EDIT 4-10-16: The instructables is out now, check it out here!
It’s taken months of experimentation and testing but the BoosterPack is finally done….and its awesome!
Normal bike riding isn’t the same anymore because this thing has changed what I perceive to be a bikeable distance. Now I can keep up with traffic, carry heavy stuff, and boost up hills without breaking a sweat. All for 2 cents worth of electricity on a unique e-bike system that costs significantly less than anything else out there.
Check out the video of my trip to the grocery store below:
My intent since the beginning (other than wanting one myself) has been to package and sell BoosterPacks in various kits designed to accommodate a diverse audience. In the end I can only offer a solution fit for other technical folks.
So if you’re a hacker who can safely handle LiPo batteries (or even 3D print parts at home) then I can easily make a batch of pre-engineered BoosterPack kits and sell them at a price better than your cost to make one from scratch! If you’re interested send me an email at MechEngineerMike@gmail.com.
I had also been working on a premium plug and play battery package including a stable battery chemistry, smart charger, and an integrated battery management system. Unfortunately, after a lot of research I’ve come to realize that I simply cannot offer that for non-trivial technical, legal, and financial reasons.
Disappointing but not surprising, batteries are the primary challenge of all EVs.
Because I’ve intended to sell these I’ve put a lot more time into perfecting the design, the manufacturing process, the supply chain, and torture testing the finished device than I would have otherwise. The result is a truly badass toy and many unique lessons learned.
And you better believe I’m going to share those lessons with my reader’s right here!
Thankfully I’ve kept notes on the big challenges since the beginning. I’ll be summing everything up into up into a few categories starting with ‘Building the Prototype’ next time.
For now I’ll leave you with this:
PS: If you’re just tuning in, you might want to catch up with Bicycle BoosterPack Part 1.