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Speed Potential from scooter named Golden Buzzaround EX

Postby YellowBuzzaroundEX » 20 Dec 2021, 06:40

Hello! My name is Charley.

I live in USA and own a mobility scooter that in USA is called a Golden Buzzaround EX.
In UK that same scooter is called a TGA Zest Plus.
It has a Dynamic 90A Type R controller.

I weigh 150 lbs (68 KG).
I am physically handicapped and used my mobility scooter for mobility and transportation.
My profession is computer IT software support and software engineer.

I have never programmed a scooter before. This will be a new experience for me. I am learning as I go.

Today I ordered a Dynamic brand DWIZ-KIT and OEM-U dongle from a scooter store in Taiwan that I found online.

I currently have two Powersonic PDC lead acid AGM U1 batteries 35 AH. So a 24V system using AGM.

What is top speed potential of my scooter by altering it's program with no physical modifications?
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Re: Speed Potential from scooter named Golden Buzzaround EX

Postby Burgerman » 20 Dec 2021, 09:32

Probably non. Its likely set to max.
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Re: Speed Potential from scooter named Golden Buzzaround EX

Postby YellowBuzzaroundEX » 20 Dec 2021, 21:46

I've read the controller's user manual.

There's adjustable parameters for:

Maximum Forward Speed, which can be set from 10% to 100%. Default is 60%.

Maximum Motor Voltage, which can be set from 2V to 40.2V. Default is 28.8V.

The manual contains the following note about the Max Motor Voltage setting:

"Note: If local regulations require scooter speed be limited to a specific value, use Max Motor Voltage parameter to set a speed limit for a particular scooter type (for specific motor and wheel diameter)."

Might I use one or both of those controller parameters to increase speed 1 mph?

Note: Technically I mean one additional mph. I already increased tire diameter 1" to get from 5 to 6 mph. Now I'm hoping to alter programmer parameters to get from 6 to 7 mph.
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Re: Speed Potential from scooter named Golden Buzzaround EX

Postby YellowBuzzaroundEX » 20 Dec 2021, 22:06

My DWIZ kit has not yet arrived by mail, but trying to get a headstart on knowledge, I downloaded and read the user manuals for my controller and DWIZ-KIT.

I got the controller parameters info (mentioned in prior post) from the user manual for my controller. I read the manual hoping to learn some possibilities.

Until my DWIZ-KIT arrives, I can't yet know what my scooter controller's settings currently are.
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Re: Speed Potential from scooter named Golden Buzzaround EX

Postby Dan » 21 Dec 2021, 00:53

It might be better to buy a 8MPH scooter and try and get 10MPH out of it. Your maximum voltage will ultimately be set by your batteries.
Measure your speed using GPS or time a known distance.
You may be able to make a programming lead?
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Re: Speed Potential from scooter named Golden Buzzaround EX

Postby YellowBuzzaroundEX » 22 Dec 2021, 00:03

The kit I ordered is supposed to include a programming lead. I used a GPS speedometer to test my speed. My scooter went 5 mph with stock tires. I installed 1 inch taller tires. Now it goes 6 mph. I'm hoping that after my programming kit arrives, I hope to alter controller parameters to go 7 mph. I just want to eek out 1 more mph.

I'll just have to try it and see what happens.
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Re: Speed Potential from scooter named Golden Buzzaround EX

Postby ex-Gooserider » 22 Dec 2021, 01:56

If the maximum speed is set to less than 100%, you will get some more speed depending on how much you increase it. On a power chair the voltage needs to be set a bit below the battery maximum to allow 'headroom' for steering or it will slow in corners. On a single motor scooter this doesn't apply, so set the voltage to near (or even a little above) the battery voltage.... It doesn't make a lot of difference since you can't get more voltage than your batteries have...

Note that you will probably get a bit less range if you up the speed - I don't know if this matters to you or not.

You shouldn't have any problem doing the programming as it is not at all like needing to write code, it is more of an exercise in adjusting parameter configuration.

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Re: Speed Potential from scooter named Golden Buzzaround EX

Postby YellowBuzzaroundEX » 22 Dec 2021, 06:08

Thanks Gooserider. What you posted sounds like what I'm expecting. Hopefully its forward speed is not already set to 100%. If so, I will increase the speed setting to 100% and the max voltage as you suggested. With luck I will (hopefully) be able to go at least 1 mph faster.

The reasons I don't just buy a bigger, faster class 3 scooter are:

1) My small class 2 scooter is already paid for.

2) My scooter is one of the best and fastest class 2 boot sccoters (travel scooters) that is easy to disassemble and light enough for a woman to lift parts into a car trunk/boot.

3) My class 2 scooter is small enough to easily maneuver indoors in stores, doctors offices, etc yet is also big and fast enough to drive across town and back home.

4) My class 2 scooter is small enough to be allowed and welcome in stores, offices, and bank.

In summer I drive my scooter across town to stores, shopping, bank, and doctor's appointments. In winter my caregiver puts my disassembled scooter into car trunk/boot and we take my car to destinations' parking lot. Then caregiver reassembles scooter and then I drive my scooter from parking lot into the store, bank, or doctor office.

So I can't have a larger class 3 scooter, but I can (try to) make my small class 2 scooter as fast as possible for driving scooter outdoors across town and back home in summer.
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Re: Speed Potential from scooter named Golden Buzzaround EX

Postby Burgerman » 22 Dec 2021, 12:49

Realistically you are trying to get a quart out of a pint pot.

The reason that the bigger scooters ARE bigger is because to get more speed really requires better tyres, wheels, suspension, and a bigger base (width and length) to give the required stability and safety and comfort at higher speeds like 8mph. And also because as soon as you increase the speed you really need bigger motors to maintain enough torque. And extra speed needs more battery current. Lots more. So that means a much bigger battery/controller and wiring.

Gaining a fraction of a mph, at best, is not really going to be noticible. So you may not have the space/money/all the other reasons you dont want a bigger scooter but thats why you are going slowly...
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Re: Speed Potential from scooter named Golden Buzzaround EX

Postby YellowBuzzaroundEX » 22 Dec 2021, 20:38

After my Dynamic DWIZ-KIT and OEM-U dongle arrive, I will give it a try and find out what it can do.
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Re: Speed Potential from scooter named Golden Buzzaround EX

Postby Burgerman » 22 Dec 2021, 21:36

It will do very little in regards speed. If you raise the voltage a little and the batteries cant match it then it will go downhill faster. But not otherwise by much at all. Unless you do lithium. That has a slightly higher voltage and less voltage drop under load too because of both peukert and internal resistance reasons.

So you might gain a few percent extra that way. Maybe 5 percent. And much more range, and much longer service life.
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Re: Speed Potential from scooter named Golden Buzzaround EX

Postby YellowBuzzaroundEX » 22 Dec 2021, 23:23

Every bit of speed and/or range improvement is welcome from any source. Lithium would also be lighter. So easier for my caregiver to lift into my car trunk/boot for winter excursions. She'd appreciate that.
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Results - Conclusion

Postby YellowBuzzaroundEX » 14 Jan 2022, 22:58

I improved max acceleration parameter's performance from sluggish to excessive. Now it feels like I was launched from a catapalt. It's now too much acceleration for comfort.

Next I'll going to try a max acceleration setting somewhere around medium acceleration.

I increased top speed by 0.5 mph by removing max speed limitation. It's now as much rpm as I can get with a 24V lead battery system.

However, I gained an additional 1 mph speed by installing 1" taller tires. To accomplish this on front wheel (of my 3 wheel scooter) my cousin installed a different steering headtube/fork from my larger model of mobility scooter of same brand. The new steering headtube and its bearings are same size, but the fork is larger and accommodates a taller tire.

Increasing diameter of rear wheels was easier. He removed wheel/tires from my large scooter and installed on my small scooter. He used an angle grinder to make a little more clearance for the 1" taller tires (which are also 0.5" wider tires).

My small scooter originally went 4 mph. It now goes 6.5 mph. That's fast enough for a small, portable travel-boot scooter.

My larger scooter originally went 5 mph. It will go 6.5 mph when we're done.

That's the limit of what we can accomplish with these scooters and their stock 24V systems. If we still wanted more speed, we'd need to step up to 36V, but it's not worth the effort to me.
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Re: Speed Potential from scooter named Golden Buzzaround EX

Postby Burgerman » 15 Jan 2022, 01:51

I improved max acceleration parameter's performance from sluggish to excessive. Now it feels like I was launched from a catapalt. It's now too much acceleration for comfort.

Next I'll going to try a max acceleration setting somewhere around medium acceleration.


The throttle is proportional. YOU decide on the rate of acceleration. My Turbo suzuki that I used to drag race was also my roadbike. It could do 100 in under 4.5 seconds and hit 170 on the quarter mile in around 8. I still drove it as my daily driver and tootled round town fine!

I increased top speed by 0.5 mph by removing max speed limitation. It's now as much rpm as I can get with a 24V lead battery system.

However, I gained an additional 1 mph speed by installing 1" taller tires. To accomplish this on front wheel (of my 3 wheel scooter) my cousin installed a different steering headtube/fork from my larger model of mobility scooter of same brand. The new steering headtube and its bearings are same size, but the fork is larger and accommodates a taller tire.
Increasing diameter of rear wheels was easier. He removed wheel/tires from my large scooter and installed on my small scooter. He used an angle grinder to make a little more clearance for the 1" taller tires (which are also 0.5" wider tires).


Many do. But the problem with this is that if you go any further by increasing tyre size which is gearing then you will start running into a lack of torque and an increase in current at every speed. That ends in less range, less hill climb capability, greater controller heat etc.

My small scooter originally went 4 mph. It now goes 6.5 mph. That's fast enough for a small, portable travel-boot scooter.

How? Thats a 55% speed increase!

The problem is that having taller gearing (and/or larger wheels) means to keep adequate range and performance, if this is done by more than a small amount, it means you eventually end up with that 8mph or bigger scooter thats already faster. Taller gearng means bigger motors and controller as they make more heat and suck up more amps even when going slow. That needs bigger batteries, bigger higher amp controller, and a bigger heavier chassis/wheels to carry the weight, with heavier suspension that adds more size and weight..

So yes you can fiddle around at the edges a bit but ultimately its all a compromise. Thats why the faster scooters are bigger and heavier in the first place.
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