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  1. brianle

    IPS S5

    From https://www.electricunicycles.eu/ips_i5_and_s5_the_new_electric_unicycles_from_ips-c__253 "The IPS S5 will be a 16" electric unicycle, which - except the larger tyre diameter - will be equipped with higher capacity Panasonic batteries and more powerful electric motor. For sure it will weight more than I5, however we can expect it to be a great competition, in terms of the weight, to other 16-inch wheels. It has to be reminded that 16" electric unicycles are usually heavier than fourteens." Perhaps this was "playing" on the part of whoever their source was when that article came out (over a year ago, now that I look at the date). Still too heavy for my particular use, but interesting.
  2. brianle

    IPS S5

    I'm curious what led you to order the S5. I got my i5 because it's about the smallest and lightest EUC I could get. What I read about the S5 is that it's a 16" wheel with higher battery capacity and a more powerful motor --- bound to be bigger and heavier. Is the point for you to have the lightest 16" wheel you can get, or ... ? Not trying to challenge you here (!), just curious.
  3. Super, thanks Esper! I guess my bigger concern is that I can take the bus OUT, but am not allowed to board when I want to go BACK. I guess worst came to worst I could optionally just ride the EUC to another stop and try again with a different bus driver; sometimes two different lines will get me there and aren't all that far apart in EUC terms, or in some cases the next bus isn't all that long a wait. But yes, acting nonchalant, "this is normal, nothing to see here" is certainly the way to go. Asking "is this allowed?" just sets you up for trouble. With my folding bike I can fit it under the front-of-bus "sideways" seats, and that's worked well. I'm not sure if my KS16S would fit under those, but would be a bit less of a distraction if it did.
  4. Dang, I've been out of town so I missed this. I'm in Bellevue, FWIW, but could get into Seattle for a ride I expect ... hmm, so long as bus drivers don't object to me bringing on an EUC ... I've had no problem with a folding bike, but it doesn't have a battery. I could bring my backpackable EUC in stealth mode, but would rather the KS16S in a group ride situation!
  5. It varies for me too, but I've never tried the kind of mileage that some report. It depends on the day, the foot-ware, the particular EUC, and likely on me as well. But typically by 4 - 5 miles I'm feeling some soreness in the area of the arches of my feet, akin to mild cramping but not actual cramping. I do once in a great while dismount and walk it off for a while, but not too pleased to be doing that. I don't typically have to get off my bike and walk it for a while, and I'm doing more physical work on it. I'm still searching for ways to improve this; have tried various foot-ware and inserts, but not really extensively, nor systematically. Sometime maybe I'll take the time to experiment a bit, but hard to control for all the variables, or to know which are [most] significant for me. I appreciate reading about what works for other people, but from hiking/backpacking, I know that feet vary a lot between individuals --- the type of hiking shoe that's perfect for me might be a bad choice for you, and vice versa. This too might be something that people have to work out individually, to some degree at least.
  6. The getting-started email from eWheels for my new KS16S suggested WheelInfo as the app to use after getting it speed unlocked. I already had WheelLog installed and that works very well. So I went to Google Play with my Android phone, downloaded WheelInfo, it looks quite like WheelLog. Bluetooth shows my EUC, but after it's presumably paired it shows no data, no speed, no 'odometer', nothing. Is there perhaps a better source to get this from rather than Google Play? On Google Play it's called Wheelinfo84v by Dongsoo Lee. Hmm, I wonder if the '84v' in the app title is a clue? The text says it supports various EUC makes, including King Song, so ... ? This isn't anything essential, I have no idea if this is any better for me than WheelInfo, just ... curious.
  7. Peanut butter is pretty good for getting stuff like that off, I find. I'll eventually find something else to pad with this stuff, however. I've minorly dropped the 16S a couple of times in the past few days, but am hoping for no major catastrophes. It does ride a little differently than my others; I have to sort of adapt back and forth to hop on (what traditional unicyclists, at least, call "quick start") as it's a bit different in that way from the much thinner IPS i5, but I expect I'll get so that I can adapt pretty quickly. After, inevitably, a few embarrassing moments at busy street crossings. Thanks for the feedback!
  8. I post this on the theory that someone else might be puzzled too (I'm happy to admit when I'm ignorant :-)). Shortly following the shipment of my new KS16S, eWheels sent me separately a set of wrist braces along with a package labelled mostly in Chinese but including the English words "Safety Protector". This consists of a roll of flat rubbery stuff, well, flat on one side and on the not-so-flat on the other, that's 80 mm (about 3") wide, 8 mm thick (about 1/3 inch), and 2 meters long (6.6 feet). Included is a roll of "safety tape". Pictures on the packaging appear to show it being installed in various ways, for example, to protect the corners of something, so it's generic stuff, not designed specifically for an EUC. I presume the intent is that I attach this stuff somehow to my KS16S body, perhaps temporarily (?) on the theory that I might be learning how to ride and thus don't want to beat up the very nice looking exterior. It doesn't strike me as stuff that's intended to remain long term on the machine. But ... while this theory makes sense, I'm not certain, so just curious if I might be missing something here? Ah, follow-up --- I poked around online and found an identical product on Amazon called "Table Wall Edge Protectors Foam Baby Safety Bumper Guard Protector". FWIW. So yup, I'm feeling even more certain that the intent is to protect the EUC body while someone is learning to ride, as I doubt this stuff would stay on well for an extended period, even if a person was okay with the look of that! TIA.
  9. I used Wheellog today for a 5 km jaunt, a fine app. Turns out that now that I have an unlocked unit that goes faster, at 25 kph or so I was already feeling nervous. I got to nearly 28 kph and quickly backed off. Perhaps a little more nervous than usual from a minor fall yesterday that left both wrists sore today (today I was wearing the wrist brace protectors!). But I don't think so. My other EUCs are capped at about 18 kph, and I was periodically wanting to go a bit faster without beeping or warnings or tiltback as a result, but at this point I'm doubting that I'll ever take it above 30 kph. At least not without chin guard on helmet, wristguards, knee and elbow pads --- a suit of armor might be not be amiss either, or at least a lot of leather! So nice now, though, to be able to just go the speed that I feel like going. Thanks again.
  10. Wow, thanks so much! Someday perhaps, all the required information will be in one place ... Fortunately I have Android 8.0, not 8.1, and looking at the app settings for the v4 app and authorizing location and storage did the trick immediately. I was able to go through the process to unlock (helpful I only have 8 km on this machine so far), and then adjust the speeds at which various beeps will go off. Interestingly, after turning off the level 1 and 2 beeps and adjusting 3 & 4 warning levels to the top of my speed range (34 and 35 kph respectively for the 16S), I then downloaded the latest app using the link you kindly provided and ran that. In order to get to the speed limit setting stuff on that, I had to create login info on with King Song, but then was surprised to find that while my level 1 & 2 warnings were still set down to 0 (off) as I had done with the v4 app, the level 3 & 4 warnings were now pegged at 20 kph each, couldn't be increased. So unlocking in the v4 app doesn't seem to do anything that the latest app recognizes? I went back to the v4 app and made sure to re-input the settings, so hopefully I'm still going to be able to exceed 20 kph now --- will try and see tomorrow. Wish I had a better speedometer short of riding with my phone in my hand! Oh well. Firmware version is 1.03, which both apps indicate is the current version for a KS16S. My riding mode was already set to expert (perhaps an artifact of unlocking?). Anyway vielen dank, Hermann der Deutscher, your post was a BIG help!
  11. Just got my new KS16S today, and overall it's nice --- though I was surprised that without some momentum when approaching a somewhat steep hill that this powerful motor seemed to crawl up the hill (did better if I approached the same hill at some speed). And I'm not so keen on the constant high pitched noise (on top of the more typical motor noise). But I can't unlock it. Installed the v4 Android app on both my phone and android tablet, and tried quite a number of times on both to scan for my unit, and not only doesn't it find it, the v4 app doesn't find ANY bluetooth devices, and I've got multiple of them around. I can easily and immediately go to bluetooth settings and connect the EUC to play music on its speakers --- something I really and truly don't care about. But connecting the app to the machine I cannot do. I tried to get whatever app is available via kingsong.com support, but the download always (and almost immediately) fails, a server issue on their end I speculate. I'd like to unlock this thing, but the instructions I got to do so require the v4 app to be able to find the unit. It seems like an issue with the android app rather than with the machine itself, not only because pressing the 'scan' button shows no bluetooth devices, but also because looking at my phone's bluetooth connections via android setup, I do see KS-16S-1495 displayed as an available device --- in addition to KingSongMusic. TIA for any thoughts on this problem.
  12. Just got my new KS16S today, and yup --- initially I thought some sort of high pitched sound was coming from somewhere in the neighborhood, but as I continued to ride and the sound continued --- rats. Someone my age should by rights have lost enough upper range hearing that this wouldn't be an issue, but I find that noise pretty irritating. My other EUCs don't do that. I've got it on in my office now, in vain so far trying to connect the KS app via bluetooth, and even stationary there's a high pitched sound that I could happily do without.
  13. Just downloaded the KS16S spec sheet, and it says: "840wh Lithium battery, with equilibrium, over-charge, over-discharge, over-current protection" This doesn't say if they're Li-Ion or Li-Po (Lithium Polymer, aka Lithium-ion Polymer). But according to wikipedia, Li-Po batteries suffer from the same safety issues as Li-Ion, to whit: "This means that overcharge, over-discharge, over-temperature, short circuit, crush and nail penetration may all result in a catastrophic failure, including the pouch rupturing, the electrolyte leaking, and fire." So saying "polymer" as if it's better is just a smoke screen. Might work, but I'd rather play this straight if I could. What I maybe could say is that this particular EUC is manufactured by the company best known for safety, and that it has over-charge, over-discharge, and over-current protection built in. Frustrating stuff, but worth working through as these things are so much more useful if we can take them on public transport ... Thanks for the feedback!
  14. Apologies for resurrecting a somewhat old thread, but the concern I have about taking an EUC on Amtrak isn't just that they might not let me on, it's that they MIGHT let me on traveling away from home, but then not let me get back home the same way (!), i.e., a round-trip train trip with an EUC. A suitcase doesn't work, as I want to ride it a fair distance to/from the train station. Maybe a soft duffel-bag type case ... ? Reading about this, I see that hoverboards are banned due to the lithium batteries; I don't see why an EUC would be treated any differently? I read about one instance where the train was transporting lithium batteries and one/some exploded and caused a fire; another source talks about multiple hoverboard incidents around the country. I guess I'm looking for something explicit to point to if challenged by an Amtrak employee. "It's not a hoverboard and the rule just says hoverboards" doesn't strike me as a reliable argument. Yet --- we buy these things online and they get shipped out, so they are presumably safe enough to transport that way ... Frustrating. A compelling case to make to an inquiry by Amtrak folks would be appreciated --- TIA !
  15. Rats, wish I had seen this excellent review before I bought mine! Mea culpa, but I was somewhat on the fence about getting a chin bar option at all, so I'm still content with my decision. Seeing also that @Rehab1 actually did some empirical crash testing with this unit and gives it a thumbs up makes me feel even better. Thanks to you both!
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