Depending on the model of Onewheel, each are equipped with a Lithium-Ion NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide) battery. Voltage and watt hours will differ for the XR, Pint, Pint X and GT. Proper charging and storage techniques are required to ensure a long lifespan of the battery.
Lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) batteries that are in a Onewheel can generally last 800-2000 charge cycles within its lifetime. This equates to up to five years of life if charged every day. Onewheel batteries can last longer if properly stored and charged properly and less frequently.
Onewheel Battery Spec Chart by Model
|Model||Battery||Watt Hours (Wh)||Amp Hours (Ah)||Volts (V)||Charge time (mins)||Range (miles)|
|Pint X||LiNiMnCoO2, NMC||324||6.0||54||225*||12-18*|
Proper Battery Care for the Onewheel
It doesn’t matter which model you have, proper battery care will notably lengthen the lifetime of your Onewheel battery. Here are the main tips to ensure battery longevity for your Onewheel:
- Avoid leaving the battery stored with a high or low state of charge for any duration of time
(keep away from >90% or <10% other than immediately starting or ending a ride.
- Always attempt to store the battery at approximately 50% of charge level.
- Store in a climate controlled room. Temperature extremes are taxing on the battery.
Store your Onewheel around 70°F (20°C)
- Avoid using high rates of charging (from the Hypercharger or aftermarket charger) as this will degrade batteries overtime. Only use a Hypercharger sparingly and do NOT use regularly.
To balance the batteries on a Onewheel, you can leave the standard charger plugged in overnight however this is not necessary to do that often. You may only need to do this once every other month or so (depending on how frequently you ride). The OWCE app (One Wheel Community Edition) can allow for you to see the individual battery levels. Utilizing the app will confirm how often balancing will be needed.
Battery Swapping Voids Onewheel Warranty
Unless its completed by Future Motion within their warranty coverage, replacing a Onewheel battery will void the warranty (it is rare for a battery to fail within the warranty coverage timeframe). So even if you plan on sending it to a shop (such as Stoke Life Services), the replacement will result in a voided warranty.
Generally however because battery swaps are completed outside of the warranty coverage timeframe, this is not that big of an issue. Especially with opportunities to add a Quart to a Pint, or a CBXR / JWXR to an XR, this should be seen as a fun opportunity to beef up the Onewheel. This can also be a good time to add some waterproofing to your Onewheel. If you don’t buy a full Badger Kit, some windshield glass sealant goes a very long way in increasing the water resistance of your Onewheel.
Life of a Onewheel Battery
To summarize, the life of your Onewheel battery is deeply connected to how well you maintain the battery. Proper storage, charging and use will easily provide 3-5 years of use without much degradation. The battery life is connected more so to the amount of power cycles its had than miles on the board, but you can expect 2000-3000 miles without much concern of the battery. After this time, warranty periods are over but you can seek replacements and have them installed or install them yourself. Most battery degradation for Onewheel riders is commonly due to storing the Onewheel at 100% charge for prolonged periods or overuse of a hyper-charger.