8 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING AN ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD
by Sarah Wu on Sep 27, 2021
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?
What are you getting for your money? Remember to compare apples to apples: lithium is more expensive than lead-acid, professionally 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 electric skateboard rider and passionate about performance? There is a large gap in the electric skateboard market in terms of price and materials used, the 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.
If you run out of juice are you going to be able to carry or kick push it home?
The difference in e-boards 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.
5. 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 confusing! 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 max output and the rated output is only 150 watts). Gear ratios and motor controller parameters also hugely affect torque. By adjusting gear ratios on a motor it will affect 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 of power. Also, keep in mind though that the higher the motor wattage the louder it will be.
6. 2 MOTORS OR 1 MOTOR? -
2 motors do sound good, however, there are also limitations with this. 2 wheel resistance from the motors will affect the roll compared to 1 wheel resistance so this means the battery will be affected faster. 2 motors also mean double the noise compared to 1 motor. 2 motors also mean 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 needs a differential system for turning for it to be effective, however, 2 wheel drive may give better traction when first accelerating.
7. 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.
8. 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.
Ready to go on an adventure? Now that you’re great with your electric skateboard, it’s time to take your electric skateboard on a plane and explore the world on your new set of wheels. Here is an electric skateboard suitable for beginner Possway V4.
The Possway-V4 electric skateboard has a large capacity of 4000mAH battery, long life span, Start your short trip! The electric skateboard can be controlled through the remote. The effective remote distance is 14m, and it takes about one hour to charge. It has three-speed modes which can be switch easily through the remote. (Low: 6MPH, Medium: 9MPH, Maximum: 15MPH) .When the board runs out of battery, it can be used as a normal skateboard. The unique three colors, it will make this electric skateboard different from other boards, and it is a perfect gift for your friends or kids, or beginner. I might even put it out there and say that it could be the best electric skateboard for beginners under $350.