PART 1. The DC version Ok, so thought I would post my first attempt. I happened to see an e-board build video on YouTube and thought “I want one of those” but I didn’t have the free time to build from scratch and buying a proper ready built board was cost prohibitive so I had to find something in between. A quick search on eBay and I had ordered myself a cheap electric skateboard for £30 that just needed a new battery.
Original Electric Skateboard
To my surprise it turned out it was just a relay controlled DC motor and the remote didn’t seem to work (Well, it did, but I didn’t realise the remote used your body as an antenna and you had to be standing on the board for it to work). I also thought the trucks were far too close to each other and needed moving further apart.
Underside - Look at that truck spacing!
I removed the Lead acid batteries and bought a 4S Lipo pack to put in its place. I bought a 2 channel remote & receiver from ebay and used that to control the relay board that came with the skateboard. I had this crazy idea in my head that I would use some 50mm x 75mm electricians trunking to put all the electronics in which kinda works. So I removed the original box, moved the trucks apart and fitted the new electronics.
50mm x 75mm Trunking with Trucks moved further apart
Left to right - 2 Channel digital receiver, 4s 10Ahr Battery, relay board
2 Channel Transmitter
It worked well enough but wasn’t very fast. It also went quicker down hill than it did uphill but it left me wanting more…