8 Things to Consider When Buying an Electric Skateboard
- RANGE Consider what you’ll be using the board for. Carving/Fun? Commuting? Getting around on the weekends? All of the above? Can you comfortably get there and back without worrying about mileage?
- WEIGHT If you run out of juice are you going to be able to carry or kick push it home?
- PERFORMANCE The difference in eboards is akin to the difference between cars. You have boards that get you from A to Z and then there are the ones that are a pure pleasure to ride. Look into the wheels and trucks and ask the question – how would this board perform without the electrical setup? There’s a big difference between an off-the-shelf electric skateboard vs a quality longboard with a motor. The wheels are particularly crucial to the overall ride performance.
- SPARE PARTS AND SUPPORT How long is the warranty? How often will you have to replace the belt and wheels or other parts and are they easily interchangeable? What is customer support like if ever there is an issue? This is hugely important as your board needs to stay on the road to be enjoyed.
- PRICE What are you getting for your money? Remember to compare apples to apples: lithium are more expensive than lead acid, professional branded skate parts are more expensive and much better quality than off-the-shelf boards from China, a longer range means a more expensive battery has been used. Who has made/assembled the board? Is it off-the-shelf from China where cost is the bottom line, or has it been made by someone who is an eboard rider and passionate about performance? There is a large gap in the electric skateboard market in terms of price and materials used, rule of thumb is ‘you get what you pay for’. It’s also a very good idea to read reviews and research how long the company has been trading for.
- MOTOR WATTAGE – Don’t be fooled.. a higher wattage motor does not always mean it has more torque or will be faster, this is often confused! Some companies advertise their max output wattage instead of their rated wattage (one company advertises their board as having a 400 watt motor when this is the actually the max output and the rated output is only 150 watts). Gear ratios and motor controller parameters also effect torque in a huge way. By adjusting gear ratios on a motor it will effect torque and speed, just the same way a 10 speed racing bike does when you change gears for hills or flat riding. Check out videos and customer reviews to see if a board appears to have a decent amount power. Also keep in mind though that the higher the motor wattage the louder it will be.
- 2 MOTORS OR 1 MOTOR? - 2 motors does sound good, however there are also limitations with this. 2 wheel resistance from the motors will effect the roll compared to 1 wheel resistance so this means the battery will be effected faster. 2 motors also mean double the noise compared to 1 motor. 2 motors also means the battery capacity will be drained much faster than with 1 motor. 2 belts are needed to drive 2 motors so keep this in mind for future maintenance and obviously there are 2 times potential problems to occur in the electrical setup. 1 wheel drive allows for better turning, rolling and sliding….2 wheel drive really needs a differential system for turning for it to be effective, however 2 wheel drive may give better traction when first accelerating.
- THUMB OR TRIGGER REMOTE CONTROL - The index finger is the most intuitive way to control and feel anything, using a thumb does work however it will not feel as comfortable as using a trigger control.