Onewheel Regenerative Braking (How It Works & What Not To Do)

Regenerative braking is not something new and electric cars, electric scooters, and boosted boards all have it. These are devices like the Onewheel which basically are using the motor to brake and slow down. Braking while riding downhill will therefore charge up the battery, changing potential energy into stored energy.

How Onewheel Regenerative Braking Works

Regenerative braking transforms kinetic energy into electrical energy that’s then stored in the battery.

In short, the board (motor) is moving forward by applying and pushing current (from the battery) to the motor that makes it turn. If you make the wheel (motor) turn mechanically like when going downhill, it will produce roughly the same current out of the motor. Regenerative braking absorbs this current (energy) by pushing it back into the battery.

The app shows a percentage of regenerative braking you’ve done. If your app shows 10% regeneration means that you have recharged your battery 10% during the ride. That’s why Usage can go over 100% thanks to regeneration and your braking.

How To Charge Your Board Living On A Hill.

There is a feature in the app for people that live up on a hill and start their ride going downhill. It will notify you when the board is at 90%. Overcharging the battery could be dangerous and you will get the ”Full-Battery Push Back”

”One thing to note about this feature is that if you have a full charge (100%) and you go down a big hill, it could over-charge the battery and this could be dangerous. So we advise to be cautious with this. We have a new feature in the Onewheel app that will notify you when your board is 90% charged. This is for riders who live on top of a hill.”

Future Motion Inc. OW team

What is Onewheel regeneration?

Regenerative braking on the Onewheel transforms kinetic energy into electrical energy that’s then stored in the battery. When the motor turns mechanically going downhill by the regenerative braking it absorbs the generated current (energy) by pushing it back into the battery.

Does Onewheel pint have regenerative braking?

Yes, Onewheel has regenerative braking. The amount of energy the board and you have moving forward is not that much, so the return from normal braking is not that much. Going downhill for a long period of time can give you some extra miles to ride from your battery.

Does Onewheel’s charge going downhill?

Yes, it depends on the incline. The Onewheel charge (regenerates) the battery if the motor needs to apply a braking force when going downhill. If the motor needs to use current to keep the speed the board will not charge.

Can you turn of regenerative braking?

No, it’s part of the braking mechanism. If you live on a hill turn on the battery management notification when it has reached 90% to not fully charge the battery.

What is 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 is to prevent overcharging the battery cells. If this happens, simply switch your Onewheel OFF and ON again and travel up the hill for a few moments to expend some of the charge. You will now be able to continue riding downhill.

⚠️WARNING: Never attempt to ride down a long or steep hill with a freshly charged Onewheel. Loss of control or damage to our Onewheel may occur.