April 06, 2013


5 Essential Things to Consider When Buying an Electric Skateboard

  1. 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?
  2. WEIGHT  If you run out of juice are you going to be able to carry or kick push it home?
  3. PERFORMANCE  The difference in eboards is akin to the difference between cars.  You have your boards that get you from A to Z and then there are the ones that are a 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 and a quality longboard with a motor. Is it noisy?  Check out some videos without music to get an idea of a board’s noise level. 
  4. SPARE PARTS AND SUPPORT  Is there a warranty?  How often will you have to replace the belt and wheels?  What is customer support like? 
  5. PRICE  What are you getting for your money?  Remember to compare apples to apples: lithium are more expensive than lead acid, real skate parts are more expensive 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?