Here's a DIY electric skateboard that is very easy and fun to ride! This project was based off our previous Instructable, the electric longboard. However, the electric longboard lacked some key features, like a built-in charging system, a proper on/off switch, and a Bluetooth smartphone controller. The electric longboard was also too large (the deck was 45" long!) and thus it could not be used as an every-day commuting device. This skateboard has all of those features, and it's also way shorter, which makes it an even better option for commuting.
This skateboard has a maximum speed of 30km/h, and a range of 10km when going full speed. You can get an even greater range if you go slowly, because this electric motor is more efficient at lower speeds. The acceleration is good, and the motor has enough torque to handle moderate hills.
The design of the drive system has been changed slightly. The plastic gear has been replaced with an aluminum one, a washer has been removed, and I also changed the design from using 90mm flywheels, to smaller, more readily available, 83mm flywheels.
This skateboard has regenerative braking, can be programmed with different acceleration rates, and can go backwards. I'm also going to show you how I built my prototype Bluetooth controller, which is able to control the throttle, and display battery voltage via smartphone. If you don't want to build your own controller, you can buy a professional, ready-made version from Current Control Systems, which is my personal store! (It will be available mid-September)
Here's a list of the parts:
Total Cost: ~$350
Where did I get our parts from?
High demand for parts:
The parts I have listed are in very high demand right now. If a part is in back-order or simply out of stock, you may need to choose a suitable replacement instead. Leave a comment on this Instructable if you are unsure about the specifications of a replacement part.