I have always been interested in portable motorized vehicles. It started with gas scooters then I found the electric side of things. Initially, I was going to build a skateboard, but I found the builds to be expensive for there results; consequently, I opted for an electric bike. The bike was very cheap and goes +35mph and has 30 mile range, the only problem with it is that it is pretty heavy for a bike. I will be starting my first year of university and my plan was to use the bike, but I have found it might not be the best for shorter trips as it is kind of clunky. Prior to my bike build I bought a complete e-board as I had no prior experience of riding a skateboard, I wanted to see if I even liked it. That being said I have started making purchases for my first eboard build. I would like to have a lightweight set up for portability but would like to stick to a 7 mile or > range. I found a very econmical hub kit: banshee-2-0-upgrade-kit which is a reason why I will be made the desicion of a diy board. I am not sure if I have made a mistake going diy with the meepo and verreal board very competitively priced. It seems like a very cheap all put together kit.The seller recommends a 10s battery which ruins my pre existing charger set up at 12s. I was just about to place an order for 5 2s lipos, but thought I would post here first. I will put those into series and bulk charge them in an enclosure. I am just not sure how to go about finding or making an enclosure. It looks like i can make a mold and bake one in my oven with KYDEX. I am also not sure what deck to use as I would like stay lightweight as possible, as great as long boards are they are pretty big. What power switch seems to work well and what is used as a voltage meter? Does anyone have any insight that may help? I do not plan on spending more than $400. I may be able to reuse my yuneec ego.
The Banshees kit’s ESC comes with a switch and the remote has a battery indicator which only shows roughly whats left in percentage. You could make a antispark XT90 loop key and put that between your Lipos and the ESC and solder a proper voltage display between the XT90 antispark loop key and the ESC. In this case you would plug the antispark and see the voltage of your battery and after that you need to turn on the ESC with the supplied switch. This display would work. https://www.amazon.com/XCSOURCE-Waterproof-Lead-acid-Backlight-BI728/dp/B071GMVXFD/ref=pd_sbs_469_13?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B071GMVXFD&pd_rd_r=MGNJAK9PB791ZD7H26CS&pd_rd_w=9H8Jc&pd_rd_wg=JMBNV&psc=1&refRID=MGNJAK9PB791ZD7H26CS
Antispark loop key.
Antispark switch supplier.
And for the deck, my choice would be a nice cruiser or freeride deck with kicktail around the 36 inch mark. For me 36 inch is the sweet spot between good stance an portability. But this may vary i am a rather tall guy, so your sweet spot might be something different.
Thank you for the reply! I will include a loop key but it doesn’t seem very convenient plugging and unplugging the key all the time. I could solder a new switch onto the esc and re route it onto the enclosure, but would that be safe because the battery will still be giving power to the esc. Ideally I would have a switch prior esc, l guess the loop key may work if i used it like an actual key but I imagine losing that little connector to be an issue. I will also use a cruiser I just have to figure out what size works best. Thank you for the help.
You don’t need the loop key, you could plug your Lipos directly in to the esc and use the switch already supplied with the esc. But in this case you can not monitor the Voltage properly, which is important if you use the Lipos without BMS. The voltage diaplay which i linked in my reply has an on and off switch so you could solder that between battery and esc. In this case you need to switch the diaplay on and off before and after you are using the board. And if i recall correctly this kind of esc gives a nasty spark when connecting your Lipos after charging.
Not if ou use XT90S connectors
I think it might be good idea to browse some of the kids from diyeboard.com It is chineese vendor, but many ppl on this forum are using thier kits, especially those who go low cost way
I was once in a similar position as you are…I bough many cheap parts and I replaced most of them with better and more expensive parts But back then the market with cehap components was much smaller But if I should build cheap board again, I would use second hand parts…IMO it is much better to buy used but proven and working parts than spend your money on cheap crappy parts that end up dead in few weeks or months
I use xt90s loop key. My nano X remote has a lanyard so I just loop the loopkey to the lanyard when I’m done.
Yeah I think I will do something similar.
DIY does not make “cheaper” boards, it makes “better” boards. If you want a toy, get a Meepo, if you want a tool get a Metroboard Shortboard
Should I buy this battery? http://www.electric-skateboard.builders/t/10s2p-meepo-1-5-battery-and-case-price-drop-now-80/45487/34 I am not sure of the quality and it is only 4ah however that is proabaly all I would need. Plus it is outfitted with all the bells and whistles, I assume it has a BMS so all you would have to do is plug it in and not worry about it?
Yes I realize, otherwise this forum would not exist. I will be making a board comparative to expensive pre made ones for a fraction of the cost. Or a higher quality board compared to a complete for the same price.
No, you won’t
What do you recommend? Is this https://ridepredator.com/shop/usa-banshee-2-0-upgrade-kit/ not a good choice?
Yes this battery is just plug and play, the only thing you need is charging port and charger for it. But this battery has a lot of voltage sag i would not really recommend it. I read that they offer 5,2 Ah and 6,4Ah batteries now which have better cells means less voltage sag. And @b264 is right, you can’t do cheaper then the chinese companys.
Edit* i just saw that the case is included with the battery, so you only need a charger in this case.
I can’t recommend anything that doesn’t use 4 longboard wheels, for a start. And, if you want cheap, then DIY is not for you.
This kit is the best out of the cheap generic chinese stuff. I started out with something very similar and upgrade my way to a decent board now. But i bought a very good 10S5P Samsung 30q batterypack in the beginnng and use that as the heart for a build with better components.
I plan on using a cruiser and that is a longboard. You guys may be right in the whole diy/cheap chinese boards. Just buying a meepo could be alot easier and not much of a price difference. For the same thing, since I am trying to spend the minimum.
Yeah I have also seen their voltage sag problem but I thought the battery the user was selling on here is there 1.5 version with better cells to correct for the voltage sag. Does it still have voltage sag? Thank you very much for the help, I don’t know all too much about eskate.
What is your current set up? That is definitely a battery to keep! It’s huge.
Sorry man, i can not answer your question with 100% certainty, but my understanding was that the 4,4Ah packs cells where not changed. Only the bigger options had cells with less voltage sag. The best thing is to ask the seller directly.
I don’t understand. The meepo board claims 11 mile range but I used http://esk8.today/2016/12/28/how-far-can-i-ride/#rc And the result is wayy less than 11 miles.