OK. This is what I have to start with. Batteries are new(ish). 3 x 12V Lead acid 12Ah. Even when brand new, the range on those battery’s was less than 2km on flat terrain. Original Skatey documentation claim a range of 26km. I know I’m never going to get to that, but if I could get to, say 10-12km it would be awesome.
Here’s my thinking and the challenges that I forsee in no particular order
I suspect that seeing as the range is rubbish even with new batteries, that there is some problem with controller / remote / motor.
I want to improve this board for as cheap as possible. No point in spending $200 on something that is always only going to be worth $50. That said, it’s pretty worthless at the moment, so my thinking is if I can spend a few bucks making it better, it will make a good starter toy for my son (16 years old) and get him interested in us building something better together.
So can anyone help me with troubleshooting where exactly the problem may lie. As it is, everything does work, just not for very long. Individual part for this old tech aren’t expensive, but if I had to replace everything, it becomes a bit silly.
Please throw some ideas at me. I’m a Civil Engineer and pretty decent handyman. Also into Marine Reef tanks and building Raspberry-Pi based controllers for them, so the tech doesn’t really scare me. I may just have to learn more about the details of this stuff. I also don’t like the idea of a throw-away society, so like to keep old stuff running - even if having to update it. But I like to do the research up front and have a solid plan.
Thanks in advance guys