Can You Power an Electric Skateboard Using the Sun?

29 okt 2019
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This week I attempt to create a grand tourer electric skateboard. At first I try car batteries with a Boosted Board to extend the range, but I discover I can charge the board with foldable solar panels that fit in my rucksack. Thus, the limitless range electric skateboard was born. To test this out, I attempt to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh in one day using only the power of the sun.
The Slick Revolution Foamies wheels:
These are similar to the solar panels I used:
The Charge controller:
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  • I don't know weather the car battery bit was a skit or not

    Ned SykesNed SykesPirms 5 dienām
  • Oh, Mike has 1,234,567 views right now

    Ahmed KhalidAhmed KhalidPirms 6 dienām
  • He could have just sat on the board instead of whining

    Sammy CervantesSammy CervantesPirms 7 dienām
  • He’s a happy dude because he had a happy girlfriend. Girls can make you or break you

    Adel KAdel KPirms 7 dienām
  • You should have used a electric unicycle

    Cameron BarrCameron BarrPirms 8 dienām
  • Or just buy a high end e bike, 100 miles on a charge

    B coolB coolPirms 10 dienām
  • I mean.. there's also covid lol

    Jordan WnnRJordan WnnRPirms 12 dienām
  • lifting your panels to the sunset sun is the cosmic equivalent of a hitchhiker putting out their thumb at 1am hahaha

    John Michael CochranJohn Michael CochranPirms 15 dienām
  • Listen I’m from Scotland and it’s pissis everyday

    Your MawYour MawPirms 18 dienām
  • get an umbrella hat and cover it with solar panels and big profit

    Jason MontalvoJason MontalvoPirms 22 dienām
  • 1:10 that beat tho

    Leke ManLeke ManPirms 23 dienām
  • So, 60 miles in a day without AC charging... Have you considered the concept of a "bike"? :P

    LegoEddyLegoEddyPirms Mēneša
  • Why don't you just wear a full body solar panel suit :)

    Jesycat BJesycat BPirms Mēneša
  • Anyone else think that he woulda been better off charging while riding? Idk my backfire would be able to do that I’m pretty sure.

    Paul KPaul KPirms Mēneša
  • His wife had to bike 60 miles !

    Viru5_ClanViru5_ClanPirms Mēneša
  • What e board are you using?

    Be nice To peopleBe nice To peoplePirms Mēneša
  • can I just say thats not a electric skateboard thats a electric longboard

    Om NomOm NomPirms Mēneša
  • I've always wanted an evolved board

    Ray AnholmRay AnholmPirms Mēneša
  • You should probably put the solar panels to the back of the backpack. Or you could use a solar powered battery.

    YHK360YHK360Pirms Mēneša
  • *do you mean back back*

    Victoria the green cheek conureVictoria the green cheek conurePirms Mēneša
  • ok nvm

    DavideoDavideoPirms Mēneša
  • hihi, now i can longboard my way to russia

    DavideoDavideoPirms Mēneša
  • He should have taped one of the solar panels on the backpack so it could charge all the time

    3D Prints AndStuff3D Prints AndStuffPirms Mēneša
  • Skill for 2020: Don't catch Covid

    Asayin1Asayin1Pirms Mēneša
  • Hi there hope you doing great, just wanted to know if it doesn't work with only one panel charger..?

    mafiii yomafiii yoPirms Mēneša
  • Thats not how you stand on a board

    Daddy JohnsonDaddy JohnsonPirms Mēneša
  • E-thing: a LaMp

    Gabbeloa08Gabbeloa08Pirms Mēneša
  • What skate board is this

    outdoors dailyoutdoors dailyPirms Mēneša
  • They need to make one where if you skate manually it changes as long as it’s turned off. I also own that Castle on fh4.

    Luke ClarkeLuke ClarkePirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • What music is playing in the background?

    Kristian SandsmarkKristian SandsmarkPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • He didnt know what was to come in 2020!

    Felix VendelboFelix VendelboPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • If u wonna do it in 2020 then it needs to be an indoor goal

    Spring FamilySpring FamilyPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • i dare you to do this in december

    christianchristianPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • What if they did this but for cars. So solar power cars!

    Army cadet 20Army cadet 20Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
    • @shiNOS G-wiz I don’t really know much about it, I think the whole roof of the car is made of solar panels.

      cimosacimosaPirms 2 Mēnešiem
    • @cimosa I highly doubt it because the car's roof unless it has at least 3kw surface area of solar panel will rather take forever to charge. I.e. on my lil car when I'll put solar panel on the roof and bonnet it will give me at best on a scorching hot day just 5a...which will take something like 52hrs of pure sun. In any case I hope someday solar panels will get better

      shiNOS G-wizshiNOS G-wizPirms 2 Mēnešiem
    • There’s actually a solar powered car that’s going into production in 2021 ~ It supposed to be able to drive almost 500 miles on a single charge

      cimosacimosaPirms 2 Mēnešiem
    • Right, someone should do it....I will on mine😁🚙

      shiNOS G-wizshiNOS G-wizPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • Way don't u find a way to put the solar panels on ur bag so u can ride it while charging it at the same time and extend the charging cord for the solar charger thingy

    Adesh RandhawaAdesh RandhawaPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • You should put solar panels on your back and charge while riding

    cho_cho_traincho_cho_trainPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • Jesus is coming That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

    Isaiah TurnerIsaiah TurnerPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • just make a solar jacket to charge

    Sakif MaybeSakif MaybePirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • Imagine if he hit a rock at top speed

    Lachlan Kellar-steerLachlan Kellar-steerPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • Learn to spin a stick fast

    Kai PhamKai PhamPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • get a EUC with 200 km range and 80 km/h top speed, yes that is a thing

    Magnus HansenMagnus HansenPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • what caused your spark from plugging in that clip with the panels? I'm thinking that the board will always draw power, the panels were open and you had your controller switched on before charging?

    RobertRobertPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • If you can go longer You can come to my house JK

    MommyOil BabyPhuMommyOil BabyPhuPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • 0:13 he's talking about egirl

    UltrahalfUltrahalfPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • What he doesn’t realise is that when he runs out of battery he can just ride normally and it will charge from cone-tic energy

    Max LloydMax LloydPirms 2 Mēnešiem
    • You mean “kinetic” energy right? You can’t charge an electric skateboard with it... kinetic energy is like when two objects hit each other, it’s not actually enough to do anything.

      cimosacimosaPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • Great. Now how do you get back

    tsleel escappatsleel escappaPirms 2 Mēnešiem
    • Probably a bus or call someone to come get them

      cimosacimosaPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • should have bought shredlights xd

    クリステア ・ジョージクリステア ・ジョージPirms 2 Mēnešiem

    EGO TwinsEGO TwinsPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • Dude I thought you fuckers had supposedly mostly switched to metric.

    JacksirromJacksirromPirms 2 Mēnešiem
    • Maybe he’s just saying miles because he knows lots of Americans watch his videos

      cimosacimosaPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • egirls

    DuyDuyPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • did you know solar panels can be powered over at least 1 Celsius.

    BravoozBravoozPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • can you wear one planel like a cape and charge while riding?

    Mikki HintikkaMikki HintikkaPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • Little did he know he would have half year to practice any skill he wanted

    X&A ImprovX&A ImprovPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • Try this in India. The skateboard will charge up in 10 minutes.

    BlizzardPianoBlizzardPianoPirms 2 Mēnešiem

    RouletteRoulettePirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • No, not until they're boosted by 200%

    Kair HatchetKair HatchetPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • its all fun and games until you start thinking about how they got back

    Jake ShepherdJake ShepherdPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • that sponsor section didn't age well

    HearthacnutHearthacnutPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • Get a jump on 2020... That didn't age well.

    Larry NorthropLarry NorthropPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • See what I wonder is why didn't you charge a separate battery while you were riding, that would have made your times when you had to stop much shorter and possibly the trip much shorter

    Dan -Dan -Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • put bike wheels on a skateboard 👀

    PlizmuPlayzPlizmuPlayzPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • Whats the background music for 9:20

    Clyde TiburcioClyde TiburcioPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • Whats the background music for 9:20

    Clyde TiburcioClyde TiburcioPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • Just wear it on ur back

    Jack DobbsJack DobbsPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • That board weighs as much as me

    Panexplosivo HPanexplosivo HPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • Mike, I have exactly what you don’t need. Another suggestion for a video. Have you ever heard of mountainboards? They were created in 1991 or 1989 depending on who you ask to simulate snowboarding for the snowboarders on the off season. They have large air filled tires to let you go on grass and rocks, and they are designed for carving like you would on a snowboard, much deeper than a longboard or skateboard. Another feature of a mountainboard is that they come with straps so you can really pull on the board for carving more like a snowboard and for if you want to jump. The best place to start learning is a grass field on a slope. One of my favorite things about them is that they allow for riding on mtb trails once you get some practice. The person I sent in that link Is amazing at the sport, but if you buy a board with a brake then you won’t have to worry about getting too much speed there

    Immortal HamsterImmortal HamsterPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • How much was the board and where can I get it? I’ve been needing a commuter to work which is 3 miles away the pert of my city that I live in doesn’t have a bus and I can’t afford a car right now.

    Colton PetersenColton PetersenPirms 2 Mēnešiem
    • $2,000 USD from Evolve Skateboards for top of the line. they sell or ship to most of the planet.

      RobertRobertPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • bois were at least 82% through 2020 lets go

    br41nl3tbr41nl3tPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • The skill I want to learn for 2020: survive

    Malware86Malware86Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • LMAO Mike I live in Scotland and when have you ever seen the sun!

    His animationsHis animationsPirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • You may not have " Range Anxiety " now, however, do you have " Sun - Light Anxiety " now?

    Alex T.Alex T.Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
  • Wait the first time it got completely charged in 18 mins but the second time it took an hour to get 1/4 of full charge

    AkAkPirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • AC outlets!!! Ya FooKIN! Scottish, thr scockits yer selling Ya Soul to the Yanks Michael

  • I challenge u to make a solar suit which would continuously supply energy to to your skateboard Take my challenge and give me a shout-out in ur next video if possible Your subscriber and fan ❤

    Craft it!Craft it!Pirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • more efficient way: get a board with a removable battery and charge it wearing solar panels on the go.once the battery dies just swap them over.could gain you an extra 15miles in your journey. Edit: if both die, just charge them at the same time, once they get to 60% just ride and charge the other one on the go!

    Oskar PolańskiOskar PolańskiPirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • You exchanged range anxiety for solar anxiety x)))

    Dmytro KovalovDmytro KovalovPirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • Mike: *EdingBRUH*

    Anthon NordAnthon NordPirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • How to practice self isolation

    doge talesdoge talesPirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • Why not just get a license for a motor bike (A2)for a commute to places

    Kaderi StoriesKaderi StoriesPirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • fun fact solar panels doesn't need sun sometimes the heat above -1 is good

    BravoozBravoozPirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • Sitting on it would make it better

    michaelmichaelPirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • All he needs to do now is to find a way to charge while riding

    Alexander ShunyayevAlexander ShunyayevPirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • hahaha! I thought about doing that! haha! Way to go, Man! haha!

    gforce1gforce1Pirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • America: we have to take twelve hour flight to go across our nation. Scotland: skateboard is all you need

    Ryan CornwellRyan CornwellPirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • You cant power anything using the sun. Youre in Scotland

    BantonBantonPirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • Nobody tell him he could have made it with a pedal only velomobile in 2-3 hours.

    Dillon VandergriffDillon VandergriffPirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • bro this sounds like an earth day project

    Ninja_fan6_TTV BTWNinja_fan6_TTV BTWPirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • spent his entire day getting somewhere just for it to be closed

    Invalid DreamerInvalid DreamerPirms 3 Mēnešiem
  • Wait, scotland doesn't use the metric system??

    Timo ScholtesTimo ScholtesPirms 4 Mēnešiem
  • He should revisit and do solar powered Bike

    jormasshowjormasshowPirms 4 Mēnešiem
  • pp. Y'know?

    Radio New VegasRadio New VegasPirms 4 Mēnešiem
  • e

    Radio New VegasRadio New VegasPirms 4 Mēnešiem
    • shut the fuck up

      Radio New VegasRadio New VegasPirms 4 Mēnešiem
  • This reminds me of the martian

    Palm TreePalm TreePirms 4 Mēnešiem
  • The only issues was the solar panels is you live in Scotland, I've lived in Scotland, there is no sun. You need a wind turbine! If this is real that is awesome! Didn't expect it to work lol, 80 minutes! That's insanely awesome!

    RociRociPirms 4 Mēnešiem
  • 0:01 He forgot to say egirls

    Tyrone James ZosimaTyrone James ZosimaPirms 4 Mēnešiem
  • Why doesn't he just wear the solar panels

    T WT WPirms 4 Mēnešiem
  • This is my by far favorite mike Boyd video the camera work is incredible and the whole idea is just so fun to be part of the journey

    Graham WillererGraham WillererPirms 4 Mēnešiem
  • Dude, maybe you could use your feet

    Drone Video footageDrone Video footagePirms 4 Mēnešiem
  • HI Mike Boyd learn the doomsday calendar/ how to tell the day of the week on any date! Love your content!

    EllaAdventuresEllaAdventuresPirms 4 Mēnešiem
  • couldn’t he use his phone light to use solar power

    FlashyFlashyPirms 4 Mēnešiem
    • Vishay Prakash of course i’m joking i wanted to see what people would say😂

      FlashyFlashyPirms 4 Mēnešiem
    • XD Netro I cant tell if you are joking or not

      Vishay PrakashVishay PrakashPirms 4 Mēnešiem