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  1. RooMiniPro

    Segway Drift W1 Hovershoes

    These look interesting, intriguing and very portable.
  2. RooMiniPro

    400km and still waiting on first crash

    If that's truly what you think then perhaps you should think a little more about it. I can assure you that when a 14 year-old falls off a park bench onto some firm grass the risk of breaking bones, puncturing a lung or sustaining internal bleeding is much less than when an 87 year old does it. Likewise, when a 50 year-old falls off a skateboard there's a substantially higher risk of injury than when an 18 year-old falls in exactly the same way. When people are young they are more flexible, more supple, less brittle and heal faster than when they are 40, 50, 60, 70 years old. Your examples of sustaining your worst injuries at sub 5mph are under quite particular circumstances. You were still learning, you were riding a low power, less reliable EUC and you were hopping off or onto a curb. When I was learning I fell off (or jumped off) at low speed many times. I did not ever feel in danger of any injuries that would cause me tears. The speed was just too low for me to worry about breaking a leg or losing teeth. Now that I have a year under my belt and something like a decade of e-boarding behind me I am still ultra careful. I have no desire to do tricks or ride backwards. I never forget that my wheel could cut out. In some of your videos you ride close to and past pedestrians in a way that I personally think is too close and not careful enough. I have seen you act less considerate of others than I would be in the same environment. I'm not saying you ride like a maniac (you absolutely don't) but you take more risks with other people's safety and comfort than I do, in my opinion. I think it's hypocritical to be shaming me for not gearing up when I see videos of you riding around populated areas in shorts and a T-shirt - no knee pads, no wrist guards, no helmet, going forwards at speeds higher than I can go and even riding backwards, which adds further risk. I'm sure you wear gear when you ride the Monster but I would hazard a guess that I would come out less hurt falling off my 18kph EUC without safety gear on than you would when falling off your 55kph Monster with safety gear on. By choosing a much faster wheel you are already taking on more risk, helmet or not. I'm at risk when jogging through forest trails because I may trip over a tree root and fly head first into a sign post or tree trunk. Still, I do not jog in a helmet and knee pads. We take calculated risks every day we get out of bed. One has to find a balance between safety, practicality and comfort in everything one does. If we hurt ourselves, that's one thing. But the more important thing is to not put others at risk, as they have not chosen to take the risk of injury at our doing.
  3. RooMiniPro

    400km and still waiting on first crash

    At under 5mph I wonder how much all your safety gear helped during those ultra low speed falls. And I wonder how much experience you had with sports that require balance before you started into the EUC hobby. I think age makes a big difference too. I cannot imagine falling off my EUC at 4mph in the locations where I ride and sustaining my worst injuries. We're talking about falling over at walking speed. It would have to be a very unlucky set of circumstances to do major damage. I could break my back climbing the 3 small steps at my front porch but I'm not going to start wearing a helmet and back protector to pop to my mailbox every day because there's a very small chance of injury climbing those steps. And I'm saying this as someone who has had skiing, snowboarding, motocross racing, power-kiting, push-bike, electric skateboard and road motorcycle accidents. I think when I am your age I too will be fully kitted out with knee-pads, helmet, wrist guards and that little cape you wear at the back of your helmet to protect you from sun damage. We get more fragile as we get older and that's something to consider when doing any sport that involves the risk of impact. I already feel much less robust than when I was 19. If I get an EUC that cruises above 20kph or just any kind of Gotway, I'm going to be wearing some gear. But when riding my current EUC which cannot keep up with joggers, away from traffic, I feel ok without gear on.
  4. I thought I'd update this as it has been a year since I started using it. The metal enclosure of the Mk1 (main thread here: https://forum.electricunicycle.org/topic/7220-portable-universal-charger/ ) was bigger and heavier than it needed to be and was bulky in my now smaller backpack. So I made a very small enclosure for the circuit and I now carry the watt meter in a separate pocket of my backpack. This is a much less bulky way to go. The watt meter is not strictly necessary as the converter is set to 62.95 volts with a current limit of 2 amps, which is ideal for my Segway One S1 and my MiniPro. But I like to monitor what's going into the EUC when I charge on the go so I don't have to rely on the app for charge status (which in the past has been blocked when Ninebot's servers were down), so the watt meter comes with me most days. With the slim Lipo packs in my bag and this portable charger I know I have enough energy for at least 50km of real world riding. This all stems from the range anxiety I got in my early EUC days after I had to limp home at 4km per hour when my battery dropped to single digits on a long ride. The heat sink is exposed and it seems to stay cool enough to not need the fan anymore, reducing size further. I sort of feel like I can go anywhere, without worrying about range. The Drok boost converter has been working very well for over a year now and is well worth the $36. )
  5. RooMiniPro

    Portable universal charger

    I thought I'd update this as it has been a year since I started using it. The metal enclosure of the Mk1 was bigger and heavier than it needed to be and was bulky in my now smaller backpack. So I made a very small enclosure for the circuit and I now carry the watt meter in a separate pocket of my backpack. This is a much less bulky way to go. The watt meter is not strictly necessary as the converter is set to 62.95 volts with a current limit of 2 amps, which is ideal for my Segway One S1 and my MiniPro. But I like to monitor what's going into the EUC when I charge on the go so I don't have to rely on the app for charge status (which in the past has been blocked when Ninebot's servers were down), so the watt meter comes with me most days. With the slim Lipo packs in my bag and this portable charger I know I have enough energy for at least 50km of real world riding. This all stems from the range anxiety I got in my early EUC days after I had to limp home at 4km per hour when my battery dropped to single digits on a long ride. The heat sink is exposed and it seems to stay cool enough to not need the fan anymore, reducing size further. I sort of feel like I can go anywhere, without worrying about range. I very much recommend anyone else building a similar setup if you like the portability and light weight of small EUCs but don't like the limited range. For me this gives the best of both worlds. The Drok boost converter has been working very well for over a year now and is well worth the $36.
  6. RooMiniPro

    400km and still waiting on first crash

    I have over 1500km spread over two EUCs and a Segway MiniPro. I haven't crashed yet and I haven't had a power cut yet, thankfully. My machines have all topped out at no more than 22kph and I usually only ride on empty country roads and park trails, so I have not felt the need for safety gear. My current wheel does under 20kph, which feels slow to me coming from many years of riding electric skateboards at 40kph and electric bikes at 50kph. But bikes and skateboards don't throw you down when the power is lost, so EUCs are much more dangerous than both. At 36kph on an EUC I think I would feel the need for wrist and head protection. I have seen people on this forum wreck themselves falling off at speeds around there.
  7. RooMiniPro

    Ninebot A1/S1 to S2 Upgrade Effort

    I'm just waiting to see someone successfully do this on an S1, to know that it works, before trying it myself. Also, with the language difference it's a bit harder for me to follow using Google Translate.
  8. RooMiniPro

    Charging the S1 to 63 volts

    This is a great point. Starting with a higher voltage means less time spent in speed-restricted mode as the wheel nears the lower end of its charge level.
  9. RooMiniPro

    Charging the S1 to 63 volts

    I think you might be seeing this the wrong way, like we are pushing the batteries beyond their limits and taking a risk. Actually, the issue is that the supplied charger is designed to only allow an 80% charge, which is rare for EUCs, Electric skateboards, and most consumer electronics. Most devices like this charge to 100% or very close to 100%. Outside of North America, Segway supply this very same wheel with the 63v charger which charges the battery to 100% and gives the range it was designed to offer. By using the lower voltage charger and getting only to 80%, it's true that we should in theory get more charge cycles out of our batteries (all other variables being equal). But, with less range some of us will need to charge more often, kind of negating the extra charge cycle benefit. So we work around the geographically imposed restriction and charge to the true capacity that the battery was designed for and enjoy the range that it was meant to deliver. Again, it's only North Americans that Segway feel must be given restricted units. They dumb down their products to deliver less performance within North America. I have asked them why they do this but their tech support guy knows less about these machines than we do. One guess is that with the USA being such a sue-happy country, they are afraid of legal disputes when stupid people inevitably ruin their wheels or hurt themselves so they dumb down the speed and set the charger to only peak at 80%, making the wheel safer to store, safer to ride downhill after a full charge and last longer even when not looked after properly by the general public who don't know anything about lithium batteries. The Tesla is designed to charge to about 80% to extend battery life. The batteries are so incredibly expensive to replace, that it makes more sense to aim for extended charge cycle count and keep them healthy for several years longer rather than to aim for maximum range at the cost of reduced lifespan. But on an EUC, most of us are happy to get 3 or 4 years out of our batteries. I paid $370 CAD including taxes for my S1 and if it lasts 3 or 4 years I will consider it a good value.
  10. RooMiniPro

    Ninebot A1/S1 to S2 Upgrade Effort

    Thanks for this effort @MRN76. @Knifa are you able to make sense of this? Can it be applied to the S1/S2?
  11. RooMiniPro

    New Inmotion V10 / V10F

    Answering a question by asking a completely irrelevant question...hmmm....are you stoned again?
  12. RooMiniPro

    New Inmotion V10 / V10F

    No one mentioned national parks or the back country of Alaska, so using such extremes to add weight to your argument is silly. If what you said is true, you must ride in extremely populated locations full of people who aren't into being respectful of others and sharing space in a considerate way. I'm thankful I am not surrounded by such people where I ride. Apparently, literally everywhere you ride there are a large number of people "blasting" their own music out of their own speakers. And on top of that, you "blast" your own music out of your unicycle as you ride past them all. That has got to get tiresome. Or perhaps there's some exaggeration going on. Maybe it's an American thing. As I said, I do enjoy music when out riding, so I have tried it, but as I have respect for others, I use airpods so that my music is not inflicted on everyone around me who may be out hoping for a quiet walk along the river path or through the park. I don't know why the thought of personal music listening is so hard a concept to consider. You also get much better sound quality and can listen at low levels while being aware of everything around you. Meanwhile strangers get to enjoy their peaceful walks and dogs aren't as stressed as you go by. It's a win for everyone. Everyone has different tastes and trust me, most people you ride past have no interest in your choice of music and no interest in being subjected to it by a speeding unicycle. You should try earphones some time. They'll be big some day.
  13. RooMiniPro

    New Inmotion V10 / V10F

    I don't know what that means.
  14. RooMiniPro

    New Inmotion V10 / V10F

    Personally, I carry my wheel a fair bit, up steps, past puddles, in stores, and so every pound counts. I don't need my wheel to also be a discotech and beer refrigerator just because it can. And I have no problem if anyone else wants their wheel to have a built in entertainment system, fridge and tanning bed. The more variety the more choice we have. I just don't think EUCers blasting out loud music in public is anything but selfish and yobbish and I think most people who experience it while out walking, cycling, playing with their kids, will agree. Forcing your music on everyone around you is just cu_ty and very uncivilised and short sighted unless you're 13 and don't know any better. We are trying/hoping to gain public acceptance and thus legality for our EUCs and annoying the public will do nothing positive for that cause. I also think only a small minority of EUC enthusiasts look for such a feature. I can however, easily picture Kasenutty riding down to the beer store with a large joint in his mouth, blasting out some excellent tunes and getting high-fived by all the locals on the way.
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