt6
Co-op Cycles CTY e2.16.5
Rad Power Bikes RadExpand 56.5
Serial 1 RUSH/CTY SPEED6.5
Cannondale Synapse Neo 16.5
Focus Jam2 6.7 Nine6.5
Tern GSD S10 LX6.5
TurboAnt Thunder T17
Roadster V2 Gravel Edition7
Juiced CrossCurrent S27
Fantic XF3 160 Race7
Kalkhoff Agattu 1.B Move7
Yuba Kombi E57
Bafang M400-based e-bikes7
Bulls Alpine Hawk EVO7
Cannondale Synapse Neo SE7
Canyon Spectral: ON CF 87.5
Himiway Cruiser8
Magnum Ui68
E-Joe Gadis8
QuietKat Apex8
Pedego Trail Tracker8
QuietKat Warrior8
Cube Travel Hybrid ONE 5008
Diamondback Response8
Juiced Scorpion X8
Average charging time5.5

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

closeup of an opened lithium electric bike battery

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?

closeup of a new electric bike battery charger

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.

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Matt standing next to his Xiaomi M365 Pro electric scooter and holding an electric scooter helmet
My name is Matt Trajkovski. I love electric scooters, and electric vehicles in general. I like doing a lot of testing, reviewing, and research on various electric scooter models and brands, looking for great value and performance, both through data and experience. All of the content published on this blog goes through a rigorous review and editorial process, and our product reviews not only include the hands-on experience of our own team members, but the experience of our audience members as well. My goal is to provide you with the best information about electric scooters possible. You can see all of my posts in my articles archive.

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