Trouble with space cell 3

Setup: Space cell 3 pro - 10s3p 12S TB ESC with 12S rated ubec TB mini 2.4ghz controller 16/36T gear ratio w/ 83mm wheels

Issue: Works wonders for the 1st 2 miles after a full charge After it goes down to about 82-85% charge level (about 2 miles), it is no longer able to go faster than 5-7 mph.

I tried this with a 6S battery(instead of the space cell) and had absolutely no issues for 4 months so I’m leaning towards the fact that the BMS could be the issue.

Note: Also noticed that when I turn off the power, it doesn’t turn off for a whole minute (slowly creeping down from the charge level to 0%).

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Any help is appreciated


Did you change your max voltage and voltage cutoff settings on the TB ESC if that’s possible? I have no experience with these :wink:

I think you can program the ESC with a programming card to dictate how many cells your battery has. If that’s not done that may be the reason.

Ok, I’ll try that out today. I think that could be it. Thanks @ThomasRBK, @Jinra

Happy to help :slight_smile:

I’ve only ever programmed it directly on the card, so I guess I have to connect this to a computer with the build in mini usb on the programming card?

Maybe some pictures? Really don’t know how this ESC works :sweat_smile:

On the card you can choose the voltage cutoff. I keep mine off because no one trusts TB 12S ESC to do proper voltage cutoff.

ah, I have mine at 3.4v…What are the risks involved with turning it off?

Same as @Pantologist I ran this same Esc with low voltage protection off because it doesn’t work accurately.

That you need to keep an eye out yourself :wink: It just doesn’t cut off your lipos when the voltage per cell is too low. So if you have a voltage meter in between that’d do the same in combination with some monitoring.

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Well… If you don’t check the voltage meter on the battery or if it is not accurate either, you can damage your cells by discharging them below max discharge voltage.

Most people don’t run into this issue since they’ll just look at the battery voltmeter.

The ESC just doesn’t calculate the voltage accurately. It will shutoff with voltage sag and does not detect the correct voltage for some reason.

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If your climbing hills, your space cell voltage is probably sagging too low. You need a voltage meter on top of your board so you can monitor while riding.

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Seems like a cheap and easy solution. I’ll order one immediately and see what’s up. I do go over hills on my morning and my evening commute. About half a mile long at 5-10% max

10% is enough to sag the voltage. And 1/2 mile is a long climb

Wait what are you ordering?

The battery should have a volt meter already.

it does but it’s on the space cell (below the deck) so i’ll need another one on top to monitor it while riding

Just flip it over after hard riding. The battery doesn’t recover from sag instantly, you can read out how much it sags if you check immediately after stopping.

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yeah my esc is fried :slight_smile: not sure how but over the weekend…poof

anyway, another issue i’m seeing is that the bms, when turned off, takes 1-2 mins to actually turn off. the screen shows it slowly climbing down from the current % down to 0%