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  1. The V5F as sold by eWheels optionally comes with a "rapid" charger that outputs 2.5 amps. The standard charger that comes with the V5F outputs 1.5 amps. I have both and figured I'd use the standard charger for ordinary at-home charges since I don't care how long they take, and pack the rapid charger for all-day trips so I could pick up some juice along the way. The two disadvantages of the rapid charger are its size and weight. It's considerably larger than the standard one, which makes it less appealing to carry in my backpack. (See photos.) The standard charger weighs 15.1 ounces (428 grams). Rapid charger is nearly double at 1 pound, 10 ounces (744 grams). The rapid charger also has a glass fuse which I suppose might break if the unit was dropped, but spares are supplied for that possibility. I don't baby it, and so far it has been fine. Even with the added size and weight I still prefer to carry it for day trips. Here are the result of a recent charging session with the rapid charger on my V5F. This is with a relatively new battery (<200 miles on it). START: 30% battery (was reading 27% immediately after the ride but I let the battery sit for an hour so the voltage could settle for a more accurate reading) 20 minutes charge time (coffee break): 50% indicated 30 minutes charge time (lunch break): 60% indicated. (Note on the V5F this means about 12-15 km of safe riding distance for me.) 40 minutes charge time (leisurely lunch): 75% 55 minutes charge time: 90% END I stopped here since the battery will charge very slowly for the last 10% and so there's not much advantage to a rapid charger for topping off to 100%. On another thread, @Marty Backe asked if it was really worthwhile stopping for "recharge breaks" on a trip. If you have a huge battery pack with a 5+ hour charge time, it's probably not worth it, but you probably have the range to keep going anyway. For lighter wheels like the V5F, V5F+, Ninebot One E+, etc. with 320-480wh batteries it makes a big difference, especially with a faster charger than the standard one. I can stop for a 20 minute break and pick up several miles of range, which effectively gives my V5F a usable range of something like 32km with two short charging breaks. For urban rides where power can be found (in coffee shops, restaurants, bars, public buildings, etc) this works well.
  2. I wear high visibility colors when I'm riding in traffic or congested areas. Looks a little goofy but it's an easy thing to do and raises my profile in traffic. Or, if you want versatility, you could get one of these high-vis vests. Then you can take it off when you don't need it and stow it in your backpack. (If you get one, order larger than your normal size because they run small.)
  3. OK, I'm probably just talking to myself, but ... Anyone interested in a group ride in Tucson AZ this Sunday? ROUTE: Starting at the Highland Avenue Parking Garage (near U of A Medical Center), then to the University. After exploring the University campus a little, we'll go through the Main Gate area and over to 4th Avenue. Then a 4 mile loop through downtown following the "aqua trail" and over to the Mercado, with an optional charging/snack/coffee break. Then the Aviation Bikeway down to Highland Ave, and up Highland Ave back to the starting point. DISTANCE: about 12 miles with optional extensions. If you've got range and want to go further, just let me know. TIME/DATE: Sunday, April 30, 2017. Can start any time. RSVP on this thread @dbfrese @Playarider @Clovis @Xelvic @MagicCow ... anyone ... Bueller ... Bueller?
  4. I have the V5F. With about 72kg on the wheel, no wind, and going max speed (25kph) as much as possible, I find the range to be about 19km. If I am riding more typically, about 18-22kph, the wheel will go about 25km. Short answer: No, it can't. If you want a "comfortable" 25km or longer range, you need the V5F+.
  5. No joy, Chris. The video link cuts to the end credit ("CHRIS WESTLAND") and that's all that plays. Attempting to start at the beginning results in this message:
  6. I was wondering about that. You seemed to be doing an usual amount of arm flailing for such an experienced rider, but since I never met you before I wasn't sure if that was just your "style". My wife saw the video and blamed your messenger bag right off the bat.
  7. Hi Ilya Nice job on the app! I have a few suggestions to improve it: 1. It would be nice to be able to see the last stored mileage for the wheel even if the wheel is turned off (no current connection). 2. For the "Single Runtime", a Start/Stop button would be very useful. Otherwise the timer keeps running and includes rest breaks. Also when I look later it says something like "22:03:16", which isn't really the Runtime, it's the time since the last reset. Or, add a second timer that only counts when the wheel is actually rolling (speed>0). 3. An option to turn off the compass would be nice. I don't use the compass but I keep getting interrupted by requests from iOS to calibrate it. 4. I don't understand the Battery Cycles feature. Am I supposed to manually tap the "+" sign every time I recharge? For my Inmotion V5F I haven't been doing that and the Battery Cycles count has stayed at zero. I agree with @Noillek, I'd like to have the ability to record a route and overlay it on Google Maps. This is the only feature on the Inmotion factory app that I miss. This would be worth a few dollars to me as an in-app purchase. Thanks for your work!
  8. This is a shorter version of the Mesa-Tempe AZ ride I posted a couple of weeks ago, for anyone who couldn't stand the idea of watching a 24 minute video. This version is under four minutes. @dbfrese @Playarider @Clovis Our next ride is coming up on May 6 in downtown Phoenix. Anyone in the area is welcome to join. We'd even accept a few Californians ...
  9. Well, there's an option if you want to explore it. In Arizona our entry point was to amend the existing rules about "electric personal assistive mobility devices" (Segways, primarily). @dbfrese led the charge. This might be a lower barrier for you in Texas than trying to define EUCs separately. The legal wording in Arizona changed very slightly. This section of the law: 20. "Electric personal assistive mobility device" means a self-balancing two nontandem wheeled device with an electric propulsion system that limits the maximum speed of the device to fifteen miles per hour or less and that is designed to transport only one person. was modified to say "a self‑balancing device with one wheel or two nontandem wheeled device ..." That's all it took to make us legit in Arizona. It's easier for legislators who may be unfamiliar with the concept to wrap their heads around a minor expansion of existing legislation rather than writing new law out of whole cloth. Keep in mind that in the case of most "Segway laws" the wording grants the same rights and limitations as pedestrians. We don't have rights to ride on the road like bicycles. So the question is: does Texas have an existing law that covers Segways— and are you OK with the privileges it allows?
  10. On the recommendation of a local bike shop I tried this stuff: Stan's No Tubes Tire Sealant on my Inmotion V5F. The shop guys liked it because it's latex based and somewhat "cleaner". I just put it in today because I had a slow leak on my ride yesterday, so no experience with it yet. But despite the fact that it is called "No Tubes" the fine print says it is equally suitable for tube-type and tubeless tires.
  11. @Xelvic also started with MiniPros before going to EUCs. But he's selling his MiniPros now on Craigslist, which I probably tells you his position on your question.
  12. Interesting concept. The credits say that they made two recharging stops at restaurants, but I'd still like to see a well-described explanation of how to safely add an external charging setup to any popular EUC. Having the option to carry a backpack battery for long rides would change the dynamics of how we choose EUCs. No longer would it be a choice between big/heavy/long range and light/nimble/short range.
  13. If Inmotion wants to acquire Solowheel, it makes a lot of sense. They'll get a top brand name and be able to avoid court battles over patent rights in the US. Shane Chen of The Inventist has been fighting a losing battle for years against Chinese copycats (There's a reason why Airwheels look like Solowheels, and most other cheap clone wheels look like Airwheels). It looks like Chen's personal interest moved from EUCs to other inventions a few years ago. Selling to Inmotion (or another Chinese EUC manufacturer) would at least give him a way to make some money on the wave he popularized. Apparently he turned down a $5 million offer from Ninebot earlier. Segway sold to Ninebot similar reasons. As a US company they couldn't compete producing the technology they invented. Both cases are perfect examples of the old saying, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em".
  14. My V5F doesn't wobble left to right. It does gently tilt back with a faint oscillation when voltage gets low, at high speeds. I don't see how the wheel could cause a left to right wobble, so I would suggest maybe it's your legs getting tired.
  15. That sounds like awesome fun. Zero contact allowed. Everyone is armed with a paint gun on an open field and they've got to achieve some goal (or "die" trying). I can imagine some incredible evasive maneuvers. Somebody write up the rules of the game, because I'm IN! Sorry Marty for hijacking your thread. Hope you feel better soon. Been there, and I know what a bummer it is for a while.