Losing an electric bike key may be one of the things that disturb the peace of any electric bike rider because losing this small key turns your bike from a fast electric bike to a regular bike.
Despite the importance of this key, most cyclists lose it a lot, and the journey begins to search for alternative ways to start the electric bike without a key.
In this post, we will explain How To Start An Electric Bike Without A Key? as well as alternative ways that you can use to operate the bike
What is the use of the ebike key?
Before we get into the technical ways in which you can start an electric bike without a key, let us first know what are the key uses of an electric bike, which are completely different from the function of the key in a car or motorcycle.
As a general rule, the key is used in an electric bicycle to lock the battery to the bicycle frame and also to close the electric circuit, which allows the passage of electric current from the battery to the motor.
Based on the above, if the function of the key in terms of starting the electric bike is to close the electric circuit, then if we manually close the electric circuit, you will be able to start the ebike without a key!
How to Paypass the ebike ignition?
In this part, we will assume that you are able to remove the battery from the electric bike (later we will explain in detail how to remove the battery from the bike without a key)
“Disclaimer: the below method required electrical technical knowledge and may cause damage to your ebike or harm you so do it at your own risk & please take all the necessary precautions”
A step-by-step guide to bypassing the Ignition key on an electric bike?
- The design of the external shape of the electric bike battery differs, but with this difference, there is one thing that is constant, which is that the battery lock is fixed with external screws and located under the battery or on one of the sides, so the first step for you to remove these screws.
- After you undo the screws, you will notice that there are two wires connected to the key core, which are responsible for closing the electrical circuit.
- Using a switch, connect the two cables together, and you will have closed the electrical circuit.
Note: The goal of using a switch is the ability to manually control the closure or opening of the electrical circuit.
ِِAdvantages of this method bypassing the Ignition key:
In my personal opinion, this method has one advantage, which is your ability to use your ebike without the need for a key, or more precisely, it is a temporary method until you find the key or change the lock completely.
Disadvantages of this method:
- This method needs some electrical information because it is a rather advanced method
- The battery will not be locked and easy to be stolen
- If the battery or bike is in warranty, you will take the battery out of warranty if you do this way
Alternative Way to Start An Electric Bike Without A Key?
In this section, we will discuss other alternatives that you can use to Start An Electric Bike Without A Key.
1-Contact manufacturer to get another key
If you bought your electric bike from a well-known manufacturer, you can contact them and give them the serial number of your bike and they will send you a replacement key, as all known manufacturers have a system that contains all the bike data.
2-Order A new key.
If you know the code for your electric bike key, you can make a copy of it online. There are many sites that provide this service, such as AXA
3- Drill the lock.
This method depends on the drill key core so that you can remove the battery and then you can change the core or change the lock completely to get a new key.
Note: When drilling, always start with a small bit, and if you cannot remove the battery, you can use a larger bit so as not to break the tire or battery.
check out this video for how to replace the lock core.
4-Use a screw to remove the battery and change the lock.
5- Pick a Lock.
This method depends on releasing the pins inside the lock using a thin piece of metal, and the advantage of this method is it does not need any tools, all you have to do is use a screwdriver in the direction of opening the lock and then using a thin metal tool press on the inner pins of the lock so that you can open the lock.
6- Use a blank Key.
One of the things that I personally tried is to use the blank key.
What is meant by the blank key is a key that does not have any cuts. You can go to the locksmith to try the blank key, and in fact, this method works with 60% of batteries, especially batteries outside the frame of the electric bike.
How to avoid losing your ebike Key?
In this part of the post, we will give you some tips that will help you avoid losing your electric bike key.
1- Make a third copy.
This advice I personally gave when I received my electric bike, as the bike came with two copies of the keys. The first thing I did was take the code for the key and I made a third copy of the key and put it in a safe place at home.
In fact, this method helped me a lot, whether it was in an emergency situation or if One of my family members wanted to use the bike when I was not at home.
2- Always keep your ebike key attached to your keychain.
The key to the electric bike is very small and will not represent anything to you if you attached it to your keychain as we are always having our keychain within our hands so, make sure that it has your electric bike key.
if the matter for you is not pleasant, you can put it in your wallet.
3-Always Keep a copy of your ebike data.
When you receive the electric bike, it is good to ask the seller for the details of the electric bike, whether it is the serial number or service tag, as well as the key code, then take pictures of all this data and send it to yourself on the e-mail to keep a copy of all the data.
This will help you if you want to make a backup copy of the key, follow up on maintenance, or even if you want to sell the bike in the future.
4-Give a key copy to your close friend or relative.
One of the good things you can do is to make a backup and give it to your close friend or someone you trust to keep at home.
From experience: The person you give the key to will keep it more than you because he feels responsible for it and also if he does not use your ebike so he will not lose the key.
As a general rule, you can start an electric bike without a key by connecting the two wires attached to the key manually using a switch. this closes the electrical circuit and connects the current from the battery to the motor.
Alternatively, you can order a new key from your ebike manufacturer or make a copy using online websites or replace the lock core using a driller or screw