MELLOW E-DRIVES FAQ: What, When, and Why?

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Yes, you can! We have gone the extra mile and used up the entire, motor developers trick bag to reduce friction and drag within the motor to a level, where you can’t notice the difference to a normal longboard wheel anymore.

What is the difference between the four riding modes?

Rookie Ride: smooth acceleration, top speed 10 km/h Eco Ride: swifter acceleration, top speed 30 km/h Pro Ride: strong acceleration, top speed 40 km/h Endless Ride: you push and the motor keeps the pace for a while like a cruise control, top speed – whatever you can push

What does 15 km battery range mean in real life?

As with all vehicles, the use of energy is completely determined by the behavior of the rider. Just like your car uses more petrol in stop and go traffic than on the  highway, an electric vehicle will show the same effects.  This is always due to the large amounts of energy needed for acceleration. The endless ride  mode is meant to minimize acceleration time for the Mellow Drive and  therefor extends the range. We are quite certain that you will be able to go over 15km if you consequently use the endless ride mode. Opposite to that you will end up below 15km with lots of stop and go traffic. The best range is achieved when you accelerate very smoothly and drive at a constant speed of about 30km/h. ?And in the case you just love the thrill of accelerating with you Mellow Board then just get a second battery and go nuts! 🙂

Does Mellow have a reverse gear?

No.

Does Mellow also fit under a penny board?

Yes.

Does Mellow also work on very flexible boards?

We mounted Mellow on pretty much any board already and never had any problems.

Can I also split the Mellow 4×4 and use it on two different boards?

Yes, this is one of the big advantages of the 4×4 setup. You can synch and unsynch the two Mellow Drives via the app and also use them on two seperate boards. All you need is a second remote.

How does the 4×4 setup effect the speed and range of my board?

The top speed of a 4×4 setup is the same as of the single drive, that’s a physical law. But it comes with a crazy acceleration. The range on the other hand theoretically doubles. But this obviously depends on how you ride your board.

Does the fast charger shorten the battery life?

The fast charger that we offer is a european make, that has some safety features built in that will prevent any damage on your battery.

What if I have a technical problem with my Mellow Drive?

We are doing everything in the first place to prevent this from happening. In case you are still faced with a technical problem, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or via the Mellow App. We will then help you to fix it as quick and easy as possible, so you can get back on board.

Can I ride with the Mellow Drive in bad/wet weather?

Protection of critical elements of the Drive are done against automotive industry standards. Motors, battery, battery connection, remote and drive electronics (not bearings) are splash, water jet and dust resistant and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP65 under IEC standard 60529. Splash, water jet and dust resistant are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. This means you will be able to ride in the worst weather, hitting puddles without any problems. The connection to the battery, when clicked-in, is rated IP67, but since the rest of the system is not, it should not be immersed. Immersion of the above mentioned parts in liquids shall void the warranty in any case.

Why is a Dual Braking System so important?

First of all it means a lot more safety for you! With its Dual Braking System Mellow not only has a regenerative brake that refreshes your battery with every braking manoeuver. It also has a second braking resistor that kicks in once your battery is fully loaded. If it wouldn’t have that, the brake would simply switch off at that point. And that’s what a lot of other e-boards actually do. We felt like this is a huge lack of safety, especially if you want to also enjoy rides with longer downhill sections.

What happens to my board, if I happen to fall off at full speed?

First of all, please wear a helmet, when you do that 😉 The electronics of Mellow will notice if the rider is standing on the board or not. If you are leaving the board at a reasonable speed the electronics will brake it down automatically so it won’t shoot around like a new years rocket out of control.

What is the maximum weight a Mellow rider should not overshoot?

This obviously also depends on the board and the flex of the board you are riding. If your Mellow Drive underneath the board scratches the ground, you know you are too heavy or you need a board with less flex. We had tall guys with 120 kilos riding a Mellow Board, no problem. If you have some heavy bones the 4×4 setup definitely comes in handy to get a better performance and acceleration.

Can I carry the Mellow Drive as hand luggage on an airplane?

Our batteries have under 100Wh of energy and all necessary certifications (such as TÜV, CE, UN, UL, FCC). We recommend that you remove your Battery Pack from your Mellow Drive before arriving at the airport. Now you can check-in the Drive and take up to 3 Battery Packs in your cabin luggage.

Can I ride Mellow on the street/bike lane?

In October 2015 California passed a law that allows you to ride your electric board anywhere where you can ride a bike. We truly believe this is just the beginning and the rest of the world will follow, it’s just a matter of time. Right now, it’s still sort of a legal limbo. That’s why we sell Mellow as sports equipment. Where you ride it and what you do with it is your responsibility.

What about warranty?

The Mellow Drive comes with a solid 2 year warranty. The battery has a 1 year warranty.

What size wheels and trucks do you use for the Mellow Drive?

We use 80mm 80a wheels and the truck is a standard 180mm longboard truck.

How quick do the wheels wear off and how can I replace them?

This definitely depends on how you ride your board, but should last a few years with normal use. Mellow Wheels are very robust, but if you slide a lot with your board they will of course wear out more quickly. To replace them just unscrew the nut from the axle with a regular skateboard tool, slide off the used wheel, slide the new one back on, tighten the nut – done.

Can I also get a matching front truck and wheels with my Mellow Drive?

Yes, we also offer a single front truck with wheels in the same color and shape as the one on the Mellow Drive.

Can I get a second remote to use my 4×4 setup on two separate boards?

Yes. Via the Mellow App you can pair and split the two Mellow Drives as you like. This feature will be the first firmware update in spring 2017.

 

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