In my Meepo NLS review, I mentioned that I have installed Flipsky FSESC Dual 4.20 plus into my NLS and it has completely unleashed the potential of the board.
Besides improving the smoothness of the acceleration and braking (they are both now perfectly smooth), Flipsky ESC also unleashed a stronger torque and hence faster acceleration.
I’ve received a lot of message on how to install Flipsky into NLS. Though most are just asking about the settings, I decided to write the full tutorial for those who never installed a VESC prior to this. For those who are just looking for the VESC-tool settings that I used, just skip to the end of the post.
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WARNING: Changing the ESC should void the manufacturer warranty as it pushes your board to a limit not intended by the manufacturer and may fry your parts. Do this at your own risk.
Parts I used:
- Flipsky Dual FSESC4.20 plus
- 2.4G Remote with Receiver (or for a better experience, go for the VX1 remote.
- XT60 Male Connectors Plugs x 1
- Optional: Bluetooth Module 2.4G (I wish I have gotten it)
- Meepo NLS (Duh)
- MR30 to Bullet connector adaptor (optional. you can direct solder VESC to motor cable if you choose to do so)
Tools that were needed:
- Soldering tools
- VESC-tools installed on a Window PC
- Removing the stock ESC.
- Installing the power button
- Installing the power cable
- Installing the hall sensors
- Connecting the motor wires
- Connecting the receivers
Inputsetup Wizard. (Skip if using VX1)
- Motor Setting Wizard.
- Tucking everything in and profit!
1. Removing the ESC:
Remove whatever screws is in your way and remove the stock ESC.
2. Installing the power button
We drill a bigger hole for the Flipsky power switch.
3. Installing the hall sensor wires
Flipsky FSESC receives a 6 pin connector for motor sensor while NLS hub motors use sensor connector with 5 pin head as it doesn’t have the temperature sensor.
We will have to convert the NLS hub sensor wires to a 6 pin sensor connector. As we don’t have an unused 6 pin sensor head lying around, we harvested the one that comes with
4. Installing the power cable
After ascertaining the poles of the power battery power cable, we solder the XT60 (Male) connector to the power cable from VESC.
5. Connecting the motor wires
NLS hubs use MR30 connectors. You will have a lot of option to connect it to Flipsky ESC, including cutting the MR30 connector and solders the wires directly.
We choose to put MR30 connector on to the
We solder the motor wires in this arrangement:
From left to right, it should be Blue, Green, Yellow, then Yellow, Green, Blue.
Of course, place a shrink tube in to seal the connection when the solder was done.
6a. Connecting the receiver (For Nano Remote)
This is pretty straight forward, connect the receiver to the VESC. You should plug into Channel 1.
6b. Connecting the receiver (For VX1 remote)
Plug everything according to your ESC version. You can refer to a photo from Flipsky’s website.
Solder the white wire to the red power cable.
7. VESC setting
Run VESC-tools and update into the correct firmware version.
7a) Input setup Wizard.
Run the input setup Wizard to configure your remote.
(VX1 remote doesn’t need you to do this)
7b) Input setup Wizard.
Run Motor Setting Wizard.
Motor Type: FOC
Motor Current Max: 40A
Motor Current Max Brake: -30A
Battery Current Max: 30A
Battery Current Max Regen: -10A
Battery Cutoff Calculator:
Hit Apply. Next.
Sensor Mode: Hall Sensor
Click RL -> Click λ -> Click Apply, Next.
FOC Hall sensor setting:
Click Apply, Click Next.
Alright! You are done!
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8 thoughts on “How to: Installing Flipsky FSESC Dual 4.20 plus on Meepo NLS”
Will this result in a higher battery consumption?
As far as I can tell, the difference is negligible. It does allow stronger acceleration and that might eat up your battery faster if you make it a habit.
Isn’t 30 battery amps too high for the 10s2p 25R battery? I was under the impression that they were rated for 20 amps max.
This is a 10s2p battery pack. You are right in they are rated as 20 amps max per cell. As it is 2p, connecting 2 cells in parallel will means 2*20A = 40A max in discharge.
Hope this helps!
Amazing write up Paxson! So detailed. I have the Flipsky and a Verreal board I’m not very happy with. I did get a chance to crack open the board but had a good feeling the pins would not match. I hav a good feeling your research will help me with my future project 😉. Keep up the great work 👍 here guys, I’m a big fan!
Wow, I am flattered to have this coming from you =D
I am planning to experiment more on DIY build in the future and lucky for me you have already made lots of Youtube tutorial that I can learn from! =D.
Sorry for the late reply. Honestly I’m more of a Esk8 fanatic which drives me to understand Esk8 beyond production boards and into DIY. But I wouldn’t consider myself and expert or even an innovator like many of the great minds in the Esk8 forums. But I am just lucky my videos struck a cord with YouTube’s algorithm. I’m lucky that I also get to do 2 of my favorite things (Esk8 and video) in conjunction with each other and have some people enjoy it. I encourage you to keep doing what you are doing as long as long as you are passionate about it. I love the write ups that you and Sophie have been doing. And when you get to build your own, I’d love to see a your write up on that too! Hope you’re well and take care!
Does anybody know if the flipsky Dual FSESC 4.20 fits in the H2C / SYL-08 Off Road Skateboard battery enclosure?