I fully understand this dilemma & I suppose it’s the same question everyone ask themselves before they buy anything. Can I trust this Brand/Company/Person etc… when it boils down buying/selling is all about trust.
Let me tell you a story about myself & enertion.
I am not the kinda guy who sits on his hands and does nothing… I promise you, I am not sitting at my desk counting my fortune either. In fact, in most cases there is no money in the bank. Because every single dollar that is generated from selling products has all gone back into R&D, building better products, buying larger quantities to get better deals & building a better business. It might surprise you but I don’t actually draw a wage from this business and I probably won’t anytime soon! There is too much more to achieve and money doesn’t make me happy anyway… Innovating, designing and building cool shit is what makes me happy,.
enertion is only about 20months old. The first year was really only focused on making motor mounts & learning as much as I could about the technology & the engineering… I also spent a lot of time blowing up other people electronics… learning from mistakes, mine & others, is what I excel at.
Here is the first ever board I built. It’s a piece of shit, But I learned a lot from it
This was the next evolution, it looked nice, but wasn’t good enough.
Now we are here, it looks great & performance is market leading, but some minor teething problems
So use your imagination, look at what I have achieved in 20 months… ask yourself what will be next?.
This progression has all happened because of my relentless hunger to build the best electric skateboard ever made, I am also extremely passionate about growing the “self-built eboard industry”… I now have a product that ‘on paper’ beats all/most of the competition. Yeah, First batch was not 100% perfect yet, some very minor problems & some very silly mistakes on my behalf have made the last week one of the toughest I’ve had in the last 20 months, it was gut wrenching… Do I know where I went wrong? YES!!
So do people really think I’m just going to hang up the gloves and let these teething problems be the end of my dream? No way! I am far from done in my pursuit to make the best eboard! If anything has come from this less than desirable Raptor launch, it is that good is not good enough… I need to do better… & I will. You are only as good as your harshest critic.
I also need to keep reminding myself that if this was easy everyone would have done it… Also, I don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars from crowd-funding campaigns…
This image I posted on my Instagram account last year is a perfect example of what drives me… doing great things, being the underdog… I am certainly not finished.
A summary of improvements to be made in the 2nd batch
- No pure CF lids as it block the signal. (all first batch customers will get a new lid at end of the month)
- Customize each VESC PPM settings, don’t copy them generically across each Raptor.
- Utilise the VESC Soft Voltage Limit so that the boards doesn’t shut down rapidly due to voltage sag when bat is low.
Maybe reduce the motor current slightly so it is less wild on startup.
Maybe reduce the brake strength so it is softer.
- Double Check that all the bolts are properly installed & the thread locker is set & secure.
These are all really easy things to implement, there is no extra cost or labour required.
Some near future improvements.
- Phone app for changing VESC settings without cable. Will have presets: beginner/advanced.
- IP68 rated electronics enclosure. Raptor will be entirely water proof.
- Battery option with 33% greater capacity.
anyway… i hope this solves your dilemma.