So I got this for $229 but it went up to $249 has anyone else had experience with these?
The best info for me so far has been this thread:
Before anyone says anything I bought this mostly out of curiosity of how much board you could actually get for $229, fully expecting there to be problems and things to break.
This is based on the Onan X1, so first off I was most worried about the battery falling out, as this was the most common problem I had read about online but It hasn’t been an issue yet. I was surprised the power the board delivers does seem to be as advertised, the low setting is about 13mph and the high setting is about 18. The battery gets between 6 and 8 miles depending on how hard you push it.
I was also surprised, but realized later that it is normal, you have to kick off first it won’t move from a dead stop.
The remote is probably the biggest problem most people would have with it, that it has disconnection problems really bad if you ride it anywhere in the city with a lot of interference. If you are somewhere you ever have problems with your bluetooth headphones, you’re going to be in trouble because the remote won’t work and you will be embarrassed looking confused why you are coming to a stop getting passed by lots of bicycles tell you the bike lane is for bikes only … have some hope to fix that more on that later…
The main reason I’m writing this post other than I’m curious if anyone else has one of these boards is that actually it was making a grinding noise sometimes. When I did some testing I found one of the motors stalled out much easier when gripping it by hand with a glove. I figured that it had blown a winding in the motor, but when I took apart the case a surface mount capacitor fell out!
I was able to identify where it came from and did a very terrible job soldering it back in (I didn’t have a good iron, and it’s a tight space). I traced the circuit and this capacitor was on the boot up line of one of the fets, so yeah… one of the motors was only running on 2 phases, it rides sooo much better now! Curious if this happened while I was riding it due to vibration, or perhaps this is why it was on sale… The built the board and individually all of the components passed through QC, then when they went to test ride it there was a problem so they took that batch and sold it to a liquidator?
A lot of speculation…
Anyways I have a plan to replace the antennas on the remote and receiver with higher gain antennas. 5db for the receiver and 3.5 for the remote. Fingers crossed.
If the remote problem can be fixed, I’ll be pretty pleased with my purchase actually. Just so you know I’ve already got a bunch of other parts for a DIY build… caught the bug so fast! This is a cool forum I love the pictures only thread!