Has anyone tried to use off-the-shelf power tool battery packs? Could be a cost effective, safe and simple off the shelf solution for DIY starters. I am thinking about these Kobalt 6S (24V) packs. They come in 1P (2Ah) ,2P (4Ah) and 3P (6Ah) sizes. They have the INR 18650 15L cells which are rated at max 18A continuous discharge. Nice thing is that you can get them quickly on Amazon and in many hardware stores. The smaller packs you can even take on planes. Adapters have also already been designed, mostly for robotics use. For light users with efficient wing setups 2x 3P packs in series could be enough, else use 4. As an example, I have my small setup limited to 50A with the small Flipsky VESC and I use about 20A while foiling with my 180 pounds (~80kg), so with 2 of these packs I’d be foiling for ~15min. That’s a good start imo, just add more packs for more ride time (and more weight).
What are your thoughts?
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