Hi everyone, I’ve been reading on this website a lot the past 2 weeks and I’ve learned more than anything I could have imagined. Since a kid I’ve grown up with skating, my brother skated, my friends skated, and I skated. A while back I got into longboards, and longboard everywhere now, Literally. That’s my only transportation, the people that live in my town know me as, the kid that always longboards. And I love my baby, but I soon got hooked on Electric Skateboards while watching Youtube.
Researching even further, I found tons of people that make DIY Electric skateboards for way cheaper. I got hooked to build my own board. Now for starters I live on flat land (South Florida) no hills down here, so learning about torque, it doesn’t seem like I need to focus on that. I’m more focused on top speed. I have no fear for speed, and hopefully one day I can make a really expensive board that can go 20 miles a charge and reach top speeds of 40 mph, but for right now, I know that it’s not realistic.
My plan is to build a budget board that goes top speed of at least 20mph and can go 10 miles on 1 charge. Spending (upwards to about $700, no more than $750) my mind set is to build a really good board just without the really expensive battery. What I mean by this is that I’m willing to spend on buying really good parts, building the board with a 6s battery, and then eventually buy a 10-12s low profile battery in exchange for the 6s.
The build I was thinking would include: - Maple wood (around 40in) top mount board - 180mm Paris V2 trucks with 83mm Flywheels - Bone Reds bearings - Single Turnigy Aerodrive SK3 - 6364-245kv Brushless Outrunner Motor (when it comes back in stock) - DIYElectricSkateboard (TorqueBoards) VESC BLDC Speed Controller - DIYElectricSkateboard Single Bolt On Motor Mount Set - DIYElectricSkateboard 36T ABEC Pulley Combo Kit (36T/16T) (255mm 12mm Fiberglass Belt) - The GT2B transmitter, which im going to make smaller with Thingiverse BadWolf Case mod - 2x Zippy 3s 5000mAh LiPo’s - IMAX B6 charger - Enclosure- I plan to build my own out of aluminium with a coating of plastic on the inside for damage control.
Adding up all the costs (including shipping, and adding about $50 of misc items) I got the price to be around $675.
Some questions I still have:
- Doing my own top speed check, theoretically I can get 23.5mph, however including weight (140lb) I’ll be satisfied if i get 20mph. Do you think my board will be able to get this speed?
- Also, I couldn’t really find how long my board will last per charge, I know it all depends on how fast your going, and other variables, so I was wondering how long per charge I’ll be able to get out of the board?
- And, I know I didn’t go with any Enertia’s products, but it’s because I’ve read so many things about pushed back deliveries, and VESC breaking. Now reading Torqueboard’s VESC, his have seen much more success. However this is due to the articles I’ve read so far. And since most of the prices on both websites are about the same, I’m willing to buy Enertia’s products if their better. So I just want your opinions on what I should get, and your experiences?
- And ideas on weatherproofing? Down here in South Florida, it is constantly raining, and I don’t plan to actually ride in the rain, however, rain could come at any second (wet pavement back splash is what I’m really worried about).
Thank you for everyone’s time that read this, basically book, forum. I really look forward to building this board, and having a blast with it in the future.