First Time Electric Skateboard Buyer? This Guide Will Help You Understand What to Look For

August 15, 2017

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Whether you are one of the 11 million Americans who regularly enjoy skateboarding or you're someone looking for a new pastime, you may or may not have heard about the newest innovation: electric skateboards.

Electric skateboards are sweeping the nation, with new options, new systems, and new brands every day. If you are only just now getting into them, it can be hard to know what to look for when selecting a motorized longboard or electric skateboard.

This guide is designed to give you an idea of the different factors that you need to consider to make sure your board is the perfect fit.

  • Terrain
    The terrain on which you plan to ride is going to affect a number of decisions when it comes to choosing your perfect board. If you plan to keep to smooth city streets, you might not need anything too fancy. If, however, you need to navigate hills and bumps, you will need to find a motorized skateboard that can shift gears. That means nothing with a Hub Motor.

    Additionally, if you want an all terrain electric skateboard, you'd better invest in some serious wheels, otherwise, you might not have enough traction as you transition from sandy beaches to rocky hills.
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  • Fuel
    The power portion of your electric powered skateboard is a huge concern, with a number of things to consider. The first and most basic is what do you want to power you skateboard with?

    While most companies offer electric skateboards, others actually use gasoline. While the gas-powered skateboard is a novel concept, electric skateboards are significantly better for the environment.

    Additional concerns for your electric skateboard's power is how much can be stored at any given time? If you are planning to commute with your skateboard, then it is important to know that it has enough juice to make the journey.
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  • Material
    The material your board is made of is incredibly important. For starters, it needs to be secure enough to support your weight. If you fall on the heavier end of the spectrum, it will behoove you to understand how strong the material is.

    Additionally, your skateboard weight is hugely important to how it rides. The best option will be a board that is lightweight yet durable.
If you are purchasing an electric skateboard for the first time, it is important that you consider your options carefully. Looking at the material, how it is powered, and how it fairs in different environments is a great place to start.




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