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Cotemar 01-12-2013 05:20

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I purchased one of these self-balancing electric unicycles a few weeks ago for my new boat bike.
It’s just so fun to ride it’s a Personal Thrill Ride.

I will purchase another one for the first mate when she practices a bit more.

I have been gliding around my town running errands for a few weeks now. It will go 12 miles at 12 MPH on one 45 minute full fast charge. It has a light weight LifePO4 battery. The whole unit only weights 20 lbs. This model cost $600, is small and easy to carry.

It took me 1 hour of practice before I could glide down my street

There is another model called an IPS F400 that will go 24 miles at 16 mph on a full charge, but it weighs 29 lbs

We have been using folding bikes as our island transportation for years, but they are just bulky and hard to carry and store. Also you get pretty sweaty riding a bike on hot days on some of the hilly islands we go to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2PATMZFEJo

A Few Solowheel Tricks - YouTube

Zach 01-12-2013 05:46

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I like that...

I wonder on a boat though, might need to have a leash for it so it can't get all that far away in the event you go one way and it goes another. :D

Cotemar 01-12-2013 06:02

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Originally Posted by Zach (Post 1404305)
I like that...

I wonder on a boat though, might need to have a leash for it so it can't get all that far away in the event you go one way and it goes another. :D

It comes with a orange adjustable strap that goes through the handle that is used for a training leash.

Solowheel Instructions (2013) - YouTube

Vasco 01-12-2013 06:02

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When we used to carry bikes (US East Coast) they were like donkeys. Our little Dahons could be loaded with about 100 pounds of groceries and other vital necessities.. mainly beer. Two or three cases on the rear carrier and bags of groceries hanging off the handlebars. Used to wobble like crazy until you got up to speed. These solowheels look interesting but I don't think they'll ever replace bikes for cruisers. They look like fun though, ever tried the motorized skateboards?

Cotemar 01-12-2013 06:10

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Originally Posted by Vasco (Post 1404315)
They look like fun though, ever tried the motorized skateboards?

We had a few electric skateboards, but they where heavy and the wheels were small, so the ride was bumpy.

With the Airwheel we can carry groceries or tools as our hands are free to move.

SailFastTri 01-12-2013 06:25

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Very cool idea. Watched a few vids and it looks like a big learning curve. Will probably stick with my Dahon.

How fast can you stop? How about downhill safety and braking? Every boat has a power budget -- Have you figured out how many AH a full recharge would draw from the house bank?

rebel heart 01-12-2013 06:31

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We don't have the space for bikes onboard, and I don't have the metabolism that would allow me to stop walking all over the place and not get overweight.

Cotemar 01-12-2013 06:34

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Originally Posted by SailFastTri (Post 1404328)
Very cool idea. Watched a few vids and it looks like a big learning curve. Will probably stick with my Dahon.

How fast can you stop? How about downhill safety and braking? Every boat has a power budget -- Have you figured out how many AH a full recharge would draw from the house bank?

The learning curve for me was one hour. I am just a few weeks into gliding around with it. Now I run errands around my town with it.

Just lean back and it stops in just a few feet.
It has re-gen braking, so it charges the battery when going down hill.

We have 460 watts of solar on our cat, so we make more power than we need.

IdoraKeeper 01-12-2013 07:35

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Really cool device. Thanks for sharing.

Canibul 01-12-2013 07:49

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Oh that got my attention. Do you know how they do on unimproved roads, like the rock and limestone in the out island Bahamas and elsewhere? Is the longer range faster one just the same with a bigger battery?

Tingum 01-12-2013 08:00

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So how would you carry groceries?

Canibul 01-12-2013 08:03

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trailer?

I just checked the specs on their site, max weight 220 lbs. I'm already ten pounds over that without carrying anything.

Capt.Don 01-12-2013 08:19

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So how would you carry groceries?

I would think one of the portable grocery cart carriers could be dragged behind.

What a cool device!

JRMarine 01-12-2013 08:22

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That is awesome! Now I want one!... I'll have to check it out next time I see you!

Cotemar 01-12-2013 10:58

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Oh that got my attention. Do you know how they do on unimproved roads, like the rock and limestone in the out island Bahamas and elsewhere? Is the longer range faster one just the same with a bigger battery?

These Airwheel go through gravel like you would have in a marina.
They go through rain and snow also.

The IPS F400 goes 24 miles at 16 mph is 29 lbs and has a 16" wheel with a bigger battery. Works the same way as the Airwheel or Solowheel.


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