An idea to sovle the dim LEDs on Onewheel
Right, so it's 2 AM in the morning and I literaly just came up with this idea, so this may be incoherent.
I've been hearing that the LEDs on the Onewheels are dimmer than a new moon in daylight. I originally thought "Oh, why not just buy a strip of LEDs, and power them off of a battery pack." Which, you can easily do. You would just need to figure out how to mount them, which shouldn't be too hard.
But that was too simple. It was too easy. It was too..
And I don't really do boring, unless if you count calculus homework.
Why not buy a set of super bright LED diodes, (hehe, Light Emitting Diode diodes, lool), hook em up to a switch, battery and voila, you can LITERALLY outshine everyone else, day or night! But, how do you mount all of that stuff? Not enough room on a footpad, no real easy way to do it on the front or back, and putting it on the side means that you only get to blind half of the people on the street, which means half the fun. (I promise I'm not a psychopath, I'm just tired)
So, how do we fix this? well, there's something called a fender.
Now, how do we use the fender in this project?
S I M P L E .
We slap the thing on the fender! It's practically free real-estate!
But, isn't your leg going to be in the way?
Well, not REALLY. Unless if you have your leg connected to the exact middle of your foot, you can just offset the placement of the LED to where it's not in front of your leg, like shown in the image bellow.
The only REAL issue is actually figuring out how to make, or use a battery to power the LEDs, how to keep the high-power LEDs from melting through the plastic housing if it's 3D printed or burning itself out, and possibly weather-proofing this.
I would full on try and go for this project, however I'm a college student, which means I can't really toss around money, and I have do something called "Being financially responsible", whatever that means.
I surely will come back to this in the morning and regret even thinking about posting this!
IF you guys actually want to see me work on this, I'll try and find some spare cash and make it work. I'm sure someone needs a lawn mowed or something.
@loaffette -- In order to see well -- BUT NOT BLIND oncomers -- I use an Outbound Lighting "Detour" held in my hand. I understand that Trek makes a similar beamed bike light. Being blinded is an MISERABLE and HURTFUL experience.
@loaffette I made something like your concept for my board. Currently using it again now winter has rolled in and it's dark almost all the time now.
Mine used my flight fins as a base to mount with my VnR spacer to provide power from the boards own power. Switch on the back too so it's not always on with the ability to remove with just the 2 bolts. Built in fuse and possibility for others to add other attachments if they choose (no idea if anyone did),
It works well but you do end up blasting people up front with light when you're slowing down or going down a hill. Ideally you'd need a sharp cutoff point which the light I used didn't have. The hood I added only barely helped because the light wasn't a point source but rather 5.
If you look for eBike lights they usually have working range that fits the Onewheel really well, usually up to 80v I've noticed. I don't think the one I used though is available anymore though :(
@s-leon I'll take a look, but yeah, I know how it feels to get blinded
Don't give a child a super bright flashlight on camp outs, your retinas will thank you
I wasn't actually thinking about blinding people
I hope so, though
I had an idea at midnight and I kinda went on an unhinged.. idk, rant about how it could work and we got the very colorful language, so uhh.. sorry!