eboard version 1
Version 1 of my electric skateboard was completed in February 2016. Although I borrowed some ideas from other sources, ultimately my design was my own. I wanted to do a few things differently, namely:
- Should utilize a shortboard / traditional skateboard deck, not a longboard (which seems to be the majority of electric skateboards)
- “Piece-meal” / Custom design. I wanted to stay away from ready assembled kits sourced from one company. I wanted to do this the hard way.
I wanted to do as much as possible myself. Excluding the welding and specialized metalwork.
However, I believe due to a faulty ESC and likely due to not reading its manual beforehand, version 1 suffered a traumatic failure and went up in flames. Almost everything within the custom enclosure got badly damaged. When working with DIY eboards – I suggest having a small fire extinguisher close by for your initial testing under load. Also, if you use LIPO batteries, read up about safe charging and discharging. You should also get a safe LIPO charging/storage bag.