The Quick and Dirty Guide to Ebike Wattage

If you are just starting to dive off into the exciting world of electric bicycles, it can quickly become a bit confusing to know exactly what kind of ebike you need. What kind of battery is best? Why are there different voltages? How many watts do you need? And why it is all so darn confusing?

We're going to try to break the wattage into very simple terms to help you figure out how much power you want to invest in. Wattage is the total power of your ebike and is calculated by multiplying two numbers: the VOLTAGE multiplied by the AMPS.

So, for example, our Micargi Cyclone Electric Beach Cruiser Bike is equipped with a 48V (volt) battery and an 11.6A (amp) controller. Simply multiply 48 x 11.6 to find out the wattage, which is 556.8W, or rounded down, we list it as a 500W ebike.

That means the higher the wattage, the higher the power of your electric bicycle. But how does this translate to what kind of wattage you need? For riders who are petite and light and riding on a flat surface, a 250W ebike usually works fine. However, if you are larger or riding on hills or rough terrain, you probably will want to upgrade your wattage - especially if you like to feel a little power and be able to really move. Our 500W to 750W ebikes are the most commonly sold sizes. We do occasionally have an 800W or even a 1000W model if you are really wanting to feel some serious power.

Just keep in mind that if you are planning on riding on the street, be sure to know your local laws regarding ebikes as they vary from state to state. For more information, click here for a state-by-state guide at compiled by the good people at People for Bikes and ride electric!

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