Hello! I just recently purchased my first eskateboard and I would like some advice. It is a used Backfire G2S. I know I took some risk in buying a used board but Inam okay with that. I get maybe 4 miles of range before the board completely dies. I am 250 lbs. Is that to be expected for this board considering my weight? According to their website my battery is a 5ah 180wh 36v 10s2p ($150). They have an upgraded battery for sale which is 6ah samsung 30q 216wh 36v $210. Should I go with the samsung battery? Or can I DIY or custom make a battery with more capacity? If so, how big a battery can I build?
With 13 months of nearly daily riding, I have between 3,000 to 3,500 miles on my electric skateboard. My daily commute is between 14 - 18 miles, depending on if I feel like taking the long way home. I’ve modified my WowGo 2s with range extender batteries; taking it from 4.4ah to 17.2ah. Given enough runway on level ground and a decent patch of asphalt, the GPS is reports top speeds of 30.1mph. Otherwise, 28mph is easily the norm. I weigh 161 lbs.
These tips will extend your battery life:
- Top speed. Go slower.
- Terrain. Avoid hills.
- Acceleration. Avoid jackrabbit starts.
- Rider weight. This can be countered by following the above tips.
For range extending batteries, from eBay I got 4.4ah, hoverboard battery packs for $30 each including shipping. Terrific deal, as they include BMSs, too.
My WowGo 2s is highly modified. I replaced the deck with a Magneto Cruiser, bamboo/fiberglass deck. This flexible deck allows me to hold a top speed longer.
Because I mounted the trucks to the new deck as drop-thru, which lowers the deck a 0.5", I moved the ESC and all batteries atop the deck. I like the slightly lower center-of-gravity. My truck kingpins are slightly looser, which offsets the common complaint about drop-thrus having a wider turning radius.