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    Ninebot One E+ @ >3,500km/2,200mi, 30-40km range w/2 spare batteries, 24+ km/hr max cruising speed

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  1. Ninebot One P battery failure & crash

    Ouch! Glad you weren't seriously hurt. As for the four options, batteries are still too expensive, and sourcing the 340Wh P battery from anywhere other than NinebotUS or SpeedyFeet will be very difficult. I paid only $150 for my 320Wh E+ batteries last year, but the batteries are all gone and not rated for the P. If it were me, I would buy a new EUC (Ninebot Z or other more powerful wheel) and keep the P for a project/back-up wheel, and build a new battery pack using cell loggers instead of BMS (see this thread posted previously), but I still have too many other issues to sort out for now.
  2. The Photo Thread

    That's 21-27 deg C for the rest of the civilised world Have you run out of film? I think some nice photos of the beautiful pōhutukawa trees in full bloom this time of year, with you and wheel nearby, would garner many likes and bragging rights.
  3. The state of the US health system

    Therein lies the fundamental problem of healthcare in the US and the rest of the world: an industry that is immune from legal and judicial oversight, and a false market that is run by a few corporations. It was a great post until the last line. Oh well.
  4. The state of the US health system

    New Zealand has a mostly free system. It works OK for routine problems. There is also private health insurance available at a lower cost than in the US. Unfortunately, the two compete with each other for the same resources, as most/all doctors work part-full time in the public system and also see patients 'privately' to make more money. The quality of care is basically the same, and although wait times to see a specialist in the public system can be much longer, wait times for private consults can be long as well. If the situation becomes urgent, a GP will just send the patient to the public hospital emergency room. There has been a lot of public outcry that the previous National (read: Republican-esque) government habitually starved healthcare, but the problems are, in my mind, more complicated and global.
  5. The state of the US health system

    Thanks for clarifying. It's been over 20 years since I visited a German doctor, but a lot has changed since. I think your question is a good one: are potential or new riders deterred from trying it out or sticking with it due to perceived risks? I think the answer is definitely yes. Even with health insurance, there is possible loss of employment in case of injury. No job -> no insurance -> death spiral. And in some countries, there is no guarantee that the medical care will cover everything even with insurance, or that the quality will meet standards of care.
  6. The state of the US health system

    From my experience, Tort reform has dramatically, adversely impacted the quality of healthcare in the US, making malpractice unsuccessful and unprofitable except for extreme, isolated, high-profile cases. With the ongoing, systematic dismantling of regulations and oversight at the federal level and in many states, there are few options, especially for the elderly, to advocate effectively. Without relief through the courts, or the threat of punitive oversight by state medical boards or CMS, there is little to no accountability to patients. The US spends far more on healthcare yet the results are the worst compared to other first-world countries. Healthcare has become the new economic bubble. I can't say that New Zealand is any better, despite 'free' access to healthcare. The trade-off for New Zealanders is that its no-fault approach to malpractice precludes personal legal redress. Although it has a Health and Disability Commissioner, it is slow, bureaucratic, and reviews less than 10% of all complaints, with only a tiny minority resulting in any action. There are often stories in the NZ media (which tends to suppress negative news) of cases like this botched hip surgery or failure to diagnose meningitis like these cases in 2015 or 2016. I did utilise Australia's healthcare system a few times and was overall impressed. They do have their challenges as well, but their national healthcare system consistently rates higher than the US and NZ. Since this topic was started by @meepmeepmayer, it would be interesting to compare the BRD's healthcare system to other nations in the EU, and to the UK and US.
  7. @novazeus - could you upload close-up photos of the S1 and S2 mainboards for us to compare? Thanks.
  8. The state of the US health system

    Eh, mate, did you forget to take your meds again?
  9. The state of the US health system

    Please provide your sources.
  10. What should we call these things (EUC)

    Perhaps Segway/Ninebot speaks a different flavor of Chinese then:
  11. How to pass through kerbs

    Impressive, good work! You're definitely ahead of the curve. I agree with @steve454 et al: keep the wheel at 40-50psi. At 93Kg, you should probably check tyre pressure more frequently, and inflate to 50 as soon as it drops to 45 or less. Grab and lift-jump as @The Fat Unicyclist says. Check out @Jonathan Tolhurst's videos to learn how he does it - he's a pro.
  12. THE VIDEO THREAD!

    The max res of this video on YouTube is 1440p, not 4K. It still looks good on my curved 40" 4K display, even if 30fps.
  13. Rubber thickness?

    Bicycle tire liners are also an option. Some of the DIY solutions on YouTube use duck tape, or an old inner tube. I think he was (among) the first to do this with EUCs 2-3 years ago.
  14. Rubber thickness?

    Those little buggers are expensive! In the US, I think they are marketed as "Gripstud" and cost roughly $1 USD each sold in packs of 100, plus $10 for the tool, or $35.90 for 30 pieces on Amazon. @EUC Extreme and his sources rate them highly, though. I just purchased an inexpensive winter tire and am considering a low-budget solution like this at less than 1/10th the cost. I am looking forward to your photos, videos, and commentary! @EUC Extreme's videos:
  15. Charging battery outside EUC

    I routinely carry two spare 310wh packs on my back for my Ninebot, each weighing 1.77kg with case (1.55kg without), in addition to an external light with 4x18650s (625g). I assume 2x510wh packs would weigh 4.5-5kg + carry cases. Depending on your own age, weight and physical condition, that additional weight may be negligible, but it will take its toll on the joints (knees, ankles, hips) and spine, especially over longer distances. Also, if you were to crash, you would have the additional force of that accelerated mass pushing your upper torso in the direction of travel, making a faceplant into the road surface much worse. On my Ninebot, a battery swap requires less than 30 seconds and no tools, but it is much harder to do in cold weather and precipitation. I can imagine that fumbling wth eight small screws on the side of the road and two heavy packs would be even less enjoyable.
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