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== Pin-out ==
== Pin-out ==
Pin-out of the hoverboard connections, by [https://github.com/NiklasFauth/hoverboard-firmware-hack NiklasFauth]:
Pin-out of the hoverboard connections, by [https://github.com/NiklasFauth/hoverboard-firmware-hack NiklasFauth]:
Illustration courtesy NiklasFauth.

Revision as of 19:18, 14 March 2019

This project puts four 350W hoverboard motors in a Big Bobby Car toy vehicle, to give it independent four wheel drive and a top speed of 29km/h with turbo activated. All controlled by two potentiometer triggers on the steering wheel.


Hoverboard left platform.jpg
  • Project start: January 2019
  • Main controller: STM32F103 72MHz ARM Cortex-M3 core
    • Flasher: ST-Link V2 Programming Unit clone
  • Motors: 4x direct drive 3-phase brushless electric wheel hub motors with hall effect sensors, 350W ea
    • Continuous Current(A): 1 to 25A
  • Tire type: non-pneumatic rubber tire, road pattern
  • Tire size: 7-inch / 170 mm
  • Battery: Lithium-ion rechargeable 18650-cells, 10S2P 36V 4400mAh 158.4Wh pack with XT60 connector
    • Upgrade: Controller can handle 13S (48V), 12S battery upgrade easiest
  • Charger: Lithium-ion charger 42V 2A 3-pin connector with built-in fan
    • Upgrade: External charger for anything else
  • Internal connectors PCB: JST Sales America B4B-XH-A 2.5mm pitch
  • Vehicle base type: BIG New Bobby Car Red
  • Dimensions assembled: L57 x W30 x H39 cm
  • Original load-bearing: 50 kg max.


A rough overview of the components in the system.

Bobby car hoverboard upgrade overview.png



Pin-out of the hoverboard connections, by NiklasFauth:

Hoverboard main schematic.png

Illustration courtesy NiklasFauth.

Hoverboard pinouts main board.png

STM32F103 MCU pin-out:

Hoverboard pinouts STM32F103.png

Throttle filter and connection board

This is a PCB I designed to break out the ADC/UART/PPM/I2C signals to make it easier to finish the build. It also adds filtering to the analog signals and pull-ups to the I2C lanes. All configurable via solder-jumpers. Inspired by the Jan Henrik break-out boards.

Bobbycar hoverboard throttle breakout pcb top.png Bobbycar hoverboard throttle breakout pcb bottom.png