OneWheel Battery: Maintenance, Charging, Prolong Life

OneWheel Battery

When most people think of a OneWheel they probably picture a fun pastime and a means to show individualism in an adrenaline-filled way. They may not realize that these electric, one-wheeled, transportation devices are actually advanced pieces of tech.

Each component of a OneWheel board is integral to the smooth runnings of your board. One of the most important parts, of course, is the OneWheel battery. More than just a power source, the battery also depicts how far you can travel on a single charge.

Without a working battery, your board cannot function. Knowing how to prolong the life cycle of your OneWheel battery, including how to correctly charge your board, and how to spot when your battery needs replacing is essential knowledge for any OneWheel owner.

What Are NMC Batteries?

When you are trying to decide what new OneWheel model is best for you, be it the GT, Pint, or Pint X, you may notice in the specifications that each board has an ‘NMC’ battery.

The original OneWheel models used Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePo4) batteries, but for the newer models Future Motion, the creator of the OneWheel, made the switch to Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (NMC or LiNiMnCo02) batteries. But, why the change?

NMC OneWheel batteries are still Lithium powered but are thought to provide more energy, and have a longer life span.

Not to mention NMC batteries are seen to be a safer option and are quick to charge, which makes them a popular battery choice for many electric vehicles. With these points in mind, it is no surprise that OneWheel has adopted the NMC battery.

How Long Do OneWheels Last On One Charge?

Each OneWheel has its own set of specifications, making it unique in its own way.

One of the ways you can see this difference is how far each board can travel on a single charge. While the newer models are each powered by NMC batteries, the number of cells in the battery helps to determine how much power it can exert on each charge.

Pint: 120 minute charging time (50 minutes with the Ultracharger) – Up to 8 miles on one full charge (18650 cell OneWheel battery)

Pint X- 225 minute charging time (110 minutes with the Ultracharger) – Up to 18 miles on one full charge (21700 cell OneWheel battery)

GT- 200 minute charging time (90 minutes with the Ultracharger) – Up to 32 miles on one full charge (21700 cell OneWheel battery)

OneWheel+ XR- 100 minute charging time – Up to 18 miles on one full charge (LiFePo4 48v OneWheel battery)

You can see that the mile range on a single charge varies between each model, with the battery specification being one reason for this. This is certainly something to keep in mind when choosing which OneWheel is best for you.

How Do You Charge A OneWheel Battery?

Now you have your OneWheel, have practiced how to ride, and feel ready to carve up some terrain! Before you go, there is one more thing you need to know – how to properly charge your OneWheel.

The first thing to note is that you should always use the charger that came with your OneWheel. While it may seem like any old charger would do the job, this could actually damage your OneWheel battery and void the warranty.

If you are after a faster charge time, you could try the new OneWheel Ultracharger. This additional charger has been created to provide a quicker charge while still being safe to use with your OneWheel.

Once your charger is plugged into your board and a power outlet, the light on the charger will glow red. Once your board is fully charged this light will turn green and the charger will automatically stop charging.

This feature means that you can leave your OneWheel plugged in to charge for a long period, with no fear that the board will overcharge. In fact, Future Motion advises you should leave your OneWheel to charge overnight occasionally to rebalance the battery pack.

If you’re curious as to what level your battery has charged to, the OneWheel app provides you with an accurate battery power reading. When your board is fully charged, disconnect the charger and you are good to go!

Regenerative Braking?

Now you understand how to adequately charge your board and how long your board should charge for, but there is also something else you chould consider, that is Regen, or regenerative braking. But, what is regenerative braking and how does it affect the performance of your OneWheel battery?

Regenerative breaking is a built in funcyion that allows the resistance from the motor or breaking to rechaged the battery. This genoerally only happens during breaking and not ecceleration. This is great except when your battery is already fully charged. If your motor continues to charge your full battery it could overcharge your battery.

This might be an issue only if you start your ride on a decline with a full charge you can accidentally overcharge your battery, which can lead to the board stopping mid-ride and you falling victim to a nosedive accident.

To avoid this only charge your board to around 90% if you live on an incline. The OneWheel GT comes with a handy feature where you can activate a charge limit of 90% using the OneWheel app, this will avoid potential overcharging while riding and help lengthen the lifetime of your battery.

How Long Do OneWheel Batteries Last?

On the flip side, you mustn’t allow your battery levels to fall too low. Battery levels that are too low can also cause the board to stop, leading to a possible accident. Some OneWheel models have a light bar, on the front foot pad, that indicates the battery level so you don’t need to check the app while riding.

There is no specific length of time that your OneWheel battery will last for. But, on average, a typical lithium-charged battery will last around 500-1000 charges.

So, let’s say you have a OneWheel GT and you travel 6 miles each day. On a single charge that should last you around 5 days. If you stay at this same rate each week, then 500 charges would equate to around 7 years worth of use.

It isn’t just the amount of charge the battery can endure, other factors can affect the overall longevity of the battery. The type of terrain you ride over, how often you go for a ride, and even the overall weight the board carries at a time contribute to the gradual deterioration of your OneWheel battery.

How To Prolong The Life Of Your OneWheel Battery

The best way to prolong the life of your OneWheel battery is to keep it healthy. This includes regularly going on rides, correctly charging your battery, and ensuring you properly maintain your OneWheel.

If you do need to put your board into storage, you should keep the charge at around 40-50% and plug it in to charge at least once every 2 months (you could void the warranty if you don’t do this).

It is important not to let the charge run too low, so Future Motion suggests you check the battery level every month while in storage.

Whether in long-term storage or not, you should aim to store your OneWheel in a dry area with an average temperature of around 50 degrees. Adverse temperatures, either too hot or cold, can cause serious damage to your battery and should be avoided.

Finally, look after your board and you will be looking after the battery too. Avoid riding in wet weather and if you go offroad, or ride somewhere that your OneWheel will get dirty, clean off your board as soon as possible in a safe way. This will help stop debris from making its way into the interior of your OneWheel.

When Should I Replace My OneWheel Battery?

If you notice any sort of damage or deterioration to the exterior of your battery, this is a sure-fire sign that your battery needs replacing. You should never ride your OneWheel if there is clear damage to the battery or any of the other vital components.

But, sometimes it isn’t as clear cut as that and you may be left wondering if it is time to invest in a new battery. If you notice any of the following signs, then it is probably time for a new OneWheel battery:

  • A sudden drop in performance
  • Takes longer to charge than usual
  • You can no longer get the range you used to from a single charge
  • The battery loses power very quickly, even if it was showing as adequately charged
  • Your board does not charge at all

Aside from damage or overall battery failure, you may be wanting to change your battery in favor of a more powerful option. This can increase your OneWheels overall range and energy output, but you would need to make this battery change yourself and risk voiding the warranty.

How Do You Replace A OneWheel Battery?

The first thought you may have when it comes to replacing the battery in your OneWheel is ‘can I replace the battery myself?’

The answer to this is yes, you can. But, should you? Probably not.

Future Motion makes it very clear that if you make any modifications to your board it could void your warranty, and changing the battery yourself is included in this. The reason for this is that you could accidentally damage your board, or cause a malfunction leading to possible accidents.

OneWheel has an approved service center which is recommended to use for all servicing, including changing the battery. The downside to this is the overall cost and time it takes to receive your board back, so it is no wonder riders want to undertake the battery changes themselves.

Future Motion understands that not everyone wants to follow their guidelines in relation to modifications. They understand that it is your board, and if you want to ignore the possible risks and void the warranty, then it is at your discretion.

You can change your battery by purchasing specialty tools to open the battery compartment, which is located in the rear footpad. If you are going to change your battery yourself, be sure to dispose of the old lithium battery appropriately as outlined in your local laws.

Final Thoughts On The OneWheel Battery

The battery is a vital part of your OneWheel and needs to be treated as such. No matter which OneWheel model you choose, the battery is the heart of your chosen board. To enjoy many years with your board be sure to follow the guidelines as outlined in this article.

Ultimately, the day will eventually come when you will need to replace your OneWheel battery. Before you do, think carefully and be aware of the potential risks that come with making these changes yourself. So, have you ever changed your OneWheel battery? Do you have any additional care tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!

Ride Hard, Ride Safe

Graham and The Board Sports Team

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