Buying your first electric skateboard is a truly exciting time. Although they have been around for some time, the first products were bulky, heavy and with huge batteries, and highly limited. This changed in 2012, when Boosted Boards released their dual-motor electric skateboard. Since this breakthrough, products have been coming out into the market with a whole list of features.
Unfortunately, buying an electric skateboard nowadays will not be as easy with all those different details. Most of them are just marketing and trying to get you to buy their product. If you want to end up with the right electric skateboard, make sure you look for these specifications.
If you are investing in an e-skateboard, you might as well buy something that is waterproof. The last thing you want is all that money you invested going down the drain just because of a puddle or a little splash. Of course, your board will have electric components that do not like water and some models have hub motors that is fully sealed so that it is waterproof and also maintenance-free. To be sure, look for an IP (Ingress Protection) Rating of 65 or higher.
2. Comprehensive Warranty
Your electric skateboard will be subject to some bumps and bruises along the way, so a comprehensive warranty is a huge advantage. Even the best product out there is prone to breaking down. Moreover, the electric components will make them more susceptible to wear-and-tear than an ordinary skateboard.
While no one really has the energy to read the fine print of the warranty, doing so makes sense. Unfortunately, not all warranties are the same, so you need to understand what is truly included with your product. The longer the warranty, the better, although you definitely need to read every single paragraph. You need to make sure you find out if doing your own repairs voids your warranty, for example. It is also good to find out what to do if there is a problem if you need to ship it to them and if you need to pay for the shipping yourself.
3. Battery Technology & Capacity
Pushing an electric board without battery is no fun, especially if it has belt-driven wheels that have more resistance. So make sure you have a great battery in the model you want to purchase. Bigger is better when it comes to batteries but also make sure that it is produced with top quality high-output cells. A good battery will get you up to 1 hour of riding time, giving you about 20 miles or more.
This factor is quite personal, and it might require you to try out a product before you discover what works for you. You would also need to consider where you will be riding your electric skateboard most often, and whether you will need to go uphill a lot. If you really live somewhere hilly and want to make your life a lot easier, then you will need to invest in a top-of-the-line board that has a better battery. The speed is also an important factor in deciding which model to buy.
These are simply 4 out of many factors you need to think about when buying your first electric skateboard, but these are definitely deal-breakers. Some boards can actually be modified to improve performance, but before touching your board, you should make sure you are not voiding your warranty this way.