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What's the best website to buy a motor to build a segway style device?  The motor needs to go back and forth.  I was hoping to get a powerful motor because I am quite heavy.



Because this sort of motor is heavy you are best using a site that ships from your own country which is ....?
You need to fill in the location in your profile, then we will know.


Ok, sorry.  Fixed my profile.  I live in Canada, but I live right near the border and have a friend in the USA who I can pick it up from.

So any website that ships to Canada or USA is great  :)



Apr 02, 2012, 03:27 pm Last Edit: Apr 02, 2012, 03:32 pm by CrossRoads Reason: 1
Check out Elektor.com magazine, they had an article in July 09 I think, called the Wheelie, on building your own Segway typed device.
Old issues are available for free from Pololu.com if they have any left, and articles are also available online.
Or maybe at your local library?
A search for "elektor wheelie" at www.elektor.com will bring up the relevant links.

The electronics behind a rather special kind of vehicle
Published in issue 391, July/August 2009

"In this first article describing our DIY self-balancing single-axle vehicle we look at the electronics modules.
An ATmega32 processes the controls and sensor data and drives the two electric motors via power driver stages.
It keeps the vehicle balanced and can drive it in any desired direction at any desired speed from stationary to about 11 mph."

Designing & building electrical circuits for over 25 years.  Screw Shield for Mega/Due/Uno,  Bobuino with ATMega1284P, & other '328P & '1284P creations & offerings at  my website.


Two possible alternative sources are , electric bicycle suppliers and electric scooter suppliers.  Bicycle motors are usually of "pancake" style and run relatively slowly.  Scooter motors run quite fast, typically 2000-3000rpm so will require gearing.  I've used several of these rated at 600watts each to build a 7.25" electric loco.

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