First build! Need help with choosing battery

  1. Reusing longboard deck
  2. Caliber 2 Trucks
  3. Shock/Raiser pads
  4. Ebay flywheel clones
  5. DIY’s Mount/drive kit
  6. VESC
  7. DIY’s 230kv Motor (was looking at sk3 motor but it always seems out of stock)
  8. Either 6s or 10s battery
  9. DIY’s Torqueboard nano remote

I want to build a good/decent board and be able to upgrade later one if I need to. One thing I’m having trouble with is what battery to choose. What would be good battery specs (or spec range) for my build? (thinking of 10s battery).

For example: I’m looking at a battery on aliexpress, Battery link they have a whole spec sheet and so if I were looking around for batteries, I wanted to know what specs I could use.

Also, if anyone had other suggestions for better/more bang for your buck parts, i’d be happy to know them!

Figure out how much you want to spend on a balance charger. If you want to start with 6s then upgrade to 10s you’ll want to get a 10s charger from the start. That’s the mistake I made.

A 230kv motor may hit the erpm limit using a 10s battery, if you were to use a 10s battery a lower kv motor may be beneficial. If you get a 10s battery are you considering the diy pre-made li ion battery which comes with a charger and BMS, or would you prefer to use lipo batteries?

Check @oriol360 at miami electric boards hes taking orders for 12S 18650 with bms and charger for cheap, about the same as if you go the lipo batteries, and have to buy a charger and all thatcrap


230 should be okay as it only hits the 60k limit at full charge. Li-ions wont’ stay at 4.2v for very long and will quickly drop to under the limit. He may encounter problems if he tries to go full speed at max voltage, though chaka said we have some wiggle room there. There have also been reports of DIY’s motor actually being 190kv, so it might just work out for him/her.

I’d be careful buying batteries from alibaba/aliexpress. That pack has a pretty low continuous current rating and having 4.4AH from a 3P pack sounds strange. My money is on them using low quality cells which may not last long or be able to handle DIY’s larger, more power hungry, motor.

it sounds like you have the numbers down, i still dont get it would you help me figure out what my erpm are going to be on a full 12s 8000mah 30/40 C (6374 149kv) 16/36 gearing

about 52500 max. you’ll be fine!

would you mine breaking it down for me so i dont have to ask you every time i change pulleys or wheels size

Thanks for the reply guys!

@Pablo_702 I would choose a premade DIY battery pack for the convenience since I’m still new at this. I can solder but I’m not sure about where to buy legit 18650 batteries and what BMS chip, and how to put it all together (though i’m sure there are plenty of tutorials out there).

How is erpm calculated? But with the erpm in mind, I suppose I could go with a 6s and be just fine. I don’t plan to commute with it (just joy riding). If I opt for a DIY battery pack (with the built in BMS), do I still need a balance charger?

As an alternative, if I go for a 6s Lipo setup, what would be a good setup? (Which batterties/BMS/Charger/ and anything else i missed, would I need to buy?). I would probably opt for lipo’s if it was (a lot) more cost effective.

Thanks for the help guys. Can’t wait to get parts orderedd

eRPM = (voltage)x(kv rating)x(7 pole pairs, for most 50-63mm motors)

so gearing dont play a role in erpm?

nope. you calculate erpm without load.

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If I purchase a pre-made battery pack with a BMS (from DIY for example), do I still need a balance charger?

BMS balance charges for you. so no

There’s a few places to buy in here in the states that are good. LiIon Wholesale is the cheapest I’ve found…

I have a quick question. So I have a tacon 160 245kv and have it with a 12s battery. Could I just limit the erpm to 60k and it will be safe right? I haven’t tried it yet cause I’m waiting on my enertion vesc.

You could, just not ideal

So no damage to the vesc even if I go full throttle?

nah, hitting erpm limit shouldn’t damage the VESC anyway, just causes errors. The hard limit is 100k.