We live in a world of technology fueled by fast-paced innovation. Many are now realizing that we can move efficiently towards sustainable transportation and have fun while doing it. First-time electric skateboard owners are eager to get the latest and newest board, but is it the right fit for you? We’ve broken down some overlooked features that you should consider before buying. Here are 6 things people overlook when buying an electric skateboard.
Deck Material and Shape
When you’re looking to buy an electric skateboard you want to make sure that you are getting one that fits your lifestyle. You want the deck to be durable but still offer some flexibility to help absorb shock while riding. Most standard decks are made of maple, bamboo, or even carbon fiber/fiberglass. There are some differences with the feel of these materials and, to some, it could drastically improve the feel of your ride. Bamboo is often times more flexible whereas carbon fiber or maple wood is stiff. Rigidity can also be influenced by deck makers using more or fewer layers of wood or carbon fiber.
On the most basic level, longboard decks are generally concave, convex, or flat. Different designs can play a big factor in the performance of your longboard, so manufacturers are always innovating and creating new shapes to test. Concave shapes are usually more common since they provide better grip and control, allowing you to slide and turn easier.
Although not necessary for most people, it’s a good idea to look into what the deck is made of and pay attention to the shape. Reading some reviews about the board to see if it’s a good fit for you wouldn’t hurt either!
Speed and Range
A huge mistake that people make when buying an electric skateboard is overlooking the speed and range. Speed is usually the first attribute that people look at when deciding on which board to get. Although some electric skateboards can reach speeds of 30+ mph, be wary of the top speeds listed by companies. Most electric skateboards normally only hit max speed when they are fully charged! Companies also like to test their speed with a lightweight person for maximum results. Make sure you look into how the tests were performed so you can get the maximum satisfaction out of your investment.
The range is another factor that people look heavily into. Most electric boards come with pre-installed batteries and you have to continually charge them. With new technology like the Muun Modular Kit, you can get even more range. You can keep an extra battery in your backpack or pocket and when you feel your board is losing juice you just hop off, switch batteries, and keep riding.
Size and Weight
When walking around campus, into work, or through the grocery store you may not want to have to carry a heavy skateboard by your side. Both length and weight are something that you should consider when you decide to purchase an electric skateboard. If you have to carry your board around the supermarket or walk it up a few flights of stairs, a few pounds can make a big difference. And if your battery dies on you, you’ll most likely regret carrying a large, heavy skateboard if you have belt driven motors, which we’ll cover next.
Different Motor Types
Electric boards with belt driven motors are pretty difficult to kick freely when your battery dies. For that reason, some people choose a board with wheel hub motors since the wheels turn with less resistance. At the moment, the two most common types of electric skateboard motors are in-wheel hub motors and belt drive motors. We wrote a detailed article here about “Wheel Hub Motors vs. Belt Drives: Top 5 Pros & Cons” – we’d suggest taking a look to determine what type of electric skateboard motor setup is right for you. You definitely don’t want to overlook this important feature when you’re buying a new electric skateboard.
Wheel Size and Durometer
Another mistake that people make when buying an electric skateboard for the first time is overlooking the wheels. When looking at electric skateboards you want to make sure that the wheels are larger in diameter. This will give you a smoother ride and allow you to travel to your destination (slightly) faster. If you’re using low trucks with longboard wheels, make sure you use riser pads to prevent “wheel bite.”
It also is good to consider the durometer (hardness) of the wheel. Soft wheels are better for rough surfaces and give you a smoother ride, while hard wheels are better for skate parks and ramp pools with smooth surfaces. Most electric skateboards use large, soft wheels. If you’re interested in more information about longboard wheels, check out this page here.
Warranty and Customer Support
Another mistake people make when buying an electric skateboard is that they overlook the warranty and customer support. If something goes wrong, you’ll want to make sure that your hard earned money doesn’t go to waste. Check to see if the company has a repair service or options to purchase replacement parts. If they have a warranty, even better! You want to make sure that you are covered and can get a replacement.
It’s also a good idea to do some research on the company and read some reviews about their customer service. Because the technology is relatively new and malfunctions can arise, you’ll be in good hands if you choose a reputable company.
Now that you know what to look for, you’ll be sure to find the perfect electric skateboard to fit your lifestyle! If you’d like to know more about specific topics or features, let us know in the comment section below, or reach out to us on social media.