I’ve never skated before, but when my youngest son (8 years old) said he wanted an electrical engine to build something that moves I started to investigate electrical skateboards and got hooked on the idea. I have some experience with Raspberry Pi , Arduino and Servos and DC-motors, soldering and other DIY-projects so I think I will be able to construct one, but I’m hesitant about the parts to use.
Our goals are a bit different than regular e-skaters I guess:
- To have fun building it
- To learn stuff about electronics, mechanics and batteries on the go
- To build something reasonably safe
- To build something stable and easy to ride
- To find good budget alternatives, I’m thinking of a total budget around 300-400€. Buying used components is totally OK.
Things that are not important to us now are:
- Speed - I guess around 15km/h will be enough
- Range - If we can ride for half an hour that is OK to start with
- Power to go uphill - We will try to stay level since we can’t skate at all!
I’m thinking of following this tutorial: BigKids HOW TO BUILD A DIY ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD
I’m interested in skimping on some parts however. Maybe we can use a weaker engine and/or also settle for a less powerful battery? So far I’ve been thinking of these using these main parts:
- HGLRC-Flipsky FSESC 4.12 50A SK8 ESC - Maybe we can get a cheaper, less powerful ESC and hook it up to my Arduino?
- BangGood DIY Electric Skateboard Kit
- 6374 190KV Outrunner motor - Maybe we can get a cheaper, less powerful alternative? Maybe a combined RC car ESC/motor-kit could save money?
- A regular flexing longboard
- Large wheels 70-90mm
- Caliber trucks
- Homemade enclosures.
- Batteries - Not decided yet, could one Turnigy 5S 21V be enough for our purposes?