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What are these "VnR", "CnR" and other battery expansions all about?
They describe various methods to achieve an external battery modification, providing riders with augmented range on their Onewheel.
There are a handful of acronyms the Onewheel community use to describe modifications to extend the battery capability of a Onewheel by adding an external battery to supplement the internal one, achieving extended range. These terms can include VnR, CnR, RnR and PnR (or Vamp n’ Ride, Charge n’ Ride, etc.), and all represent a slightly modified approach to achieve the same thing; an external battery configuration on a Onewheel. SonnyWheels, who sells kits to achieve these upgrades, provides a more detailed breakdown on the differences.
The main takeaway here is that you can modify your board to greatly increase your range, however, it’s important to note that any approach that requires you to open the board and make modifications will immediately void your warranty. Additionally, the method and products you would use for your board varies depending on a few different important circumstances, such as the firmware version of your board. Our friend Jimmy Chang wrote an excellent breakdown article covering the various systems available and weighs the pros/cons of each.
My warranty is expired – so who cares! You may think that there’s no need to worry about your warranty after the one year warranty expires. Consider this: Not only will the common “battery extension” modifications void your warranty, its possible for Future Motion to outright reject working on your board with these types of modifications. You literally can’t even pay them to work on your modified board. Seem unreasonable? Future Motion is a business and has obligations to protect the health and safety of its employees – it’s not surprising for them to not want to accept a large and potentially dangerous battery that’s been tinkered with by a stranger and ask their employees to service it. Once you void your warranty and make these modifications, you’re on your own. Before making these types of modifications, research the topic fully and understand the risks before committing. The saving grace here is that there are many Onewheel repair shops that will perform repairs, upgrades and service-related labor regardless of your warranty.
As of April 2020, there are rumblings of patches sent out by Future Motion that are “bricking” modified boards, meaning that they outright stop working through software changing. The risks are real, my dudes. Do your research before setting down this path.
In regards to safety, there are a number of concerns and warnings regarding this topic. Land-Surf, an aftermarket accessory manufacturer, produces a product in the same vein as these approaches called the Ranger Locking Battery Mount. In their product description, they detail the concerns (in the FAQ section) of using the other methods described above, which their product is designed to address.
Photo Credit © Jimmy Chang
What are "Flight Fins"?
An aftermarket accessory for the Onewheel which adds “fins” attached to a special half-fender, allowing the rider to partially secure their feet to the board. This provides some more control of the board, including the ability to jump with the board, similar to jumping on a snowboard. Flight Fins come in a variety of customization options and are available at flightfins.com.
What are "Fangs"?
Fangs are an aftermarket safety accessory for the Onewheel which adds two small casters to the nose of the board. The Onewheel has the potential to “nosedive” and is often the leading cause of injury, Fangs provide a means for the board to continue rolling on the front wheels, giving the rider time to recover. While their purpose is for safety, they can also be used for tricks where riders purposefully nosedive allowing them to ride on the Fangs, which is referred to as a “fang drag”. Fangs come in a variety of customization options and for several models of the Onewheel from land-surf.com.
What is the best tire to swap to?
It depends on what you plan to do with your Onewheel, primarily broken down by street versus off-road terrain (or a blend between the two). There are a number of aftermarket tire options available, as well as shops that will do the swap for you. We’ve teamed up with Jeff at The Float Life who has detailed his top 4 picks.
For years I have ridden the Burris 6” TX-33 tread off-road, but recently switched to the new upgraded version called the Trail Pro. Both tires use the same mold so shape hasn’t changed. The sidewalls are now reinforced for durability, edge hold, and longevity and a custom compound that sits between the TX-11 and TX-22 was used to increase grip, soak up smaller bumps off-road, and greatly reduce that buzz on the street that the original had. The Trail Pro is just a nice little bump of an upgrade to the original which is widely regarded as the best off-road tire for quite some time. FYI: the 6” Burris tread has won the FloatLife Fest XR race every single year and won the premier event dual slalom last year at FLF3.
I have three boards that I ride depending on how I’m feeling.
First is the FF Hoosier Whisper. This is a great tire and probably the most “Jack of all trades” tire available. It has a good balance of stability and carvability with a nice squishy compound for a smooth ride. It’s like a 9 out of 10 on pretty much every category for me! I’ll even choose to take this tire off-road sometimes if I want to have fun and drift around on a fun smooth sandy trail. Wouldn’t recommend for sharp rocky technical downhill though.
Next is the Burris 6” slick in SS-11. This is my favorite trick tire right now as it sacrifices a tiny bit of stability for increased carvability (which is key for curbs) and a little punch up in the torque. Feels very similar to the Whisper, but at a more affordable price point. This is the tire that both Bodhi and Ryan Sherwood are riding. If you don’t know who they are, they are widely considered the two best trick riders right now.
Lastly, I have the Burris x TFL XtraRad tire. This is the tire I enjoy for coffee runs, quick around town rips, and bar hopping. It’s a smaller diameter and width tire that has a fun soft compound that sacrifices a mph or two off the top speed and cranks the torque and board snap way up! This is a super zippy little tire that carves on a dime, but still holds a decent amount of stability. Best I could describe this tire is it’s like a Pint x XR hybrid. Cool thing about this tire is you can rock it on a Pint or an XR or if you want to get really crazy, you can get custom shorter rails and build a real hybrid called a McNugget.
How do I do a tire swap?
Watch these videos!
Jeff over at The Float Life provideds a great video tutorial on this process with easy to follow steps, complete with the tools and products you’ll need to get the job done. Tutorials for the XR and the Pint can be found below. Thanks Jeff!
Onewheel XR Tire Swap:
Onewheel Pint Tire Swap:
How do I check my hardware version and why does it matter?
While your Onewheel is connected to the mobile app via Bluetooth, tap the “hamburger” icon (three lines) on the top-right corner of your screen. Next, tap “Board Settings” at the bottom of the drop menu and look for “Hardware” near the bottom.
Onewheel (AKA, Future Motion) has made efforts to prevent access and modifications to the inner-workings of the board on newer models through updated firmware. You have nothing to worry about if you own an original (”V1”) or Plus model Onewheel, as these models do not receive firmware updates like newer models (XR and Pint) do.
XR models start at hardware version 4206, then continued to 4208 and 4209. These older models allow access to battery cell information with third party apps, which allows for battery modification and interchangeable parts for self repair. These versions are desirable to riders who wish to modify their boards, such as replacing the battery pack or adding external battery components.
XR Hardware 4210 is where it gets a bit tricky:
- You cannot access cell information.
- Battery modifications can be done, but can result in an “Error 23” when the Onewheel app detects a battery larger than stock.
- The Controller (Onewheel computer stored in the front half) and the Battery Management System (battery computer stored in the rear) are interconnected together through the software. This makes the board difficult or impossible to self repair.
4211 and 4212 have all of the above restrictions, but will absolutely not work with any battery modification or range extenders.
Many Onewheel owners have no intention of self diagnosing, modifying or repairing their Onewheel. The Onewheel is a very reliable product and any hardware version can be repaired by Future Motion. The newer 4212 hardware even has some slightly upgraded internal components.
If you want the freedom to self-repair and modify your Onewheel, you will want a older board with 4209 hardware or later.
Can I see if my battery cells are still good?
If you have an Original (V1), Plus or XR hardware 4209 and older Onewheel, read on! Have 4210 and newer XR or a Pint? Sorry, but this is not possible at this time. You would need to send your board back to Future Motion for diagnosis if you suspect a battery capacity issue.
Don’t know how to check your hardware version? Refer to “How do I check what hardware version I have and why do I care?”
Now that we cleared that up, you will need a third party app to access the battery information. The OWCE app will give you access to information not available in the Onewheel app, including battery cell information.
The download process depends on your model of phone. iOS or Android? We have you covered!
- iOS: First download the TestFlight app on your device: https://testflight.apple.com/join/erN13tuH
- Now accept your email invitation or follow the public link invitation to install.
- Android: Download at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.owcommunity.owce
- Follow instructions in the apps to connect to your Onewheel!
Each cell should be 4.18V for XR or 3.6V for Plus & V1 when fully charged. It’s acceptable to see a plus or minus .02V for each cell. If you see any cells lower, it may require you to charge the board for up to 72 hours to balance the cells. The battery will need to be replaced if you are unable to obtain a balanced battery.
Can I change the grip tape?
Absolutely, and many riders do! However, there are factors that are critically important to understand before you begin the process, detailed below.
Changing your grip tape is fairly simple, but you must be carful not to remove/damage the sensor located under the front pad while removing the old grip tape. The sensor is under a thick piece of plastic contouring to the shape of the front footpad. The grip tape adheres directly to this plastic piece. Many riders accidentally peel up the plastic piece along with the grip tape which commonly causes issues with the sensor, even if reapplied. To make the process of separating the grip tape from the sensor, heat is your friend. You can let the footpad heat up slowly in the sun, or use a hair dryer. This will loosen the adhesive, allowing you to slowly and carefully peel the grip tape away.
Before applying new grip tape, remove any left over adhesive with some Isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth or paper towel. Ensure the surface is completely dry as well. While applying, ensure there are no air bubbles captured under the grip tape, as this can cause issues with your sensors engaging properly.
What's the best grip tape repalcement?
Essentially, any grip tape replacement will be an improvement over the stock grip tape that ships with your Onewheel. However, there are options that may be best suited for your preferences and the type of footpad you’re using.
Most aftermarket grip tape options will be better than stock, because the stock tape has very low grit and sharpness which doesn’t provide very good traction for anything more than street riding. Additionally, due to the very fine spacing of the grit, this tape tends to get caked up with dirt and debris, making cleaning it a chore. When your grip tape is covered in dirt, the effectiveness is reduced which can lead to your feet losing traction to the board. This is of course a safety concern, so ensure you regularly clean your grip tape (as needed) regardless of the option you use.
- Grit: Like sandpaper, this refers to the amount of roughness or how sharp the surface is. A rough grit will give you better foot traction, but make it more difficult to adjust your foot placement. A sharp grit offers good traction, but is hard on shoes and makes any skin contact more extreme.
- Spacing: Good grit spacing is important so the grip doesn’t get “clogged” when riding dirt. Good spacing can also increase traction and allow for easier cleaning.
- Precut: Most aftermarket Onewheel grip tape is precut to the shape of the Onewheel footpads for easy installation. If not, you will need to trim or cut it. It’s a good idea to confirm the grip you are buying is compatible with your footpads.
Can I use skateboard grip tape? Absolutely, but most skateboard grip doesn’t have the appropriate grit, durability and shape for a Onewheel. The Onewheel foot pads are slightly wider than most skateboards so make sure the grip you choose is large enough and trim it with a razor blade to fit
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