350 miles later & I've figured out how to nurse battery discharge for best range.
Is it just me or did it take other E-Bikers a while to really understand how to apply the juice in relationship with pedaling for best range & fun/exercise factor ? I rode 17 + miles today on my Mountain E-bike with a 9 AH Panasonic cell 36 volt / Con-His motor 500 watt motor setup, my furthest distance by far .. I . In the past I was going for quick neighborhood 3-7 mile blasts heavy on the thumb throttle, sometimes towards the end of these quick fast runs I would hit the thumb throttle & nothing so i figured battery was getting close to flat but not so, seems the over discharge protection was kicking in. I averaged around 12 MPH's today which was a windy day & took a nice leasurly ride to a neat local spot on the water. I stoped 3 or 4 times shut off the battery & rested, the thing that is really cool is the meter on the battery showed it was still 3/4 charged when I got home 17 miles later.
I totally understand why the manufactures state such a varied range for e-bikes. ..
& I've realized the best way to nurse the batteries discharge which pretty much includes me pedaling along most of the way giving it a little shot of juice to sustain the speeds etc..
Oh well sorry for rambling but I'm pretty psyched knowing I have the range with my newly learned e-biking technique to hit some neat local spots ..
It keeps on getting better now that you have figured that much out. I can get close to 40 miles on a 12ah LiFePo4 (9.36ah actual due to BMS) 48v with a 1000w direct drive hubmotor averaging 18 mph in hilly terrain by pedaling in a big enough gear to stay on top of the motor, which I keep at pretty much full throttle. Basically I am assisting the motor!
Yes assisting the motor is a good way to look @ it
I'm 50 years old in April & need to exercise more as heart disease runs in my family so by making the electric motor more of a 50/50 partner my E-bike is like a whole new experience/vehicle for me
I'm able to go pretty far & get a whole lot of much needed exercise & sun & reach the places the Pretty Girls hang out .
Basiclly I was a little bummed out before thinking I got too small of a battery but now not so due to my latest Epiphany ..
Oh well rambling again, thanks for the reply