How to Choose which Electric Skateboard to Buy

  Unlike most cheaper decks, when you decide to spoil yourself with an electric skateboard, it’s important to be sure that you know exactly what you need. Before you decide which power board will propel you down the sidewalk, read these quick tips to make sure that you’re making the right decision. Range Let’s face it, you are not just buying an electric skateboard, or longboard, because you’ve been in love with the concept since you first saw “Back to the Future,” you also need it to take you from point A to point B in the most stylish fashion possible. The amount of distance that you’ll be able to glide over on one charge can range from 6 miles (about 10km) to around 19 miles (30km) so you will need to figure out exactly how, and where, you’ll be riding. Of course the boards that will take you for longer circuits will be a bit more expensive, but if you’d rather spend a good day on your board, you’ll have a blast buzzing around without needing to lug the charger along with (which tends to get heavy). Choosing the right electric skateboard: weight Will you be bringing your board to school, work? Do you think you’ll need to carry it if you run out of battery? Does your apartment have an elevator? These are important questions as the weight of e-skateboards also tends to range somewhat widely. Motorized skateboards range from 10lbs all the way up to 60+ lbs in weight so you’ll need to plan accordingly if you get adventurous with the distances that you’ll be covering, and you’ll need to check out how easily it is to make it home manually if you get stuck. Not only do you need to be checking the weight of the board itself, you’ll also need to make sure that the skateboard can handle your own weight. Since these motorized skateboards, and longboards, are usually really durable to support the fast-paced movement and solid torque, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about this detail, but it’s best to check first with the manufacturer just in case. Remote Options This option comes down to personal preference, really, but you’ll most likely find yourself controlling your board with a remote control and the market is currently stocked with a couple of different options. You will most likely find yourself having to choose between a thumb remote, and a trigger remote that you’ll use with your finger to control the speed.   Most people prefer the trigger method which works by pushing forward to slow down or stop (by applying braking mechanisms in the motor) and pulling back, as you would when you’re firing a gun, to speed up.   Performance How fast do you want to go? What kind of terrain will you be tearing up? A rough range of the speeds that electric skateboards offer is from around 12 mph to 25 mph (around 19 kmph to 40 kmph). If speed … Continue reading How to Choose which Electric Skateboard to Buy