So, just like the description says, this is my adventure to make my overpriced, overpowered electric longboard. None of this was the plan, but it did happen that way. I hope if you're building your own electric longboard, you can use this project to learn what I did, why I did it, and what not to do.
What's a project without some goals right?
- DESIGN: I wanted something that looked a lot better that the tupperware bin or duct taped wires approach. With the little time and money I have, I know that I'll never get to Boosted Board status, but I can try right? I want to actually like looking at this thing. If I get the questions "where did you buy that?" not ""did you make it?", I think I have succeeded.
- POWER: I want to get at least 20 mph. I'm a light guy, so hopefully that shouldn't be too hard. If I do it right, I should reach about 30. We'll see. Battery run time took a seat second to design, so the battery pack is a bit smaller than most. However, if things go to plan, I'll have two battery packs for those extra long runs.
- FUNCTION: Hobby stuff is fun, but if I'm dropping this much into this project; it better work. I want to get from my house, to the train station, to work, and back again. I don't want to take my board apart every time I want to charge it. I don't want to fix it every day. (however, maybe every other day)
- DOCUMENTATION: This isn't an instructables, but a lot of the other electric longboard projects out there have 4 pictures and a description. I'm going to try and bash you over the head with information. It won't be a roadmap, but I'll make the mistakes for you.
This project breaks down into three main parts, all of which happen at the same time. Click on the section to learn more.
- MECHANICAL SYSTEM
- This is how the motor attaches to the trucks, how the pulleys mount to the wheel, and everything in between.
- Discussing: Motors, Gear Ratios, Belt Drives, 3d Printing, Machining, Rapid Prototyping, CAD
- Basically everything that makes this board go. I'll cover what I used, how I put it together, and probably it's pitfalls.
- Discussing: Battery Welding, ESCs, BMS, Motors, BLDC Tool, Remote
- It started as my favorite categories, but it's proven to be much more difficult with Boosted Board's industrial design teasing me, and running out of space every direction I go.
- Discussing: Metal Bending, 3d Printing, CAD, Rapid Prototyping, Aesthetics