The charge to 90% feature is something that the community has asked for since the first Onewheel did come out. With the Onewheel GT Future Motion has implemented this charging mode and now allows the board to stop the charge when the battery cell capacity hits 90%. A lot of EUC and other PEVs have this feature already, and it’s really a good move by the company.
The Onewheel GT charging to 90% feature is not only increasing the lifetime of the battery it also helps people that are living on the hill. The Onewheel has regenerative braking meaning that if you ride down a hill with a fully charged board the battery will still charge to slow you down. This will result in an overcharged board and the full-battery push back.
Note: Enabling the charge to the 90% feature will reduce the range as the last 10% is not used. The range of the Onewheel GT is more than enough for most riders and I would recommend everyone to enable this feature.
Why charge the board to 90%
Charging to 90% is not only increasing the lifetime of the battery it also helps people that are living on the hill. The Onewheel has regenerative braking meaning that if you ride down a hill with a fully charged board the battery will still charge to slow you down. This will result in an overcharged board and the full-battery push back.
When the battery is fully charged and you continue to charge it through regenerative braking (e.g travelling downhill, you may experience “Full-Battery Push Back” This prevents overcharging the battery cells.
If it happens switch OFF and ON the board and start travelling up the hill for a few moments to drain the battery charge.
How to enable the limit to 90% charge setting
Go into the settings of the Onewheel app, this works both on Android and IOS.
Key features for the 90% Charge setting
- Reduce the risk of overcharging the battery. Especially for rider living on a hill that starts riding downhill with a freshly charged battery.
- By enabling the “90%” charge battery cycle life can be extended significantly.
How to Charge you Onewheel GT battery
- Connect the charger to an “AC” supply and then to the Onewheel GT charging port. The charger will display a red light when its charging.
- A green light will appear when the battery pack is fully charged and the charge will automatically stop charging
- Disconnect the charger by pressing the release button on the charging plug and pulling firmly
Pro Tip: Leave the charger attached to your GT overnight to allow the BMS and battery pack to thoroughly balance the cells. F0r more battery care tips check out the How to charge the Onewheel guide.
Be careful not to overcharge or undercharge your battery. The battery should be charged at least once every two months. Failure to do so may void your warranty.