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  1. Mike Paolini

    New KingSong 16X Rumours

    @US69 Thanks for the thoughts, here are my clarifications. It's understood that they go the euc's speakers - that isn't always desirable - especially in quiet environments. What is desirable is to play warnings over my earphones or UE Boom Speaker (which is much closer to my head allowing for lower volumes while still being heard by the user) - with a configurable volume. Both the earphones and users speaker are likely to be playing music, so the EUC should not capture the target, but rather allow redirect via the smart phone. Do they currently do that? Are they tail lights (meaning they are on always) or actual break lights (meaning they become brighter when the vehicle is slowing or stopping - some Gotway's do this by the way). The great thing about apps for these is EUC's and their lights is configuration - they can have colors changed, be turned off, and so on. Just because a few places may not allow it doesn't mean other markets should not have it. I believe wheels such as these are targeted at pro and advanced users - they are not starter or intermediate wheels. The goal is not to have to constantly pull out your phone. Hence the request for the display on the wheel, and on the watch.
  2. Mike Paolini

    New KingSong 16X Rumours

    @RockyTop Tried (and did a video review) on Darkness Bot. It was ok, but ultimately performance was inconsistent for me. Also, I'd really like a direct set of warning from the Manufacturer rather than guessing and fumbling at my own. They're the ones that know the current voltage and the safe speeds for them....
  3. Mike Paolini

    New KingSong 16X Rumours

    @esaj A DC breaker switch would seem to be a $20 solution capable of handing this... What am I missing? http://mwands.com/store/dc-breakers-from-100-amp-to-250-amp
  4. Mike Paolini

    New KingSong 16X Rumours

    Easy: 1 (Safety) 2 (Safety) 3 ) Legal compliance and Safety
  5. Mike Paolini

    New KingSong 16X Rumours

    @US69 @Jason McNeil My Wish List for all future EUC's My number #1 safety ask for all EUC's 1) Bluetooth output for warnings and messages. This would allow them to be connected and directed to smart phones and then redirected to another Bluetooth output device such an external speaker (usually hangs on my backpack) or the bone conducting earphones I use or an intercom/music system in a motorcycle helmet (which typically offer more safety but restrict hearing) or even the wheels very own Bluetooth speakers or whatever. 2) Proper outputs from the iOS app to Apple Watch (current Speed -for legal reasons -, current battery, current AMP drawl, warnings - just fine if this is swipe to switch between). Make Wheelog obsolete please. 3) User Adjustable Headlight - these are vehicles time to make them safer. 4) Proper Break Light visible to cars - same side comment. 5) Turn signals, triggered by lean, would be splended - same side comment. 6) Spin cut off (ideally a button as I've never trusted automatic sensors) 7) Better side lighting (the automatic red on the sides for stopping on the Tesla was amazing). 8) Enough of a hole space on the wheel rim for a bike lock to fit through 9) Easy tire inflation process - be nice not to require value extender, because proper tire pressure should be done every ride given we only have one tire and it is everything on these vehicles. 10) Voltage battery indicator (way more useful and informative than bars). Would also be good if it was activated and showing information during charging. 11) The power button should be a real power interrupt so that the EUC does not deplete when off. It should also be out of the way so as not to be inadvertently used during normal activities. 12) Better uses configuration options on the feedback and petal feel 13) Optional protective padded cover (as the InMotion people offer) 14) Better circuit and wheel self-protection (melted parts should not happen, at a minimum fuses could be used). 15) Targeted at Anglo sized users carrying extra payload of things like protective gear, water, and backpacks full of groceries (120KG doesn't leave lot of safety padding for a 200 pound rider - especially for curb drops and such). 16) As small and light as is feasible given the tire, motor, and batteries - might be time to look at some new materials 17) Upgraded Chargers. I don't mind paying a separate & fee extra for this.
  6. Mike Paolini

    The Kingsong 16X First Ride

    Looks like it lacks a proper break light. :-(
  7. Mike Paolini

    The Kingsong 16X First Ride

    Nicely done. Be interested in your thoughts between it and the KS18XL.
  8. Mike Paolini

    New GotWay Nikola 17''

    Going to leave this right here.
  9. Mike Paolini

    New GotWay Nikola 17''

    My understanding is the Nikola will be rough $150 US more than the mSuper X - so your chart is pretty reasonable. And I'd say if you are in the market for an mSuper X, $150 more for a proper headlight, a better handle, better LEDs, really loud Bluetooth speakers, and a digital display may be reasonable. On the other hand, we'll have to see how it rides. So far it doesn't seem like anyone who's reviewed it has loved it.
  10. Mike Paolini

    New GotWay Nikola 17''

    @Lutalo Wow. Just wow on so many levels. So you got your ass whooped in the facts and details department, and rather than acknowledging, growing and learning you resort to redirection and threats of violence against the old man who schooled you. This is now the second reference you have made to violence against me - I let the first one pass, but you don't get to play the second one off as a joke or some other BS and I'm calling you out on it. Threats of violence have zero place in our society. Not online, not in the physical world, and certainly not in a forum for exchanging information. You need to work on your character.
  11. Mike Paolini

    New GotWay Nikola 17''

    In general, if the motors are the same, smaller diameter tires mean less load on the motor so faster acceleration and torque. However do not equate to 2000W motors from different companies as being equivalent. The motors have different goals from the different companies and so perform differently even thought they both have the same computed "horse power"
  12. Mike Paolini

    New GotWay Nikola 17''

    Sorry I have not done research on the ACM2, it never interested me. Yes, Peak & Burst tend to be interchange able in my industry and imply short periods of time where "short" is usually undefined and slippery and changing via the sales guys needs. It can mean things like where the resistors or fuses will blow, but in my experience it can also really mean heat and heat dissipation which is why it remains a slippery discussion. That is factors like the type of solder being used, the amount, size of pads and wires and wire insulation and how they dissipate heat, even ambient temperature, and so on. Burst in EUC cases means, the wheel demanding huge power to keep it self balanced (say you hit a hole for example). This would instantly heat the wires and connections and as well as the part. And this is what lead to the failures on some of the motherboards on the Ninebot Z10 from the images I've seen - the solder heated and parts shifted. So even though their part might have been rated for higher burst, the installation of that part was faulty or under specified. Fuses tend to be a cheap insurance policy here. Sustained means what they are intended/rated for. Does that help? Beat me too it by seconds, and probably said better.
  13. Mike Paolini

    New GotWay Nikola 17''

    @who_the At risk of breaking my streak of disagreeing with people, I mostly agree with all your points. I'm in. I'm on the low to mid speed side (Less than 30mph max, but greater than 15 mph max is my sweet spot, higher and it's too dangerous for me, lower and there's little point) of the argument because of the compromises you have to build the motor to over come the resistance forces for high speed. To understand this, it may be helpful to think of this in plumbing terms. Volts is the flow of water through a pipe (or pressure if you will), Amps is the size of the pipe the water flows through. Watts is the combination of the two - meaning you can get the same 2000W by having high flow rate and small pipes, or low flow rate and big pipes. However while its the same net water delivered, I'd hate to drink from a high pressure hose. Likewise, I'd hate to try to cut materials with a low pressure one. All else being equal, it sort of nets out to the higher the sustained speed you want to build for, the more voltage required which in turn trades off amps which are needed for raw power. The reverse is also true, and more amps means more ability to stay upright, hill climb and so on. (Again the combination of Voltage and Amps yielding Watts so given the 2000W motor number, there are many ways to gear it resulting in different performance trade offs. Also why a 2000W Gotway is different than a 2000W KingSong - different engineering choices in how to get there,) To summarize, generally given the same motor build, more voltage increases speed, more amps increases torque. Changing the winding etc change this trade off but bring a different set of trade offs.. All this is long winded way of agreeing with you point that Nikola is likely going to be faster than the KS16X even though they both have 2000W motors - assuming KS has reused the same motor from their KS18L series. (And also a way of pre-empting folks who would otherwise weigh in with an opinion generated independent of electrical background). This is where I veer off a bit - and maybe you are episode #3, fun factor. The tire size and characteristics, balance of the device, and motor characteristics - combined with the user feedback - all make and change the experience. Or put another way, like the motors discussion, there are different ways to achieve the same net effect of 10 mph by trading off characteristics in tire (size, shape, materials, pressure), motor (torque, acceleration deceleration curves, balance, width, height, etc) As a result, not all wheels ride the same, and from that we can also say some are more fun to ride than others given the same task. To use an extreme example, the 10" mTen3 is fun, I believe, then any other wheel at < 5 mph, and it's fun involves its nimbleness and ability to balance at stand stills as well as change directions instantly. It has a unique ride. The tire is so small, it appears to read the users mind because as soon as the user starts to think about turning, their weight unconsciously shifts and that ever so slight shift is enough. More the shape and width of the mTen3 adds to the low stability and fun. Moving to the other side of it, riding the mTen3 at 20 mph can be nerve wracking because of that very same tire and how it picks up every groove and bump in the road. It is not as fun to ride as other wheels at >15 mph speeds. My 2 cents.
  14. Mike Paolini

    New GotWay Nikola 17''

    Sorry, I don't have permission to publicly quote my source. I should have said rumored to be instead. Pretty sure you can search this one out yourself... the short answer is yes, and they tend to be used on Electric Bikes and choppers. Seyoun even makes one...
  15. Mike Paolini

    New GotWay Nikola 17''

    Slept like a rock thank you. With respect to the Nikola, I think it is a very interesting wheel, but speaking as someone with both disposable income and who is in the market for a 1600Wh ride with a Fat tire, I suspect that it just misses the mark for me (and others). The down sides appear to be price (more expensive than the MSX by hundreds), extreme size, and weight. I'd suspect balance as well, though we'll have to see the reviews. (I'd love to be wrong here, and find out the Nikola is my dream ride so I could stop searching for my next wheel as I already have a number of Gotway Chargers ;-). Really in this category, the discussion currently focus down to (for me at least), four powerful wheels with big tires: a) Ninebot Z10 - $1,700 US, 1000Wh, 1800W motor, 18" x 4.1" wide inch tubeless tire. Sexy Batman like look, Incredibly tough, life sensor. - and boat load of poor design choices and trouble ranging form battery drain, to regeneration, to melted control boards, and as a bonus a sketchy future in the US at least. b) MSX, $2,100 US, 1600Wh, 2000W motor, 18" x 3" tubed tire. Very tough, best reliability of the current generation. Also thick, heavy, and has awkward trolly and lack of wiz bang features such as side lighting and BT Speakers and lift sensors or button. C) Nikola - Estimated $2,250 US, 1600Wh, 2000W motor, reportedly 17" x 3" wide tubed tire. An MSX slight shrunk and dressed up for a night in Las Vegas. Best in generation speakers and lighting, solid adapting headlight, and finally a useful voltage indicator, more usable trolly than the MSX. A lift sensor switch in the handle. Also Expensive. Large and Bulky. And so far has wow'd not one reviewer with its ride. Probably worth the extra couple of hundred if you are looking at an MSX anyway. c) KS16X - 1600Wh, 2000W motor on a reported 16" x 3" wide tubed tire (hello torque?). Smallest Fat tire of the bunch, and maybe the new sweet spot? This is truly the Dark Horse in the running coming from a pretty solid pedigree and sporting a lot of the right numbers. Lots of unknowns, at least till next weeks rumored unveiling. As a result gets a lot of hopes and dreams assigned to it. But also gets the weight of previous performance anemic KingSong generations assigned to it until shown otherwise. Speaking of having hopes and dreams assigned to it, as a fan of small, nimble wheels, I'm actually rooting for this one. I'd like it to be so good I stop looking at the Z10 and buy the KS16X outright, charge it up and ride off into the Texas Sunset on happy long distance, crazy fun rides. That would be lovely. Fingers crossed.
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