I’ve got a Marbel board that stopped working over a year ago, so time to do something with it. I really like the board – great feel on the ride, great weight, great range. I’d be happy to get it working again similar to how it was, or even possibly an upgrade. I haven’t ever built a board, but I’ve been reading for a bit, and I have an engineering background. I fugure I can ramp up pretty quick, but I need some guidance to get started.
I don’t know what components stopped working, but I figure I will start with a new ESC - like the FOCBOX. I plan to just go with single drive still, though I guess I’d consider a dual hub motor drive if the weight and other factors are similar – I ride an Inboard M1 and it performs okay for my needs – miss the higher speed of the Marbel, though.
Can I stick with the original motor? That would be my preference for simplicity and cost to get going. If I need a different motor, suggestions for one that would work with the FOCBOX and give me similar performance to the original Marbel motor?
Can I reuse the battery pack? How would I know if the cells are still good - any way to test the pack? It’s been sitting idle/uncharged for over a year, is that bad? If I were able to test it and verify that the pack is good, what do I need to use it with the FOCBOX? I know BMS’s are a thing but not how to choose one, or otherwise what is needed to make a given battery pack work with a given ESC.
Along with the FOCBOX, I assume I’ll need a new remote. Suggestions on that? Or can I make the Marbel remote work somehow?
Then there’s the question of how to put it all together in the Marbel board. It is designed as a sealed board, with the original charging port coming out through the front bumper. SO I expect I would do the same thing – seal up the deck with the original cover once I have the components working, then have a lead out the front for charging, and a power switch, I guess. I imagine it will not be very weather-proof, so I’m okay if this has to be a fair-weather board. Or I’m open to the possibility of leaving it unsealed, having a way to just snap the top cover in place or something - like some sort of 3d-printed latch mechanism
Has anyone converted their Marbel in a similar fashion? Interested in experiences and/or ideas how to make this work.