Hey guys, this build thread is way overdue but here it is!
Back when Jeff Wu was thought to be the greatest thing to happen to eskate and was running the first group buy for his Neo deck I bought one! The one I received had a few scratches but nothing major compared to those who received cracked decks and never got a replacement.
The overarching goal of this build was for it to be flight safe and disassemble and be reassembled with the least amount of tools possible.
Remote: The Remote included with the Esk8 supply
Battery: Custom 30q 10s3p modular pack
BMS: Daly charge only
Now on to the build!
Because I wanted to be able to disassemble everything super easily I lined the bottom the decks cavity with velcro (if we’re gonna be correct and all with vesc trademarks I’ll do it with velcro to. It’s really hook and loop😂) Holes were then drilled for the charge port and power switch and the deck was ready for components to be mounted!
Drivetrain assembly was as simple as installing a normal skate wheel! Just slide the motor onto the truck and tighten the bolt! The loaded hubs are really nice and having orangatang thane is a massive plus!
The biggest challenge of this build was definitely the battery. I wanted it to be flight safe and super easy to assemble/disassemble. I ended up learning the very basics of Kicad and designed some pcbs. For my first pcb design I am very happy with how they turned out!
The biggest downside with this vesc is that you can’t update the vesc firmware if you want to keep the extra remote functions it comes with like the battery indicator and therefore I wouldn’t recommend it.
I mean the newest firmware is not kinda what I am after, it made more problems than it solved so far. In my experience 5.xx
The problem I am facing is that the shop is in the UK and getting something from there is currently harder than winning the lottery.
It’s more of a problem further down the line when the bugs of newer features get ironed out. For example I wasn’t able to use HFI on this build since I couldn’t update the firmware. I think it now ships with more up to date firmware tho.