Tips for the optimum battery life of Van Raam’s electric bicycles

During the cold winter months the batteries of Van Raam’s electric bicycles need some extra care. We provide you with a few tips so you can enjoy your electric bicycle during this time of the year.


Electric system by Van Raam

In this article we give you information about Van Raam bikes with the original Van Raam Electric pedal support system called Silent System with Lithium Ion batteries. With the wheelchair bikes, two-wheel tandems and the Balance low step through bike we use the Slim battery. With the tricycles, three-wheel tandems, side-by-side tandem and the scooter bike we use the Cube or Cube Heavy batteries.

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Tandem with Slim battery
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Display Van Raam bicycle
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Easy Rider tricycle with Cube battery
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Detail Van Raam Cube battery
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Tricycle with Cube Heavy battery

The storage of your bicycle and battery

  • Extreme cold is a big enemy for a battery. Make sure that you don’t keep the batteries in a cold environment for a long time. (Remove the batter(y)(ies) from the bicycle and) keep the batteries indoors and make sure that you save them cool and frost-free.

  • Keep your batteries preferably dry and cool, but at least in a room between 5 and 20 degrees Celsius (41-68 degrees Fahrenheit). Try to avoid higher and lower temperatures. 

  • Never storage your bike with an empty battery. We advise you to charge the battery as soon as possible when it’s empty.

  • You can best storage your bike when it’s charged with three to five LED lights on the display

  • Check your battery power in the winter/autumn every month and charge the battery if less than three LED lights are on.

  • Every battery discharge over time, even if you don’t use the bike. This process is called ‘self-discharge’. A battery that is empty and that is not charged, can get in a deep-discharge due to the self-discharge and thus become defective. Make sure you charge the battery in time, even if you don’t use the bike (for a while).

  • Do you park your bicycle outside all day, for example at your work of at the railway station? Take the detachable batter(y)(ies) with you and keep it dry and cool.

  • Avoid unnecessary transportation and storage of the battery in the rain. Place the battery in the car when transporting the bike with a bike carrier.

Charging the battery of a Van Raam bicycle

  • The power of the battery indicated by colored LED indicator lights on the display on the steering wheel of the bicycle. This indication consists of five green LED lights, the most left light can turn red. If only the red LED lights is still on, the battery is almost empty, and the battery needs to be charged or replaced with a full battery. (when the red LED flashes, the battery is empty, and the motor will no longer give pedal support when cycling). Depending on the power of the battery, the charging time is about 2.5 hours with an 11.2 Ah battery and about 6 hours with a 24.8 Ah battery. Charging at low temperatures takes more time. As soon as the battery is charged, the green LED lights are on continuously.

  • Charge the batteries preferably (indoors) at room temperature. Make sure that the battery is not charged at a temperature below 5 °C (41°F). As soon as the battery is charged, the green LED lights are on continuously.

  • You can always charge a Lithium Ion battery from Van Raam, so you do not have to cycle until the battery is completely empty. It is even better for the battery to charge it whilst cycling instead of waiting until the battery is completely empty.

  • If the battery has a button and indicator, the battery power can be checked by briefly pressing the button on the battery. The power of the battery is indicated by five green indicator lights, the far left of can flash green. The battery will then be almost empty. During charging, the battery shows the charging process.

  • Only use the provided Van Raam battery and only charge the battery with the charger included with the bicycle.

Pedal support at lower temperatures

  • Please note that the battery will discharge faster at a lower temperature (0 °C / 32 °F and below).

  • The range depends on various factors and is strongly influenced by: capacity and voltage of the battery, support mode, temperature, wind force, condition of the tires, driving speed, weight of the cyclist(s) and load, use of gears etc.

More information about e-bikes by Van Raam

More information about a Van Raam bicycle, such as a detailed explanation of the pedal support / electrical system can be found in the user manuals. You will find these with each Van Raam bicycle under price / documentation.