Full list of Onewheel Pint Range Extender (Battery upgrades, VnR)

The Onewheel Pint is the entry-level option of the Onewheel boards. It’s cheaper but it comes at the price of the battery and range. Future Motion has released a Pint with an extended range, the Pint X. In this article, I will provide information about Onewheel Pint Range Extender to match the new X and recommend the best Onewheel Pint battery upgrade for you.

These battery upgrades can more than double the range of your Onewheel Pint.

Caution: Most of these range extenders will require you to modify your board and void your warranty. Do anything at your own risk. That being said the reward is worth it.

Note: Depending on your firmware version you might need a JWFFM chip to extend the battery. Learn more about Pint SW version here.

Disclaimer: Use any battery extension product at your own risk – FallmanTech assumes no responsibility for damage to you or your board when installing or using any of the products.

Types of Onewheel Pint Range Extender

There are two types of Onewheel Pint range extenders to install on your board. The first is to swap the current battery for a high-capacity alternative and the second is to add an additional battery pack in parallel to the battery.

The recommended solution would be depending on your use case. There are pros and cons to either solution.

Some of these upgrades would apply to the Pint X as well.

Change the Onewheel Battery

Changing the battery on the Onewheel Pint will increase the range without adding any additional bulk to the current board. The size will be the same as before with only an added weight of the new batteries.

The high-capacity batteries used by companies like Chi and JWbattieres are slightly larger than the 18650 and weigh a bit more per individual cell. As they are slightly larger there will be a need to do some internal modifications to the battery compartment to install the pack.

Note: Future motion used the XR battery pack inside the Pint to create the Pint X. The downside is the larger battery compartment of the Pint X.

Onewheel Pint Battery Removal

To enable the removal of the battery you will need to open the rear footpad and locate the battery compartment. The compartment is locked with security Torx bits.

Tools needed: 

Chi Battery Systems Onewheel Pint

The Quart was the first released Onewheel Pint Battery Upgrade kit. The battery upgrade doubles the range of the Pint. The battery comes to as a DIY (Do it yourself) kit and you will need to install it yourself instead of the original battery. No modifications are needed to install the battery.

Along with a longer range, the battery gives increased power and torque. The cells are high grade giving an increased cycle life and ability to fast charge without damaging them in the process. Great quality with added cell-level fusing and built with grade A Molicel.

Range: 12-15+ mile
Compatibility:
HW version: <= 5314
SW version: <= Gemini 5050 
All firmware after Gemini 5050 will need the JWFFM chip addon to work correctly.

Check it out here

JWBattery System Onewheel Pint

The JW Pint battery is a replacement and upgrade of the Onewheel stock pint battery that will just about double your range!

Some very minor battery housing modifications are needed, but the installation is easy enough for anyone to handle.  Just follow our video guides linked below.

Range: 12-15+ mile
Compatibility:
HW version: <= 5314
SW version: <= Gemini 5050 
All firmware after Gemini 5050 will need the JWFFM chip addon to work correctly.

Battery information:
4.2 Amp Hours
228 Watt Hours

Check it out here

Parallel Battery Range Extender

The second way to upgrade the Pints range is with a parallel range extender with the original battery. This is done by taping into the supply lines from the BMS to the Controller.

GT40 Range Extend Modification Kit – GTMOD

GT40 Aluminum Protector Side-Protector kit
GT40 with the Aluminium protector in the back

GT40 is one of the latest battery extensions for the Onewheel Pint to extend the range of the board. It feeds power from an external battery pack located on top of the fender into the main power lead in the front compartment of your board.

The GT40 range extender will almost triple the Pint’s range to 29.5miles (47.5km).

The kit is easy to install, everything is plug&play so no solder skills are needed and all tools come in the box. The cable is routed out from the vent port and the kit comes with a plug so the Pint still remains water-proof after the installation.

GT40 Range Extend Modification Full Kit
Source: GTMOD

One of the kit benefits of the GT40 kit is the PMS (power management system). The PMS inside GT40 does voltage matching automatically by comparing the internal and external battery level 600 times per minute, and it decides whether it is safe to feed power into your board, if it is safe, the PMS will establish a connection between the external and internal battery pack by turning on a high-speed switch inside, and showing a flashing green light on the indicator.

*There are reports of broken connectors after a crash when the Onewheel roll over the cable. Its recommended to either print the 3D file or get the Aluminium protector from GTMOD. Read more about protection alternatives for the GT40 or the GT40 Aluminium Protector Review

Onewheel GT40 Aluminum Protector strap protection
GT40 Aluminium Sidewall Protector kit

The GT40 has a capacity of 63V 5Ah, after the modification, your pint will be at 63v 8Ah (internal 3Ah external 5Ah).

Range: 29+ mile
Capacity: 5Ah (+3Ah internal battery) = 8Ah
Compatibility:
HW version: <= 5314
SW version: <= Gemini 5050 
All firmware after Gemini 5050 will need the JWFFM chip addon to work correctly.

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Pint VnR

The Pint VnR kit uses a power tool battery (not included in the kit). Most users will get a 5Ah Greenworks or Powerworks 60V battery. It’s important to get a battery at 60V, no other will work

A 5ah battery range extender will almost triple the Pint’s range to 29.5miles (47.5km).

This mod will void the warranty and you will need to tap into the main leads inside the controller box. This is referred to as Vamping/Biting when taping into the main leads and it allows for a second battery to be connected in parallel. It’s not as plug and play as the GT40 kit.

The key benefits of using tool batteries are that they are built to last and discharge at a fast rate and therefore built with top quality cells. As they are built to be at a worksite they are also contained in a well-protected casing that can take a good beating in case of the board rollover.

The Greenworks and Powerworks are very affordable since they’re mass-produced.

Range: 29+ mile
Capacity: 5Ah (+3Ah internal battery) = 8Ah
Compatibility:
HW version: <= 5314
SW version: <= Gemini 5050 
All firmware after Gemini 5050 will need the JWFFM chip addon to work correctly.

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R3DCustoms X2R.

The R3DCustoms X2R is a 3.5 Ah range extension kit with gives the Pint a range of around 20 miles. It’s one of the cheapest with the downside that you do lose some footpad space.

You need to remove the stock fender as the batteries are located on two new 3D printed fender replacements both in the front and back. So if you have a large foot it may be an issue.

There is an option to add a voltmeter on top of the fender for an easy visual indicator of the battery level.

The kit installs into the battery compartment alongside the BMS. There is a need to drill a hole into the box to guide the cables out. With the late updates, the wire kit is upgraded so no more soldering is required. Still, a full disassembly of the board and modification is required for a complete installation.

The battery consists of 3.5 Ah Sanyo batteries giving over double the range of stock battery 30-day limited warranty on the battery, so long as it hasn’t been tampered with.

Range: 20+ mile
Capacity: 3.5Ah (+3Ah internal battery) = 6.5Ah
Compatibility:
HW version: <= 5314
SW version: <= Gemini 5050 
All firmware after Gemini 5050 will need the JWFFM chip addon to work correctly.

Check it out here

Portable Battery Chargers

There is always the option to take a break and charge the board. Here there are two options, either carry a portable battery station that gives out the main voltage and use your regular charger or use a system like the Carvepower Slide Charger that directly gives out the correct charging voltage from a 60V tool battery.

Read more about all options in the Onewheel Portable Battery Charger List.

Carvepower Slide Charger

The slide charger is a portable charger that can double the Pints range. The charger will charge at 3A, which is the same as the Pint Ultracharger

 One battery can add around 9 miles of range, depending on terrain. And you can always carry more to increase the range further. The system works on 40V Ryobi battery packs.

There is an option to buy a 5.2ah Ryobi-compatible battery that uses high quality Molicel P26A cells.

Check it out here

Frequently asked question

How much range does the Onewheel pint have?

Onewheel claims the Pint rides for about 6-8 miles before needing a charge.

As a comparison, the Onewheel Pint has a riding range of around 6-8 miles while taking 120 minutes to charge or 50 minutes with the Pint Ultracharger.

Onewheel Pint Battery Type

The Onewheel Pint’s battery type is a 15 cell (15s) NMC 18650 li-ion cell battery pack. The fifteen 18650 li-ion cells, gives a max voltage of 63 V and a capacity of 148Wh.

Conclusion

It does come down to what you are after when playing to get your Onewheel Pint range extender. Are you after the sleek nimble machine that the Pint is, then go for any of the battery upgrade options out there.

Are you looking for an added range with a bit less work and modifications, then go for a parallel setup. The GT40 is a sleek option for adding the range. *There are reports of broken connectors and casing after a crash so add the new protective case or 3D print one. I would go for this as long as you don’t have a spare 60V battery laying around. Then the tool battery options become quite reasonable cheap compared to the other upgrades.

For anyone wanting to play it safe and still are under warranty, a portable charger is a good alternative.

All options except the external battery charger will void your warranty. If you have time to take a pause then look into battery packs or the Carvepower Slide Charger. The downside of the external power bank is the slight waste of energy during the conversion between voltages. An added benefit of the portable charging station is that you can charge and run other equipment with the pack.

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Disclaimer: Use any battery extension product at your own risk – FallmanTech assumes no responsibility for damage to you or your board when installing or using any of the products.

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