I have been having trouble getting a really smooth acceleration from my board, something that does not scare the poop out of me with acceleration but still has the power for a few steep hills at low speed which are part of my commute. Can I have booth?
My setup is somewhat unusual. - Dual 5060 270kv motors. Build quality not the best but they work. - 12s Lipo, 8ah. 350wh. From two 6s packs. Turnigy nano tech. Hobbyking does not even sell one this large any more, I got these from a friends para-motor project. - 4:1 gearing. 3D printed gears I designed myself. This ratio is for reducing motor load and giving me a theoretical top speed of 40kph. And yes I have ERPM limits too, that seems to work perfectly. - 97mm wheels. - GT2B controller in mini buffalo case. *before the safety police come out, I have used lipo for years with RC models, I have a separate monitor for the voltage and have plently experience building systems that don’t burn down.
At the moment the bottle neck in the system is the cheap motors when ambient is over 35c and rider skill. Batteries are always at ambient and vesc’s get slightly warm.
My board far more power and acceleration than I can comfortably use, and the other issue is when I set the vesc for more power I have to use less throttle throw to control it. I heard the watt mode firmware is meant to fix this but I need to buy a programmer before I can install that due to no bootloader on my maytech vesc’s. So its v2.18 current mode tuning for now.
I did find a setting that has nice smooth acceleration but this came with two other issues. Above 50% speed there is some un-expected acceleration when under medium load, to ride around this I only use about 50% of the throttle throw and just accelerate to top speed a bit slower. - This setting was motor 30amp and battery 20amp. X two vesc’s
- On Devin’s constant claiming about setting the motor limit much higher than battery limit would fix the un-expected acceleration mid speed issue I thought why not I will give it a go. I didn’t go extreme as his math due to me being cautious with my motors. So I tried these settings - Motor 50amp battery remains at 20amp. I honestly didn’t think it would make much difference but I noticed this, much better hill climb power, flat ground acceleration is now scary, just on the limit of what I find safe/unsafe. I could get used to it maybe but the worst part is now Im only using like 25% of the throttle throw. My tracking app shows I hit 40kph while the day before I only got to 33kph. I don’t really need to go over 30kph, I dont have enough long straights to make my commute shorter with the extra speed.
So Im thinking of trying the opposite, just to see what the affect is, put the motor limit back down to 30a and increase the battery to 40a.
***One extra issue that is un-related to acceleration I just experienced. Braking at full speed down hill. I was going down a gentle hill at max speed then applying a modest amount of brake, the brake would come on for a couple of seconds then switch off, so I kept pulsing it until I was going slow enough to jump off and run. The battery was at 50% level so its not over charging, maybe my battery regen limit is too low? its set at -25a
I’m open to other suggestions.
*Devin we have seen your math in several threads so we don’t need it again here. While it did give me more low end power it did not help my other issues.