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About travsformation

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    Barcelona, Spain
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    KS16X, KS18XL, IM-V8 (sold)

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  1. Yeah, I definitely plan on closely monitoring battery health and balancing regularly. Thanks for the advice, I'll pay particular attention to premature BMS charge cut-offs and voltage drops after charging I've been monitoring interior RV temperatures for the past few days. Outdoor temperatures have been around 30-31º C, so I've tested several scenarios: if I leave the skylights closed (no hot air can exit) and the sun shields wide open (letting sunlight directly in through all skylights), I get temperatures inside the RV of up to 45º C at head height. This would be the worst case scenario, but one that wouldn't happen unless intentional. With all (reflective) window blinds closed, skylights open, and skylight sun shields closed 2/3 of the way (to keep out direct sunlight but let hot air escape), the interior temperature doesn't seem to go above 37-38º C (at head height). Still not ideal, but seems like a moderate enough temperature to prevent damage. I don't think I'd charge at that temp. though, I reckon' I'd do that in the evening or first thing in the morning, when temps are in the 25-30ºC range.
  2. In terms of insurance covering damage to the vehicle and to others I'm fully covered, I have insurance both for the RV and a separate one for each EUC, so if the RV insurance claims the damage caused by the wheel isn't covered, the EUC insurance will cover it (also in case I have an accident while riding and hurt someone, damage property, etc.) My main concern is how to prevent failure insomuch as possible and in the event something does happen, minimize damage to the actual RV and its contents as much as possible. Motorhomes aren't cheap... And when you have a custom build, even if the insurance refunds you for 100% of the value ( devaluation is to be taken into account), you might find yourself without a vehicle for a LONG time until you can get a new one outfitted. And when you plan on spending 6 months/year living in it, that can be a real b*tch... So what I'm interested in are technical measures I can implement: fans to guarantee air flow and reasonable storage and charging temps, and perhaps a sealed metal trunk to mitigate for risk of fire. But from what @Sebahas mentioned in another thread about Samsung cell safety, the latter might be overkill... What reasonable precautions do you guys reckon it's worth investing in?
  3. Thanks Seba. So storing it at around 30-40°C and charging it at 30°C (ambient temperature) isn't dangerous then... Good to know, thanks! Ideally, I wish I could charge the wheels right before use, but when I'm the road that really isn't an option. I'm going to have to fully charge them when I get a chance to, then store them fully charged. I can live with decreasing battery life a little (I hope it isn't too much), I was just concerned about for risk, especially when charging. But the info you provided in another thread about the Samsung batteries used in the 18XL and the 16X really put me at ease, thanks for that!
  4. travsformation

    18XL Locked

    You might run into issues with limitations in the KS app and EUC World due to it being a wheel meant for the Chinese domestic market but being used abroad. This is KS's way of discouraging these practices, but why it's the end user who "pays the price", I don't know...
  5. A powercube is also a good option (although they're a bit bulky):
  6. BTW, @UniVehje & @HelRider, how satisfied are you with the routes you planned? I know from experience that on paper (or on screen) they can seem great, but later, once you're on them, they can prove to be different from what you expected, sometimes requiring some improvisation. Did you have any such issues? Is there's anything you'd do differently in future trips? And in terms of time organization, pit stops, accounting for the weather, etc., is there anything you'd do differently in future trips? And about packing...anything you took that you didn't end up needing and wouldn't pack in future trips?
  7. I get that a lot...I reckon it's down to the novelty factor of staying behind you to check out what this strange device from the future is. But it's annoying, I agree... +1 Couldn't agree more, it's (part of) what's kept me away from GWs I'd be willing to include the 16X in that category. I get about the same range as on the 18XL (if I can resist the temptation to use all that available torque), and if not riding fast, the 3" cushy tire makes eating up the bumps pretty comfy too (all though it is a bit bouncy when hitting bumps at higher speeds, not as planted as the 18XL). The V11 will probably be the best touring wheel overall though, I agree, Unless they release an S18XL. The only issue I see with it is the lack of a handle on top that you can quickly grab without clicking and pulling up.
  8. I agree a Western-based EUC MF would be awesome, I'd definitely be willing to throw some money at it if someone were up to giving it a try. But as others have pointed out, the cost would probably be prohibitive. Since that's unlikely, as consumers, all we can do is demand higher quality standards from current MFs, I don't see what's wrong with that... Then again, I get the impression this thread is less about a genuine desire to see a Western MF and more about a dislike of people with electronics and engineering backgrounds pointing out design flaws. I don't want to start the age-old US vs. Europe debate, but since you mentioned Europe in your first post, I think it's worth noting that there might cultural differences there worth taking into account too. Consumers are brought up to be very selective from a young age (go to this baker, not that one, their bread is better/fresher/whatnot), and perhaps that leads to greater consumer expectations, a greater sense of "corporate accountability" and even a sense of entitlement that, I can understand, can be perceived as pedantic and know-it-all. But context is all. When, post WW2, the US was amidst one of the periods of greatest economic growth and prosperity in its history, Europe was desolate, struggling to rebuild and poverty-ridden. Attitudes born from decades of hardship become ingrained in people's attitude and carry over to the next generations, so in periods of prosperity, when people can afford to buy nice things and quality consumer goods, they expect them to be top-notch and reliable, not the cheap disposable junk they had to settle for in tougher years or have taught their offspring to stay clear of. They want what they pay for, and if they pay 3K for an EUC, they expect it not to burn under stress; and if they're knowledgeable in the field and are educated enough to detect the flaws behind such mishaps, they'll be quick to point them out. Just for context, Europeans are equally critical with domestic brands, MFs, even small commerces, whether it's restaurants, hotels, butchers, etc. It's ingrained in the culture. Those differences are what makes this global forum what it is. They often create clashes, but a lot can be learned from them. We learn from each other, keep each other in check...it strikes a nice balance if handled properly. I, for instance, have always been very pro-regulation in terms of governments keeping corporations in check. In some cases I still am, but in others, this forum has broadened my perspective and I can see how over-regulation can cripple emerging technologies, including PLEVs. Same goes for a lot of other things where I'm starting to prefer the American approach. If we all thought the same, what fun would this forum be? And when disagreements don't yield anything productive, what can you do about it? Live and let live Note: the above is a gross generalization and I'm no historian or sociologist, these are just observations of mine as an American who's grown up in Europe with a mixture of two clashing mindsets---the one I was taught at home and the one I encountered every time I stepped out the door, which has gradually also become my own. I enjoy the multi-perspective approach because it gives things a lot of nuance, but maybe to others it sounds like I'm just full of sh*t. And it may very well be the case. C'est la vie...
  9. @Patton250 The issue isn't about know-how or intelligence. The puzzle pieces you're leaving out are PROFITS and CULTURE. Profits are reduced if thicker cables and beefier components are used, if (what we consider) the appropriate resources are devoted to R&D, testing, QC, etc. The approach to design, production and sales (as well as consumer satisfaction...), as meep explained and is obvious to anyone who's followed the chaotic release of any new wheel, are simply...different. What in the West we'd call non-rigurous, half-assed and maybe even negligent, not to mention not particularly "honorable" with regard to their customers. But that's only a problem for those of us in the West, in China that's completely normal, it's just the way things are done. Which brings us to... Culture. The reason we're even having this discussion (or all the discussions that ensue the release of new wheels, posts on wheel failures, etc.) is that the Chinese production model, quality standards and safety/reliability guarantees clash head on with what we've been brought up on in the West. Just think "customer loyalty", a concept that revolves around producing high-quality, reliable products that will inspire trust and confidence in consumers and make them more likely to buy from the same brand again in the future. That just isn't the case with EUCs (or anything coming from China, really). I think the only brand that lives up to that standard is Inmotion. What I mean to say with this is that these clashes are inevitable when Western consumers are buying $2-3K products from companies that don't even remotely adhere to what here we consider to be "good business practices". I see the critical analyses and pointing out of faults as a good thing that, over time, might gradually help bring up the quality standards to something more in line with what Western customers expect when paying the kind of money we do. But I understand and respect that you might feel differently. We don't have to agree on everything (or anything). I would point out though that critical discussions like the one that spawned this thread are an inherent part of the forum. While you're free to stand behind the Chinese interpretation of capitalism (friendly banter ), I wouldn't get too worked up over comments that are critical of EUC MFs' business products or business models or you're going to have an awful lot to get worked up about...
  10. Anything you can do to help here, @Jack King Song? Thanks!
  11. For anyone who'd like to know the kind of dedication that goes into EUC World, check out Seba's latest public tour: 67 km (2 & 1/2h) riding around in circles to to get the MSP battery readings right. I'm sure he can think of more fun ways (and more interesting rides) to spend his Saturday afternoon. Yet instead, he does this: If that's not reason enough to buy him a few beers, I don't know what is! We beta-testers and translators don't call him King Seba for nothing!
  12. +1 We don't call him King Seba in our slack EUC World beta-testing and translation group for nothing!
  13. @Peters Since the 16X has proven to be a bit aquaphobic, I'd recommend spraying some dielectric spray around the power button (makes sure it seeps in), charging ports and USB ports. I've done so on mine and ridden in torrential rains without issues. I also plan on opening up the wheel whenever I get a chance to and spraying some on all connectors susceptible to being exposed to humidity (from bottom of the shell and possible water ingress from the trolley handle cavity)
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