I spent the last two weeks watching YouTube Videos on “How to build your own electric longboard?” And now I can say with certainty: Electric longboards are truly fascinating! That’s why I decided to build one. Luckily I got this board from a friend:
And I want to turn it into an electric one!
This Post is meant to present you my requirements and how to meet them with the parts I want to order soon. If you’re already experienced with electric longboards you could find some issues I made during research. If you’re new to building e-boards you might decide to build the same board. Anyways, feel invited to comment on my findings.
High torque: The area where I live has steep hills. Therefore my board needs to have high torque to carry me up every hill. My weight is about 76 kilogramms (167lbs), so it won’t have to carry heavy weights.
Moderate speed: I do not need to ride with high speed.
Flex deck: A friend of mine gave this used longboard (see picture below) to me. But it has an insanely flexible deck, so I will have to make sure that my enclosure does not break when I start riding. And I’m afraid that my electronics will scratch the road
Low budget: I am about to graduate from school, so I can only afford to build a budget board. It should be around 500€ (607$)
I have a friend who lives in a city 6,9 kilometers away, and I want to visit him with my e-board from time to time.
The shopping list
Motor: The Turnigy Aerodrive SK3 - 6364-190KV Brushless Outrunner Motor should have enough torque and gets even stronger when I combine it with the gear ratio of my upgrade set. Battery: Five of these ZIPPY FlightMax 5000mAh 2S1P 20C Batteries should make a powerful 10s1p Battery. This is also the maximum voltage my motor can deal with. ESC: The TORQUE ESC BLDC Electronic Speed Controller also known as VESC v4.12 seems to be very reliable according to most e-skaters. It should handle the 10s1p battery and I think it will be easy to set up, because there are so many guides and tutorials due to its common use. Remote Control: A cheap 2.4GHz Remote Controller Receiver Transmitter from eBay should work fine for me. Motor Mount: Skateboard-Kit Teile Für72 / 70MM Räder is an all-around choice with motor mount, belt and pulleys(And also really cheap). It provides a 16:48 (1:5) gear ratio and should also work well with my 69mm Wheels. Enclosure: I have still no idea how to make an enclosure that will not break because of my flex deck. Maybe you know how to fix this.
I will make sure I buy some xt-60 connectors and an antispark-switch. And I will probably get new wheels, bearrings and griptape(at the moment there is no grip at all)
Because this is the biggest project I have ever started I wanted to make sure others can have a look at my plans. So please let me now if you like my build or see problems that might occur.(And I would be really grateful if you come up with a solution for the flex issue.)
This post will be updated once i start ordering and putting all the parts together.
Thank you for reading so far StefanK.