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Does Onewheel Have A GPS Tracker?
A GPS tracker is a wireless receiver you can embed into any object, including bags, bicycles, and even animals like cats and dogs.
The tracker contains sensors that track the GPS coordinates of an object moving in real-time and sends them back to the owner’s smartphone or computer.
As long as you have access to cell phone service, these devices are convenient for someone to keep track of your valuables without constantly monitoring your location.
My Onewheel boasts an Invoxia Cellular GPS tracker that allows me to locate my Onewheel from anywhere in the world. It automatically sends notifications if my Onewheel moves when I’m not the one with it.
On top of that, I also have a Wireless satellite GPS tracker that gives me an accurate location and real-time tracking information wherever I am.
The GPS tracker company has listed their IP67 water resistance rating and even comes with theft protection insurance to ensure your precious ride stays safe.
Yes! The Invoxia Cellular GPS tracker and the Wireless satellite GPS tracker are great gadgets if you want to track your Onewheel, but if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, then maybe the Onewheel hub will help you out.
The Onewheel hub can quickly locate a misplaced Onewheel without buying a dedicated tracking device. Pull up the map on your phone and click on the lost device button.
The Onewheel hub will broadcast your current location to all Onewheel users within a 20-mile radius. It will also generate an alert if someone goes 60 miles beyond the range of your Onewheel.
There are a couple of drawbacks, such as the Onewheel hub being able to determine your speed and location in 6 different ways, but this is normal for a GPS tracker and is something you should expect.
The main drawback of the Onewheel hub is that it does not have an App, making it hard to locate your phone quickly if you have misplaced it somewhere.
What Is Comparable To Onewheel?
|Onewheel VS competitors|
|Onewheel||Boosted boards||Inboard technology||Elwing technologies||Marbel|
|Speed||It’s speeds range from 16 mph, and Onewheel+ XR can go up to 19 mph||It’s fast, with a speed of 24mph||22 mph||18mph of top speed||Top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h),|
|Mileage||Boasts 32 miles on a single charge||It extends a range of 14 Miles||Ride 7 miles on a single charge||Rides 18 miles per hour for up to seven miles on a single charge.||10 to 11 miles|
|Flexibility||It boasts a custom shape that enhances its flexibility||It has a flexible composite deck||It thrives as both a board carrier and backpack||It has electric conductors that provide comfortability when riding||The interior wraps feet like a blanket in a soft brushed lining, keeping you warm while riding.|
|Brakes||It has regenerative brakes||Boasts regenerative brakes||Disc brakes are mounted on the chassis of the board||It has regenerative brakes||Boasts regenerative brakes|
|Riding modes||6 riding modes||5 riding modes||3 riding modes, including beginner, intermediate and advanced||Has regenerative braking||It has regenerative brakes|
|Technology||It uses a series of sensors for motion monitoring which provides the right voltage to the direct drive hub motor||Boasts automobile technology brakes whose disks boast indirect mounting on the wheels hubs||Elwing technologies boast a lightweight electric skateboard accompanied by a strong in-wheel that eases riding||Marble riding boards boast knit interiors with a snug sock-like fit.|
Can You Track A Stolen Onewheel?
No! There is no way to track a stolen Onewheel. So, I keep my serial number to report my board stolen to Future Motion Inc.
The GPS tracking in the Onewheel is only enabled when the board is charging. If the board is unplugged and turned off, once it’s charged and connected to WiFi again, you will not be able to locate it via phone.
All Onewheel’s are programmed with a unique serial number which you can find under the footpad of the board. The serial number is required for registering the product with Future Motion Inc. and reporting the product stolen to Future Motion Inc.
Future Motion Inc. claims that you can use the serial number to report a stolen Onewheel, but this is not entirely accurate.
If you fill out a theft report with Future Motion Inc., they will register the theft and disable it from connecting to your account, which means that if someone were to turn it on again, they would not connect to your WiFi network until it’s registered again.
If you buy it again, it will register as stolen for certain and will not connect to your WiFi network until logged in with your credentials.
Does Onewheel Have A Remote?
No! Onewheel doesn’t require a remote. It operates using body control, body weight or pad sensors. Once you understand how to use the wheel, it’s very easy to control.
But if you want to switch tricks or hop onto a different sidewalk around the city, you will need to use the buttons on the App or your remote.
Although Onewheel is a very reliable machine and has never been recalled by its manufacturer, I have often reported getting stuck to customer support in a stationary position when pressing my remote while riding.
You can fix this with an update to the App. Otherwise, Onewheel is made for a smooth ride and is not meant to be controlled like an RC car with a remote, so Onewheel recommends that you use your body weight to control your ride.
It’s also best to avoid using the remote buttons when riding at night because it could make you lose track of where your steering is.
Otherwise, the Onewheel body control is durable and doesn’t experience much wear and tear. The wheel does seem to get rockier with age, but with normal use, it will only wear down about 1% every time you ride it.
Onewheel models do come with a battery warranty of two years. During this time, if your wheel breaks, you can replace the wheel yourself.
How to Install GPS tracker in Onewheel
What you will need:
- A laptop with an internet connection
- GPS Tracker and GSM module (Optional)
- USB cable for the Onewheel
- PC or Mac
1. Connect your Onewheel to your computer via USB and power it on, then open up a command prompt window and type: “ADB devices,”. If everything is going correctly, you should see a prompt saying, “List of devices attached.”
2. Download and install the ADB drivers next. You can download them here (pick 32 or 64-bit, depending on your computer’s operating system). Once you download it, double-click on the file to install the drivers.
3. Now plug in the USB cable between your Onewheel and your computer and power on the Onewheel again. You should see it appear in your toolbar as a removable drive (D).
If you do not see this, ensure you have correctly installed the ADB drivers mentioned in step 2 above. Open up a command prompt window and run “ADB devices” again; if it appears in the list, you are good to go.
4. Next, you’ll need to ensure you are in the directory containing the script to install the GPS module. The script is located in a .zip file, so you must unzip it. The easiest way is by right-clicking on the .zip file and choosing “Extract All.”
5. Once you’ve extracted the zip file, open a command prompt window. In that command quick window, type “cd <name of the directory you unzipped the zip file>”;
For example, if you unzipped it to your desktop, you would type “cd desktop” and then hit enter. If successful, you should see a prompt showing the directory’s name.
6. In this directory, type “python install_gps.py” followed by entering and nothing else. The script will run and install all the needed modules for your Onewheel. Once it’s done installing, it will reboot your Onewheel.
7. Once rebooted, log back into your command prompt window and type “ADB devices” again. You should see the name of your Onewheel show up in the list of devices attached as per step 1
Now you are good to go and install your GPS tracker!
How Do You Put GPS On A Scooter?
Several options make it easy. One of these is to use a GPS receiver with your smartphone. The GPS uses satellites in orbits around the Earth to calculate your coordinates and give you a good idea of where you are on Earth.
You can also get an App on your phone or tablet that will automatically send geolocation data to know when people are tracking where you go from a certain point in time.
Your smartphone can work as a GPS tracker for your scooter. You will be able to get a free App that can track your device via GPS and transmit that data to the internet so you can see where you are.
If you want this kind of system, you need a smartphone or tablet, a Bluetooth receiver, and perhaps an inexpensive waterproof case.
You’ll also need to purchase a scooter tracking App and make sure it works with the type of device you have. For example, you can use the Android App GAIS if your phone or tablet uses Android software.
If you have an Apple or Windows device, you should look for an App compatible with those devices.
How Do You Turn Off The GPS On A Lime Scooter?
Go to the ‘Me’ tab. Under ‘My Device,’ choose your scooter. Disable ‘Vehicle GPS Positioning’ at the bottom of the page.
That’s it. This will stop your scooter from tracking your location. You will delete your route and trip history from the App, but you can still use lime to find scooters and scan QR codes for Lime Access.
This only turns off the GPS tracking for your current ride. In this case, it will delete your route and trip history for your current ride.
To turn GPS tracking on again, enable it. If you turn off Trips and history from before, the GPS will not delete or affect it. (i.e., if you disable the feature at 3 AM and then enable it at 5 AM, trips from 5 AM onwards will have GPS data.
The rides and trip history from 3 to 5 AM will not be deleted or changed.)
This feature is unavailable on the original lime-e, only the newer “lime” scooter.
How Can You Tell If A Onewheel Is Stolen?
First and foremost, your Onewheel is likely to be returned to you in bad condition. That’s because the thief who stole it will have likely used it to make other rides and decided that they didn’t like it.
So the thief will have tried to return it in bad condition to avoid you getting an expensive insurance claim.
When your Onewheel is returned in this way, you can use the clues below to help determine if it’s stolen:
- It’s been returned dirty
- It’s quite common for stolen Onewheels to be returned looking quite scruffy. Thieves often “ride them hard and put them away wet.”
- As a general rule, new Onewheels should not be returned to you looking like they’ve seen a fortnight in the bush.
- It’s been returned with a custom cover
- Another common tactic employed by thieves is to return Onewheels with customized covers.
- They do this so that you don’t immediately notice that the Onewheel is missing several important components. This happens because they want to make sure you can’t identify it.
- (If a thief has taken your Onewheel apart in this way, you can use the “VIN” number to make sure everything is, in fact, legit.)
- It’s been returned with duct tape covering the serial number: Serial numbers are used by police and insurance companies to identify stolen goods. So it’s not uncommon for thieves to use duct tape to cover the serial number.
- This is another giveaway sign if your Onewheel is returned with duct tape over its VIN.
- It’s been returned without a battery cover
- Their VINs could identify older Onewheels, But newer ones couldn’t. That’s because the newer batteries don’t have a serial number. This makes life easier for thieves and harder for police who are trying to trace stolen goods.
So if you can’t find the battery cover, the Onewheel will likely get stolen.
How Many Miles Is Too Much For A Onewheel?
Between 500-1500 miles. You may be surprised to see a lower number, as anything over 1000 miles has historically been the most popular opinion. However, my research indicates that 500-1500 miles are the ideal distance for a OneWheel.
The range is sufficient to get from point A to point B and should last 5-6 months, depending on your riding habits.
However, please remember that mileage varies depending on speed and terrain. If you’re riding on an off-road trail or at higher speeds, mileage will drop. If you’re riding at low speeds, mileage will be very high.
If it’s your first time buying a OneWheel and you don’t know what to expect in terms of performance and range, I highly recommend the 1500-mile lithium battery.
This will give you plenty of power to start and should last for about 5-6 months, depending on your riding habits.
If you ride a lot, then I recommend the 500-mile battery. This battery is 100% reliable and will give you plenty of power. At 500 miles, the mileage can handle up to 10 mph on all terrain or 15-20 mph if you ride solely on streets.
The lithium batteries are very convenient because they come with a built-in charger. This charger will turn into a power bank and charge any USB device (phones, GoPro, speakers, etc.). It can also be used as a wall charger for your home.
As for the other batteries (SLA and LiFePO4), it’s hard to recommend them because I haven’t ridden with one yet.
I’m waiting on the appropriate time to put in my order with them so I can give you a detailed review. However, both batteries are highly recommended.
In the end, mileage will vary depending on usage. You can expect 10-15 mph on the electric motor (depending on battery) and 5-7 mph using the pedals. So if you’re riding at an average of 10 mph, the lithium battery should last around 4 months.
If you’re someone who rides slower than that, mileage will be higher. If you’re doing 20+ mph, mileage will be lower. That said, I’m confident in recommending either 500 or 1500 miles for your first Onewheel purchase.
Should I Leave My Onewheel Plugged In?
Yes! Leaving your Onewheel plugged in balances its battery charge. The Onewheel battery will not get overcharged, but it will not run out of power at the end of the day.
That means if you have an evening commute and use your board to commute, you can leave it plugged in while you commute if your destination is somewhere with another wall socket to charge it up again.
The only exception is when your Onewheel is going below 10% battery, and then unplugging it for a few hours or overnight would be better for its battery’s health.
Onewheel batteries like to run at full power all the time. The Onewheel needs to run the motors, and it needs to receive data from the sensors constantly.
If you leave it plugged in overnight, it will run at full power all night long, so you run the battery down faster. If your battery charge is lower, it might even discharge while it’s charging. That can wear out the cells more quickly.
The Onewheel battery doesn’t like being hot or cold, so leaving it plugged in all day or night can also make it hotter and colder than if it’s charging as you ride and then spent between rides at room temperature.
So the short answer is: if your Onewheel is running below 10% battery level, then leaving it plugged in overnight is reasonable and will not damage the battery.
What Happens When The Onewheel Battery Dies?
Every time my Onewheel battery dies, I get a pushback warning to let me know that it needs charging, or I risk wearing out my Onewheel prematurely and even damaging the board.
This can happen if I ride for an extended period or my battery is fully drained.
The indicator for battery status is pretty clear, with a small red light at the top of the Onewheel near the charger port. The indicator will blink once quickly when you turn on your board to show that your battery life is below 40%.
As the battery drains from riding or leaving idle, the indicator light will beep at you every few seconds. When it gets down to about 15%, it will beep once rapidly and flash on and off every few seconds.
When your battery reaches near 0% capacity, it will flash a red light rapidly, indicating that you need to charge your board soon. If you don’t charge your Onewheel soon enough, the board will notify you by completely turning it off with a loud chime.
All the lights for your Onewheel will also turn off and will not let you power up your board.
I suggest that you let the battery die completely before turning on your board again because the Onewheel is much more efficient this way.
I don’t recommend riding in the rain but if you do, ensure to wipe off water from the connectors on your board before plugging in your charger.
Onewheel Pint Pushback Speed
Pushback in Classic mode generally begins between 8-10mph depending on rider weight, tire pressure, grade, battery level, and the rider’s skill with feet.
With OneWheel specifically, newer riders should expect to push back between 5-8 mph, depending on tire pressure. With that being said, it takes time for muscles to develop and propel oneself forward at high speeds on a OneWheel.
Also, there are many factors to consider, such as rider weight, tire pressure, grade, and battery life.
For example, a lighter rider may not have to push back because they can build momentum easier; an example would be a 45lb rider vs. a 55lb rider with the same level of comfort in the same OneWheel.
Tire pressure also plays a factor: A higher tire pressure can make it easier to build momentum. Another factor would be the grade of the surface you are riding on.
For example, going downhill can be easier than going uphill because of gravity’s natural pull; this is also why downhill races are faster and often longer than uphill races.
Another important factor is battery life: as the battery drains, it becomes harder to build momentum.
Most riders push back slowly over rough terrain and quickly over level ground. A great way to estimate how much initial momentum you have at the beginning of a turn is to look down to see how far your front tire has come forward.
The ability to track and map your rides is very important. The GPS on the Onewheel uses cellular technology and is limited to monitoring within the United States. As I stated before, other more advanced boards have trackers that you can use anywhere.