5 Most Common Rad Power Bikes Battery Problems

5 Most Common Rad Power Bikes Battery Problems

The most common Rad Power Bikes battery issue is that the battery won’t charge properly. A faulty charger or a loose connection usually causes this. To fix this issue, check the charger cable, try a different outlet, clean the charging port, and check the battery fuse. If the battery still won’t charge, contact Rad Power Bikes customer support.

I once experienced a Rad Power Bikes battery issue where the battery wouldn’t charge properly. I tried all of the troubleshooting steps mentioned in the previous paragraph, but nothing worked. I was about to contact Rad Power Bikes customer support when I decided to try one more thing: I calibrated the battery.

This process worked like a charm! After I calibrated the battery, it was able to charge properly again. I’m not sure why the battery needed to be calibrated, but I’m glad I could fix the problem without contacting Rad Power Bikes customer support.

In this article, I’ll discuss some common Rad Power Bikes battery issues and provide solutions for each problem.

Rad Power Bikes Battery Issues

There are numerous Rad Power Bike battery issues. Some of these include:

  • The battery is not charging properly
  • Battery not holding a charge
  • Battery overheating
  • Battery range is decreasing
  • Battery is dead

Now that you’re aware of the common Rad Power Bike battery issues, I’ll be giving you the solutions to resolve every one of them.

Let’s begin!

1. Battery not charging properly

The most common reason why a Rad Power Bike’s battery won’t charge properly is a faulty charger. When I experience a faulty charger, I use a spare charger to charge my battery. If the battery charges with my spare charger, I know the original charger is faulty and needs replacing. If you don’t have a spare charger, or if the battery still won’t charge after using a spare charger, then the problem is likely with the battery itself.

How to fix your battery not charging properly

Solution 1: Check the charger cable

Ensure the charger cable is plugged into the battery’s outlet and charging port. If the cable is loose, try plugging it in again. You can also try using a different charger cable to see if that fixes the problem.

Solution 2: Try a different outlet

If you use a power strip, plug the charger directly into the wall outlet. If you’re using an extension cord, try using a shorter or a different cord altogether.

Solution 3: Clean the charging port

The battery and bike charging port can get dirty over time. This can prevent the charger from making a good connection. I use a dry cloth to clean the charging port and remove debris. I sometimes use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol when cleaning the port.

Solution 4: Check the battery fuse

The battery fuse is located inside the battery case. If the fuse is blown, it will need to be replaced.

Here’s a step by step guide on how I usually use when changing my battery fuse:

Tools and Materials:

  • Replacement battery fuse (10 amp)
  • Electrical tape
  • Automotive trim removal tool
  • Clear silicone sealant
  • T10 Torx screwdriver

Instructions:

  1. Remove the battery from the bike.
  2. Locate the battery fuse. The fuse is located inside the battery case, near the charging port.
  3. Use the automotive trim removal tool to pry open the battery case.
  4. Remove the old battery fuse and replace it with the new fuse.
  5. Use electrical tape to seal the battery case back up.
  6. Apply a bead of clear silicone sealant around the edge of the battery case.
  7. Replace the battery end caps and tighten the screws.
  8. Reinstall the battery in the bike.
Solution 5: Calibrate the battery

Sometimes, the battery management system (BMS) can get disconnected. This can cause the battery not to charge properly. To calibrate the battery, fully drain it and then charge it to 100%. Once the battery is fully charged, ride your bike for a few minutes until the battery level drops to 90%. Then, plug the charger in and charge the battery back to 100%.

2. Battery not holding a charge

A battery not holding a charge is one of the most common problems Rad Power Bikes owners experience. I’ve encountered this a couple of times, and the contributing factors to this problem are the age of the battery, the type of riding you do, and the climate you live in. 

How to fix battery not holding charge

Solution 1: Make sure you are charging the battery fully

This may seem obvious, but ensuring the battery is fully charged before you go for a ride is important. If the battery is not fully charged, it will not hold a charge for as long.

Solution 2: Avoid riding the bike in extreme temperatures

Extreme temperatures can damage the battery and shorten its lifespan, rendering it incapable of holding charges. If you must ride in extreme temperatures, try to minimize your time riding and keep the battery cool.

Solution 3: Avoid letting the battery run completely flat

Letting the battery run completely flat can also damage it. If you will not use the bike for a while, store the battery with a partial charge.

Solution 4: Calibrate the battery

Sometimes, the battery management system (BMS) can get disconnected. This can cause the battery not to hold a charge properly. To calibrate the battery, fully drain it and then charge it to 100%. Once the battery is fully charged, ride your bike for a few minutes until the battery level drops to 90%. Then, plug the charger in and charge the battery back to 100%.

Solution 5: Replace the battery

If you have tried all of the above and your battery is still not charging, it may be time to replace it. Rad Power Bikes batteries have a limited warranty, so you may be able to get a new battery for free if your battery is still under warranty.

Here’s what I usually do when replacing the battery on my bike:

Tools and Materials:

  • Replacement Rad Power Bikes battery
  • Rad Power Bikes battery key

Instructions:

  1. Turn the battery key to the “off and unlocked” position.
  2. Locate the battery release levers. The battery release levers are located on the sides of the battery, near the bottom.
  3. Pull the battery release levers up.
  4. Lift the battery up and out of the bike.
  5. To install the new battery, slide it down into the bike and ensure the release levers snap into place.
  6. Turn the battery key to the “on” position.

3. Battery overheating

An overheating battery can be a serious problem. Overheating can damage the battery and reduce its lifespan, and in extreme cases, it can even cause the battery to catch fire. Several factors can contribute to battery overheating, such as riding in extreme temperatures, using the bike in a hilly area, or carrying a heavy load.

How to fix battery overheating

Solution 1: Give the battery a break

If you are riding your bike in hot weather and you notice it heating up, take breaks to allow the battery to cool down. I usually stop in the shade or ride at a slower pace.

Solution 2: Reduce the load on the battery

I’ve noticed that when I’m carrying a heavy load on my bike, this tends to strain the battery and cause it to overheat. So, I usually try my best to reduce the load on my bike as much as possible.

Solution 3: Clean the battery vents

The battery vents are located on the sides of the battery. Make sure that the battery vents are clean and free of debris. This will help to prevent the battery from overheating.

Solution 4: Check the battery for damage

If the battery is damaged, it can overheat. Inspect the battery for any signs of damage, such as cracks, dents, or bulges. If you find any damage, replace the battery immediately.

4. Battery range is decreasing

All batteries degrade over time, including the batteries in Rad Power Bikes. As a result, it is normal for the battery range of your Rad Power Bikes to decrease over time. Some of the most common causes include the battery age, riding conditions, and maintenance.

How to fix battery range is decreasing

Solution 1: Use a lower pedal assist level

Using a high pedal assist level will drain the battery more quickly. So, what I do when I am not riding in a hilly area is to try to use a lower pedal assist level.

Solution 2: Replace the battery

If the battery is old, it may be time to replace it. Rad Power Bikes offers a replacement battery program for customers experiencing problems with their batteries.

Solution 3: Change your riding habits

If your battery’s range is decreasing, try changing your riding habits. For example, avoid riding in extreme temperatures, on hills, or carrying a heavy load.

Solution 4: Maintain your battery properly

Make sure to properly maintain your battery by following the manufacturer’s instructions. This includes charging the battery to 100% before riding, avoiding letting it run completely flat, and storing it in a cool, dry place.

5. Battery is dead

A dead Rad Power Bikes battery is one of those common problems that many owners tend to experience. There are some factors that can cause a battery to die, such as age, overuse, or extreme temperatures. However, you can also do a few things to try to fix the problem and revive your battery.

How to fix battery is dead

Solution 1: Check the charger

Ensure the charger is plugged in and the charging cable is properly connected to both the battery and the charger.

Solution 2: Try a different outlet

If you use a power strip, plug the charger directly into the wall outlet instead. If you use an extension cord, try using a shorter or a different cord altogether.

Solution 3: Clean the charging port

The battery and bike charging port can get dirty over time. This can prevent the charger from making a good connection. To clean the charging port, use a dry cloth to remove dirt or debris. You can also use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to clean the port.

Solution 4: Check the battery fuse

The battery fuse is located inside the battery case. If the fuse is blown, it will need to be replaced. To replace the fuse, open the battery case and identify the fuse. Remove the old fuse and replace it with a new fuse of the same size and rating.

Solution 5: Calibrate the battery

If the battery management system (BMS) gets out of sync, the battery may not charge properly. To calibrate the battery, fully drain it and then charge it to 100%. Once charged, ride the bike until the battery level drops to 90%. Then, plug in the charger and charge the battery back to 100%.

Solution 6: Replace the battery

If you have tried all of the above and your battery is still dead, it may be time to replace it. Rad Power Bikes offers a battery replacement program to customers with batteries less than two years old that are no longer holding a charge. Proof of purchase is required.

Tips for Extending the Life of Your Rad Power Bike Battery

  • Avoid riding in extreme temperatures. Extreme heat and cold can damage the battery and reduce its lifespan. If possible, avoid riding your bike in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Keep the tires properly inflated. Underinflated tires will make the bike harder to pedal, draining the battery faster. Keep your tires properly inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure.
  • Avoid frequent braking and accelerating. Braking and accelerating use a lot of energy, so try to avoid doing it too often.
  • Coast whenever possible. Coasting is a great way to conserve battery power.
  • Plan your route ahead of time. Try to plan your route so that you can avoid hills and other obstacles that will drain the battery faster.
  • Take breaks while riding. This will give the battery time to cool down and recharge.
  • Store the battery in a cool, dry place when you are not using it. Avoid storing the battery in extreme temperatures, such as in a hot car or a cold garage.
  • Charge the battery regularly. It is best to keep the battery level above 20%. Avoid letting the battery run completely flat, as this can damage it.
  • Clean the battery and charger contacts regularly. Dirt and corrosion can build up on the battery and charger contacts and prevent the battery from charging properly. Clean the contacts with a dry cloth or a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.
  • Have your bike serviced regularly by a qualified mechanic. A qualified mechanic can check the battery for damage and maintain it properly.

Conclusion

Rad Power Bikes batteries are generally reliable, but like any battery, they can experience problems over time. The most common Rad Power Bikes battery issues are that the battery won’t charge properly, the battery doesn’t hold a charge, the battery overheats, and the battery range is decreasing.

If you are experiencing any of these problems, there are a few things you can try to fix the problem yourself. However, if you have tried all of the troubleshooting steps and the battery is still not working properly, you should contact Rad Power Bikes customer support for assistance.

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